Monthly Archives: August, 2016

People Profile: Ryan VanDrie!

This is a special BS Fridays edition People Profiles! BS Fridays is a musical networking community where musical souls in the industry from artists, performers, businesses peeps and more get together to pool their resources and expand their support. On Friday August 12th you can come out to The Cameron House in Toronto and meet us and see some of us performing– including me and Ryan VanDrie!

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Who is Ryan VanDrie? Well, he’s a kind of road warrior, creative musician and more! He is currently building his own alt rock band project called if & when  that has light show programming with live performances. It has been a lengthy labour of love that finally comes to fruition at The Piston for Tues October 18th. Be there if you can!

You can get a sense of Ryan’s music on Soundcloud! Here’s a sampling duo!

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You know I asked Ryan some questions about himself! Here are his answers!

What is your career? I am currently working in Road Operations for a local municipality. I respond to high priority concerns and investigate legal claims related to roads.

Is it the same as your passion? No. Not yet, anyway.

What is your passion? My passion is creating, writing, recording and performing music. I also have a great deal of enthusiasm for concert lighting / visuals.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Greatest challenge can be dealing with the public. Haha. Greatest rewards are the extended health benefits.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Whatever it is that you choose to do, make sure that you love it. Skills can always be developed, but passion is something that you will either have or will not have for a certain career.

What does it mean to be an artist? To me, a true artist unapologetically creates and performs with self awareness and intent, and without the burden of inadequacy and indiscretion.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Why, why not? Five years ago, I didn’t know where to expect I should be today. Mostly due to of a lack of foresight. I’m content with my current situation, but there’s so much more I desire for myself. Needless to say, I’m planning a little harder now.

Where will you be in 5 years? Cover of the Rolling Stone? Hah :p

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? “Give me your lunch money”. Seriously though: Don’t listen to the discouragement of others. Focus on what you want and make sure you’re willing to work your ass off to get it.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? I’m sorry.

How lucky are you and why? Pretty friggin lucky. Good things seem to just come to me.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m kind of a physics geek.

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you? Brooklyn 99. Love that show.

What makes you question humanity? The current state of the impending US election. It’s terrifying to think that “President Trump” might actually be a thing in less than a year.

What is your favourite quote? If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. Carl Sagan

What does being involved with the BS Friday’s group and community mean to you? Being a part of BS Fridays means being connected to hundreds of incredible musicians and music business entrepreneurs and using those connections to share valuable information which helps us to be better, and helps to create a better local music scene.

How long have you been involved and what have you gotten out of it? I’ve been involved with BS Fridays for about 3 years. I’ve made some great friends and relationships as a result, and learned things that have changed and strengthened how I function as a musician and member of the music community.

What can people expect from the BS Friday’s networking and showcase event in August? You can expect fun times with great people.

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For more on Ryan if & when, and to connect:
www.ryanvandrie.com
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram = @ryanvandrie

Twitter & Instagram = @ifandwhenband
Facebook = @ifandwhen

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And of course, come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!
Look at the spectaaaacular lineup! 🙂

Click for Facebook Event here!

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People Profile: Melanie Peterson!

This is a special BS Fridays edition People Profiles! BS Fridays is a musical networking community where musical souls in the industry from artists, performers, businesses peeps and more get together to pool their resources and expand their support. On Friday August 12th you can come out to The Cameron House in Toronto and meet us and see some of us performing– including me and Melanie Peterson!

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Who is Melanie Peterson?
Melanie is a beautiful singer-songwriter and actress. With a wide open heart, wit and charm, Melanie envelopes any audience with a big ‘ol hug! You can catch her not only at the BS Fridays event August 12th but also the Plein Air Outdoor Garden Concert Series this summer August 10th at 7:30. This is an all-ages event $10 tix at the door!

Here’s a sweet sampling of her sounds!

What does Melanie have to say for herself?

What is your career? My career is actress/singer-songwriter.

Is it the same as your passion? It is the same as my passion! Which is self-expression.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Patience! Getting the perfect role or gig.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Any time you are feeling broke, depressed about your career or down, turn to your craft and focus on getting better at it.

What does it mean to be an artist? To be an artist it means to be creative daily.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today?  I did expect to be where I am today, though I had no idea how I would get here.

Where will you be in 5 years? In 5 years I will be creating on even a deeper more consistent level doing bigger roles as and actress and bigger shows as a songwriter, having paid my dues.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? Don’t listen to the doubt of others, be who and what you want to be, it is the only path to happiness.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self?  Keep up the good work!

How lucky are you and why? I’m lucky because I am surrounded by talented people who inspire and protect me and I have a good team helping me reach my goals.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I left home at 16 years old.

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you? Flight of the Conchords and the Mindy Project make me laugh as does SNL on a regular basis. Fun for me is playing my songs live for a large attentive crowd and/or acting in a well-written commercial or TV role…also, writing songs is a heck of a lot of fun – with friends, or on my own.

What makes you question humanity? I don’t really question humanity, but I don’t understand being entertained by violence…

What is your favourite quote?

What does being involved with the BS Friday’s group and community mean to you? .

BS Friday’s helped me realize you can be the best writer in the world but if you don’t get out there and meet people, nobody’s ever going to know it! Who you know IS as important as what you know. Also, Barbara Sedun encourages co-writing, and before I started going to the group I had never considered it seriously. Now, because of the group I have 3 co-writes on my latest album”Anywhere From Here”!

What can people expect from the BS Friday’s networking and showcase event in August? From the event people can expect to meet a lot of people who share the same passion and interests as them and hear 8 diverse artists. They can expect to go away inspired and a little better connected.

What is something that inspires you? I find this blog particularly inspiring: Actorinspiration.com

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For more on Melanie and to connect, visit her here…
www.melaniepeterson.ca
YouTube: Melanie Peterson
Instagram: @watermeloni
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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!

Click for Facebook Event here!

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People Profile: Me! Kat Leonard!

This is a special BS Fridays edition People Profiles! BS Fridays is a musical networking community where musical souls in the industry from artists, performers, businesses peeps and more get together to pool their resources and expand their support. On Friday August 12th you can come out to The Cameron House in Toronto and meet us and see some of us performing– including me!

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So who am I? I’m a singing-songwriting comedian, a TV personality and motivational entertainer.  My new touring show Myselfie is a musical comedic approach to loving your body, promoting healthy body image and self-esteem and it is available for booking in schools and beyond with an accompanying interactive workshop. I am  Artistic Director of Let’s Make Good Productions and WonderFest, the series of workshops and concerts spreading empowerment through art. I’m also a freelance voiceover artist, actress, journalist, live show host and frequent podcast guest and host to various events.

Here’s a good sample of my dance moves!

 

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I interview myself…
(not the most-offensive thing I’ve done to myself for public consumption)

What is your career? Motivational Humourtainment. 🙂

Is it the same as your passion? It pretty much is. It combines my passions of laughter, music and dance along with empowering others with meaningful messaging and encouragement.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?
The greatest challenges are fitting it all in in such a busy world. The greatest rewards are sharing the energy of a room with a group of people on a ride with you, making powerful connections you can physically feel that stay with you long after the point of contact.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Do it. Do it. Do it. Do it. And figure out how to do the business end of it too so you don’t have to do something else while you’re doing it.

What does it mean to be an artist? To trust and explore, to be open and to pay attention, assess and express.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? I knew I would be entertaining with music, comedy and dance but I did not know I’d be a body confidence advocate in the realm of motivational speaking.

Where will you be in 5 years? Doing what I do spending more time in LA and travelling across the country with my one-woman shows Myselfie and Katbaret!

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? You’re right! Do it!

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? Good for you for doing it!

How lucky are you and why? SO LUCKY! I really feel blessed with the intuition, insight and confidence I have that allows me to take risks, to not embarrass easily, to get on with it, to be open-minded and free, willing to experiment and not to shy away from fun and adventure. I am very thankful for my sense of humour and my empathic ability that allows me to understand, comfort and inspire others.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I have a degree in Science.

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you? Funny: Foibles and vulnerability, ridiculocity, spontaneity,  clever jokes I don’t see coming. Arrested Development, Ricky Gervais, Flight of the Conchords, Louis CK, Frazier, Golden Girls. Fun: Dancing, eating pizza in bed, laughing, creating, Netflix, exploring.

What makes you question humanity? The common denominator getting lower and lower and lower and lower and lower.

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

What does being involved with the BS Friday’s group and community mean to you?  It means being involved in a productive community that is committed and fluid. I can count on the group as a whole to offer advice, leads, good times, and I can count on being part of a lovely growing web of creatives that is never the same. It grows and evolves and keeps us on our toes.

How long have you been involved and what have you gotten out of it? I have been involved for about 4 years. Although I can’t make all of the meetings, when I do I always meet someone knew that I end up loving– not in a dirty way. I have gained industry tips and connections as well as performed alongside some fabulous performers. I’ve also made a good many friend! That’s a bright highlight!

What can people expect from the BS Friday’s networking and showcase event in August? Music! Laughs! Hugs! Maybe the best night of their life! Prolly shouldn’t miss it, just to be sure!

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For more on me and to connect, you can follow this blog, join my newsletter and/or visit:
www.KatLeonard.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KatLeonardMusic
YouTube/Instragram: @katbandoo
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katbandoo 
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/KatLeonard

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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!

Click for Facebook Event here!

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