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First of all in true Canadian fashion, please accept my apologies for not updating all of you on our Canada Day Ottawa experience sooner. Our whole trip has been a bit of a dream and I have needed to come down off this cloud, back to reality in order to blog!
Where should I start. Well – why not on waking up on Canada Day. We’re up bright and early, getting ready for our 8:30 am lobby call to sing O Canada at the official Flag-Raising ceremony on Parliament Hill. We’re combing our locks, pressing our flannels, singing our warm ups – and mid note, Laura announces we have received an email from the Snowbirds themselves! I shreek of course.
“We heard about your band and are hoping to catch your set, if you don’t see us, come find us int eh VIP tent later. We’ll have red golf shirts on!”
The Snowbirds are sheer absolute amazement for me. Skill I just don’t understand at it’s absolute best.
So with that quick heart start we piled in the NCC van and headed to the hill. We had plenty of time to take in the Changing of the Guard Ceremony and watch completely honoured as the Flag-Raising Ceremony took place. It was totally surreal to think that we would be singing the anthem after all of this. Emm quickly reminded us that the huge croud may sing along, which I hadn’t thought about.
We were all nervous but we didn’t talk about it. We all knew this was the one time the audience would not forgive us if we messed up. We weren’t singing the national anthem that day, we were singing THE national anthem. We didn’t realy talk about the pressure. We have a trust in each other that we will be there when needed, and we were. As Laura said later “It had to be a hat-trick”. We nailed our mixed language acapella version and the crowd didn’t sing. They respectfully stood on guard and listened, coming to a roaring cheer at the end. I don’t think we could have been more proud.
Here is the version of O Canada we performed. BTW several versions of O Canada are available for free download. Press “O Canada” above and follow the link directly to Soundcloud to do so. We are hoping you’ll play these at your schools and minor/major/hometown hockey games.
The second task of the day was to perform Space Oddity with Chris Hadfield and Joe Corcoran, the talented producer of Chris’s Space video that has been watched a few million times. Did you know that Emm also helped to coordinate that and played the piano?
We were able to have a rehearsal with Chris the day before, so we got our star struck jitters out then, but I wasn’t prepared for the sheer amount of folks who would be there. Here is a quick photo of the crowd.
Everything went off without a hitch and we were thrilled to be a part of this down to earth event.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Glen Hallam for editing this official Space Oddity performance video together from several videos that were taken that day. Glen, this was really nice of you and we appreciate it so much. We have a little thank you coming your way.
At 8pm a pretty tired Trent Severn played our set at Major’s Hill Park. It was such an exciting day, and we used all the energy we had left to perform our show… but little did we know that it was going to get more exciting! Laura and I decided after our set to go find the Snowbirds, as they suggested, and give them each a copy of our CD (seeing as Freedon is a song for them and all).
Off to Parliament Hill we went, backstage passes in hand. We asked everyone we came across if they knew the whereabouts of the “VIP” tent and it was quite hard to find, as it was in front of the stage, not behind it - duh – lol. We spent a few moments taking in Metric, sitting on the stairs of the hill watching 100,000 people in front of us. A moment I will never forget.
When it was time for fireworks we had the best seat in the house – the back of Parliament Hill. After a spectacle of lights like I’ve never seen, we turned around, and lo and behold I found one! A Snowbird! He graciously rounded up all 10 birds and posed for a photo on the Hill with Laura and I. Big thanks to my friend Dirk Kuig for snapping this shot.
What an ending to THE perfect Trent Severn Canada Day.
Bonne Fete du Canada!
Wear your maple mind, your snowy soul and your glowing heart wherever you go.
Trent Severn July 1st Ottawa Schedule:
9:30 O Canada Flag-Raising Ceremony, Parliament Hill
3:30 Space Oddity with Chris Hadfield and Joe Corcoran, Major’s Hill Park
8:00 Full Trent Severn Set, Major’s Hill Park
Take note – the version of Oh Canada we will be singing at Parliament Hill this morning is available for Free Download under the tab O Canada above. Specifically, today we are singing the mixed language acapella version.
Well, this is it. We’re all rehearsed, we’re all soundchecked. Almost all the flags are up and the flannels are ironed. I think the best thing about Canada Day in Ottawa is that you get to do everything twice, once for rehearsal and once for real. Here are a few shots from our exciting day. Sleep well Canada. See you in the AM!
Emm and Laura at soundcheck with Chris Hadfield, looking very healthy and well. He is very down to Earth:
Dayna and Chris
From Major’s Hill Park look out with Parliament Hill in the background
Oh Canada rehearsal - PH
Dayna and Benoit Osborne, the Artistic Programming Coordinator for the NCC. Can you believe his is running a 5k in the AM before he starts his big day tomorrow? Good luck Benoit - we are so proud of you!
Stratford Ontario trio take a call from space during a recent show, announce tour dates, including Canada Day duet in Ottawa.
Trent Severn has certainly been on a maple sugar roller coaster since their debut release last November. The Stratford, Ontario folk band has garnered a slew of rave reviews, nods from the likes of Burton Cummings and appeared on CBC’s “Q”. The plaid clad musicians were even featured in the March 24th issue of the iconic MacLean’s Magazine. But if you ask the trio what takes the cake, it was a call mid set from Commander Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station which came patched through the soundboard to their sold out Goderich, Ontario show. The trio shared some friendly banter and serenaded Commander Hadfield as he watched the sunset over the South Pacific. The moment was quite special, as the band chose to sing one of Hadfield’s favourite Trent Severn songs, “Truscott” which struck a chord close to home for the local audience.
Watch the video of the space call and song here: http://www.youtube.com/
Plans to meet Commander Hadfield face to face are underway. Trent Severn is kicking off their 2013 summer tour dates with their dream come true – Canada Day in Ottawa. The trio will be performing the national anthem in perfect harmony at the Flag-Raising Ceremony at 9:30am on Parliament Hill, followed by a full set at Major Hill’s Park at 8pm. An additional highlight of the day will be meeting Commander Hadfield on the ground for a special duet.
July 1st 2013 - Ottawa, Ontario Flag-Raising Ceremony – Parliament Hill 9:30am
July 1st 2013 - Ottawa, Ontario Major Hill’s Park 8pm
July 4th 2013 - Toronto, Ontario Toronto Botanical Gardens
July 10th 2013 - Haines Junction, Yukon Territory St. Elias Convention Centre
July 12th – 14th 2013 - Atlin, British Columbia Atlin Arts & Music Festival
Sept 5th 2013 - Stratford, Ontario Factory 163
In support of the 100 Women 100 days Campaign in Stratford Perth for Habitiat for Humanity
Sept 6th 2013 - Sarnia, Ontario Imperial Theatre
Featuring special guest Donovan Woods and a portion of ticket sales will go to the IODE Municipal Chapter (75th anniversary)
If you missed Trent Severn’s very own Emm Gryner spinning her playlist on CBC radio this weekend, you can find it online here.
Hey Canada! We wanted to share this fantastic photo of a young Guelph, ON Trent Severn fan in her flannel & ears that we received this weekend. We don’t think flannel can get cuter! Thanks Kenny family.
We hope the bunny was good to you and that you are enjoying this lovely spring day.
Last week we spent a lovely afternoon with Andy Frank from Roots Music Canada in his Toronto studio. Andy welcomed us with tea and even sported his Canucks jersey for our arrival!
Tomorrow morning at 9am EST you can tune in to hear us chat and personally take you through our whole album on rtds.ca. We all had a blast chatting with Andy and can’t wait to hear what he has put together.
Here’s a link to the blog about the show.
Laura, Dayna Andy Frank & Emm 3/19/2013
Happy Tuesday Canada! Thanks to our friend Peter Janes we have a copy of the CFRB interview that aired this weekend for your listening pleasure. Enjoy some audio clips and some talk talk. Cheers, TS
This week we taped an interview with the incredibly talented hosts (and songwriters!!) Blair Packham and Bob Reid of “In The Studio” on News Talk 1010 in Toronto. It will air tonight, Saturday March 23rd at 8pm and tomorrow, Sunday March 24th at 10pm. Tune in!
TS was on the front of The Toronto Star entertainment section this past Tuesday… with JT!
Read the article online here.
When the stars align for Trent Severn to play music together, some pretty amazing things seem to take place, like what happened at the East Street Station last night in Goderich, ON. We are thrilled to share this video of a very special phone call from Canadian Astronaut and current Commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield, which we received from space mid set. We want to write way more about this, but all have to run to our Hamilton show right now!
We’re pretty honoured that there’s a full page write up on Trent Severn in the most recent edition of Canada’s current affairs magazine ”MacLean’s”. The March 25th edition hit news stands yesterday. We’d like to extend a big thanks to MacLean’s and author Tabassum Siddiqui for their hard work on the piece. Also thanks to Terence Gui for contributing the photo. Here’s the article online. http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/03/15/singing-the-brian-mulroney-blues/
“It was a long hard bumpy road, but this great country kept me inspired with it’s beauty, character, and spirit, driving me to keep marching on and devoted to sing about its people and places that make Canada the greatest country in the world.”
These days, with iTunes and MP3s racing around everywhere, the amazing art of putting the physical album together is sometimes lost. We just wanted to give a big shout out to our designer Megan Brooks for bringing our ideas of Canadian stamps and vintage postcards to life. Here’s a few links to her website, specifically to our TS items she has showcased so very well. Thanks again Megan! (Hire her you won’t regret it)
Canada – This is our valentine to you.
Last Wednesday, Dec. 19th, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfiled headed for the International Space Station from Kazakhstan, Russia. Chris will become the first Canadian Commander of the space station this March. Isn’t that unbelievable? I know we all (TS girls) watched the launch on Nasa.gov from our respective computers along with most of Canada, wide eyed and completely amazed.
Right now I’m sitting in an airport writing this blog on a layover. I’ve completed one flight of my pair of Christmas take-offs. Every time I get on an airplane I am wide eyed and amazed. How do they get these 200 people with each of their 50lb bags up into the sky and to their destinations so smoothly? Let alone the thousands of others sharing the sky right now? It really is inconceivable to me.
Each time I fly think of one of my favourite music lovers, C.S. – a pilot for Air Canada who does this everyday for his living. When the Trent Severn CD came out, C.S. sent the most thoughtful note congratulating us on the record. This part of his note really stuck out for me:
“For someone like me who loves music so much, but has not one speck of talent, that process of writing and performing music is sort of like sending people to space in that I can’t begin to conceive how it can be done. Music that I really love always feels like a miracle to me.”
A few days prior to the Soyuz spacecraft lift-off, Chris Hadfiled shared his “Playlist to Prep for Space” on CBC’s music site. Our song Truscott was number seven on his countdown. Can you believe that? (Read here) We even heard that our record may have made its way to space!!! Chris you have our hearts and our minds gazing at the stars. We are so honoured.
The wonders of how this world spins, and lives, and grows, and loves is entirely amazing. But some things are a bit more of a miracle for each of us. For me the amazement of the human contribution has always been skill + aesthetic/grace + compassion in any form. We are all amazed by each other’s miracles aren’t we?
Happy holidays everyone. Be kind and enjoy that you completely amaze someone!
Here’s an article on how to actually spot Chris Hadfield and the ISS from Canada. Chris – let us know when you can see us out the window!
We’ve had many request for a link to our in studio CBC Radio Q performance on November 21st 2012. You can listen to the performances and interview here: TRENT SEVERN’S MANIFESTO
Here are Terence Gui’s photos from last night – and a few twitter pics for good measure. Thanks for an awesome time Toronto!
Trent Severn live at The Dakota Tavern November 27, 2012
We really have to be honest with you. Trent Severn is a labour of love for the three of us and we really were not expecting your responses to our record. We are so grateful to receive your letters and to hear your stories – so please keep ‘em coming.
Yesterday - again – was thrilling to say the least. We played at Sunrise Records at Yonge and Bloor and sang for none other than Burton Cummings himself with no mics! We couldn’t believe that a Trent Severn musical hero came to our in store. Burton Cummings has taught each of us so much in our careers and we are thankful to the core for his support.
Living in that moment will be cherished for many years. He also signed all of our copies of his new record Live at Massy Hall. Here’s a fantastic picture by Lillian Sarafian from yesterday, and a lovely note Burton wrote on his FB page.
Following that we played to a packed house at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto. We’ll be posting some photos from that show shortly.
A special thanks to Burton Cummings, videographer Lil Sarafian & to Steven, Kristy and the Sunrise Records store crew! What a fantastic experience.
Trent Severn live at the Stratford-Perth Museum on November 24th 2012