Well I am certainly happy to be able to say that I haven't been bombarding you - though I do apologize for the long delay in my correspondence. (Unless we're connected through the cyber channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)...in which case, we're practically besties.)
With such a big-bellied touring schedule over 2013, I took a much needed breather back home in Toronto over the fall, to see out the year-end with family and friends...and my guitar. Not only was I resting and recouping, and getting my domestic on, but I was also farming out songs in preparation for some serious songwriting with a couple of mega-talented artists here in LA (I'm writing you from the fabulous SOCAN suite in Silver Lake, LA right now ;)).
In four days, I will be continuing onward - to Australia! - for another Summer Tour up the East Coast with some old pals along the way.
So here is a quick update, and tour dates, for the months to come!
Warm winds from California,
Songwriting in Los Angeles, California
I've just wrapped up a full month of writing and recording a new batch of songs here, with artist/producers Garrison Starr and Adrianne Gonzalez (AG), who I met on tour last October at the Viva la Vida Festival in Pioneer. I was absolutely blown away by their talents, and personalities, and so it only seemed right to co-write. Together, we have been crafting some sounds that I am absolutely over the moon about. I will keep you posted on the lifecycle of these tracks, as there will be some big announcements to come along with them (gasp!).
Australian Tour Dates Announced
Now, for more touring news! AUSTRALIA! Although I did attempt to skip it this year, how could i resist such an incredible journey? I realize it has now been 7 years of winters in AUS, beginning when I lived there from 2008. This will be my fifth trip back. Wowsa. Time flies (and so do I, it seems!). Here are the tour dates over March & April 2014 which I will be performing as a duo with the beautiful Victoria Beard (Jungal) on bass, including shows with Genevieve Chadwick, Broni, Benny Walker, Hayley Couper, Jungal, and Alexis Nicole....
1 - Mountain Grand - Halls Gap, VIC w/ Jungal and Alexis Nicole
7- Melting Pot 'in the Round' Wesley Anne - Northcote, VIC w/ Scott Cook
8 - CREAM Festival - Hepburn Springs, VIC
9-10 - Burke & Willis Festival - Tyledon, VIC
27 - Republic Bar - Hobart, TAS w/ Genevieve Chadwick and Hayley Couper
28 - Red Hot Music - Devonport, TAS w/ Genevieve Chadwick
29 - Iron Horse Bar & Grill - Launceston, TAS w/ Genevieve Chadwick
30 - Harvest & Cater BH Surf Club - Boat Harbour, TAS w/ Genevieve Chadwick
3 - Thornbury Theatre (Velvet Room) - Melbourne, VIC w/ Genevieve Chadwick and Broni
4 - Gold Dust Lounge - Bendigo, VIC w/ Genevieve Chadwick
5 - St Leonard’s Vinyard - Waghunya, VIC w/ Genevieve Chadwick
6 - Bridge Road Breweries - Beechworth, VIC w/ Genevieve Chadwick
9 - Smith’s Alternative - Canberra, ACT
10 - Vic on the Park - Newtown, NSW w/ Genevieve Chadwick
11 - The Eastern Lounge - Roseville, NSW
13 - The Wicko - Newcastle, NSW
16 - Art Party - Sydney, NSW
17 - Ryan’s Hotel - Wollongong, NSW
18 - The Commercial Hotel - Milton, NSW
19 - ExServos - Ulladula, NSW
20 - The American Hotel - Echuca, VIC w/ Benny Walker
25-27 - Mt. Beauty Festival - Mt Beauty, VIC
ISC - International Songwriting Competition - Semi-Finalist
The Semi-Finalists for the International Songwriting Competition have just been announced- and I'm one of them! "The Ways I Love You" is in the running for some major recognition. So honoured to be among these artists already - see the progress and list of artists and judges here - http://www.songwritingcompetition.com - I'll keep you posted!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Monday, July 29, 2013
Just a quick note...
I'm back on my home turf, after an incredible tour in Australia again this year. So many wonderful shows, new friends and new venues to have shared incredible memories with. It was such an absolute joy to have toured with Genevieve Chadwick for most of them - what a true gem of a human being and amazing musician (check out her stuff -www.genevievechadwick.com).
Not unlike a record on rotation (broken, maybe?) I'm back on the road at home in Canada again, and this year adding some west coast USA-ness to the Tour.
I'll be accompanied (so very excitedly) by the fabulous Tricia Foster on Bass for the whole trip, as well (as one of my fav and funniest drummers) Matt Blackie on the kit for the AB/BC dates in August. It's going to be a blast and a beautiful musical journey, yet again.
Here are the dates - please do spread the word to your friends and fam, share, invite, and keep in touch - i'll be documenting the tour tidbits, as per usual ;) (check out the Facebook event here!)
Before I set sail with Tricia and Matt, though - I am already out here for a couple of weeks, to play North Country Fair, and support good friends from AUS - Jungal - on their Canadian Album Release Tour. I've added the dates here below for you as well.
West Coast Shows w/ Jungal
West Coast Shows w/ Jungal
June 20-23 - Driftpile, AB - North Country Fair *solo
June 25 - Edmonton, AB - The Artery *solo support
June 26 - Edmonton, AB - The NCF Afterbender @ Pawn Shop
June 27 - Calgary, AB - Mikeys Juke Joint *solo support
June 28 - Lethbridge, AB - The Slice *solo support
June 29 - Calgary, AB - Below Deck *solo support
June 30 - Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Hotel *solo support
July 1 - Winlaw, BC - Sleep is for Sissies *solo support
July 2 - Enderby, BC - Lorenzo's *solo support
July 5 - Penticton, BC - Voodoo's *solo support
Canada/USA Summer Tour
July 9 - Sudbury, ON - Fromagerie w/ Jordie Lane (AUS) *duo show - 8pm - $15
July 10 - Huntsville, ON - House Concert w/ Jordie Lane (AUS) *duo show - 8pm - $15
July 25 - Toronto, ON - Magpie w/ Jess McAvoy (AUS) *duo show - 10pm
Aug 6 - Sault Ste Marie, ON - Auldi Kirk Concert *duo show - $15 ($10 student/senior)
Aug 7 - Thunder Bay, ON - Concerts in the Park *duo show - 8pm
Aug 8 - Winnipeg, MB - The Purple Room (at FRAME) * duo show - 8pm - $10
Aug 13 - Regina, SK - The Artful Dodger - 8pm
Aug 14 - Medicine Hat, AB - Inspired Cafe - 6pm
Aug 15 - Waterton, AB - Opera House - 8pm - $10
Aug 16 - Lethbridge, AB - Acoustic Owl - 9:30
Aug 17 - Invermere, AB - Station Pub - times TBC
Aug 18 - Kaslo, BC - Bluebelle Bistro - 8pm
Aug 20 - Nelson, BC - Expressions - 8pm - $12
Aug 21 - Crawford Bay, BC - New Keys - 9pm
Aug 22 - Trail, BC - Concert in the Park - 7pm
Aug 23 - Kelowna, BC - Parks Alive! - 9:40
Aug 24 - Kamloops, BC - Concerts in the Park - 7pm
Aug 25 - Revelstoke, BC - Grizzly Plaza - 6:30pm
Aug 26 - Invermere, BC - Strands Old House - 7pm
Aug 27 - Canmore, AB - Good Earth Cafe - 7:30
Aug 28 - Calgary, AB - Wine Oh's - times and cover TBC
Aug 29 - Edmonton, AB - Wunderbar - 8:30pm - $8
Aug 30 - Lloydminister, AB - The Root - 8pm - $15
Sept 10 - Jasper, AB - Olive Bistro - *duo show times and cover TBC
Sept 12 - Vancouver, BC - Raw Canvas - * duo show - 8pm - $5
Sept 14 - White Rock, BC - Saint by the Pier *duo show - 8pm
Sept 15 - Port Townsend, WA - Sirens - *duo show - 7pm
Sept 18 - Cottage Grove, OR - Axe & the Fiddle - *duo show - 8:30 - $5
Sept 19 - Ashland, OR - The Playwright Public House - *duo show - 7pm - $5
Sept 20 - Eureka, OR - Cafe Nooner - *duo show - 8pm - call for tix
Sept 25 - San Diego, CA - Lestats *duo show - 9pm - $10
Sept 26 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Tap It - 5:30pm - *duo show
Sept 27 - Sutter Creek, CA - Sutter Creek Theatre - *duo show - 8pm - $18/$20
Sept 28 - Pioneer, CA - Viva La Vida Festival - *duo show - 3pm
Sept 30 - Sparks, NV - Bar M - *duo show - 8pm
Oct 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Piper Down - *duo show
Oct 4 - Chicago, IL - Uncommon Ground - *duo show - 10pm - $10
That's all folks! Save the date in your town and we'll see you soon!!
Big hugs from here,
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
How are you? It's been too long...!
I'm just writing you with a little update - and some more tour dates and announcements, of course!!! more, more, more...no rest for the wicked.
It all begins tomorrow - with a flight to Brisbane, a bus to Byron and Bluesfest for 4 days! I can't believe it. Seriously?! Rubbing shoulders (*manifesting) with Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Armatrading, Ben Harper, Counting Crows, The Cat Empire, Manu Chao, Rufus Wainwright, and soooo many more....backstage! It's all too much. (I promise to report - so keep in touch on facebook, instagram, twitter and all that jazz.) The reason for this incredible opportunity, is that i'll be accompanying the fabulous Genevieve Chadwick for her performances - as we kick off the last leg of our - what has been an - epic Australian Tour over Summer 2013. This is it. We've put together a final string of special shows, which will all wrap up in Melbourne at the Retreat for a BIG ONE: my last Australian show, Gen's birthday, and a triple-bill with Jungal to rock out the night!!! YEAH - what a finish. I can't wait (not that i'm rushing anything... ;)). Check out the dates below - and on my website (www.fayeblais.com).
But before we really get into the swing of it - I will be making a return trip to New Zealand, to tour as a duo (with the lovely Victoria Beard from Jungal). I cannot wait to get back to that beautiful land - and see some smiley, friendly, familiar faces. This tour has shaped up to be a lovely week of intimate, community-based shows (my favourite) - and I just can't wait to connect. I've listed next week's NZ dates below - so please do pass them on to any Kiwis in your good books ;)
Then it's back home to Canada.
And what better way to arrive then playing a show with my favourite ladies: The Ladies in Waiting. So exciting. We're still in the midst of announcing the show - so there are many 'a detail to come about it - but I wanted you to be the first to know :) So, save the date: May 29th - Lula Lounge, Toronto.
Plans for the Canada & USA Summer Tour are coming along beautifully for August & September 2013 - but i will leave you with that thought for now, at the risk of overloading you just before a big holiday weekend. We'll leave room for tofurkey.
Oh - and just one more thing: in case you haven't yet - pre-purchase one of Jungal's albums (they're making a new one - check out their cute lil vid here!)!!
Ok, I'm done.
Big hugs and love and holiday cheer to you,
Happy long weekend,
Mar 29-Apr 2 - BYRON BAY BLUESFEST - Byron Bay, NSW!!!
Apr 3, 8:30pm - The Mussel Inn - Onekaka, New Zealand
Apr 4, 7:00pm - Private Event - Nelson, New Zealand
Apr 5, 8:00pm - Le Cafe - Picton, New Zealand
Apr 6, 8:00pm - House Concert - Christchurch, New Zealand
Apr 7, 3:00pm - The Luggate Hotel - Wanaka, New Zealand
Apr 9, 9:00pm - Wunderbar - Lyttelton, New Zealand
AUSTRALIA (w/ Genevieve Chadwick)
Apr 10 - Warehouse Concert - Sydney, NSW
Apr 11, 7:00pm - House Concert - Ashfield/Sydney, NSW
Apr 12, 9:00pm - Florida Beach Bar - Terrigal, NSW
Apr 13, 5:00pm - The Wicko - Newcastle, NSW
Apr 14, 3:30pm - Greenwell Point Hotel - Greenwell Point, NSW
Apr 17, 7:00pm - The Rhythm Hut - Gosford, NSW
Apr 19 - Goulburn Bowlo - Goulburn, NSW
Apr 20 - Star Hotel - Yackandandah, VIC
Apr 21, 8:00pm - The Retreat - LAST AUS SHOW!!! w/ Jungal Genevieve Chadwick!! - Melbourne, VIC
May 29th - Lula Lounge - Ladies in Waiting Show - Toronto, ON
*Canada & USA Summer Tour Dates TBA
New Music Video
Check out the new Official Music Video for "The Pursuit"! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNc2Hl1Rbgc
That's all for now, friends - thanks for tuning in!
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Welcome to the mailing list!! Lovely to meet you in these past few weeks - here's your first update from me ;)
It's been quite a while since my last update - so HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope your holiday season was filled with cheer, goodness, friends & family and all that jazz!
I had a wonderful break leading up to the holiday season in Canada, and am now geared-up in full touring-force here in Australia (& NZ!) - much to report!
This Australian Tour has been incredible so far (with the wonderful Genevieve Chadwick), and we've only just begun. January is behind us, but loads of dates are up for February and March - with our final April Tour to be announced in the next couple of weeks. Aaaaand, this just in: you are the FIRST to see the New Zealand Tour Dates!! I will be touring NZ as a duo, with Victoria Beard (from Jungal) on bass (yay!)! So excited to return to that fine piece of land.....ah.
Back in Canada, much is buzzing with the upcoming release of our Ladies in Waiting Collective compilation "Lovesick", launching at the Lula Lounge on Tuesday, February 12th in Toronto (that's next week!)! Unfortunately, I won't be there in body, but most certainly in spirit - and song, as the ladies will be covering a short set of my tunes ("awwwwww!"). Tickets are selling fast - so make sure you grab some, and dinner too for a little pre-Valentine's Day celebration, if you're in Toronto next week (you can buy tix - and the album - here - www.LIWcollective.com - check out our fun little promo vid for the show here!)
I've also just released a BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO today!!! The official vid for "The Pursuit" is up and out - so make sure you have a look. It was filmed in my hometown of Sudbury in June, just before the Canadian Summer Tour with a fabulous team of incredibly talented individuals - so much fun! (Spoiler Alert: We built that set in my friend's basement, downtown Sudbury...hehe - loved every minute of it!).
That was quite a screenful, so i'll leave you to the details below. Stay connected for more news in the days to come!!!
Big hugs and love,
Australian (Feb/Mar) & New Zealand (Apr) Tour Dates Announced!
Friday, Feb 8th, 8pm - The Eastern Lounge - Sydney, NSW *Solo ***SOLD OUT
Sunday, Feb 10th, 1:50pm - Fair Day in the Park, Concert Stage - Sydney/Newtown, NSW *Solo
Sunday, Feb 10th, 6:45pm - Fair Day CWP After Party at Coopers Hotel - Sydney/Newtown, NSW *w/ Jungal as band!
Thursday, Feb 14th, 7:30pm - The Clarendon Guesthouse - Katoomba/Blue Mountains, NSW *w/ Genevieve Chadwick
Friday, Feb 15th, 8pm - The Goulburn Club - Goulburn, NSW *w/ Genevieve Chadwick
Saturday, Feb 16th, 9pm - The Gold Dust Lounge - Bendigo, VIC *w/ Genevieve Chadwick
Thursday, Feb 21st, 8:30pm - Old Hepburn Hotel - Hepburn Springs, VIC *w/ Genevieve Chadwick
Friday, Feb 22nd, 8pm - The Wesley Anne - Melbourne, VIC *w/ Genevieve Chadwick
Tuesday, Feb 26th, 8pm - Perth Blues Club - Perth, WA *Genevieve Chadwick Solo
Wednesday, Feb 27th, 8pm - Mojo's Roots n' Blues - Fremantle, WA *w/ Genevieve Chadwick and Minnie Marks
Saturday, Mar 1st - Nannup Music Festival - Nannup, WA
Sunday, Mar 2nd - Redcliffe on the Murray - Pinjarra, WA *w/ Genevieve Chadwick
Fri-Mon, Mar 27-Apr 1 - Byron Bay Bluesfest - Byron Bay, NSW *Genevieve Chadwick Solo!
........APRIL AUS DATES COMING SOON!
Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 8:30pm - The Mussel Inn - Onenaka/Golden Bay, NZ
Thursday, Apr 4th, 7pm - Private Event - Yaza! Cafe - Nelson, NZ
Friday, Apr 5th, 8pm - Cafe Picton - Picton, NZ
Saturday, Apr 6th - House Concert - Christchurch, NZ
Sunday, Apr 7th - TBC - Wanaka, NZ
Tuesday, Apr 9th - The Wunderbar - Lyttleton, NZ
Ladies in Waiting Collective - Compilation "Lovesick"
Tuesday, February 12th
1585 Dundas St. W. Toronto, ON
$15 (or $25 w/ "Lovesick")
tix, album and info available at:
*The Ladies: Faye Blais, Cindy Doire, Andrea Ramolo, Sarah Burton, Melanie Brulee, Tricia Foster, and Kristin Sweetland.
New Music Video - "The Pursuit"
It's up - check it out on Youtube here!
That's it! Thank you for reading and keeping in touch. I appreciate your love and support more than you can imagine ;)
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Salut les amis!
I hope you are all well and wonderful, and enjoying a little downtime this season, too! I am thoroughly enjoying some stability in my life here in Toronto, after years (literally!) of continuous road-warrioring, and night-after-night showtimes.....not that this break will last much longer, though - I'll be back on the road real soon --- in AUSTRALIA!! Domestic life and home-cooked meals have been treating me most delightfully. It has been an absolute pleasure spending so much time with friends and family - and all by meself, here in my apartment. New songs are spilling out, and my cravings for travel (avec guitar) are creeping in.....it's time to get back in the saddle!
I wanted to share this French interview with you, which was filmed in Sudbury in May, with Ruby TFO (Television Francophone de l'Ontario), a wonderful TV Show about the arts, music and culture, bubbling in the French community in Canada.
This aired a few weeks ago - but now you can watch it whenever you'd like - en francais! Here is the direct link to the video on the Ruby TFO website - http://rubytfo.tv/billet/461/Faye-Blais/
...as far as my upcoming TV appearances go -- "Cash Cab" & "Last Car Standing" -- I will keep you posted on the dates they're set to air as soon as I catch wind of them ;)
Sudbury Hometown Send-off with Scarlett Jane
A heads up to all of my hometown friends and fans, I will be coming back for one last show with the band (Josh Turnbull and Tricia Foster) before I take flight to AUS, with the incredible duo Scarlett Jane (www.scarlettjane.com)!! This is going to be an amazing night of friends and music at the Fromagerie Elgin - so make sure you GET YOUR TICKETS! My last few shows have sold out in advance, so make sure you get down there asap to secure your seat - they are limited!!!
Here are the details:
Faye Blais with Scarlett Jane
Sunday, December 9th
(5 Cedar St, Sudbury)
Australian Tour - January 2013 with Genevieve Chadwick
It's official - I'll be heading to Australia after the holidays, to team up with Genevieve Chadwick - amazing Australian Blues/Roots artist - with oh so much soul(!!!) - to hit the country as a solo double-bill tour. Dates will be announced in the weeks to come, so stay tuned. In the meantime - check out this fabulous artist.....she rocks. www.genevievechadwick.com
That's all for now, friends - will be writing again with an update real soon!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Get yo tix! The Drake - Friday, July 27 - TORONTO
Lavigne Tavern - Lavigne, ON
Piebird - Nipissing, ON
Northern Lights Festival Boreal - Sudbury, ON
Fromagerie Elgin - Sudbury, ON
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Alright - this is one of my favorite kind of emails to write you all - because it is stocked with the BEST kind of news for me to annouce, all at once......THE NEW ALBUM IS OUT!!! (You can buy hard copies on my website www.fayeblais.com and digital copies/songs on itunes -here )....and second - CANADIAN ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR ANNOUNCED!!! here is the list of tour dates below - really hope to see so many of you out on the road in Canada again so soon :)
Since it's May 1st release, the album has already been flying off the shelves, getting played by CBC (thank you for your requests - keep them coming!), and has won me a "Best Vocal Performance" Awards at this years NOMFA (Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards) last weekend back home in Sudbury, Canada, (for "The Ways I Love You", last year's single release).
My time and tours in Australia were absolutely amazing. Six months sure did fly by in a flash. Three big tours (w/ Rosie Burgess Trio, Jungal, and the boys in the band), among other quick stints with favorites Genevieve Chadwick, The April Maze, Freya Hanly, and mooore. So many great festivals, bands, friends and memories....i can't wait to get back there (wink wink) :)
Alright, I'll keep this brief, and let the news speak for itself (you do have albums to buy and dates to write down in your calendars, afterall!).
Looking forward to seeing so many of you - to the rest, it was lovely seeing you on the other side of this globe - and i'm planning my return already, for when the leaves start to fall....
Hugs and snugs from Toronto....
new album out
The new album "On the Bright Side" is now available!!!
Hard Copy: www.fayeblais.com
Digital Copy: itunes
*the album comes with a lyric booklet! Have a look at the artwork and track list at www.fayeblais.com
canada album launch tour dates
Here they are!!
Thurs, June 7 - Fromagerie, Sudbury, ON *tix now available at Fromagerie
Fri, June 8th - Fromagerie, Sudbury, ON *tix now available at Fromagerie
Thurs, June 14th - Piebird, North Bay ON
Fri, June 15th - Lavigne Tavern, Lavigne, ON
Sun, June 17th - House Concert, Thunder Bay, ON
Tues, June 19th - Pop Sodas, Winnipeg MB
Wed, June 20th - Kergano's, Moose Jaw, SK
Thurs, June 21st - House Concert, Saskatoon, SK
Fri, June 22nd - The Root, Lloydminister, AB
Sat, June 23rd - Velvet Olive, Red Deer, AB
Sun, June 24th - Thorn E. Rose Cafe, Rosebud, AB
Mon, June 25th - Truffle Pigs, Field, BC
Tues, June 26th -Summer Kicks Series in Spirit Square, Golden BC
Wed, June 27th - 3:45pm - The Works Fest, Edmonton AB
Wed, June 27th - 9pm - North Country Fair After Bender Party, Edmonton AB
Thurs, June 28th - Gallery House Concert, Calgary AB
Fri-Mon, June 29-Jul 1- Canada Day Freedom Festival, Moose Jaw SK
Tues, July 3rd - Little Beaver Cultural Centre, Fort Frances, ON
Wed, July 4th - Concert in the Park, Thunder Bay ON
Fri-Sun, July 6-8th - Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Sudbury, ON
Fri, July 27th - The Drake Underground, Toronto, ON