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People Profile: Me! Kat Leonard!

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!

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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!

 

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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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For more on me and to connect, you can follow this blog, join my newsletter and/or visit:
www.KatLeonard.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/KatLeonardMusic
YouTube/Instragram: @katbandoo
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katbandoo 
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/KatLeonard

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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!

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People Profile: Alissa Vox Raw!

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 Alissa Vox Raw!

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So who is Alissa Vox Raw? Alissa Vox Raw is like an doo-wop band in a box. Old meets new as Alissa finds new and creative ways to express old a cappella styles with just a loop station and voice. An entire choir seems to emerge as music beds are built live in a number of harmonic parts, bringing a new twist to old soul. And it’s not just a cool trick. The music is phenomenal on its own. The fact that it’s made predominantly by one lovely voice makes it all the more uniquely mind-blowing!

Here’s a sample, and one of my fave AVR tunes!

In Alissa’s words…

Career: Musician.
Passion: Music—so that works out! 😀

What are its greatest challenges? The greatest challenges are that it’s still unfortunately a very exploitative industry. In this city, it’s still hard to find bars that will pay you fairly if at all. People understand that music like all of the arts is a labor of love and something you just HAVE to do and it’s easy to exploit that fact. But being passionate about what you do doesn’t mean that it’s not still a lot of really hard work, expense, stress and physical exertion. It is not just all good times. Lots of people love their jobs and they get paid to do them. Exposure won’t pay the bills. So I’d love to see the exploitative nature of the industry change and see musicians get paid fairly for what they do.

What are its greatest rewards? The greatest reward is when you see people singing or dancing to your music or otherwise appreciating it. It’s always really nice to see people enjoying what you do. Getting offered great gigs, interviews etc., is also really validating and shows that your hard work is paying off!

Any advice to others embarking on this type of career? My advice to anyone trying to embark on this career is that you need to be patient and you need to stick to your instincts and persevere. This industry is a rough one. There are a lot of great moments, but being a performer also means a lot of putting yourself out there. It won’t come easy, and there will always be some pain and heartache along the way. You just have to keep going and know that so many brilliant artists played for a decade or more before making progress… and so many more brilliant artists are still out there pursuing it.

What does it mean to be an artist? I think it can mean so many different things. It can be a personal means of self-expression through a variety of mediums… I think when it comes to being a professional artist, there are other things that come into play, because it’s no longer just for you. Then, there might be a lot more pressure involved to please others, to bend to what the public might want, but I’d say never contrive your art for the acceptance of others, because then it loses its sincerity. You need to stick to your vision.

Where did you expect to be 5 years ago and where do you expect to be 5 years from now?  Hmm, I’m not sure. I’d say being a musician isn’t necessarily a straight path. There are a lot of ups and downs. You can feel like you’re doing really well and then all of a sudden you can feel like you’ve hit a bit of a wall. Sometimes, it’s really just in your head. But I feel like you need to always keep pushing and being productive in this field or else things can start to go pretty quiet. I feel like I’m kind of moving in new directions and trying to get to a place where I’m doing more of what I want to be doing and realizing that fully. It’s hard to think about where I might be 5 years from now with it. I have so many things I’d like to get finished… albums and definitely more videos…I have so much material, but it can be a struggle to lay some of it down due to a number of variables, but this is one of my main aspirations for the next few years.

What would you tell your 8-year-old self? “Are you sure you want to go into music?”

What would you tell your 80-year-old self? “You’re still doing this music stuff, you silly ass?” 😀

How lucky are you and why? Well, there are some who get lucky in this field…but it’s extremely rare…luck plays a hand, but it generally still needs to be paired with a ton of hard work. I’ve had friends who have gone on to become very successful and others that are still struggling and the ones who are successful aren’t necessarily more talented or hardworking, but often just at the right place right time on top of those things. You just have to keep going and never depend on luck for anything.

What would people be surprised to know about you? Well, I don’t know, but they are always welcome to get in touch and ask questions…

What makes you laugh and what is fun for you? Friends like you! [Meeeee? Aw!!! I find you fun too!!!] Music, dancing, swimming, summer time! Backyard parties, traveling….

What makes you question humanity? Racism and prejudice (how many years of history do we need to look back on to stop repeating it?!), ridiculous gun laws in the States, Trump (Really? REALLY???) and other stuff…but let’s not get too existential here. 😀

What is your favourite quote? Well, I’ve always really liked this one: “Lo barato sale caro.” [Which translates loosely from Spanish to: buying cheap things turns out expensive in the end.]

What does being involved with BS Fridays mean to you? I think we all need some support sometimes. Especially in a tough field like this, it’s great that we have some allies that we can turn to, bounce ideas and songs off of, get advice from and just see that others are going through the same struggles. We really have a lot to learn from each other. Plus groups like BS Fridays are a great way to form mutually beneficial relationships. Musicians, publicists, PR people, sound engineers, producers, label reps… we all are looking for each other and these are great places to find each other. It’s a great place to find the people you may not know where to look for…

I’ve been involved in BS Fridays probably for about 2 or so years now and I’ve met a lot of great people in the industry and have been to some very helpful meetups with guest speakers who shared a lot of invaluable info. I definitely look forward to more meetups and meeting more fellow members in the future!

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For more on Alissa and to connect, please visit:
Facebook: Alissa Vox Raw Music
www.alissavoxraw.com  
www.soundcloud.com/alissavoxraw
www.youtube.com/alissavoxraw

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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!

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People Profile: Jeff Alan Greenway!

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 Jeff Alan Greenway!

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So who is Jeff Alan Greenway? His music is a blissful blend of pop, rock and jazz. He tickles the keys like magic and they like it! He is such a powerful pleasure to watch perform and a pleasant energy to be around!

Jeff just released a new single, “I Need”, which is available everywhere including right here!  So epically whimsical!

In Jeff’s words…

What is your career? Singer/songwriter, musician and teacher.
Is it the same as your passion? Yes!

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Greatest challenges: finding ways to break through all of the “noise” in the music industry to reach people who like your music. Greatest rewards: playing live with other musicians and having those special moments where the world just disappears.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Learn everything you can. These days, DIY really means DIY. Musician, producer, engineer, promoter, video director, and everything in-between!

What does it mean to be an artist? I think an artist has to create something new and express who they really are through their music.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Pretty much.

Where will you be in 5 years? Hopefully still writing and performing, and reaching a wider audience.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? Get your butt in gear! 😉 (Being a Pisces, I’m prone to long bouts of “going with the flow” instead of challenging myself).

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? Dude! You made it!

How lucky are you and why? I think I’m pretty lucky because I make a living in a career that is all about music. It’s not always exactly what I want, but it’s rewarding and challenging.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m a huge fan of horror movies. Not gratuitous slasher films, but real, Hitchcockian, creepily atmospheric horror movies. And sci-fi. Needless to say, the original “Alien” is my all-time favourite.

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you? Kids. Teaching music to children is awesome. They give you some of the funniest quotes ever.

What makes you question humanity? The 2016 U.S. election. Enough said . . .

What is your favourite quote? “Dance like nobody’s watching, Love like you’ve never been hurt, Sing like nobody’s listening, Live like it’s heaven on Earth”

What does being involved with the BS Friday’s group and community mean to you? So many great artists and music people with so much great advice. It’s full of people full of music with great hearts that are open to sharing their talent and knowledge with others.

How long have you been involved and what have you gotten out of it? I haven’t been a member for long, and my work schedule has unfortunately made it difficult to attend the meetings. But even just the online discussions and feedback from members of the group have been amazing.

What can people expect from the BS Friday’s networking and showcase event in August? I honestly don’t know, this will be the first one I have been able to attend. But I’ve heard great things, and I’m really looking forward to meeting everybody and hearing some great music!

What is something that inspires you? One of my favourite songs ever written from an artist I really admire – this is a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill” from my CD Release at C’est What.

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For more on Jeff and to connect, please visit:
http://www.jeffalangreenway.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jeffalangreenwaymusic
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/jeffalangreenway
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jeffalangreen
Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/jeffalangreenway

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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! MISSISSAUGA MUSIC EXPO!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
DEADLINE AUGUST 15TH
MUSICIANS, SPEAKERS,
EXHIBITORS, SPONSORS, MORE!

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Let’s Make Good Productions
is part of bringing you
the first ever Mississauga Music Expo!
Saturday October 1st  at Clarke Memorial Hall
161 Lakeshore Road West in Mississauga

So exciting! What’s happening?

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Tradeshow/Speakers
Admission is FREE for attendees!

The tradeshow features exhibitors, sponsors and speakers who will share stories about the history of music, share information on instruments, social media, networking, DIY and more!

Wanna be an exhibitor?  Wanna be a sponsor?
Early bird exhibitor tables start at only $99 plus HST for the day!

More info here! 

6:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Performances

A variety of genres!

Tickets here!

For more information about exhibiting, attending, volunteering, speaking, performing or donating a prize, please emailgeneralmayhem0@rogers.com or call 905-783-1777. We are also looking for agents, music industry representatives, promoters, etc. to come to the event. Is this you? Come join us!

www.musicexpo.ca

MAKE MUSIC A PART OF YOUR LIFE!

People Profile: SALt!

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 SALt!

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So who is SALt? She is an Electro Pop Rock music maker and performer!  Here are some samples of her work using the music video maker app Triller for her songs Graduation and Galactic!


In SALt’s words…

What is your career? I’ve been a singer my whole life, and was the lead singer in Endo Santos, a band in England, and now SALt here in Canada. I’m also a PSW in private home care.

Is it the same as your passion? What is your passion? I’m passionate about both. I love helping people and feeling like I’m contributing in some way. And music is a great outlet. I try to bring positivity to it.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? Most of the challenges are between the ears…the self doubt, self criticism. Also, not everyone will be into your sound or what you’re doing. Making time for your art in a busy life can also be a challenge .  The rewards are endless. Being able to express your heart to others is priceless. Also, having an outlet for all of the thoughts and feelings bouncing around is also stellar. And dancing and singing makes me happy!😀

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career? Never stop, never give up. Keep creating, keep grinding and connecting with others. And do it for the love💗💫

What does it mean to be an artist? Creating something meaningful to you. Bringing some new life and beauty and joy into the word….and self expression

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Why, why not? 5 years ago I had a chronic, debilitating disease, which I’ve since been healed of. So in some ways I had had hopes of being further ahead in some ways. But some beautiful things have happened in my life instead, and all good things come to those who wait.

Where will you be in 5 years? Still writing and recording music, and performing regularly.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? You have some gifts not everyone has, use them wisely and treasure them deeply.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self? You lived life fully, took chances and loved others.💗

How lucky are you and why? I’m very blessed! I’m now physically healthy again and I live in one of the best countries in the world! (Canada)

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m a Christian and God comes first in everything I do.☀️🌈💗

What makes you laugh? What is fun for you? AFV, Bob’s Burgers, being silly with my friends and hanging out with my daughter.

What makes you question humanity? Senseless violence.

What is your favourite quote? “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” – Tennyson

What does being involved with the BS Friday’s group and community mean to you? It’s a beautiful way to connect with people who may be on a similar journey and perhaps find new peeps to collaborate with!😀

How long have you been involved and what have you gotten out of it? About 4 years. I probably would have benefited more if I had been able to show up to the meetings (but I work Fridays). But last month I was able to get to my first one. It was there that I connected with a record label owner, a few producers, some up-and-coming singer/song-writers and major industry players!

What can people expect from the BS Friday’s networking and showcase event in August? See above and… An amaaaaaaazeballs show!!! 😀 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💗🌈☀️💥🚀🌊🌊🌱🌳🌎💫💗💫

Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plug or point our attention to? I have a small production company called Laukkanen Productions Inc. (Movie scripts, music albums)

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For more on SALt and to connect, please visit:
Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/SALT-215125575167552/
SoundCloud https://m.soundcloud.com/sarah-salt

Album on iTunes Salt & Light by Salt https://itun.es/ca/xvaoN

Free streaming of album https://sarahradford.bandcamp.com/

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Come see us play at The Cameron House Friday August 12th 9:00pm!

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People Profile: Harrison Fine!

Meet Harrison Fine: Music Creator and Producer!

Harrison Fine is a singer-songwriter, performer, producer, tech guy, community builder and inspirer. Fine Productions is “producing the music you listen to.” It’s certainly producing the music I listen and dance to! Fine’s project Opus Eyes is some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I love the sounds, I love the feels. A high-recommend by me! NOW Readers Choice Winner 2014 for Best Producer, Fine has many production packages to choose from for all music-making desires. He also hosts Get Your Mic On, a casual and fun podcast that I had the pleasure of joining in on. Wanna hear us banter with Karl Machat? You can on The Kat Leonard Episode!  But enough about me! Let’s get to more from Harrison!

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What is your career? 

I am a Music Producer. I work with indie artists, songwriters and bands on a regular basis.

Is it the same as your passion?  

I would say so.

What is your passion? 

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been attracted to music. I used to belt out into opera in grade one. I wasn’t very popular, lol.

What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career? 

Waiting. Trust. Faith. I’ve been doing something or other with music for ten years now. The digital era put a lot of talented individuals out of jobs — both artists and industry professionals. As rewarding as my job is, it’s the hardest one I’ve ever had.

What is your advice to others embarking on similar career?

Believe in yourself in the face of adversity. Never give up and aim higher than you think is possible of yourself.

What does it mean to be an artist?

We are all artists in a way. To create is to be an artist. You don’t need a brush or an instrument. By adding creativity to your day, you are an artist.

5 years ago, did you expect to be where you are today? Why, why not?

No. I have grown a lot in the last five years personally. It’s through this transformation that I have started believing in myself and what I am capable of achieving.

Where will you be in 5 years? 

That’s for the universe to know and for me to find out. I would love to be healthily working full time in music, shaping the world and still dreaming big.

What would you say to your 8-year-old self? 

Always believe in you. No matter who people say you should be, always be you. Never give up and trust the power you have within yourself.

What would you say to your 80-year-old self?

I hope I listened to my heart and took the road truest to me. I hope my choices lead to wonderful memories and everlasting growth.

How lucky are you and why?

Life is what you make it. I am lucky in many ways but in other ways I have faced many obstacles. To deviate slightly, I want to add that comparing obstacles with each other is futile. I have worked hard to get where I am and I’m a firm believer that hard work pays off.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I was diagnosed with arthritis when I was 18.

What makes you laugh? 

I love satire, stand up comedy and jokes which make you think. To deviate again, I feel people need to lighten up more and realize comedy isn’t going to hurt anybody. We are so damn serious these days.

What is fun for you?

Spending time with my friends. I like to eat out even though it’s more expensive. My latest thing is for Ethiopian. Veggie platters FTW.

What makes you question humanity?

The fact that we are all seeking happiness yet we trample on others just to get more for ourselves. As a result, none of us are happy and misery encircles our generation.

What is your favourite quote?

An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind – Mahatma Ghandi

Is there anything else you’re involved in that you’d like to plug or point our attention to? 

If you want to find out more about what I do, visit FINEProductions.ca. Also, as a songwriter I’m always releasing new music. My latest project is called Opus Eyes. It’s cinematic alternative pop with an electronic fusion. Check it out at opuseyes.com.

Please provide a link to something you find particularly inspiring.
Instructions For Life by The Dalai Lama
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I will let you know that I am fortunate enough to have heard the full master of Opus Eyes’s Lightswitch and it is a FINE production!!! Get it? Seriously though– it is a full-on dance party for one when I play it. The music of Opus Eyes moves me in ways that last longer than the time the music plays. I can’t wait for its full release and the upcoming music video(s) and more. The world better brace itself. 🙂  And now, a picture of Harrison and I with our biggest fan! Get it? 🙂

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Wishing you all a happy and creative day filled with what you wanna fill it with!

Love Kat 🙂 xo

FANTASTIC SPECTACLE OF FEMALE FUN!

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Saturday July 4th 2015
Kat and Helene onstage! TWICE THE FUN!

7pm: Doors open! Food (vege plate, with hummus, olives, milkshakes, smoothies, organic coffee and tea)
8pm: Kat onstage: Myselfie
9pm: Helene onstage: Secrets of a Single Dysfunctional French Woman
1437 Kingston Rd, at Warden. Free parking on the street– residential streets south on Warden.
$30 at the door, $20 in advance for this double whammy is a steal
RSVP by email or text to 416-809-9703
And now for your viewing pleasure, here is a story and dance Kat will be referring to tomorrow. Smurfs All Star Show. 🙂
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See you soon, everybuddy!
Love Kat 🙂 ❤

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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New Project Announced: Myselfie!

Myselfie: A snapshot to share.

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I recently did a meditative exercise whereby one mindfully describes their own body parts in a grateful manner. As I was exploring, it came to me that this is my next show. It is is still a work in progress but I aim to create a piece of work that will inspire positive self-love and self-esteem. My goal is to create a meaningful spectacle of word, body part selfie images, song and dance that I can tour with in order to engage and empower, especially within the preteen and teenage group. I may have to mind the cheekiness– though I’m of the belief that a fresh amount of cheek is honest and healthy. I welcome you to join me in this journey and provide feedback as I work this show.

Upcoming dates I will be previewing and workshopping Myselfie bits:

April 30 at Habits Gastropub as part of the WonderFest Comedy and Storytelling series.

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May 3– that’s my birthday! at 3030 Dundas West as part of the Super Tash CD Release bash!

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May 30 at Hirut in Toronto…
More deets, dates and dots to come!

And I encourage you to partake in this exercise of going through your body parts in a mindful way. Don’t forget your innards! Here is an example of how I tackled the exercise, in the form of an excerpt from Myselfie.

I feel superbly blessed and I am taking this time to give thanks for what I’ve been given. Behold… Myselfie.

Dear, all everything beating and breathing in the universe, thanks for giving me head. And face. And other great bits. Thank you for my soft silky hair, for being so enticing to others that I benefit from frequent petting. …

Smile, thank you for being there for me and others. You have lightened and heightened a good many mood. They say you light up a room when you arrive, and I know this to be true because whenever I walk into a room with you, everyone within is illuminated–and all the jubilant light reflects back at me. Thank you for the readiness and ease with which you come out to play. You are a weapon for good and I brandish you gladly. Get it? Gladly? …

Feet. I like your shape. I love your toes. I love how they cascade down in size but for the second one that reaches out beyond the crowd. I love that you signify traits that so many of us strive to be in tune with and hope to be courageous enough to act upon… to stand out from the masses even if it means wrecking the visual of the status quo, to reach and grow beyond our own backyard, to be anchored to others yet free on our own. All these things are so important and hold me up, just like you, my sweet feet. You allow me to hold my poise as I run wild and dance with no restraint, as I walk in stride with friends side by side, as I follow those I admire and blaze a path for others… Dear feet, thank you for bringing us to this spot right here right now and thank you for taking us to our next adventure– which is always only a few steps away. 

Thank you, my dear body, for the collective chaos and cacophony and clownery you are. I explode with passion both joyful and painful from the inside out and know that I am alive and moving forward. You and me are in this together. There is no you without me or me without you. Together we are myselfie. 

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Do it! Do the exercise! It’s fun! And while you’re at it, drop a selfie!

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NEW SHOW ANNOUNCED: WonderFest 2015!

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Let’s Make Good Productions presents WONDERFEST!

To celebrate International Women’s Day we’re rounding up Wonder Women and Super Men to celebrate by spreading empowerment through art!

This WONDERFEST will showcase many artists such as singer-songwriters, spoken word/poets, story tellers, comedians, visual artists and motivational speakers!

3030 Dundas West
Doors open at 7pm
Show starts at 8pm
$10 at the door


We hope you can come out and be inspired to create by seeing all the incredible artists showcased at WonderFest!

Details on artists to come! WonderWomenWorld.tumblr.com

Find our Facebook event here! 

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