I am so fortunate to have been chosen as part of Lisa MacIntosh’s photography series ASK which features women she finds inspiring. I had a glorious sparkly morning posing for photos, and the shot chosen was just a casual moment we shared laughing. Brilliant!
In Lisa’s own words…
“Each and every day I see women – mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts without fame or fortune, commit acts of strength and love that impact people’s lives; unseen and with quiet courage.
Every mother is a working-woman, every daughter a caregiver to someone, every sister a friend, and every grandmother a mentor. With small gestures and sometimes Herculean efforts they change, for the better, the lives around them.
Both the women in the limelight and the women whose names I do not know are the ‘keel’ in the ship of humanity.
My portraits salute those female warriors who went before, are working for the cause of equality and love of community now, and the ‘ordinary’ woman who quietly inspires, engages and is a trailblazer.
And to those they may call ‘ordinary’ as they have neither accolades, medals, or recognition, I say you are: extraordinary!
This is my journey through Asking.”
You can see Lisa’s ASK gallery of inspiring women here!
My friend Christine and I went into the woods with my dad and uncle to see how that sweet golden treat real Canadian maple syrup is made! I’d tell you about it, but my mouth is full, eh! And it’s all in the video right here so you can click on it at your leisure!
A recipe for Maple Syrup:
40 maple trees
Yield: 1 jar of sweet golden bliss and a lot of time to reflect on it.
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Arlene and I went strolling on a bridge one day after a soft rain had fallen. We thought we’d do a wee promo video for the release of my song Yodel. Arlene followed me around with her trusty camera phone as we ran through the song twice. What resulted after some limited but crafty editing by Arlene was this whole music video. I think it accurately represents the fun we had on the bridge that day and the fun and frolic I wish upon you every day. Have the fun! Dare to live! Doesn’t it make ya wanna yodel? 🙂
Words and Music by Kat Leonard @katbandoo
Producer: THE iDENTiTY CRiSiS
Mixed & Mastered by: Turbo Zebra
Video Director/Editor: Arlene Paculan
You can do magic
You pull wonderment out of thin air
You light up the night with the spark in your eye
I hear love songs that just ain’t there
You’re not mine but you land in my hand
I erupt like a chorus on high
Please brace me when I can’t stand
You make me wanna yodel
Your touch is taking me higher
It’s like hump day every day (Hump hump hump hump hump hump)
I’m lost for words of expression
(Vocalizing like a speechless maniac)
You make me wanna yodel
Revved up pressed up behind me
Your whisper rustles my hair
You kiss me like a drifter
With a reckless moment to spare
Nimble frenzy of thrills
Draw near, draw near, draw near
You crack me like a breakthrough
Making everything vaguely clear
Little old lady. little old lady, little old lady who
Diddlyeoo howdy doo
Little old lady who loves you
Bibbity bobbity boo
cuckoo cuckoo cuckoo
Buck buck buck buck
Nut n honey nut n honey nut n honey Good n plenty
A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y
Thank you for watching!
LOVE KAT 🙂
THURSDAY MAY 24TH
$10 AT THE DOOR!
MSZMACK COMEDY POPUP!
JUNCTION CITY MUSIC HALL
2907 Dundas Street West, Toronto
LINE UP FEATURING:
Marito Lopez @nochampagnepapi
Nour Hadidi @nourhadidi
Kat Leonard @katleonard (Hey, that’s me!)
Hisham Kelati @hishamkelati
Stefan Korica @stefankorica
Hosted by There is Two of Me @thereistwoofme
And Special Guest Performance by Makatiii @makatiii
HUG YOU THERE!
organized by Dan Shaikh and Rina-Lee Rovinelli
The THEME was Body Beautiful, which is right up my alley with all the work I do with body image and self-esteem in Myselfie. The CATCH was that I had to prepare a 4-6 minute piece! What the wha?!?!? For anyone who’s ever tried to make a long story short, you’ll understand how incredibly challenging this was! I chose one story from Myselfie, the one about my heart murmur that leads up to my hit song My Innards. The HITCH was that I realized I like to cap off a story with my music. What do you mean I gotta end on the un-accompanied word? But when will I dance?!?!
4-6 minute piece just talking. Okay. I put myself on a mission to hone it in. That is something I’m often told to do in commercial auditions too: “Kat, can ya please hoooone it in?! Take it down a notch! Be more regular everyday.” But THIS IS my regular everyday! These facial expressions ARE subdued! And if less truly is more, then just imagine how much more more is! Maybe casting directors used to say that to Will Ferrell too.
So I crafted a story for Speaker Slam called The Responsible Casualty— which is really kinda what the story became, a casualty of the process. I didn’t craft a story. I hacked away at an existing story in order to hone it in and take it down a notch and fit into a 4-6 minute piece for a Speaker Slam competition. My modus operandi was to keep it under 6 minutes. I lost sight of what “it” should be and focussed with the piercing eye of a hearty maritime fog. If I had it to do over again, I would honour the challenge and theme of Body Beautiful to create something brand new and with respectful intention for this event specifically.
I had so much fun at the event and I shared the stage with some pretty powerful speakers that I now consider friends. I was disqualified from the competition because I went over time. I know you’re shocked. You can watch my 6:15 minute long The Responsible Casualty video here!
And here are my new friends!
Anthony Bianchi, Gina Hatzis DiFonzo, Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt,
Sethu Kotharamath, Darius Bashar, Zubin Sethna,
After my Speaker Slam competition I’ll be running here to hear some tunes and play some tunes! It’s a great musical crowd! Come if you can! I’ll be there around 10:00pm.
Toronto Songwriting Guild
Around for nearly a decade, the Toronto Songwriting Guild (TSG) is a vibrant collective of professional musicians and friends who meet regularly to write and perform original songs, and give feedback and support. Its members vary in musical styles and goals, but are well matched in terms of musical skill and commitment to their craft.
“Embrace and Love Your Body, it’s the most AMAZING thing you will ever own.”-Speaker Slam’s tagline for this event shares my sentiment and reason I wrote and perform my show Myselfie. Myselfie complete consists of about 3 hours of stories, music and dancing that I pare down to 60-90 minute shows at a time along with a companion workshop. What’s my Speaker Slam challenge? To show appreciation for my Body Beautiful in 4-6 minutes for my Speaker Slam performance! Whoa!!! And the stakes are high because this is a competition and I could win big! BIG! 😉
It goes without typing that I would love to have you come out and support all of us aiming to inspire with love for our own body beautiful. More information on the event below! Love you! 🙂
Body Beautiful- a Speaker Slam even
Tuesday March 27th 6pm-10pm
1585 Dundas Street West
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE
Our Body Beautiful event celebrates the imperfect perfection of our bodies.
Get prepared for a tribute to self love and self acceptance and an evening of vulnerable and inspirational story telling. Whether you are at the beginning or the end of your journey towards self acceptance – join us on March 27th at the Lula Lounge,
and be inspired by our 10 powerful speakers.
The Speaker Slam website: www.SpeakerSlam.ca
I am pleased as punch– for whatever punch has to be pleased about since it’s likely about to be gulped– to be part of this show! Please join us if you can!
Sunday March 18th 8-9:30pm
Comedy Bar Toronto
945 Bloor Street West Toronto
Love is Everywhere is back and scientifically sappier than ever!
March is a hard month for many of us (http://www.bbc.com/news/health-13546925) but do not fear! This month we will be giving happiness homework to all of our performers to show you how positive thinking can change your day/life!
AND music from our special guest who is as covered in glitter on the inside as she is on the outside, Kat Leonard!
Tickets at http://comedybar.ca/show.php?Event_ID=9413
Let’s Make Good Productions presents !WONDER WOMEN
As always, we are spreading EMPOWERMENT through a night of music and visual art!
$10 cover / $8 artists
Hosted by me! Kat Leonard
Featuring live music by: Roveena, Arlene Music, and Emily Rockarts
Visual art and live painting by: Carla Casanova
Friday February 9, 2018
The Painted Lady
218 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
February 6, 2018 7:30pm at Transac Club Toronto!
Join us for an evening of performance and art exhibition at the Tranzac club for Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Featuring visual art, music, dance, comedy, and spoken word performances by those whose lives have been affected by eating disorders.
VoicED is an annual fundraiser hosted by NEDIC – National Eating Disorder Information Centre in order to raise money and awareness around eating disorders.
I’ll be doing a wee bit from MySelfie!