New Show Announced: Secret Handshake Sunday Aug 30!

  
Join us this Sunday in Kensington Market Toronto! 2-5:30pm 170a Baldwin Street. :) 

I want a bagel!

Sometimes, in a world filled with quinoa and kale, you just want a white bagel double-toasted brown with creamed cheese dripping all over your face. By popular demand, I am posting a snippet of my parody of Ms B’s hit which I performed for the first time as part of LMG Productions’ Wonder Women series. 

Here is I Want a Bagel  
I’ll be performing it again live this Sunday August 30th at the Secret Handshake Series 170 Baldwin Street in Kensington Market 2:00-5:00pm. Come if you can!

This is especially posted for you and your friends, Derek! I hope you all enjoy and I hope to see you again at a live show– where the magic explodes! :)

Happy final daze of summer, everybuddy!

:)

People Profile: Harrison Fine!

Meet Harrison Fine: Music Creator and Producer!

Harrison Fine is a singer-songwriter, performer, producer, tech guy, community builder and inspirer. Fine Productions is “producing the music you listen to.” It’s certainly producing the music I listen and dance to! Fine’s project Opus Eyes is some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I love the sounds, I love the feels. A high-recommend by me! NOW Readers Choice Winner 2014 for Best Producer, Fine has many production packages to choose from for all music-making desires. He also hosts Get Your Mic On, a casual and fun podcast that I had the pleasure of joining in on. Wanna hear us banter with Karl Machat? You can on The Kat Leonard Episode!  But enough about me! Let’s get to more from Harrison!

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What is your career? 

I am a Music Producer. I work with indie artists, songwriters and bands on a regular basis.

Is it the same as your passion?  

I would say so.

What is your passion? 

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to music. I used to belt out into opera in grade one. I wasn’t very popular, lol.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? 

Waiting. Trust. Faith. I’ve been doing something or other with music for ten years now. The digital era put a lot of talented individuals out of jobs — both artists and industry professionals. As rewarding as my job is, it’s the hardest one I’ve ever had.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career?

Believe in yourself in the face of adversity. Never give up and aim higher than you think is possible of yourself.

What does it mean to be an artist?

We are all artists in a way. To create is to be an artist. You don’t need a brush or an instrument. By adding creativity to your day, you are an artist.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Why, why not?

No. I have grown a lot in the last five years personally. It’s through this transformation that I have started believing in myself and what I am capable of achieving.

Where will you be in 5 years? 

That’s for the universe to know and for me to find out. I would love to be healthily working full time in music, shaping the world and still dreaming big.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? 

Always believe in you. No matter who people say you should be, always be you. Never give up and trust the power you have within yourself.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self?

I hope I listened to my heart and took the road truest to me. I hope my choices lead to wonderful memories and everlasting growth.

How lucky are you and why?

Life is what you make it. I am lucky in many ways but in other ways I have faced many obstacles. To deviate slightly, I want to add that comparing obstacles with each other is futile. I have worked hard to get where I am and I’m a firm believer that hard work pays off.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 18.

What makes you laugh? 

I love satire, stand up comedy and jokes which make you think. To deviate again, I feel people need to lighten up more and realize comedy isn’t going to hurt anybody. We are so damn serious these days.

What is fun for you?

Spending time with my friends. I like to eat out even though it’s more expensive. My latest thing is for Ethiopian. Veggie platters FTW.

What makes you question humanity?

The fact that we are all seeking happiness yet we trample on others just to get more for ourselves. As a result, none of us are happy and misery encircles our generation.

What is your favourite quote?

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind – Mahatma Ghandi

Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plug or point our attention to? 

If you want to find out more about what I do, visit FINEProductions.ca. Also, as a songwriter I’m always releasing new music. My latest project is called Opus Eyes. It’s cinematic alternative pop with an electronic fusion. Check it out at opuseyes.com.

Please provide a link to something you find particularly inspiring.
Instructions For Life by The Dalai Lama
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I will let you know that I am fortunate enough to have heard the full master of Opus Eyes’s Lightswitch and it is a FINE production!!! Get it? Seriously though– it is a full-on dance party for one when I play it. The music of Opus Eyes moves me in ways that last longer than the time the music plays. I can’t wait for its full release and the upcoming music video(s) and more. The world better brace itself. :)  And now, a picture of Harrison and I with our biggest fan! Get it? :)

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Wishing you all a happy and creative day filled with what you wanna fill it with!

Love Kat :) xo

People Profile: Signe Miranda

Meet Signe Miranda: singer, songwriter, coach, author!

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Signe Miranda is many things, and just one of them is being a pretty swell lady to know; sweet and kind and also a creative supportive force on the music scene! She is lead singer of Signe Miranda’s Veranda, an alternative roots-rock band, and she also teaches The Song Creation Formula process and literally wrote the book on it! Here I am reading it! Those are smudges of milk chocolate on my brow. That’s how I Rolo.

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I posed the People Profile questions to Signe and this is what she said:

What is your career? Is it the same as your passion? What is your passion?

My career is songwriter, musician/performer, live sound tech, author and songwriting coach. My passion is having fun sharing the joy of music with people and inspiring people to embrace their creativity, passion and purpose. Often when people ask that question, they mean “what do you do for a living.” I see a career as something that I’m continually working at to expand my experience of mastering it. I do other things for fun and to support my career – working in an office, concert production work and other fun stuff that comes up.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?

One of my greatest challenges with my career is creating the time and space to focus on being in a creative place, when there are a lot of administrative entrepreneurial activities that go along with being my own record label, my own booking agent, manager, web designer and marketing manager, while having a part time day job and multiple facets to my career.

The rewards are boundless – being in creative flow is one of the most amazing feelings – writing songs & sharing them with an audience, rehearsing, recording and playing shows with my band (Signe Miranda’s Veranda), creating and leading programs that assist people in writing their first song when they never thought they could write a song.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career?

Follow your intuition. It will always guide you to the place where you belong. You’ll always be where you’re meant to be in a greater sense – although the journey flows if you’re in line with your intuition, while if you continually resist what is, the journey becomes a chore; and it’s all about the journey. Most artists create and share their art because they find joy in it and sometimes we think we need to do certain things because that’s what’s necessary to accomplish certain things. The path is different for each of us, so be your own guide and don’t get too frustrated allowing the “paperwork” to take over the creative work. Remember why you love it and keep that love alive.

What does it mean to be an artist?

To be an artist is to be free to create and experience the flow of life, transforming it into something through which the feeling or emotion can be shared with others to create an experience that transcends the one who created it.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Why, why not?

Five years ago I certainly didn’t expect to be where I am today. The thought never entered my mind at that time, that I would write a book and become a best-selling author and interview some of my favourite songwriters, do seven solo tours, driving across the country alone and having the most amazing time, traveling all over the place volunteering at personal development events, taking courses, working with a coach to expand my career and my awareness, creating and leading songwriting workshops, while still in the same day-job which allows me the freedom to travel, and playing in a band with such amazing musicians.

Where will you be in 5 years?

That’s a fantastic surprise and gift. I could guess; I could plan and everything gets turned upside down and shaken up. I will be wherever I lead myself to, one moment at a time. That’s not the answer I would have given six months ago. It would be really fun to be touring with my band, playing shows (band and solo) across Canada and the US, in Europe (especially Norway), Australia, New Zealand, anywhere the music leads me. I would love to travel to so many places – hiking mountains, visiting archaeological sites (particularly Egyptian, Roman and Mayan), playing sports and enjoying this amazing thing we call life.

I love recording albums, touring, creating and leading workshops and always learning – so I see that continuing to be a huge part of my life.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self?

Remember to play. It doesn’t matter what your age is, adults get to play too. Always remember that.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self?

Remember to play. Life is to be enjoyed. “Life is for laughing, loving and living.” (Ed Foreman)

How lucky are you and why?

I am so lucky, if you define lucky as amazement of how spectacular life can be, where things unfold in a surprisingly interwoven way, like we’re living a story that we wrote and forgot what the plot was going to be. Sometimes I forget how movies end and can enjoy them with fresh perspective. Life is kind of like that. Nothing is random.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

If I give away all my secrets, then nobody will be surprised anymore. ;) I teach tennis and one summer it was one of my tour-funding vehicles. I’m a certified NLP practitioner.

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you?

Really funny movies make me laugh – they have to be really really funny, ridiculous conversations – usually brought on by lack of sleep, and sincere joyful abandon (being in the moment and allowing the joy of the moment to overwhelm the senses – usually involving outdoor activities and/or silliness.

What I find to be the most fun is playing music, road trips, personal development courses, watching movies, hiking mountains and taking pictures of scenery, experiencing new places – particularly involving mountains and water – driving through the Rockies, overcoming fears – i.e. bungee jumping, starting conversations with people who I’m nervous to talk to, going to amazing concerts, doing live sound for concerts, dancing to joyful music, playing sports (especially badminton, tennis, table tennis, basketball and whirly ball – look it up – it’s the awesome-est sport that no-one’s heard of).

What makes you question humanity?

Philosophy encourages me to ponder purpose. It puzzles me that sometimes people get so caught up in being right that they lose perspective on their purpose.

What is your favourite quote?

I don’t have one favourite quote. It’s always changing. The one I mentioned earlier seems appropriate at the moment, “Life is for laughing, loving and living.” (Ed Foreman)

Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plug or point our attention to?

I’ve recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for the new album I’m recording with my band, Signe Miranda’s Veranda. It’s called “Heart Wave” and I’m really excited to be recording with these awesome musicians that I started working with over the last year and a half (Shamakah Ali & Rob Brown), as well as Brian Allossery, who has an awesome sense of how to arrange my songs in a way that really inspires me. I’m excited to have guest musicians on the album too – Peter Nunn and Bob Egan. We just started recording the first four songs at Rouge Valley Studio with Jeremy Trites and we’re releasing one single at a time every couple of months, starting next month. My purpose is to share the joy of music with as many people as I can and people can get involved by donating and/or sharing our crowdfunding page – http://smarturl.it/fundheartwave

I’m about to head out on my fifth west coast tour in September, playing shows and leading songwriting workshops (The Song Creation Workshop/Experience) from Vancouver to Edmonton – to share my book “The Song Creation Formula” and to launch the first single from “Heart Wave.” – http://www.signemiranda.com/

I attended the Coalition Music/Canada’s Music Incubator Artist Entrepreneur Program last year and it was an absolutely amazing experience – helping me grow as an artist, focus and expand – http://www.canadasmusicincubator.com/

Brian Allossery (singer, songwriter, musician, producer) has this awesome social networking site for artists to connect with eachother and share their art – musicians, poets, painters, writers… from all around the world – http://lazypoets.com/

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See? Look how helpful and inspiring she is!
For more on Signe and all her projects, check out her links!
New courses for the fall are available with the Song Creation Workshop! Check it!
Have a glorious day!
:)
Love Kat

New Show Announced: August 21st Wonder Women at Hirut

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Let’s Make Good Productions presents Arlene Paculan & Wonder Women at Hirut Restaurant
2050 Danforth Avenue Toronto– just west of Woodbine subway station.

Friday August 21st 2015 Doors 7pm Music 8pm 
PWYC (Suggested $10)

Wonder Women of Music are:
Kat & The MP3 (Hey, that’s me! ;p)
Meghan Morrison
Catherine M. Thompson

Wonder Woman of Artwork is:
Joylyn Chai

Hope to see you there, everybuddy!

:)

Heather Babcock: On Writing!

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Heather Babcock is “writing to exhale,” and her new chapbook Of Being Underground and Moving Backwards has been published by DevilHousePress. You should really check it out!

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I asked Heather some questions on writing and she answered. Watch her lips move and her eyes sparkle here! Heather Babcock: On Writing!

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For more on Heather Babcock please visit her website www.HeatherRoseBabcock.tumblr.com!

Carry on, everybuddy! Have a glorious day!
Love Kat! :)

Noir #Selfie

Kat Leonard:

Thanks for the recap TOPoet!
Lizzie Violet’s Cabaret Noir is one of the hottest gigs in town, yo! :)

Originally posted on TOpoet:

What better way to kick off the August Cabaret Noir open stage than with Sarrah October’s piece about erotic revenge: ‘even if you weren’t duct taped to the bed.’ Next Kayla Forrest with an emotional piece about homelessness: ‘take someone by the hand to show them a better day.’ Then I hit the stage with pie to the face.

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First feature, Alexandra Innes (https://twitter.com/YummyQuotes) arrived a little late but after a shot of tequila did a strong set of her clear-eyed, sexy, romantic, realistic poems: ‘she drinks & drinks as long as someone pays,’ ‘numb myself through another day,’ ‘still he keeps on running, the best rat in the race,’ ‘talk is cheap until you have to pay the price,’ ‘opted for the fantasy of him changing.’ She ended with her powerful piece about rape: ‘a chill calm cloaks my terror as I chose rape…

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Novembers: Children’s Mental Health Book by Adrianna Prosser!

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My courageous and glorious friend Adrianna Prosser is doing such great work in the field of mental health and empowerment and is now working on a children’s book called Novembers! She is looking for input and I think yours would be very valuable! Please take the time to help enrichment! :)

Wishing you a healthy and happy day!

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New Show Announced: Me, Myselfie & Candice Sand! August 15th!

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It is time for the next rendition of Myselfie, with more songs and stories! And guess who else!!!

Candice Sand! Pop/R&B Recording Artist, Songwriter, and #FlowerChild creating music to touch the heart and move the body. A blend of Nastasha Bedingfield and Alicia Keys– and a gloriously funny, smart, hardworking and inspiring soul I am so proud to call friend! :) xo

CLICK FOR VIDEO! Something to cool you off in the hot summer daze… this is one of my fave Candice Sand songs, Go On, featuring JRDN. Some of the lyrics: We can do anything! Get up and Go on! 

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For more Candice, click up her site!  www.CandiceSand.com

CLICK FOR VIDEO! Me on why I’m doing Myselfie

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Proceeds from this event will go toward the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) which promotes healthy lifestyles as an alternative to dieting and the destructive cultural emphasis on appearance.

www.nedic.ca

Doors 7:00 Show 8:00
$10 at the door

Now go on, and see you there!  :) <3

MySelfie

The One-self show full of humours and heartfelt storytelling, music and dance promoting healthy body image and self-esteem.

I’ve been dieting since I was 8 years old when an innocent remark became a lifelong obsession. After years being the sturdiest kid of my peers, I wondered just how much bigger I was gonna get. So at 8 years old I ask my mom, “Mommy, how big am I gonna get?” She innocuously explains that I will reach my final size by the time I’m 12. Of course, she means that my skeleton will have stopped growing by then and my basic body type set. But at 8 years old I take this explanation to mean that whatever I looked like at the age of 12 would be what I would look like FOREVER. With a slight sense of panic, my 8-year-old self suddenly knew that I had just four years to get myself into shipshape perfection. Well, four years seemed so far away– a whole half of my life at the time– that I kept putting it off until Monday, a putting-off process that I continued leading up to my 12-year mark and well past for decades later. And to this day— well, it’s not Monday yet, is it?

I read once that 1% of what we are is visible and touchable and the remaining 99% of us is a lot of something else. That’s a lot of us that has nothing to do with what we look like. And if we think about all the changes our physical body goes through, it’s ridiculous to identify ourselves with the mere 1% of our being that is so transient. Am I a teetering toddler? A blond virgin? A witty old lady to be? It doesn’t matter what vehicle we travel in. What matters is the destination and journey. But the vehicle is valuable nonetheless and we need to take care of it and be grateful for it because it’s what allows us to navigate the world, to affect the world and to be affected by it. In a way of acknowledging and giving thanks to my current vehicle, the 1% I get to ride around in every day on this leg of my journey, I have created a snapshot of me that I share, a one-self show celebrating my body and the experiences it has endured and enjoyed. I call it Myselfie.

With heartfelt and humorous storytelling, song and dance, Myselfie is my mission to create a meaningful spectacle that will engage, entertain and empower people of all ages but particularly teens and preteens toward healthy body image, self-esteem and self-expression. I believe that if we can all nurture love and levity within ourselves we will be able to do it for others in an infectious and sustainable way.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
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