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My Week In Pictures: concerts, coffee, and carnivorous plants

I better start posting more things on this blog or it’ll turn into nothing but summaries of my week!

I tried to take it a little easier this week than other weeks. As other self-employed people can attest, it’s easy to work yourself into ill-health. After a busy Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of teaching, performing, and appointments, I was ready to end the week early. I decided to take a mental health day on Thursday. I cancelled my students (sorry Nicole, Trish, Chris, and Adrian!) and spent the day sitting quietly, having a good cry, and drinking coffee. It was nice and very much needed. I took a walk and found that lovely little piece of typography on Gladstone. Then I got my hair cut, made dinner, and then went out to a movie with Craig. Sometimes it’s the little things.

I started out Friday equally slow, my new computer arrived so I spent a couple of hours setting it up with all my files. In the evening I played a gig at Casino Lac Leamy for McEwan Petroleum’s client appreciation dinner. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures while I was there, that was a really beautiful space.

On Saturday we had our bimonthly Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed. It was a spectacular success! The cold weather brought a bunch of new jammers in to meet us. It was lovely to see beginners jamming with more experienced players and everyone learning in the process. Our next one is this coming Saturday, November 4. That evening Craig and I scooted off to a science-themed Halloween party. It was so cool to see everyone in lab coats drinking out of beakers. They even made little carnivorous plants!

Today I found myself back in the studio! I met with the JP Allain Trio to begin the process of  recording My Pal Frishberg: the music of Dave Frishberg. It’s exciting to be back in the studio but I kind of can’t believe it. If you had told me last year that I’d be doing two full-length recording projects in 2012 I would have called you a liar, but here we are!

On Sunday evening I went to IMOO #62 – Hat & Beard at Umi Café. I’m the communications director for IMOO (Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outouais) so I go to most of the concerts and work the door. This concert was an incredibly funny and engaging Thelonious Monk tribute. If you live in Toronto you should definitely check those guys out.

So that’s it for this week! For more photos updated throughout the week, follow me on instagram (you don’t need an iphone.)

My next performance is Monday, October 29th at the Mercury Lounge for Live Jazz Monday – 9pm to 11pm, no cover. See you there!


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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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