Countdown to CMW

It’s 1:22 PM, Sunday May 3rd and I’m in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. I’m listening to David Bowie’s Greatest Hits. If you’re reading this you can see that we now have a sleek and sexy looking website, expertly designed by Raquel Vigueras and featuring the always fantastic artwork of Kelsey Chabot. Take a look around! As I sit in my childhood bedroom at my parents house in Swift Current (hereafter referred to as my “summer home”) I can’t help but think that this week is going to be a big one. We leave early wednesday morning for Toronto and we’re all super stoked for Canadian Music Week. We received word last week that we received funding from Creative Saskatchewan to showcase at the conference and we couldn’t be more excited! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s awesome to be able to call home a province that is so supportive of the arts. Soon Darnell will be rolling into Swift and we’ll be in rehearsals for our showcase at our new jam space generously provided by Ray and Shann Gowan. It’ll be good to have all of us together to make some noise and have some fun. We’re planning some new things for the showcase that will become part of our regular sets so keep your ear to the grindstone for that. I’m sure you’ll hear more about CMW in the coming days, so for now, if you are in or know someone in Toronto this week, spread the word! We want everyone, friends, enemies, people, dogs, inanimate objects, etc. to pack the house at the Burdock. We play on their Thursday the 7th showcase at 1:00 AM (after midnight, technically May 8th). See you all soon!

Best Wishes,
Dana

Second Cup!

It’s 8:00, April 11th in Regina, Saskatchewan and I’m listening to Summer of Lust by Library Voices. Tonight Brady and I decided to bask in the wonderful spring weather by having a little barbecue. Two burgers and a disappointing Jay’s game later we find ourself wading waist deep in a sea of grant applications for Canadian Music Week. It’s an exciting and interesting process learning how to plan this trip and get the most out of this amazing opportunity. Furthermore, it’s really cool to live in a province that provides options to support us financially as we approach this project. With the help of some good friends like Nick Faye and Carly and Shann Gowan, we’re slowly starting to work our way through this process. For now, we have a long list of things “to-do” and an even longer one of questions to ask when we get a chance to talk to people who know more about this than we do. With that under our belt it’s about time to go to McNally’s and see our friends The New Montagues crush some grade-A covers.

All the best,
Dana

First Blood

It’s 1:00 AM, Monday March 30th and I’m in Regina, Saskatchewan. I’m listening to Midnight Vultures by Beck. I guess this will be the first Bears in Hazenmore blog post. For those who don’t know me, my name is Dana and I mostly play bass and saxophone in the band. I’ve also been working on planning our tour for this summer. It’s proving to be a really exciting and interesting process. We’re all really excited for what the summer has to offer, and a western Canadian tour is just one of the many great things we’ll be doing. Pretty soon we’ll be going into the studio to record our second EP, then to Toronto for Canadian Music Week (we should probably book some flights, hey guys?), and hopefully playing a few other festivals which so far include Long Day’s Night in Swift Current and All Folk’d Up in Montmartre. All that stuff can probably be found elsewhere on the site, so I won’t go on to much more. As time goes on you’ll likely hear from all of us in Bears through this blog. I’m willing to bet most of it will be garbage, but I’m also reasonably confident that at least some of it won’t totally suck. For now, this is where I leave you.

Best Wishes,
Dana