Just for your weekend I wanted to share this fantastic interview I recently gave on the Speaking For Profit Podcast.
- The energy of live events and the importance of improvisation.
- Creating connection with an audience and taking them through a shared experience.
- Wordsmithing your talk to match your audience and maximizing humour.
- Dealing with speaker groupies
- And much more…
The show is hosted by award-winning TV producer and ‘speak to sell’ expert Jason Reid and world-class national TV host, performer and presentation trainer Cindy Ashton. You can expect nothing less than an extremely entertaining podcast that delivers high-impact strategy to rock the stage.
The podcast features world-class speakers, performers and business superstars as they share their untold stories from stage and beyond – and that includes me!
You can listen into my episode and gain insights by clicking here:
Hope you have a wonderful weeeeekend!
Lots of love, everybuddy!
New Show Announced: Beauties and no Beast!
A night of musical bells and open mic!
Thursday April 6th 9pm-12am
120 Diner, 120 Church Street Toronto
Come hear the musical creations of these fabulous ladies from the GTA all in one night! There’s also an opportunity for you to perform in our OPEN MIC section! Please sign up with us by sending a DM (DIRECT Message in our inbox) to RESERVE your open mic slot! LIMITED OPEN MIC SLOTS!
For Singer/Songwriter Carla Casanova, music is a life passion and companion with which she will make you smile and dance and remember that love is all that matters. @carlalovesart
Pop Up Asana Toronto announces HP Yoga T.O. ! An all-levels, magical Harry Potter yoga experience.
Because everything comes to an end and everything is accepted!
Let’s give a beautiful thankful send-off to The Central for hosting the arts and for helping to build an engaging loving inspiring community all these years! Come out to perform! Come out to hang! Join cozy friends! Meet new friends! Everything Goes! Bring what you will!
Music, comedy, stories, dance, poetry, jam! Let’s raise our voices in thanks!
Please go to the FB event to sign up if you’d like to perform! 😀
KATBARET: Wherein I do what I want with my friends! Music! Laughter! Stories! This was the first ever live KATBARET, held at Free Times Cafe in Toronto June 2016.
I cover Arlene Paculan’s My Plea— with her help!
I cover Heather Hill’s Last Train— with her help!
One of my favourite songs to perform is Jewel’s Foolish Games.
This song is like a prodigal son for me.
It either comes off like the sound of heaven or I eff it up completely.
It is always a surprise– just like life. And I love to play it like I love to play in life!
Stay tuned for future KATBARET shows by following this blog or joining the mailing list or connecting on social media! Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and FB: @katbandoo
KATBARET! Bagels! Laughter! Tears! #FierceFun
KATAPTATION: (What is a KATAPTATION? It’s an adaptation by KAT!) This is my Kataptation of Beyonce’s epic Halo. This has quickly turned into a fan favourite for me too and I soooooo enjoy performing it! For those who haven’t seen it, and especially for those who can’t get enough of seeing it, here is Bagel! I dedicate it to the bagel muncher in us all! Thank you, Bey! 🙂
This is an original! EVERLASTIC
Backup Dancers: Carla Gonzalez and Raquel Victoria
Crowd: Amazing beautiful souls at 120 Diner in Toronto
KATAPTATION: This is the special dance finale from a KATBARET. This is my way of making music with my idol Madonna. It is a special mix of her instrumentals and my lyrics, taken from my one-woman show A Depper Kind Of Love about loving Johnny Depp. I call it Rhapsody! And with it I invite a dance party! Look at the gorgeous people here!
Stay tuned for the next live episode of KATBARET expected Spring/Summer 2017! And please send any requests along– you might just spark a KATAPTATION!
Lots of love, everybuddy!
Meet Carmen Toth:
Singer-Songwriter, copywriter, mystic!
Carmen Toth does some really cool and unique synth music! Here’s a sampling!
Carmen plays solo and also with peeps! You should see her play live! In fact, you should see her at The Horseshoe Tavern this Monday, Jan 16. Doors at 8:30. It’s a FREE show! She will be playing with a band (Jillian Bunting on bass and Kyle Sullivan on drums) and also playing new material off her upcoming EP produced by Derek Downham which will be released early spring 2017! Be the first to hear the tunes!
Carmen is up for adventure and serious about making the world better with music. She has a mystic smile and a hearty laugh. This is what went down when I asked Carmen some questions!
What is your career? I’m an advertising writer (copywriter) and singer-songwriter.
Is it the same as your passion? I would say yes, because I love expression and creativity.
What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? For singer-songwriter: biggest challenge right now is the lack of sustainability. Cannot make a living at it yet. Greatest reward is when someone says my music helped or inspired them. For advertising: biggest challenge is having to be creative under pressure. Biggest reward is when I surprise myself by actually being creative under pressure.
What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Practice, practice, practice. Never stop learning. Get out of your own way. Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Keep an open mind. Be scared, but do it anyway. Stay out of your comfort zone. That all applies to both careers, by the way.
What does it mean to be an artist? If you create art, you are an artist. I create music and concepts with words, therefore, I am an artist.
5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? No. I thought I would still be married (I’m now divorced) and I thought music would remain more of a hobby than the focus it now is in my life.
Where will you be in 5? In 5 years, I could see myself playing tours and bigger music festivals and getting some film and TV placements for my songs if I continue to work as I have been doing. I could also see myself still writing for clients. Perhaps that writing for clients will extend to songwriting.
What would you say to your 8-year-old self?
Start learning guitar now. Don’t wait until your 20s.
What would you say to your 80-year-old self?
Congratulations on making it this far.
How lucky are you and why? I’m very lucky to be (for the most part) healthy and living in a free country like Canada. I also have an odd lucky streak when it comes to door prizes and draws.
What would people be surprised to know about you? I honestly have no idea how to answer that. My actual age? (People think I’m younger, which is fine with me!) The fact that I like metal? (People assume I only like light stuff.) That I eat meat? (People tend to think I’m a vegetarian.)
What makes you laugh? A lot of things. But especially funny animal videos and farts.
What is fun for you? Things where music is involved. Playing it, enjoying it. Hanging with friends or my cats. Being in nature. Sunbathing. Swimming. I love beaches on clean water you can swim in. Summer nights.
What makes you question humanity? All of the ugly racism that surfaced after Trump’s win. I had no idea it was still that rampant in North America. It made me very sad. We are all one human race. But those beliefs are learned. So I guess they can be unlearned. Which means there’s hope.
What is your favourite quote?
It’s a tie between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
Lindsey: “If you’re any good, you know you can be better.”
Stevie: “If you are gracious, you have won the game.”
Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plugto?
Connect with Carmen at these sites! And connect at a live event if you can make it!
Have a great and musical day, everybuddy!
I’ll be doing a wee 10-min snippet of Myselfie here in support of NEDIC! And there will be many other amazing performers too!
Feb 2, 2017 7:30-9:30pm
Comedy Bar 945 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Join the National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) for a fun evening of art! From 7:30-8, we will be showcasing visual pieces in the lobby, and from 8-9:15, there will be a show consisting of music, films, poetry, and more!!! Come enjoy some amazing performances, raise awareness about eating disorders, and celebrate Eating Disorder Awareness Week!
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or $5 for students at the door with ID.
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.