Made in Canada

The world is gross. Society is gross. People are disgusting, and there is very little that can be done about it.

Humans have been reduced to the state of consumers. That is what we are, that is what we do. Live to make money, spend it, and make more money to keep spending it.

What is consoling here, maybe, for we must still try and see light in darkness, is that we can still choose what we do with our money. More or less. Choose from the selection of whatever is presented to you for purchase.

Everyone is broke these days. Money means absolutely nothing anymore, and also it means everything. So, when you do have money to spare, where, and to whom do you give it to? I, for one, am all about communities. It begins with the people around me, the people close to me; the people who I know are creating goods and running businesses from the bottom of their hearts, because they believe in the Good behind what they are doing. They are passionate about doing something that brings them gratification beyond making money.

And yes, we all want/need to make money, we’ve all got bills to pay, and in order to keep creating, or holding shop, we need money to buy the necessary supplies, gear, and/or pay the shop’s rent, etc. We do need to get paid to keep doing what we’re doing.

So, where do you put your money? A very friendly salesman at my favorite local clothing store once said to me: “You can buy a 20$ pair of pants at H&M, but, well, if the pair of pants, taxes included, comes up to 20$ , then someone is getting royally screwed down the line. Consider this: of those 20$, the store gets a cut, the distributor gets another cut, the designers get a cut, the shipping company gets a cut, the wharehouses in the States get a cut, and somewhere in Asia, a manufacture gets a cut. Whatever is left goes to the person, or people, who cut and sewed the denim pieces together, and added the buttons and zippers. And maybe that’s a dollar. Maybe 3. So yes, in our store, you won’t find a pair of pants for 20$, but whatever you buy will be made by someone in Canada, probably from Montreal, and the money you spend will mostly go straight to him or her, and whoever it is will be getting their labour’s worth.”

That speech, at that time, got me thinking hard about what communities mean to me. Also it got me to completely change the way I spend my money (when I have any to spend!). It is most definitely worth spending that extra 20$ on a pair of pants, or a piece of jewelry, or a handmade something, when you know exactly to whom the money is going. Instead of buying from elsewhere, we can buy from right here, thus keeping our city/province/country’s economy flourishing. And as a proud Montreal artist myself, I can say that it always makes my heart bounce for joy when I’m buying something from another Montreal artist, or artisan -a genuine feeling of happiness at supporting someone who, just like me, chose to make a career out of their passion.

I believe in that, and support that, and only wish that such a spirit of community would be more widespread, in our society.

It means everything to me to be performing as part of the Etsy: Made in Canada event happening on Sunday, September 28th, at Locoshop Angus. I am looking forwards to meeting, and sharing my music with all the artisans, designers and artists who will be presenting their heart’s work over there. I am encouraging my Montreal fans to show they’re the Very Best, not only by coming to see the show, but also to take the time to walk around the place, visit all the kiosks, chat with the hard working people who’ll be greeting you, and if you can, buy a little something or two, if you need it, want it, and can afford it. The event is free -all the more cash for you!

Robshaw will be performing between 2 and 3pm. As mentionned in my previous blog post, it’s the last full-band show for a while. Montreal, do come out for some Sunday afternoon fun on September 28th, and support your local community -and This local musician too, because I’m gonna be giving it my all.

From the bottom of my heart.

#TBT to 1339 Crowder’s End. It’s close to being 2 years now that this 2-year production process came to an end. All the people mentionned here contributed to the beginning of my career, and my gratitude to them remains infinite. A door will close at the end of this month, and another will open for the production of the second album, and another wild, amazing journey will begin. http://ift.tt/1wijUb3

#TBT to 1339 Crowder’s End. It’s close to being 2 years now that this 2-year production process came to an end. All the people mentionned here contributed to the beginning of my career, and my gratitude to them remains infinite. A door will close at the end of this month, and another will open for the production of the second album, and another wild, amazing journey will begin. http://ift.tt/1wijUb3

Not a lot of shots like this one… just a few minutes before playing at @kopsrecords last Saturday in Toronto, focusing, pulling up the #gloves. #montrealmusicscene #queenofdarkness #sexy #keyboard http://ift.tt/1pLu7KG

Not a lot of shots like this one… just a few minutes before playing at @kopsrecords last Saturday in Toronto, focusing, pulling up the #gloves. #montrealmusicscene #queenofdarkness #sexy #keyboard http://ift.tt/1pLu7KG

The Last Montreal Show - Not Pulling the Plug, Ever

Your worst enemy is forever no one else but yourself.
It can also take only a second to destroy everything you are. So when you get this close to destruction, you need to think for a very long time.
Which is what I did recently.

About a month ago, 2 of the 3 musicians in my band told me they didn’t want to pursue the project with me any longer. They both had very good reasons, and I was fully understanding of their decisions. They were both extremely nice in agreeing to play the last few shows that were scheduled, and then calling it quits.

Their departure in itself did not affect me, in the sense that I only wish the very best for these guys, and want them to be happy. To each their own lives. People come, people go, life is just like that. What brought me down was the sudden realization of just how alone I was in this. That in making the choice to be a solo artist, I have to deal with being alone on my boat, and be okay about sailing it on my own.

The loneliness and the darkness took over, and the monster woke up in my head, and became huge. It told me I wasn’t any good, nor was my music, nor anything I stood for. The monster spoke thus for 2 weeks straight in my head, and I came very close to pulling the plug. I could stop this, stop the pain, stop the loneliness, stop it all just like that. Everything could end, just like that.
I spent a lot of time thinking about it, about The End. And at some point I decided that I wanted to keep Robshaw alive. I realized that as long as there would be a piano within reach, and sonic shapes and stories in my head, I didn’t have to pull a plug anywhere, on anyone.

So this is not The but An End, and it is also a Beginning. Because you all know from reading this blog that a second album is in the works, and also because recently, something very amazing happened to me, beyond anything I could ever have imagined. It made me see just how big the flame still was inside of me, and that the greatest and wisest decision I could make for Robshaw was to keep her alive, and go ahead and produce that second album.

But before this new beginning, there is one last show to play. A few words left to read before completely turning the page.

On Sunday, September 28th, Robshaw’s band is set to perform live during the Etsy Gathering happening at Locopole Angus. Ben, Julian, Gabriel and I will be playing together one last time in Montreal, and you really shouldn’t miss this one. We are scheduled to play between 2 and 3pm, and we have been given an hour slot. So I’ve decided that we’ll be playing all the songs we’ve been playing together for the past year, for this final show of us as this unit.

Gabriel Jetté, Ben Mayo-Goldberg and Julian Stirpe have shared my most memorable live experiences with me, and I’m grateful to have had these incredible musicians as part of my band for this while. This last show together will be our special farewell party, and you’ll want to be a part of it.

And only then can the page truly turn.

2/3 gigs done! It was a real pleasure to play at @kopsrecords -now heading to El Mocambo for the last show of this sweet #Toronto weekend! #montrealmusicscene #livemusic #recordstore #queenofdarkness #keyboard #sexy http://ift.tt/1naZd8I

2/3 gigs done! It was a real pleasure to play at @kopsrecords -now heading to El Mocambo for the last show of this sweet #Toronto weekend! #montrealmusicscene #livemusic #recordstore #queenofdarkness #keyboard #sexy http://ift.tt/1naZd8I

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