My Week In Pictures: Tap dancing, swing dancing, and synchronized swimming


This week was all about dance and movement. And TV watching/nail care, which I guess is the opposite of dance and movement… let me elaborate.

On Friday night me and my Gentlemen Friends™ were scheduled to play for the Ottawa Swing Dance Society’s Live Band Friday in partnership with Ottawa Blues Blast (It barely fit on the markee. That was a joke.) This was a special edition of Live Band Friday and there were way more swing dancers packed into the church auditorium than I’d ever seen before. There were great instructors from out of town, there was a Jack & Jill blues dance competition, and there was even a party after the dance that started at 2am.

Those dancers have some serious energy.

I knew I was going to have to muster everything I had to keep up with them so I spent most of the day doing a whole lot of nothing. I stayed in my pyjamas, went out for coffee with Craig, painted my nails, and binged on Community. It was amazing. I don’t normally paint my nails but (confession time) I have a severe nail-biting problem and Ive decided to get into painting nails as a way of breaking the habit. Wish me luck!

On Sunday I had my first rehearsal with the Ottawa Rhythm Initiative which is an organization dedicated to cultivating the tap dancing community in Ottawa. I am participating in a showcase they are putting on in June and over the next couple of month’s we’ll be gathering to rehearse with the tap dancers. Collaborating with dancers is a completely new experience for me but I already love it and I’m excited to keep working on the show.

After all that excitement I scooted down to Ottawa University to see my sister perform in the Gee-Gees Watershow. For those of you that don’t know, a watershow is what you call a synchronized swimming showcase. I’ve seen her swim on a handful of other occasions but this one was a really important one because it may have been one her last. It’s hard to stop doing something you’ve loved your whole life but she’s so good at whatever she puts her mind to so I’ll know she’ll be fine.

That’s it for my week! How was your week? Let me know in the comments below or on facebook or twitter.

My Week In Pictures: first week of 2013


2013 is underway and the year has started off with a bang. After a New Year’s day brunch with the fam I jumped back into work. I started writing some grant applications that are due next week and set up the last of the Indiegogo perks to be sent out. I had a nice coffee date with Nicholas Maclean, a great pianist from Ottawa who currently lives and studies in Toronto. And I had a lovely breakfast date with fellow singer, Nicole Ratté.

On Friday night I played at the Ottawa Swing Dance Society’s live band night so we spent the afternoon on Thursday rehearsing for that.

I have a tendency to overwork myself so I tried to make time for songwriting, working out, and a little bit of photography, just for fun. I actually really like that self-portrait in the middle photo. It was taken by shooting with my iPhone through the view finder of a Fujica Camera. Click here to see the higher res version of that photo.

There is so much going on in the next few months so I’m trying to prepare myself and get ahead on work. Is that even possible?!

Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting back to regular performance. Live Jazz Monday is back tonight at 9pm at Mercury Lounge so please stop on by for a cocktail and a relaxing evening of jazz standards preformed by myself and François Gravel. There’s no cover!