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

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!

CBC Music Searchlight Contest

Everyone asks me how they can support me and my music!

I am happy to announce that I am a part of CBC Music’s Searchlight contest for new and emerging Canadian artists.

All you have to do is vote! You can vote everyday until April 13!
Just follow this link and at the top of the page you can vote for my original song “A Song About Spring”

I would really appreciate it!

http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Collette-Andrea

New Leaf

It has been such a long time since I have posted here.

Although I have not been updating my site as much as I could, including my other social media sites (Facebook, Twitter etc.), I can assure you I have been actively working on creating new music, new projects. New ideas, new passions, new life. I am reminded through spring that there is no better than now.

Last night I had an amazing night. I was surrounded by the people I love, friends and family. I also met some lovely new people, which I am very grateful for connecting with. I love connecting with people more than anything in this world. Thanks to Shoe Tree Folk, I had the opportunity to play an acoustic folk show alongside two local artist from Georgetown, ON.

Last night was the first show that I have played in a long time where I felt a great sense of community. A community where artists show up early to listen to other artists on the bill. A community where the crowd is surrounded by friends, family, fans, lovers, artists, and dreamers. My experience as a independent acoustic singer-songwriter playing live in all sorts of venues has been everything but a predictable journey. Sometimes I show up to play and there is a packed room full of people, whom I have never met in a venue I have never been to before. Sometimes I open for other bands or artists and sometimes I am the closing act. I never know what I am getting myself into as far as venue, sound, performing space, so I always like to be well prepared for anything. My performance last night was located on the second floor of The Shepherds Crook, a local pub that supports many folk artists and performers.

After making my way up to the second floor I was immediately greeted by folks from Shoe Tree Folk. Often times I enter a venue and as an artist playing for the evening, it is hard to find the people who are organizing the show, such as promoters or the sound (wo)man. Sometimes I am just another artist pouring their heart out on stage in a space where I can’t hear myself, where I can’t play as best as I know that I can, where other supporting artists at the show leave right after their set without connecting or mingling with fellow artists on their bill. Sometimes there is art respect, and often there isn’t. Last night was refreshing, and today I feel inspired.

Last night I felt the connection that has been missing from my performing life. I felt the heart, the soul. I was moved by the stories that other artists were telling about their original songs. It was particularly moving for myself, as it reminded me of why I write music. I could feel the peace, serenity, and healing manifesting as each artist performed their music. Space is everything for performers, whether you are a singer, dancer, teacher, or poet. The space last night was perfect for vulnerable artists with big hearts.

Music and performing has always been a part of my life, inherently a part of my soul. I am grateful for everything that comes to me, whether it be constructive or destructive. Nothing can be predicted, but everything is in the right place.

As for me, I continue to write and play everyday. Although my online social networks may seem inactive at times (there is a hell of a lot of pressure to keep posting) I can assure you my actual life is rich with activity and creativity. I am working on new musical projects, personal poetry and other writing projects.

Again, a special thanks to Doug, Danen, and Matt for the great sound, organization, and vibe for the event. A big thanks to the local supporting acts, Matteo DeStefano and Kevin Misner.

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Hawaii Update: Collette Andrea Live

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Hello friends!

I had the amazing experience of visiting the big island of Hawaii for the past 3 months. I had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with really special people from all over the world. One of my favorite things about this experience was playing music everyday! I had the pleasure and honor of sharing my music with new listeners, but most importantly friends! Check out a couple videos from my last evening on the island, which features an intimate show in a beautiful setting.

New Song-“Where Heaven Meets The Earth” by Collette Andrea

“The Water” by Collette Andrea

“Hey Jack”

Burlington’s Independent Music Fest (IMF 2014)

My lovely people!

I am happy to announce that I will be playing this year for Burlington’s Independent Music Fest! I feel very fortunate and lucky to be apart of an awesome music festival which truly stands for supporting local artists.

I will be taking the stage at B Town Studio (919 Fraser Drive, Burlington) Saturday April 26 at 8:50PM.

There is no cover, however donations can be made at the door with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Canada. 

In support of local independent music, I hope to see some of you there!

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