Leslieville | Living in Torontos Best Neighbourhood

Leslieville | Living in Torontos Best Neighbourhood
…and finding the hottest new designer there too, Jacqueline Peres of Maison Jacqueline! I have seen this girl in action, and she reveals beauty overlooked every time! And with such a generous wit and charm! For real! :)

41 Regrets You Don’t Want to Take to Your Grave. | Rebelle Society

41 Regrets You Don’t Want to Take to Your Grave. | Rebelle Society.

I wish everyone would read this and realize that reading it is not enough.
We must also take heed.  :)

In the spirit of collaboration – A story from the S.A.C. Songwriting/Blogging Challenge 2014

Kat Leonard:

A lesson in cooperation…. a sweet sound! :)

Originally posted on Songwriters Association of Canada:

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Every song is a journey. At the middle of which is a compelling statement, an engaging story, an emotion. It’s your perception, your belief, what you struggle with, or towards, it’s your aspirations – set to a melody. And whether the song reveals your deepest corners or is a story captured and told through your eyes – whether it’s your song to sing or for someone else to sing – at the heart of the song, is you.

I began songwriting at the age of 8. Embedded in the folk scene at 14, I crossed the ocean at 16 to perform in Europe, spent many years as lead singer and songwriter / co-writer with various rock bands touring North America and then went on my own, focused on writing and releasing my album. I’ve written an extensive catalogue of songs over ‘a few’ decades – and…

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About | Up The Creek: Dawsons Creek Revisited

You know how some things you found so awesome as a youngin’ seem kinda less so when you’re an oldin’? The snow hill that was so high? The Disney movie that was full of horror? The Wagon Wheel that was enough for a snack?

What happens when Jen and Jenn go back up Dawson’s Creek? Punchy prose, that’s what! :)

This: About | Up The Creek: Dawsons Creek Revisited.

Entertaining, topsy-turvy romp of political shenanigans & scandal in Ubu Mayor

Originally posted on life with more cowbell:

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Astrid Van Wieren, Richard Harte & Michael Dufays – photo by Yuri Doje

One Little Goat Theatre Company opened its run of Adam Seelig’s Ubu Mayor at the Wychwood Theatre last night. Inspired by Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi – and the wacky antics and scandals of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford – Seelig describes Ubu Mayor as “an all-out romp of asinine absurdity. With music.” This is One Little Goat’s first production with music, and Seelig is wearing several hats for this piece – also the composer and director – with music and live band direction by Tyler Emond.

Mayor Ubu (Richard Harte) is a well-meaning, but not too bright, bicycle riding guy with a vision who wants the best for his city. He also thinks his wife Huhu (Astrid Van Wieren) is cheating on him with his older brother Dudu (Michael Dufays). The audience…

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B-Side|Wonder Women-Los Angeles

Kat Leonard:

Flip it to the B-Side! Thanks once again to The Harlton Empire for their tireless support of artists! Please add them to your Reader and follow along! They are always up to super shenanigans! :) xoxox

Originally posted on The Harlton Empire:

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We just don’t have the time to explore everything we love. So we give you ‘B-Side‘- a random collection of things we love that we think you should explore further. Today’s post is all about Wonder Women LA and empowering female artists. Check out their press release below:

FEMALE MUSICIANS RAISE FUNDS FOR LOCAL CHARITY

(Wonder Women Los Angeles Will Donate Funds to the Women Like Us Foundation)

September 7th at Arcadia Blues Club, female musicians, and artists will perform at “Wonder Women Los Angeles.” The movement aims to empower young women to use their artistic voices, while raising funds for the Hollywood chapter of the “Women Like Us” Foundation.

Wonder Women was created by singer-songwriter, Arlene Paculan, to showcase female artists while supporting female-driven charitable organizations. Paculan met artist and activist April Snow on a trip to California and the two began working together to…

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Wonder Women LA: Meet Kat Leonard!

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Meet KAT LEONARD of Wonder Women LA!
( Hey, that’s me! :) )

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Kat Leonard in third person is a dare duel between Madonna and k.d. lang, madcap and profound. Kat is a feisty performance pop dynamo whose music oscillates unpredictably between heartfelt and hilarious, leaving you with the drunken joy of a sugar rush.  Kat & The Mp3’s debut CD, Depper Kind Of Love, was released June 9, 2011 (Johnny Depp’s birthday!) in conjunction with the one-hour live multimedia live show inspired by loving and losing Johnny Depp. Kat is Artistic Director of Let’s Make Good Productions and WonderFest, the festival of workshops and concerts spreading empowerment through art. At the first ever Wonder Women LA on Sept 7, 2014, Kat performs a few ditties and co-hosts along with the lovely April Snow. 

An interview with myself:

What is empowerment to you? Realizing that empowerment is actually a commodity available to us at all times and we just need to take a good hold. “Poor is the man whose pleasure depends on the permission of another.” -Madonna

What does being an artist mean to you? Being an artist means it’s difficult to settle for the average. It is being constantly exposed to and fed by an open, abundant and sometimes chaotic channel with an insight that allows one to see and feel things before they are pointed out by someone else, with a force that is electric and compoundable. It is a physical need to analyze and express. It is a gift that keeps giving that you cannot keep in its box. It feels like a physical responsibility to share it, like a helpful beast roaring out of ones soul to explode, to share, to sooth and engage others in a similar power.

What is your career? What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Advice to others embarking on similar career? I have made a career out of doing my art on the side and holding down a job to pay the bills. The greatest challenges of this are the time away from my art and the nagging question to myself, “What if I did my art full time all these years? Would I have made it bigger than my pants by now?” The rewards of this are that I don’t feel desperate to make my art to pay the bills and I can say no to projects that don’t serve the art. It also allows me to live daily in a moderate world meeting characters and experiencing life to later analyze and electrify in a song or standup bit. Advice to others: Just like investing money, when you invest in your career, decide for yourself how much risk you can bear and how much security you require to feel fulfilled on an average daily basis. Feeling stifled is just as painful as feeling vulnerable and we need to balance these in a way we can live with. Taking risks and getting out of our comfort zones is absolutely crucial but needs to be balanced with a sense of calm so that our energy can be focussed on higher endeavours than mere survival.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? Eat whatever you like but stop when you’re no longer hungry.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? Pass the chips! We don’t have much time!

What would people be surprised to know about you? I have a degree in Science, Biology. I am sometimes prone to panic attacks in crowds and noise.

What is your favourite quote? “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt 

I have always been drawn to the balance between light and dark and also to the pensive and tired. This is a picture of me that I feel exudes both.
I’ve been noticing of late that my bottom lip is quite asymmetrical.

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This is one of my favourite videos of me– it will be a long time before I do another one like this because I almost barfed after shooting it. For real!

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DANCEFLASH: My version of Flashdance :)

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You can discover more of my musings, music and dancing all over this blog, actually! Go ahead, click about! :)

You can follow me  @Katbandoo on Twitter, Instagram, and down the street quite easily because I’m not that fast a walker.

Come to Wonder Women LA on September 7th at Arcadia Blues Club!
We promise you a good time! You can pick up CDs there too!

You can find out more about the show and the rest of the Wonder Women LA lineup here!

 

Click for tix to Wonder Women LA!

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Wonder Women LA: Meet April Snow!

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Meet APRIL SNOW of Wonder Women LA!

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From Lookin’ For Trouble’s album release at Arcadia Blues Club, April’s friend Michael Kloda captures a beautiful soulful moment.

 

April Snow is the driving force behind Wonder Women LA and a soul singer, songwriter and recording artist. She has opened for Isaac Hayes, and 5-time Grammy nominee Marcia Ball, and has performed back-up vocals for Chaka Khan. April is a 2013 inductee to the Blues Hall of Fame, and sings lead vocals with Lookin’ for Trouble Blues Band.

April answers:

What is empowerment to you? As a woman and as an artist, I feel that “empowerment” is keeping informed about my communities, activities, and groups, then using the information I collect to form opinions about issues in those environments, and lastly, feeling that I possess the strength and voice to speak up in regards to those issues.

What does being an artist mean to you? I think that if you define yourself as an artist you are committing to using your voice via the arts. This can mean painting, poetry, music, dance, comedy, any artistic outlet. I believe that artists have a responsibility to inspire people, communicate with people, and to change and touch other individuals and their surrounding environment. I can tell you that some of the toughest moments in my life have inspired art, and I can tell you that experiencing someone else’s art has also had the ability to make me feel understood or moved in those moments. It’s powerful stuff.

What is your career? What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Advice to others embarking on similar career? My career in the arts is as a singer-songwriter. I also work in event production and marketing.Some of the greatest challenges to me as a singer-songwriter are to stay inspired and creative, and to keep my integrity about what my time and talents are worth.

On the other hand, the rewards are amazing. There’s the impact that singing and songwriting has on my mental health and well-being. It’s so therapeutic to channel my emotions into writing, or blow off stress and steam by belting out a song. Aside from the psychological benefits, the biggest reward has to be making an impact on people. Touching someone’s heart or soul with my art, that’s a pretty awesome feeling.

My advice to aspiring singer-songwriters would be to make music every day. Don’t let a day go by that you’re not playing, or singing, or writing, or at least listening. Listen to everything; other music, sounds, lyrics, poetry, and your instincts and heart. Don’t be concerned with what is popular or marketable, just make what you like.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? I would tell her not to listen to negativity. When I was around that age I loved to sing but I had someone make me feel as though I was not any good at it. It didn’t stop me from singing but it did prevent me from pursuing it as a career when I was younger. I would also tell her, you are beautiful just the way you are, with your crooked pinkies, and your freckles, and even though your brother calls you fat. It’s not your outside that makes you beautiful anyway so focus on your character not your body, and those little things that make you different don’t make you ugly, they make you human.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? I think I’d just want to know what advice she had to give me!

What would people be surprised to know about you? I have three little-known facts to share with you: 1. I am a recovering alcoholic, and have been sober for over 5 years. 2. When I was 20 years old, I weighed approximately 250 pounds, I lost over 80 pounds for my wedding in 2005. 3. I dropped out of school at age 15 and got my GED. I went back to school in my late 20’s and I am working toward a law degree.

What is your favourite quote? I don’t have one favorite quote, but this is one I often quote in regards to art: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol

Here’s a link to a song. It’s called “Look Out” and I wrote it with the help of my guitarist Greg Conte. This recording means a lot to me because it is the first original song that I ever got to record, and I happen to really love this song. Look Out

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I just think the world of April! What a positive force in the world she be! :)

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April has fans of all ages! Santa Clarita Blues Festival 2014 Photo by Mary Adler Travis

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April brings it to everything she does! She played with her dad at The Fabulous Fifties. Photo by Jordanne Dervaes



Find more sights and sounds from April here:
www.AprilSnowMusic.com

http://www.facebook.com/aprilsnowofficial

http://www.twitter.com/aprilsnowkass

And see her at Wonder Women LA on September 7th at Arcadia Blues Club!
You can find out more about the show and the rest of the Wonder Women LA lineup here!

 

Click for tix to Wonder Women LA!

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New Show announced!

Hear ye hear ye! We are two weeks away!

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Fri August 29, 2014: Musedy Tag Team, Rando Bando, Kat & The Mp3 at The Black Swan Toronto

 

Musedy Tag Team (Kat & Arlene)

Rando Bando
(An eclectic assortment of comedic performers who delight and offend in relatively equal measure!)

Kat & The Mp3! (That’s me!)

Please join us for a night  full of Music Comedy! We’re also gonna do some musical improv and YOU could be a part of the action!
Suweeeet! Come one, come all!

WHERE: The Black Swan – 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto-3rd floor
WHEN: Friday August 29, 2014; Doors 8:30 Show 9:00
HOW: Pay What You Can (Suggested $10)

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Wonder Women LA: Meet Chelsea Bayouth!

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Chelsea Bayouth is an artist and poet residing in Los Angeles. After graduating CalArts in 2008 she broke into the physical effects industry where she worked creating specialty costumes and puppets for various feature films and stage plays such as, Spiderman, Man of Steel and Wicked. She currently is the host of the Los Angeles ‘Foxhole’ event where she showcases local songwriting and poetic talent against a seasonally themed installation. She is also the co-founder of Reign of Diamonds Press which publishes poetry and art books and is employed at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios where she creates puppets for the Cartoon Network show Robot Chicken. As of February 2014 she released her debut book of poetry, Beaus & Eros which is available for purchase on Amazon or her website http://www.ChelseaBayouth.com.

Chelsea answers….

What does empowerment mean to you? Empowerment to me means the freedom to act without fear or hesitation. No matter who you are or what your circumstances, when we are free in our mind and body, we are empowered,

What does being an artist mean to you? Being an artist means allowing myself to act as a vessel for creative thought. My ‘art’ takes many forms. I sculpt, paint, write, cook, sew…anything I become curious about I learn. And when I am in the art making mindset I feel very much like I am channeling something from somewhere far away. Sometimes the morning after I make a mask or a painting I look at it and am struck. Did I make that? Its like being in a trance. Its meditative. I relate a lot to the idea of Daemons.

What is your career? My career….is a horse of a different color. Currently I make my living as a Character Fabricator on the Cartoon Network show Robot Chicken. But I also sell my art and am a writer! I guess you could sum it all up and say that I am an artist. That seems to be the point of it all at the end of the day.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? The greatest challenges, if we are talking about my day job, are probably the hours. While I love my job, it is difficult sometimes to balance the demanding hours of a fast-paced entertainment job and the ideas of my own that I want to give attention to. The greatest reward is that I get to do what I absolutely love! While most things I create with the studio are not of my own, it is a far cry from administrative assisting. Which I was miserable at.

Advice to others embarking on similar career? Am I giving advice to the Artist or Character Fabricator? For Artists it would be, be true to yourself. Don’t forget to take alone time. Write in a journal. Know who you are. Open the channel in your mind and let it flow. For Fabricators, or anyone trying to thrive in entertainment it would be, be someone people want to hire. Your skills are only half the equation. Always be the student no matter how much you know. There is nothing to be learned when you’re at the top of the mountain where nothing grows.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? That’s a hard one. I still feel 8. I would say don’t be afraid I guess. That and “Start saving money now!” Oh wait. I know what I would say. I would say If you want something you have to work to get there. Most Millennials were raised in the time of fairytales and Jewel. Up until recently I was just waiting around for my dreams to come true. Then a little lightning bolt landed on me and I got working. Now the doors are opening to me. The sooner you learn to work towards your goals the sooner they will manifest!

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? Good job and I love you.

What would people be surprised to know about you? Hmmm. How intimate do I want to get here? People always seem surprised when I tell them I was a car model. When I was 19 I got paid to wear a rubber dress and sit on car hoods and walk around in heels at race tracks. It was another life. And it paid for art supplies.

What is your favourite quote? Now THAT is a hard one. There are so many I could pick. I am entirely in love with words. I have been thinking about this ever since this interview was sent to me. But I keep coming back to Conor Oberst’s quote from the song Bowl of Oranges,”If the world could remain within a frame like a painting on the wall, then I think we’d see the beauty and we would stand staring in awe, at our still lives posed, like a bowl of oranges, like a story told, by the fault lines in the soil.” I just love it. To me it is the exact reason people love art and music and movies. For some reason we can always see the beauty in other peoples lives. But ours are just as beautiful, no matter where you are in your story.

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<– I love this picture. I was a sarcastic, precocious kid and It sums up the essence of who I am pretty well. I never want to take myself too seriously. And in most situations I usually want to be wearing a hunting hat with a boar oar and some airy shorts.

 

And a link to a piece of art I absolutely love.  –>
Olivier de Sagazan 2008 

 

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Chelsea’s Smoke Women, published, Literary Orphans:

 

Smoke Women

 

How many times did I wish for a suede cheeked Nana?

 

A grandmother with a house in a landlocked state

 

where I would summer unruly and come of age gracefully,

 

shaped by her wisety and love of the land?

 

 

 

Who’s ears would hear the secrets that my parents ears would not.

 

Who would tell me about brassieres

 

and men and peeling apples.

 

Who would understand my rages.

 

 

 

I didn’t have an apple Nana.

 

 

 

They were both women born of an era of smoke.

 

Smoke that stuck to the grain in the wood.

 

And in the sky of the burning valleys.

 

Smoke settled and green at the foot of the hills in the time before hybrids.

 

Smoke that came only on birthdays

 

and lingered briefly when the candles were out.

 

 

 

I always heard about the broken things.

 

Broken front teeth of a cheating grandfather.

 

The broken farm of a death too soon.

 

Broken china in the sea of a kitchen.

 

Broken vows.

 

Broken hips and tubes.

 

 

 

They were skinny and hard.

 

White old women of an aging white Hollywood.

 

Painters and writers. Always donning sunglasses,

 

always ice in their rum. Always lipstick. Always jewelry.

 

Liz Taylor and Vivienne Leigh.

 

Never knowing what to say to me or why.

 

 

 

I wanted needlepoint. And cookies.

 

A soft belly and a heaving bosom.

 

I yearned to be bossed in way I would listen.

 

Wanted stories of the war and how they fell in love.

 

To know about the time of non-essentials.

 

And where their parents came from.

 

 

 

My curiosity made me uncharacteristically shy.

 

Who cares about the ficus in the living room the shape of a girl?

 

 

 

Which is why I needlessly adjusted my training bra

 

by her hospital bedside one broken hip ago.

 

 

 

And she noticed before she died that I would be a woman soon, like her.

 

Which made me rage inside with pride.

 

 

 

I was a timeline on fire of her past and my future,

 

all from a comment, raised eyebrows and a tip of her head.

 

 

 

But before I could get there, before I could show them, they died.

 

Their habits eclipsing their life.

 

 

 

I was left dumb, a grandmotherless girl with no history,

 

who knew nothing of casseroles or welping boxes.

 

 

 

I carried on.

 

Feeling bitter towards Werthers commercials.

 

 

 

Frequently I wonder if like in the Simpsons,

 

their heads are lined up on puffs of clouds and looking down.

 

To see me cleaning paintbrushes. To see me typing this.

 

To see me wear lipstick and gold and turn down cigarettes.

 

And to watch me secretly break porcelain when I’m angry.

 

 

 

If there is a booze soaked cork dance floor in death, they are there.

 

But also, they are here. Not in the stories I heard from them

 

or the summer picked peaches of wisdom, but in me.

 

 

 

This artist. This woman.

 

 

 

Ambivalence. This furious body.

 

 

 

Growing exhaustion of expectation.

 

Unquenchable thirst.

 

 

 

A timeline smoking

 

on fire.

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I know this was just a tease, so for more Chealsea Bayouth, go here!!!! www.chelseabayouth.com

And see her live at Wonder Women LA on September 7th at Arcadia Blues Club!

You can find out more about the show and the rest of the Wonder Women LA lineup here!

 

Click for tix to Wonder Women LA!

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