Category Archives: musings

New Show Announced: KATBARET!

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Thursday October 27, 2016
6:00pm-7:30pm
120 Diner, 120 Church Street, Toronto
PWYC (suggested $10-$20)

Music! Dance! Stories! Laughter! Friends!
Let’s celebrate the ups and downs of life with…

-MUSIC by Kat Leonard Music joined by Arlene Paculan Music
-KATAPTATIONS- Kat covers new songs as requested by fans!
-DANCERS Carla Gonzalez and Raquel Victoria! (and you?!)
-COMEDIENNE STORYTELLER Lori Lane Murphy

Just in time for Halloween! No tricks, just treats!

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New show announced: 9to5 Narrative

I’ll be sharing a story of romance at this on February 9!

  

Hey everyone! 9to5 Narrative is back! The second Tuesday of every month at the Monarch Tavern!

February we are sharing hopeful and awkward stories about romance in the workplace with a stellar line up of storytellers!

Come in out of the cold and spend the evening with us Feb 9 @ 8:00!

Get Your Mic On! I’m interviewed at Fine Productions!

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Not every conversation Harrison Fine, Karl Machat and I have is appropriate for public consumption, but this one is.
We did this interview for Get Your Mic On, “the informative podcast hosted by you: recording artists and music industry leaders. Designed with an intention to educate, Get Your Mic On features a new guest co-host each episode.” This time it was me!

Who is Harrison Fine? Many wonderful things!
Personally, he is an upbeat and down-to-earth lover of life full of fun, a good friend always ready with a hug.

Professionally, he is a musician and sound engineer. Head to FineProductions.ca to find out more! This is what I hijacked from there…

[Toronto’s Harrison Fine of FINE Productions doesn’t just usher you into the studio and produce you. He wants to know what makes you tick and why you create the music you do. The award-winning producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter wants to get personal. A recording artist himself — presently readying a new electronic solo project under the alias Opus Eyes— Harrison is well-connected in the songwriter and indie music community, voted Best Producer in Toronto from NOW magazine. Within that world, he takes time to pick the right artists to produce, assessing their lyrics, arrangements and instrumentation. “I do a lot of pre-production,” he says. “If you don’t have good stuff to start, you can’t get good songs in the end.”]

Who is Karl Machat? Also many wonderful things!
Personally, he is a quiet quick-witted genius, a good friend always ready for a hug.
Professionally, he is a musician and mastering engineer. Find out more at Mister’s Mastering House. I stole this from there…

[With over twenty years professional industry experience including quality assurance and duplication, his credits are on hundreds of albums and singles released in Canada, United States, and abroad. A musician himself, he knows and understands both the technical and creative worlds, and gives an empathetic ear to a musician’s needs. An avid listener, with lots of patience, and just a plain passion for music, Karl has the knack for putting the artist and their music in just the right place.]

If you’re looking for original soundscaping or some engineering on your own original work, I highly recommend contacting these dudes. If you’re looking for some good company, I hope you meet these guys. If you’re looking to spend 25 minutes with the three of us but don’t feel like leaving your seat, plug in here and jib jab along with us! Harrison, Karl and Kat.

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Kat Leonard, Harrison Fine, magic spell, Karl Machat

Enjoy your day, everybuddy, from us 3!
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Do You Love Your Body?

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The illustrious Adrianna Prosser had me as a guest blogger for Everything But The Cat!
I talk about loving your body inside and out, touching on nutrition, mental health and Johnny Depp. How could I not?  Enjoy! 🙂

 

I don’t give a fuck!

I got a whole lotta respect for the fuckery coming out of Mark Manson in his article about not giving a fuck! Some fucking tidbits:

“…stop fucking around. Get your fucks together… Allow me to fucking show you…

If you find yourself consistently giving too many fucks about trivial shit that bothers you… chances are you don’t have much going on in your life to give a legitimate fuck about. And that’s your real problem. Not the hand sanitizer…

In life, our fucks must be spent on something. There really is no such thing as not giving a fuck. The question is simply how we each choose to allot our fucks…

Fucks are cultivated like a beautiful fucking garden, where if you fuck shit up and the fucks get fucked, then you’ve fucking fucked your fucks all the fuck up.”

If you give a fuck, and if you don’t, please read Mark’s article here:
Mark Manson on not giving a fuck!

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Talking theatre with Phil Rickaby!

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Phil Rickaby’s weekly podcast All the World’s a Podcast features Canadian Theatre professionals.  We sat down together and gabbed about theatre, performing, A Depper Kind Of Love, Katbaret and other riveting subjects. (Thanks, Phil!) If you put it on in the background as you go about your day, you can imagine being in the room with us eavesdropping!

My episode is lucky #52 and you can listen here.

Find out more about the podcast and eavesdrop on 51 more artists (and counting) here!
If you’re in the theatre realm, give Phil a ping! (Did you know “ping” is an electronic form of contacting? It’s true!) Maybe you can gab with him too!

If all the world is a podcast, what are YOU saying?

www.KatLeonard.com

What Are You Laughing At?

I wrote this article for the Positive Imperative movement, which encourages positivity in everyday life and thought.

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For the full article, visit What Are You Laughing At?
And check them at www.PositiveImperative.com

Laughter is the best medicine, so make sure you’re not gulping a placebo!

Frockstar™: Kat Leonard of Kat Leonard Music | The Karina Chronicles

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Wanna know what my perfect day entails?  Read about that and more in my interview for The Karina Chronicles. And check out the awesome dresses!

Frockstar™: Kat Leonard of Kat Leonard Music | The Karina Chronicles.

SAC Songwriting & Blogging Challenge 2013

KatLeonard-blue-PhotoRodPizarroI signed up for another SAC (Songwriters Association of Canada) blogging challenge!  This time we are taking Pat Pattison’s 6-week online songwriting course through Berklee College of Music.  Our first blog should answer these questions:
1) Where are you in your songwriting journey?  Who me?  I am Kat Leonard and I consider myself a bit of a hack songwriter because my songwriting process in the past has been to open up that great channel to the universe and let the song enter me from beyond while I eat a bag of  chips.  I’ve been songwriting for a little over 5 years.  I sometimes write songs that will be entwined with monologue or standup material into a fuller show with a theme or storyline.  My greatest hit to date is Jockstrap, where I proclaim my unwavering desire to be Johnny Depp’s Jockstrap.  That song came easily.   2) What do you hope to gain from this challenge? In addition to growing alongside an inspiring and nurturing community of artists within SAC and Berklee, I hope to gain valuable songwriting theory and tools so that I develop a solid foundation of skills with which to create effective music.  So here we go!  Stay tuned for scintillating details of the progress!  www.KatLeonard.com

WonderFest is a week away!!! We kick off Monday March 4th 7pm at The Central in Toronto with Heather Hill‘s free workshop Business Planning For Artists.

Tuesday March 5th 7pm at The Central join us for an open mic/collaboration night of music adventure!

Lisa Anita Wegner’s free session “How Art Saved My Life” happens March 6th 7pm at Fringe Creation Lab (720 Bathurst Street). It promises to be astounding and inspiring. This is Lisa’s recent blog, where she addresses technology, exhaustion and her brain injury, telling them what she really feels about them!

Thursday March 7th 7pm at Fringe Creation Lab (720 Bathurst Street)   Nova Browning Rutherford leads a free workshop on Turning Wounds Into Wisdom, nurturing positive self-esteem.

Full workshop information and WonderFest schedule including Super Men Concert March 7th at The Central and Wonder Women VI concert March 8th at The Gladstone here:
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A new chapter of Lisa Anita Wegner's storytelling.


dear exhaustion: you can be a bit overbearing, like a parent grounding me when i have to rehearse and perform the lead in the school play. i appreciate the message but sometimes i have deadlines. but you know what exhaustion?  i appreciate you telling me to ease off.  even though it took about ten people’s help and you didn’t go easy on me, i managed to get everything done,  with one day to spare.  by next week the reno on my space should be finished and that will be like heaven on wheels. greased lighting wheels.  right now i am living in a cloud of construction dust, workman, cables, floor glue, and fumes. unable to locate anything and dogs barking at every workman move. that’s exhausting on it’s own.

dear ice: please cut me some slack especially when there is water on top. you’re slippery and i’m tired. i can’t…

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