2017 was a tough year for me personally, and music never let me down with the therapy I received from it.
I played numerous solo shows, taking on new material – honing the craft of looping harmonies and bed tracks – not to mention becoming a ‘Causeway Busker’, performing a few days a week in the summer. As host of the All Ages Open Mic at Ma Miller’s, it has proven to be a wonderful community of encouragement and support, meeting new artists and friends every week. The Carla Olive Trio took on new form in Victoria, with Iain Rose on drums and Dennis Siemens on bass – both great musicians on the scene, and releasing my sixth recording, ‘Carla Olive Trio EP’. Occasionally, I performed as host guitar player of The Loft jam, where I found another community of like-minded, passionate individuals. In early October, I drove to the Calgary homeland for week to reconnect with friends and family – and the music community performing/participating.
So very thankful for the music community here in Victoria – I have been received! I’m excited for what the future holds musically here… as someone said to me when I first arrived: ‘Victoria will find you.’
Completely grateful for this night of celebration of another recording. An original rock project featuring songs of peace and identity. Pleased to perform with Dennis Siemens on bass, Iain Rose on drums. Thanks to The Loft for supporting original music. Thanks to Dennis Johnston for sound, Kim Brame on merch. Wonderful new friends and supporters to join in on the celebrations!
Very excited to announce the release of an EP my trio from Calgary (Kent Macrae on drums and Steven Shepard on bass) recorded before I moved away. Three songs of personal reflection and growth. I’ll be sharing original music from latter albums, alongside covers from my influences. Kirsten Ludwig will be opening the show. I have Iain Rose on drums and Dennis Siemens on bass – wonderful musicians to work with!
Recently, I drove to Calgary to reconnect with family and friends, and the Calgary Music Scene. I performed 5 different shows in 5 cool original music venues, attended a few open mics/stages, visited the National Music Centre and reconnected with family and friends – mission accomplished!