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Notes from the Road - Steph Macpherson #6

Hitting the Wall

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!

It happens. Sometimes you have a show with low attendance. Sometimes you then have to crash for three hours and drive for fourteen.
It’s never very good for morale.
Last night, our show at the Haven in Edmonton did not go as well as we’d hoped.
The other acts were really great, the bar staff was wonderful, and it’s such a nice room to play; however, we were in competition with RON SEXSMITH.

The bill consisted of three touring acts, and the one local person that had originally been scheduled to play had to back out at the last minute, due to (from what I was told) a flare-up in his arthritis.
It didn’t help that everyone I know in Edmonton lives on or near White Ave, and reluctant to trek across town for a show.
We’ve been getting a lot of support from college radio, but the campus is also quite a ways from the venue.

I went in to CJSR Edmonton and chatted on air for a little bit to promote the show. It was great fun. Those guys are really fantastic people, and extremely supportive.

A bunch of friends did come out, last night… including a few that I haven’t seen in years. High school buddies are the best. A couple of them even drove for two hours just to come and listen!

Today we’re, as Ryan calls it, “balling the jack” (have you ever heard this before??) and driving straight back to Victoria from Edmonton.
For those of you that are curious, it’s a 14-hour drive.
Not the most fun, although very beautiful, as we get to drive through Jasper National Park.
Paying $20 to drive on a road (could I just put this out there?) is not the greatest.

Bonus, though… we saw a whole whack of gorgeous scenery, and Canadian wildlife… including Elk, Mountain Goats, a Black Bear, and a Wolf. Yes. A Wolf.
THAT was cool. (…and worrying… they were all so close to the highway!)

Be safe, nature. Please.

We shared the stage with Tom Keenan, Mark Irving, and Joshua Smith. They all put on a very good show. I’ve known Mark through the grapevine (facebook) for some time now, but this was my first opportunity to see him live. I hope to see all of these guys again in the future.

Today’s post is brought to you by sleep deprivation. Sorry guys!

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Current Location: Just west of Kamloops, BC.
Listening to: Sigur Ros – Agaetis Byrjun
Mood Ring: No mood ring. I threw it out the window somewhere along the drive out of sheer frustration over trying to translate my mood into a colour. ;p

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: Are you a touring musician? Have you ever hit that wall?

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