A surprise soaking, an Uber-driving raccoon, no sleep, 4-nights-4shows, 24-hour restaurants, and friendship pretty much sums up my recent whirlwind Toronto tour.
When my manager and I received the incredible invite to play 4 x shows at Canadian Music Week we were tickled pink. Quite quickly our pink-tickly feelings turned to a sickly-muddy-purple as we realised how many dollar$ the trip would co$t. So after applying for funding from the PRS Foundation you can imagine how stunning it was to hear the news we* were going to be awarded funding to cover our costs! Thank you #PRSF #ISF <3 This blog post wouldn't be possible without you.
So - on 4th May I got up at 6am and flew out to Toronto with 5 of my favourite people: my manager Umong, guitarist Archie, bassist + MD Samer, drummer Andy and booking agent Debs. Our first show was that night (at the equivalent of 4am British time); performing after being up a solid 22 hours with a faulty power supply wasn't a dream come true, but I figured it could only get better from there! And it did..after 23 hours awake I thought my eyes were deceiving me when our Uber driver arrived with a racoon on his lap - evidence of Archie with said raccoon above!
A few blinks and a sunrise later Archie and I were taken to h̶e̶a̶v̶e̶n̶ the Gibson Showroom to record an acoustic session on the axe of our choosing 😍 The place was glorious - we goggled at guitar after guitar and played in total privacy with the hours flying by. It was perfect. I'll share the video we made as soon as I've put it together. That night we enjoyed a set at Studio Bar and were fortunate enough to watch The Tourist Company (an amazing band from Vancouver).
What I love about travelling is you can meet some amazing people. The rest of the trip sped past with new friends, great shows and maybe a drink or ten here and there (a classy lady never tells). Thank you to everyone who made it to the shows and an extra special thanks to those of you who came to every single one! You are mind-blowingly-awesome.
The tour was rounded off with a trip to Niagara Falls, it was freakin' wondrous. I felt on top of the world as I took stock of every moment that lead up to that point - all the hours writing songs, writing emails and general hustling, and all the support friends, family and strangers have given me to allow me to get to that stage. The band, Debs and Umong took a leap of faith for me joining me on the trip and I'll never forget it. I don't believe in luck but I wanted to commemorate the trip with a wish. I was under the falls clutching my silver coin ready to chuck it whilst repeating the words over and over in my head (you've got to be careful what you wish for!). At the exact moment I was lifting my hand to toss the coin, I was struck! Hit full frontal by a Niagara Falls WAVE! I was drenched; soaked from head to toe. This was likely the first time in history someone was hit by a wave in a cave at the Niagara Falls while making a wish for a sold-out world tour. That's gotta be triple bonus luck! So hopefully I'll be coming to a town near wherever you are soon <3
* I talk a lot in "we"'s and "our"'s - a lot of the time I'm just referring to me...but I have so much support from my manager, my band, my friends and family..it never feels like it's just me.