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reflections on the past year + the best of the blog 2013

It’s hard to believe 2013 is over. It feels like just yesterday I was spending a month in chronic pain rehab, taking trips from coast to coast, and celebrating four years of Live Jazz Monday at Mercury Lounge.

2013 is a difficult year to describe. Objectively, it was the worst year of my life to date. I struggled with chronic illness and had to relearn how to be myself, run my business, and live my life. I said goodbye a lot of amazing friends in Ottawa when I moved to Montreal, and shortly after the move, Craig and I went our separate ways.

With all this in mind, I was surprised when I realized how many personal goals I was able to accomplish. I released my second album, Here We Go Again, at the end of 2012 and throughout 2013 it reached personal bests for radio play and reviews. I got the opportunity to play at the OFF jazz festival in Montreal and Merrickville’s Jazz Festival. I got serious about blogging and purchased my first big girl camera. Following that I launched a bunch of new columns including jazz on film, lovely lyrics, and weekend inspiration. Now my readership, mailing list subscribers, facebook likes, and twitter followers are at an all time high.

For all of these accomplishments, I have you, my readers and supporters, to thank. Your cheerful comments and words of encouragement helped to keep me going through the hard times and I feel blessed to be able to call teaching, singing, and writing my job.

Thank you so very much for everything you bring to my life.

Now without further ado, here are my favourite posts from the past year!


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highlights: diy walker swag

jazz on film: the long goodbye // 02

a guide to removing the g-word from your favourite jazz songs

5 ways musicians can make the world more accessible

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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.


  1. Gardencat

    Here’s to a better year! You are a survivor and you will make it work, I know!

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