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 🙂
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,
“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
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!
I am beyond thrilled to have Paul Dore as part of KATBARET. Peruse him at www.PaulDore.com and you’ll see why!
KATBARET happens July 23 at 120 Diner, 120 Church Street Toronto, and on FB Live @katbandoo (Kat Leonard World)
Jan 30 see a 10-min snippet of Myselfie and more speakers as part of MoMondays. What is MoMondays? This:
Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation. Then drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays®!
Think of momondays as a variety show bouncing off the walls of personal story-telling…
Momondays is for all kinds of people like you with a great story and life lessons to share, from people who have never set foot on stage, to professional speakers and everyone in-between!
Each show, you experience six speakers and performers tell a few personal stories. Some are funny, some are thought-provoking, all are motivating.
YOU MEET THE NICEST PEOPLE AT MOMONDAYS!
You really do!!! This is a great opportunity to socialize with all kinds of wonderful people in a fun, positive environment.
So put in your speaker application to speak… or grab some friends and get your fix of heart, humour and happiness.
MOMONDAYS TORONTO is UPSTAIRS at The HARD ROCK!!
momondays is held each month upstairs at The Hard Rock Cafe right across from The Eaton Centre and Dundas Square. If you’re driving you’ll find cheap parking under Dundas Square in the Green P lot. If you’re taking the TTC get out at Dundas and just cross the street! If you’re walking well just walk!!
Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 plus hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25 including hst. Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:30 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.
Come early to grab a great seat and give yourself time to eat, drink and socialize! You really do meet the nicest people at momondays!
REMEMBER TO LIKE THE MOMONDAYS TORONTO FACEBOOK PAGE AND SUBSCRIBE TO EVENTS IF YOU WANNA!!
Tickets here: MoMondays
Sunday November 27 at 7:30pm
TIKI ROOM 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto
I am part of a monthly storytelling show this month. 😛
We’re singing the body electric… and talking about how just plain weird it is.
What to expect
OLD WORDS is a monthly storytelling show. It is a unique blend of music, comedy, poetry and anything in between. This month we’re telling stories about BODIES. So expect it to get personal. The show will open with live music by Adrian Parks at 7:30pm, and will be followed by an discussion on the theme between Adrian, Shane, and Sophie. This month features the amazing comedy of: Shane Murphy Lisa Feingold Eric Miinch Shawna Edward Kat Leonard Tom Hartman Poetry by Carmit Kordov And the music of Gary Allen
Tuesday, November 29
8:00 PM – 11:00 PMTuesday, November 29th the Linsmore Tavern’s (1298 Danforth Ave) Indie Night returns with 3 incredible original bands ready to bring you some amazing live music!
As always there is NO COVER and Pints are ONLY $5. Join us for a great night and awesome local music.
8:00 PM – Henry Lees & Lawrie Ingles
The most fabulous of musical duos!
9:00 PM – Heather Hill
Heather Hill is singer-songwriter with a fresh blend of alternative piano pop/rock and folk story-telling. Her heart-filled songs delve into life’s magic and contrast.
Heather’s motivation is to spread love, peace and delight…
10:00 PM Kat Leonard
Kat Leonard is a one-woman musical sugar rush.Kat’s motivation is fierce fun.
Kat doesn’t play an instrument. She creates all her music using the rudimentary instruments on her iPhone which she then whippersnaps into full-on songs she can use as electronic tracks or get real musicians to play for her.
FB: Kat Leonard World
This evening is all brought to you by Steam Whistle Breweries, with the support of some great sponsors including IndieCan Radio (SiriusXM), Canada Media Rocks, Steve’s Music, and Meg-a Music Toronto and Meg-a Entertainment Toronto.
HIRUT 2050 Danforth Avenue Toronto
Saturday November 19, 2016 at 6:30pm
I am pleased as punch to be joining forces with the illustrious Sophia Apostol to bring Myselfie to Hirut on November 19th for a very special night. In addition, Meghan Bradley, my co-host on The Curve and creator of Curvy Expo, will be there to interview me and facilitate a Q&A after the show! Why is this joint force a great fit? Because we are on a mission to spread body confidence, healthy self-esteem and general good things!
Certified Professional Coach Sophia specializes in dating for the curvalicious! You can check out her website www.StopWaitingAndStartDating.com and below you can see her in an interview on The Curve on The Local View!
What’s The Curve? See more here at The Curve!
Join us at Hirut! Come eat, laugh, inspire with us! On this night you will be able to see all three wonderful women featured in this blog post in one spot! Now, that’s something fantastical, isn’t it? Quite!
Hope to see you soon!
Lots of love, Kat and the gals! xoxoxox