There’s a new album on the way! Yessss! As I work in a flurry of furious fun with my illustrious team including the characters listed below, I will bring you into the friendly fold with snippets like this one! Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and share the love to others if you feel so inclined!
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 🙂
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
More balls than the Grey Cup!
Music laughter dancing love shenanigans!
120 Church Street Toronto ON
Civil Wray marks a personal and professional change for Andrea de Boer. Andrea takes both musical and personal chances with Civil Wray, offering an indie rock vibe, a twinge of country, and an infusion of Latin pop and soul that elevates her trademark smoky vocals.
Many are called, but the chosen are The Jessica Stuart Few. Simply put, when you’re the only ‘koto’ (a traditional Japanese 13-stringed instrument) playing indie singer-songwriter in the world, whose trademark red hair and genre-bending dancefloor grooves have taken you on multiple tours throughout Asia and Australia, despite being Vancouver born and a long-time Toronto native, you’re bound to raise an eyebrow or 2000.
And me– Kat Leonard!
Explosive irreverent theatrical musical comedy that leaves you with the drunken joy of a sugar rush. Building self-esteem, confidence and creativity.
No Cover! Pay What You Can into the bucket if you want to!
Tune into our FB Live feed from Kat Leonard World if you can’t make it live! If we can’t sit in your lap, we can blow you a kiss! NB: 120 Diner has deeeelicious foodstuffs!
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
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! 😀
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!
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!
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!
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.
For more on Ryan if & when, and to connect:
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram = @ryanvandrie
Twitter & Instagram = @ifandwhenband
Facebook = @ifandwhen
And of course, come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!
Look at the spectaaaacular lineup! 🙂
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!
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
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!
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!
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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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!