Home Sweet Home

I am finally back home after two weeks of touring around with Via Rail’s Artist on Board program! Toronto to Vancouver and then back again, I had the pleasure of sharing my music with people from around the world.

Traveling around and playing music is a dream and passion of mine. In 13 days, I played nearly 50 sets of original songs and iconic Canadian covers. Over my years of performing, nothing has been like playing live on a train for consecutive days in a row. At first it was challenging to get comfortable playing music while moving constantly, but after getting used to moving, playing got a lot easier.

Performing so intimately with people of all ages was my biggest gift from this tour. Oftentimes, I can get caught up with the business side of performing, stages, other bands, pictures, sound, fans, crowds,bars,opinions, judgements, how many people you are brining out, progress, and just all around artistic distractions. Being able to play songs that I have written for over the past 10 years, and having people interested in my story and why I write has restored my connection to music on a more human level. Take away everything other than physically playing guitar and singing, and what I had left with was joy, but ultimately connection. Having people sing along to songs that you have written, hearing their voices align with yours is the greatest gift to any writer or artist, and for me personally.

I met so many great people along the way, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to travel with my music. Thank you to everyone who has supported me, whether we have just met, or whether you have been a part of my music journey over the years!

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Photo: Lisa MacIntosh Photography

Western Canada Tour Announcement: Toronto-Vancouver

I am so excited to share with all my fans, friends, and music supports that I am touring out west this August, partnering with Via Rail and their Artist’s On Board Program. As an acoustic artist, finding and playing gigs that support you are sometimes hard to find, and I am so happy to have this opportunity to tour the country and share my music through Via Rail. I will be taking the train from Toronto and ending in Vancouver, stopping off and performing in Winnipeg, Jasper, and Vancouver. I will also be stopping by Vancouver and Victoria radio stations, including CiTR and CFVU stations.

Just me and my guitar, I am thrilled to be supported to share my own music across this beautiful country!

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Brand New Release: “Mirage”

album22016 has been a busy and exciting year for me and my music. I have been actively involved with touring with Silver Creek Folk and recording a new ep with the band, while also recording my third acoustic EP set for release this fall. In celebration of my 25th birthday, I would like to share with all of you a bit of the recording that I have been working on. For those of you who have seen me play live, or if you caught me playing around the beautiful grounds of Kalani, you will know this song! This is a work in progress, but I would finally like to share something with you all that I have been working on. So here it is, my new song Mirage (formerly, where heaven meets the earth) which will be featured on my brand new EP this year. Let me know what you think! X

Brand New Song “Elora”

It has been a while since I have shared some of my new material that I am working on. I brought in the new year right with my new Gretsch resonator guitar. My new guitar has sparked a new sound within me, and I can’t wait to get working on my new album. Last night I decided to record and share a little piece of my new music.

Here is a couple shots from my live off the floor video shoot for my brand new song Elora!

 

 

Nu Music Night: Live at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern

Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to take part in Dave Bookman’s (Indie88) Nu Music Night at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Being surrounded by my amazing fans, friends, and family along with exceptional sound, this event was definitely the highlight of my 2015 year!

Thank you so much to everyone for joining me on this evening, and I am happy to announce that the Horseshoe wants me back again for a date in 2016!

 

Physical CD Copies of “Steady Sun” Now Available!

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A personal dream of mine has always been to have my own duplicated CD. I am a CD baby at heart, and although digital downloads are great and vinyl is cool, I am most connected to CD’s.

Being an independent artist on a major budget sometimes means that you don’t always get what you want when you want it. It’s a good thing that patience is my best virtue! When I released Steady Sun in July 2014, I went the digital route, well, because of costs and costs only. Although it is a year later, I am so happy to provide my fans with physical copies!

If you would like to purchase a physical copy, please use this link here

House Show: Music & Art

LAST NIGHT Friday July 31 I had the pleasure of playing at a house show surrounded by many talented and local musicians!

I was also joined by my beautiful friend and very talented artist Rasa Morrison who sketched as I played my music. We will be working more together for future shows and live performances!

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The Independent Free Press: Collette Andrea Entertainment Feature

Today I received some great news!

In light of CBC Music’s Searchlight contest, I am pleased to share with you an article printed in Halton Hill’s Independent Free Press newspaper about me and my music,

The article describes my original song “Song About Spring”, which has been submitted to CBC Music for their Searchlight contest. It is great to have the community involved and a big thank you the paper for the article!

To read the entire article, click here

A big thank you goes out to all the supporters, fans, friends, family, and now my local community!