I love notebooks. I’ve been a writer ever since I learnt to read, and diary-keeping just became something I fell into. Today’s piece was just a wild idea I had about tracking what I do for a week, and telling little anecdotes about what a regular week is like for me. I hope you enjoy. Monday I woke up naturally this morning at 5am. I made myself some chocolate macaroon flavoured tea (it was delicious), sat down on the living room sofa, opened my laptop and picked up where I left off on a guest post I’m writing for Industry Me on design mistakes artistsRead More →

I don’t expect many people will read this piece, but it’s one I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I’ve been typing and erasing over and over, trying to make the words come out right; but there’s no better time than now, I guess. I haven’t written a song in over a year, and it hurts so much. All I’ve ever wanted to do in this world is write songs. I wake up every morning with the hopes that today will be the day. Every week it’s a goal of mine to sit by the piano, or pick up my guitar and sculpt musicRead More →

Last week was my second time at CMW 2017. Last year, it was part of the coolest field trip ever, courtesy of Algonquin College’s MIA program. This year, while still in Music Industry Arts (I’m doing the program in two years instead of one), I bought my own ticket, took care of my own lodgings, but got to ride with my classmates. This little compilation contains links for you to check out their respective works, with larger articles coming later. Enjoy! Rick Barker Last year, Rick directly said to me “if school is getting in the way of your career, why are you in school?”Read More →

If you too are dramatically crying by the window as it snows all weekend, here’s a little list of things to read. If your weather is beautiful out there, go enjoy it, then come back once it rains 🙂 A new article I wrote is going to be featured in Ottawa Beat next month. If you’re in the local area and haven’t gotten around to reading the latest issue, do so online! I highly recommend Byron’s entertainment law column, personally Ear To The Ground invited me to guest write for them. This piece is about pitching your genre… on an escalator. Read for free here. Australia’s darling arts marketing publication,Read More →

It’s the first day of Spring, apparently. I’m curled up with my current notebook on a dark chocolate coloured sofa, peering out at the grey snowbanks that line the streets. I’ll settle with a stock photo for now, because I’m already in the spring mindset. By that, I mean, ready for some changes that lead to the better. This list is called “17 Musician Resolutions for Spring 2017” – I didn’t just make it for myself, so feel free to join in, and add your own in the comments after! ___ 1- I will attend more local concerts I’m not performing in. The cool musicians inRead More →

One of the perks of being considered useful in one’s local music industry is having talented artists on speed dial, and vice versa – and when Kyle Ivanich messages you with a complimentary ticket to the Ottawa stop of his tour, playing alongside Charlie The Kid and featuring The Ramblin’ Valley Band, one feels very useful indeed. It’s 8pm as I walk through the doors of the friendly Pressed Café on Gladstone Avenue, after getting here straight from class. Kyle immediately sees me through the crowd (the venue is so full that about twenty people are left standing), and brushes past our good friend andRead More →

Welcome to Ottawa, it’s a pretty awesome place to be. We’re so happy you’re here for a few days – whether it be for business, pleasure, or, oh yeah, the 2017 JUNO Awards! The local musicians have compiled a list of off-the-beaten-track concerts we’re organizing – one of the things I personally love the most about the 613 is how close-knit the music community is. Here are the listings, be sure to attend at least two, and go see local talent before the day that they too are on that big stage, accepting an award. _____ THURSDAY, THE 23RD OF MARCH Indie / Folk : Chelsea ReedRead More →

From February 1st-3rd, 2017, my hometown of Ottawa, Canada was host to the MEGAPHONO Music Showcase and Conference. My application for a media pass was accepted, and here is the main article I wrote. It’s not just an ICYMI, though I do have readers from all around the world. What I really wanted to do was add value and draw lessons from the various conferences that were hosted. There were five of them, hosted in the Citizen Café on Gilmour and Elgin downtown: “Get The Best From Your Fest” (on music festivals), “Do Something Real” (on online promotion), “Before The Shredder” (on legal contracts), “GettingRead More →

I turned two decades old on the 11th of this January (11/1 is very easy to remember). To be honest, I’m really excited to grow older, as people will make me even more seriously in the industry if I have more time to experience everything about it. That doesn’t mean I don’t know anything at all, however. Here are 20 pieces music industry advice I’ve learnt in my 20 years: Your goals may change, but you are still the same at the core. I’m pretty sure I’ve wanted to be everything since I was a kid. Astronaut, palaeontologist, alpaca farmer, champion figure skater, CEO ofRead More →

Apparently, the 2015-2016 academic year was a bad one for equal gender representation in the Music industry Arts program at Algonquin College. Out of the 500+ audition applicants, and the 80 that were let in, six were female. One was me, and due to how the classes were split, I was the only girl in a lot of them. Each of my highly qualified and dynamic professors were men. I was given opportunities to succeed (and sometimes fail) the way my other classmates were. There weren’t any profs who disliked me or were unnecessarily tough, but I’m not sure how much of that is personality.Read More →