BC Tour: Winter 2020 

Hello kind folks of the wintery world.  

I’m leaving on tour imminently.  It’s a blustery eve in the Gatineau Hills and I’m sitting here with a bag of chips and plenty to tell you about. 

BC TOUR 

Most importantly – the tour dates!  I’m going to be playing in northern BC as part of a Home Routes house concert circuit with James Stephens.  Check out www.homeroutes.ca for or check out my calendar page for ticket info and show details.  

Kate Weekes BC Tour 2020 

January 26, 2020               Prince George…

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The new album is RELEASED! 

Hi Folks,

I'm catching my breath after a busy winter releasing the new album, 'Taken by Surprise'.  I played shows throughout Ontario and also in Wakefield, QC.  The first concert was in January on a minus 23 kind of day with fierce wind and blowing snow.  The radio was advising people to stay home and still we had a packed house at Irene's in Ottawa that afternoon.  I was so excited to share the stage with a hot band and officially release these new songs.  It was a great kick-off to a run of gigs…

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The Danes Have Landed 

Hi Folks,

I've made some lasting relationships with people I've met in a wilderness context.  When I travel through the bush, meeting other humans is significant.  A chance meeting on Shipyard Island at the junction of the Yukon and Teslin Rivers brought me to Denmark, led to my canoe trip on the Big Salmon River and inspired the song 'The Danes Have Landed' from my 2019 album Taken by Surprise.

 I paddled the Teslin River with friends in the summer of 2014.  The conversation one afternoon was about my…

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Taken by Surprise 

Hi Folks,

Today is a big day.  I've just received the mastered copy of my new album 'Taken by Surprise'!  Yesterday the artwork was finalized and sent to the printers, and tomorrow reproduction begins on the CDs.   Its been a huge journey and I am ready to celebrate!

'Taken by Surprise' is the title track of the new album.   As I was writing for this album I wanted to capture some of the surreal beauty that I experienced on the Lofoten Islands in Norway.  I travelled to the Lofoten's with my roommate from…

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Johnny 

Hi Friendly Music Folks,

I’ve decided to blog about some of the songs that are going to be coming out on my new album, ‘Taken by Surprise’ on January 20th, 2019.   This week I’m focusing on ‘Johnny’. 

‘Johnny’ was written in February of 2016 in Stutvik, Norway in my bedroom at the Malangen Resort.  I was working as a dog mushing guide for the winter and living in a cabin that overlooked the fjord.  My room had French doors with glass windows.  The light that played on the water, the storms that blew in and…

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'When autumn leaves start to fall....' 

Hi Folks,

I've just finished up a busy season of canoe and hiking guiding.  I've been working in the Yukon, NWT and BC this summer.  Its been a week now since my last trip and I am just starting to catch up with myself a bit.  I've loved getting to spend the summer based out of Whitehorse.  After living up here for so many years, its great to be able to step back into the music scene and catch up with friends.  The timing worked well to be able to play some gigs early in the season and in between trips too…

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I'm making and album & I've launched a crowd-funding campaign. 

Hi Folks,

I have begun to record a new album of original material and I've launched a crowd-funding campaign to help raise the money for it.  My goal is to raise $8,500 in 30 days.  So far the campaign has been incredibly encouraging with letters of support accompanying contributions from friends, fans and family.  I feel grateful for the enthusiasm about this project and it is wonderful to have a team behind me, cheering me on as I dive into this endeavour.  The campaign is through Indiegogo and you can…

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Cultural Adaptation 

Hi team,

I have found that great geographic upheavals take time to adapt to, but coming home has often been the greatest challenge.  When I head somewhere new, I expect to meet with difficulties.  I expect that I will not necessarily find my way and that it will take time to learn the ropes, to make friends.  Coming back to Ontario, although I have spent most of my adult life away from this place - I still somehow expect that I will easily fit back in like a missing puzzle piece.  That things will come…

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Grizzly Bears and Awards 

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The big news is that my song 'Sing it to the Hills' won the political category for the Songs from the Heart songwriting competition through Folk Music Ontario!  I am humbled and delighted to receive this news and also wish to congratulate the winners in the other categories.  

You can view a live performance of the song on my 'videos' page or listen to the studio track on my 'Listen' page. 

Beyond that.....I've just moved to Kingston Ontario.  Ahhhh  Kingston.  I last lived…

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...and then I went to Norway.... 

I've been back in Canada for a week now and am digesting all that has transpired; searching myself for signs of personal growth, clues of where to steer my heart next.  Here follows, the tale of a winter at 69 degrees on the coast of the Norwegian Sea...

I paddled on the Wind River this past August, guiding a group of guests through the Peel Watershed in the Yukon Territory.  Somewhere between the fast moving waters of the upper Wind and the flood we encountered as it entered the Peel, it became clear to…

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