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!
Photo: Lisa MacIntosh Photography