Tuesday August 22nd: The Whiskey Jerks set out for adventures east, on their way to a beautiful 100 year old cottage north-east of Winnipeg on Lac du bonnet! And what a fantastic way to kick off the tour! The cottage has been in the family of our dear friend Al for several generations. He cooked an amazing dinner and invited around 40 people - there was a lot of magic happening that night! Everyone got up to dance, the vibe was so wonderful and everyone was having an incredible time. Then, after the show - the icing on the cake, as it were - we all went for a steam and then jumped in the gorgeous lake at around midnight, floating on our backs and gazing at a sky full of stars and the northern lights. It really was unbelievable!
Wednesday August 23rd: From there we headed to Winnipeg for a house concert at the beautiful home of JF and Kirsten. Again, so many wonderful people came and we had such an incredible time, visiting with old friends and making a lot of new ones! Then, after we were done, several of the kids got up and sang a whole bunch of pop tunes with everyone singing along - SO much fun!! Then, of course, we all had a great night swim in the pool after all was said and done...the perfect ending to a wonderful day!
Thursday August 24th: The Whiskey Jerks then headed to Thunder Bay to play the famous Apollo and got a lovely visit in with Sheila, Alex and Tina. Of course Sheila, the consummate venue host, had a meal waiting for us when we arrived! We played to a small, but enthusiastic crowd, and met some great people. We love the Appollo!
Friday August 25th: Loplops in Sault Ste Marie! Wow! Loved the venue and the staff, and I knew we were exactly where we belonged when I saw the amazing bourbon and scotch collection AND there was a crib game going on at the bar. My kinda place!
Saturday August 26th: The Local in Toronto!! Matty Powell! It was so amazing to be back in the company of one of Saskatoon’s own, with SO many friends coming to the Local to see The Whiskey Jerks and hang out an amazing neighbourhood bar! It was good to be back in my old ‘hood, and the Local stayed packed for the entire night with folks dancing and everyone having a blast. SUPER UBER good feelings all round!
Sunday August 27th: Can you say Sunday Funday Brunch! OOOOHHH YA! Lisa seriously knows how to throw a party! So many beautiful people! Caesar and Mimosa bar! Amazing spread! A live stream of our show in Iceland! A crazy rides in a Sand Rail down St. Clair Avenue in Toronto! Generous new friends offering gifts of accordions and vintage records! It seriously goes on and on, but I’m exceeding the quota of respectable exclamation marks for one entry!
Monday August 28th: FREE DAY!! The Jerks dispersed for the day, to visit old friends, family, look at photo albums, eat amazing food, go to a Jays game, do touristy stuff...and so on ....and so on...and so on...
Tuesday August 29th: ONE WEEK IN!! And we’re off to Ottawa to Allan and Marj’s place for a house concert! Again, super generosity comin’ our way, with beautiful bourbon, wine, great food, dancing, carousing, book exchanging, merch selling, visiting with family...all good things!
Wednesday August 30th: Can you say VINEYARD? That’s right folks! We played a show in the beautiful wine country of Ontario, Prince Edward County! But first - The Whiskey Jerks stopped by 99.3 County FM for an interview and live performance with Patrick Headley - we love doing live radio spots! Then onto the Half Moon Bay Winery where Brian hosted a lovely outdoor event - and again, we met so many amazing people, drank some of the great sparking wine that Half Moon Bay Winery was launching, and received many hugs all round. It was an absolute idyllic perfect setting for The Whiskey Jerks! And yes! Even more visiting with family and new friends! And we stayed at Jeff and Jodi’s in there beautiful home in the forest...literally, the forest...eleven acres of it! Needless to say, Peter slept outside...
Thursday August 31st: Back in Toronto! Again, a fabulous night with wonderful and sorely missed old friends, some great new friends and, of course, wonderful family! A great little bar, a super fabulous ex-patriot Saskatonian sound-gal, and a whole schwack of amazing Saskatoon folks - what a treat!! More dancing, more hugs, and a lot more whiskey was to be had!
Friday September 1st: First stop - CJRU 1280AM, home of Ryerson University’s campus radio! We hung out and played some tunes on Noah Sniderman’s show (thanks Noah!) before bidding Toronto a final farewell and heading to Georgian Bay to play a private party on an island in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable! We felt like we were inside of a Group of Seven painting, it was that stunning! Our hosts picked us up by boat and then pulled out ALL the stops and made sure that we had one of the most magical nights of the summer - and we did! Everyone was warm and enthusiastic, and so happy to have our band there playing on the rocks in front of breathtaking sunset. There was a lot more dancing and a lot more hugs AND they’ve promised to bring us back next year!! Yay!!
Saturday September 2nd: Driving...more driving....MORE driving...still more driving...aaaaand even more driving...driving...gruelling rain, fog...still driving...a Flying J parking lot...
Sunday September 3rd: STILL more driving...then....HALLELUJAH!! Hello Lake Winnipeg! And The Whiskey Jerks find themselves at their final show of the tour, and WHAT a show it was! Our gracious hosts Russ and Sarah set us up on their deck facing Lake Winnipeg, and then after an amazing meal and a couple of glasses of red wine and such, we played our two sets in front of a wonderful and generous crowd ranging in age from 7 to 70 - and everyone was dancing! The most memorable part of the night, however, was watching that beautiful moon reflect a path of light across the lake towards the beach in front of us; it truly was one of the most amazing distractions that we’ve ever had while playing. And afterwards there was a fire by the water, an open mic, and, of course, more dancing!!
WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLY FABULOUS TOUR! I guess the running theme of the entire two weeks was friends, family, generosity, graciousness, food and wine...and dancing, of course! We came back with hearts and bellies full - and even our purses were doing alright thanks to the gracious people that came out to support us and our music! THANK-YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE!! And a special thanks to Peter’s parents for renting us a second reliable vehicle to take us all the way to Ottawa and back safely! :)
See everyone at the next Whiskey Jerks show - you all ROCK!!