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My Week In Pictures: Montreal, Miranda July, and more

Wow, the week just zoomed by, didn’t it? Fall is fully upon us now which means more time spent eating heavier meals indoors or curled up with a book. I did a lot of both of those things this week. I spent a lot of time at my writing desk with the wine left over from IMOOFEST the weekend before. The festival was a hoot and half but after all the running around, Craig and I needed some serious down time.

The two of us took a quick day trip to Montreal and visited our favourite spots to eat and hang out. We started with lunch at Aux Vivres, a vegan restaurant that makes incredible sandwiches and smoothies. Then we went to Phonopolis and looked at records. I didn’t get anything but Craig got a bunch of neat Braxton records. I love looking at the Seripop posters that they carry there. Next door to Phonopolis is Drawn and Quarterly. We never miss an opportunity to visit that place. I bought a book of short stories by Miranda July called No on belongs here more than you. I’ve read three of them so far and they’re intensely beautiful and compelling. We spent the rest of the day reading and catching up with friends (a surprise encounter) at Club Social before stopping into Schwartz’s for dinner and driving back to Ottawa. It was a lovely day.

So that was Sunday. Saturday was a busy day too! Craig and I spent the afternoon at Pressed for our Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam at Pressed. We met lots of kind and talented young musicians and had a great time playing and hanging out. Our next one is on October 27th. That night I went down the NAC Fourth Stage and caught the first set of TOM, a Tom Waits tribute featuring Missy Burgess, Chris Fagan, and Steve Berndt. It was fun and chilling and wonderful. I could have stayed for the second set but instead I went and caught the second set of Katie Hurdon and friends at GIGSPACE. It was great to see so many amazingly talented musical friends in one evening.

In other news, Here We Go Again has been successfully mastered by Bova Sound and has already been submitted to Healey Music for printing! I should have them in my hot little hands before the end of the month. I can’t wait to start shipping out promotional copies before the release. I can’t wait to unleash the album upon the world!

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

My next performance is Monday, October 15th 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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