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Billy Talent
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    Billy Talent

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    Dead Silence

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    Warner Music Canada

Notes from the Road - Steph Macpherson #4

So. Much. Sky.

Notes from the Road is Music Canada’s artist tour diary. Canadian artists on tour around the world will share their stories of fans, gigs and the “good, bad and the ugly” of touring!

Here the earth shakes
From the railways
And the patchwork ties you to the other towns
And you don’t’ need
Blood for family
All thrown together, sewn into the ground.

I remember the first time I saw Regina. It was about 5 years ago, and I flew in from Victoria on my way to Montreal.
From above, the prairies look like a giant patchwork quilt, stitched together by train tracks and fences.
The city rises out of the landscape like a children’s pop-up book.
It’s really quite something.
The group of friends I was visiting felt more like a family than peers, and it made me wish I had the same relationship with some of the people I knew back home.
I’m happy to say that I think I’ve found my friend family back home now. So, among other things, thank you Saskatchewan, for pushing me to strive for better relationships.

Driving across is a bit of a different beast. The city still leaps from the earth without warning, but instead of the aerial vision of the landscape, you get to see every shape and texture and combination of cloud and sky you could imagine. The horizon looks like a series of brush strokes.

Also, if you drive through Medicine Hat, you can see the world’s largest tepee…

We rolled into town just in time to grab a quick bite and load-in our gear at the venue.
As we approached the venue, I heard a woman’s voice calling out my name. Turning around, I found an old friend. By old, we’re talking elementary school old. She and her boyfriend had driven down from Saskatoon to see the show and hang out.
It was really cool to see her, and extremely nice of them to drive for three hours just to catch up!

We all went for a beer at O’Hanlons after the show, and then they made the trek back home and we checked into our hotel.

The venue we played is called Creative City Centre.
It’s a really neat little 50-seat room in the heart of downtown Regina.
The owner’s name is Marian Donnelly, who, as it turns out, is the sister of a pretty well known live event producer in Vancouver – John Donnelly.
She’s great, and the show went really well.
Robyn Barbour played a beautiful set to open up the evening. Her voice is soft and sweet and actually kind-of entrancing.
Andy Shauf even came down to hang out and listen.
Andy is a friend and fellow singer-songwriter that calls Regina home. He, Zackary Lucky (Saskatoon) and I did a rather hefty tour together in 2009. We played 30 shows in 33 days. That’s pretty much the norm for Zach’s tours, though. He’s quite the road-warrior.
You should definitely check out Andy, Zachary, and Robyn… and help me to encourage Robyn to make an album.

On to Edmonton!
After a little makeshift weather stripping (the front windshield was threatening to leak a lil bit), we hit the road again.
We have the night off tonight, so I will be sure to update you on any shenanigans that take place.
Our home for the night will be the residence of an awesome Albertan band called “Wool on Wolves”. Look ‘em up!!

Today’s post is brought to you by Tim Hortons; friend to the musician on the road.

Suggested Twitter Adds: @andyshauf @zacharylucky
Current Location: I have no idea. I fell asleep for a while, we stopped for gas in North Battleford, and now we’re almost in Alberta, I think.
Listening to: Ryan Adams
Mood Ring: Baby Blue – Sky blue sky.

Before I sign off, I need to tell you what’s happening right now.
Jason is texting a complete stranger, claiming to have a rendezvous planned.

Mike had the number in his phone under a friend’s name. Looks like that friend has since changed his/her number.
The person was a little rude to Mike about having the wrong number, so Jason decided to have a little fun with him.

Here’s the conversation.
(I’ve blacked out the number, because, hey… that wouldn’t be cool)

Steph Macpherson is a Kiwi-Canadian, West-Coast-Canadian-Island-raised, singer-songwriter. Her debut full-length album, Bells and Whistles, was released in April 2012 on Cordova Bay Records. She is currently touring Western Canada.

Music Canada Editor: Have you ever toured or driven through Saskatchewan? Did you see the World's Largest Tepee? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for the next edition of Notes from the Road!

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