some vids

here's a couple of videos from a live at caper radio session with my friend catriona sturton and her tour mate (and now my new friend) john carroll. this show and their show at the fudge co the night before were both exceptional. as always, i will suggest to you that you should check out caper's youtube channel because there is always new amazing content.

another thing i want you to look at is this hilarious trailer for the equally hilarious play which stars two of my dearest friends, james and erin thompson. it's playing at the atlantic fringe festival in halifax this year as well as in sydney this coming week. i've seen it twice and highly recommend, if you like awesome acting and hilarious plays, that is.

Posted: 2013-08-12 13:16:37 UTC by ap

summer of science

so lots has been happening to me lately, even though i haven't been posting much (but i have kept the events up to date at least). sorry about that. this summer is pretty busy with non-music related stuff. i have a cool summer job which involves doing a lot of science field work (read: hanging out on cape breton beaches and driving around in boats on the beautiful bras d'or lakes). all of this is in advance of me going to BC for the fall semester to an awesome (and somewhat secluded) marine biology station. so i guess my goal for this summer is to play a lot of music to make up for a quiet autumn.

i didn't really mention it when it happened, but a month or two ago static in action played at the phoenix nightclub and noodle bar in north sydney, which was awesome. it is a really cool place and it's always exciting when a new venue appears. i haven't gotten the chance to try the noodles yet though.

we also played a great show at babas in PEI with ricochet. i absolutely love playing at that place, it reminds me of the maple leaf in sydney. small rooms make for the best shows.

coming up, as you can see on the sidebar, there's a bunch of shows in the near future, all of which i am excited for. yellow's playing with two bands that are amazing - alright already, which is sean macgillivray's band (and possibly one of my favorite bands of all time), and the the pathological lovers (watch / listen to a video here). i can't wait to see this band because it features jody richardson from fur packed action. fur packed are my favorite east coast band that i never got to see live. they played at gobblefest one time, i believe, and i didn't go see them, and then later they broke up. once i discovered their music, i've been kicking myself for missing their show(s) ever since. anyway, i would recommend not missing these shows. if just for the experience of seeing me become a starry-eyed fangirl.

Posted: 2013-06-12 13:37:58 UTC by ap

jay smith

my good friend jay smith died this week. i'm really devastated by this news. he was an awesome guy. he had a flair for really dumb jokes, which i loved. his band, rock ranger, was my favorite band ever to come out of cape breton, and he was one of the best guitar players i ever saw. rock ranger was the inspiration for yellow. if i hadn't heard them, who knows what different track my life would have taken. i was such a star-struck little teenager when i met him, but he was always kind to me, and eventually we became friends. we played many shows together over the years. i can't believe he's gone. jay was a total rock star, moreso than anyone i ever met. i remember him taking the cd out of the cd player at a party and putting rock ranger on instead. haha. it was hilarious, and somehow really charming. he was the real deal and he could pull off stuff like that. he was the lead guitar player for matt mays, and got to travel a lot with that band. i know he had a great life doing what he loved to do, but i feel like there was more left for him. i'll miss him.

www.mattmays.ca has a trust set up to raise money for his family. i think you should also click here to listen to rock ranger, or here to listen to his solo stuff - it's what he would have wanted, haha. the year he put out that solo album, a guy named jay smith won sweden idol or something, and we used to laugh about how once every couple of months he'd get a big cheque from people in sweden accidentally buying his album on itunes. here is a song by ladies room - one of his first bands, and the first one i ever heard. they played at the first show i ever attended, though i missed their set.

Posted: 2013-03-30 00:38:38 UTC by ap

on the brink

this show we're playing at the capri sunday is for what i consider to be a very worthwhile cause. caper radio is finally about to get a transmitter to be a grown up real life broadcasting station after many years of trying. i am so stoked i am involved with this whole thing and finally see the hard work of so many people come together to make something so awesome happen. check out the facebook event for more details. there is also a show the night before at the island arts cafe.

playing this capri show are awesome bands too:
Static in Action
We Are The Sparks
The Jaynes (video)
Rad and Subtract
and also more bands.

Posted: 2013-03-26 16:02:05 UTC by ap

picture day

ashley harding took some pictures of me, and my house too. it's called a photo interview i think click here to look at them.

also as you can see there are some rock shows coming up!

Posted: 2013-03-22 12:29:18 UTC by ap

harmonia times

click here to download the fancy version of the house next door. I recorded it today at soundpark studio with the amazing jamie foulds, and my harmonias (carolyn, ben, steve) and it came out banjotastic!
Posted: 2013-02-19 02:19:24 UTC by ap

vote ap

so, if you wanna, you can click here to vote for my song inverness at the cbc searchlight page! you can vote once a day.
Posted: 2013-02-18 19:02:53 UTC by ap

seek out ships!

i was able to go in the studio and record some back up vocs for my friends seek out ships tonight. click here to download the song. the lead singer (and amazing lyricist) of this band, dave daix, is one of my best friends in the world. i go waaaay back with him and chris, the drummer - they were in the very first band i was ever in, along with sean lewis, who did the recording for my track tonight. the rest of the tracking was recorded by their bass player mark scott, who (conveniently) has a kickass studio.
Posted: 2013-02-08 01:39:06 UTC by ap

nostalgia machine (out of order)

click here to download an mp3 of part of a CBC special on cape breton indie rock from 2006. there's some tom fun, 3 piece suit, lighthouse choir, and hulk out and kill in there. my friend thomas allen sent it to me today and it made me so happy to remember how crazy and busy and exciting everything used to be (insert jaded here). although during the ecmas she's talking about in the interview, i think i played 11 sets between tom fun, yellow, and solo, and ended up losing my voice and crying in a hotel room in the afternoon of the last day, haha.

it made me search out this old thing. when i was a teenager i had a subscription to chart magazine and pictures of our lady peace and i mother earth all over my walls (i also liked cool bands like thrush hermit and the inbreds, so don't get all judgy, i was like 14 for frig sake), and i dreamed of the day i would be in that mystical publication. so when this happened i was kinda super stoked. anyway, just thought i'd share. all about the old times lately.

Posted: 2013-01-27 23:05:48 UTC by ap

ultomato

here is an excellent video of an excellent song by my friend zach's excellent band:

Posted: 2013-01-16 18:33:52 UTC by ap
December
21
06:30pm
a cozy christmas concert
doktor luke's
Solo and Billie Yvette Avenue
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