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My Week In Pictures: endless celebration (and gourmet doughnuts)

This has been a luxurious, hedonistic, celebratory week. In fact, if I had to describe my week in a word, I would call it “festive.”

I’ve decided lately that I want to spend a little more time, energy, and money on fashion, makeup, and accessories. I’m fortunate that I get the opportunity to get on stage and perform for people all the time. Lately I’ve felt that I’ve been neglecting this aspect of performance. I decided to take myself shopping on Tuesday where I bought myself some collared shirts with nice hardware like the middle picture, as well as some glittery loafers. I’m pretty excited about these things. I’m super new to the fashion/makeup/accessories world though so if you have any tips, please leave them in the comments below. I could really use the help.

On Wednesday it was Halloween! Craig and I took turns handing out candy while the other taught but I still managed to catch him in our living room bed covered in all the candy! We had quite a few trick-or-treaters this year. Our friends at the Bytown Beanery came around and their children were dressed as a coke machine and a strip of bacon! So awesome.

Aside from Halloween parties, I’ve spent the week preparing for the Gershwin tribute concert I’ll be playing at on November 10th at Knox Presbyterian on Elgin at Lisgar. Preparing the music for this project has been a really interesting process. I realized that I know way more Gershwin tunes than I thought I did, just as a function of listening, but I still had to spend time finding keys and writing charts. And since I’m a ludite (only when it comes to chart writing) it’s a process that I can take a while. On Thursday I decided to power through these charts at the Carleton Tavern. Lesson learned: Sometimes work involves beer.

On Friday I popped down to the party supply store and got party hats for the Live jazz Monday’s third birthday! I’m so excited, I got a multitude pf colours and some with balloons on them! I can’t wait for this party. On Sunday I picked up the doughnuts from SuzyQ that I’ll be giving out. It’s going to be a hoot and half and I just can’t wait.

On Saturday we had our Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed which was a really fun and relaxed way to spend the afternoon. We had a couple of splendid vocalists come and join us, as well as a mitt-full of horn players. Our next one is November 17th.

On Sunday I spent the day wedding dress shopping in Moose Creek with my BFF. She’s a lovely, nerdy, science-woman who’s marrying a lovely, nerdy man and I couldn’t be happier for them. It was such a treat to be there when she picked the dress she’s going to wear to walk down the aisle. After launching Play I Do in February, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many weddings as a musician. I’m really looking forward to attending this one as a bride’s maid.

After shopping I picked up the doughnuts, packed them up for tonight then headed down to IMOO where we celebrated Craig’s 29th birthday.

Between birthdays, weddings, halloween, new shoes, new clothes, concerts, beer, and gourmet doughnuts I’m surprised I’m not sick of celebrating. To tell you the truth I can’t wait for Live Jazz Monday’s birthday tonight and I’m totally ready to keep the festivities happening right on through until January.

I hope to see you out at the Mercury Lounge tonight. If you come down you’ll have a chance to win tickets to my CD release on December 7th! Check out the video below for all the details and see you tonight!

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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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