Had an inspiring night last night, listening to some jazz musicians displaying their shiny talents – I have to practice my instruments more! I could tell there were a lot of musicians and artists in the room, appreciating every note.
This morning, I had brunch in the warm sunshine of the patio connected to the jazz club/hotel I’m staying in, observing the busyness of people and sounds that is downtown Toronto. Steve’s Music Store was calling my name, and I just had to visit – hope they didn’t mind all the drool on their guitars 🙂 I stopped in at the Hard Rock Café on my way to the Ontario Art Museum to visit Bob Dylan’s guitar and other memorabilia. I thoroughly enjoyed the Art Museum with featured exhibit from Jean-Micheal Basquiat. Loved his quote: ‘I don’t think about art when I’m working, I think about life.’ I can relate to that! I especially enjoyed his collaborations with Andy Warhol – street art and pop culture colliding. Group Of Seven and Emily Carr were highlights for me. I spent the rest of the afternoon playing guitar, learning new chords and song ideas from Guitarsplat Brent’s guitar charts I snagged from him before I left Calgary… what a great tool for learning, and inspiring new song ideas! I already have one in progress!
Later in the afternoon, I made my way down to the Sheraton Hotel where Canadian Music Week is being held to register for the conference. As soon as I entered the doors, I knew it was full of artists – loud, excited, and quirky classy people (I had to throw classy in there to describe myself 🙂 ). I received all the schedules and agendas, and mulled over them while I ate my dinner. I’m uber excited about the lectures and meeting the presenters. As far as I can tell, the main subject matter of the conference is how the music biz has changed because of the internet and how to move forward with it. My wristband will give me access to all sorts of venues with all sorts of bands… it’ll be hard to choose! One performer I will definitely catch is Calgary’s own Kiesza… I remember the first time I saw the video of ‘Hideaway’ and I was not only blown away by the one-take shot cinematography, but the song is killer!
Loving Toronto so far… I’m on my way out tonight to check out some bands in venues near my hotel. I’m open and ready to be inspired!