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HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY POP MONTREAL!

You know what is crazy? I just got off a micro tour and I don’t have a single photo to share. This is what happens when you are completely wrapped up in the shows and have no pizzarazzi to speak of. I promise the upcoming PopMontreal showcase this Saturday will be photographed, videographed – even cellographed! (?) And I will post the images and video right here on this blog. Saturday’s show will be stellar as I’ll be performing with Lederhosen Lucil veterans Shane Watt (bass, vox) and Spencer Warren (drums) + special surprise guests. There will be costumes, lights, cameras, and definitely ACTION! Oh, and music of course…

It’s strange to think that a decade ago my alter ego Lederhosen Lucil performed at the first ever PopMontreal festival at the now defunct “Le Swimming” club. I still sometimes wonder where the entire roll of brand new black & silver Lederhosen Lucil stickers went (someone stole em’ from the curb as we were loading into a cab after the show!). It has since grown to epic proportions inspired, no doubt, by Austin’s SXSW as Pop now boasts Artpop, Filmpop, Symposiumpop, free BBQs and so much more. You can read about some of the highlights here: Hour Community & visit the official website here: POP MONTREAL.

Saturday, September 24th – Ukrainian Federation Hall – Doors 19h30 / Krista Muir at 20h (sharp! if you come late you will miss our part of the show…) / 21h Les Canailles / 22h Marie-Jo Therio –  Tickets $20/24 or with Pop wristband

After the show many of us will be heading over to Cinema L’Amour to see and hear special guest Gary Lucas speak about his life and times with the legendary artist Don Van Vliet (Captain Beefheart) –  00h00 $12/15 or with Pop wristband

Southern Souls & The Troubadour

Fall is upon us and there are so many good things in the works…First of all two new live videos are now up on the Southern Souls website! Click here to see both: Krista Muir on SS. We are also still awaiting news on whether or not Kara Blake will be directing a video for “Moderato” this fall. Fingers crossed! And speaking of the song “Moderato,” it was actually inspired by a map Shane Watt inked and that I embroidered on muslin. This map is featured in the book “Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery” by Leanne Prain. Check out her site and see if the traveling book launch is coming to your town…sadly it’s not hitting Montreal but oh, I wish it was!

KRISTA MUIR – Dante Park from Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca) on Vimeo.

In other news, Shane Watt and I are polishing our boots and shaking out some of our vintage ensembles for upcoming performances in Kingston, Brampton and Toronto with a grand finale at the Pop Montreal Festival before I pack up my magic bag and head off to Europe for a month of touring and artistic residency’ing. Check out the “TOUR” link for all the details! I hope our paths cross here or on the flipside…

Hurricanes & Southern Souls

IRENE! Even though we were greatly disappointed not to have been able to road trip down to Brooklyn to play The West Café last weekend for the Conversation With The Cosmos benefit concert, we were lucky enough to soak up the sunshine in Montreal Friday and ended up doing an impromptu Tour de l’Isle – something I’ve been meaning to do ever since I got a proper bike fit for hills, dales, bridges and everything in between. 6 hours of cycling – criss-crossing from Montreal to Laval and back…from Pointe Claire village to Lachine to Greenspot for the poutine finale. It was WUNDERBAR! Biking is one of my favorite things in the world! If you’re in Montreal this weekend (Sep 1-3rd) check out the Bicycle Film Festival.

The Conversation With the Cosmos show will be rescheduled for this fall and will either take place in NYC or Montreal – details to come!

Last week Mitch Fillion from Southern Souls came through town and we met up with him to shoot a few songs at the sweet little vegetarian café “Lumiere de Mile End.” The videos will be up on September 8th…

In the backyard of Le Lumiere du Mile End!

Southern Souls Shoot August 2011