So, it’s actually 2013! We made it! The world didn’t end and we are still here, doing whatever it is we’re doing. Hopefully we can appreciate it a little more than before, I know I do (not that I believed the world was actually going to cease to exist, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious about it).
What a roller coaster of a year that 2012 was! For this band, we made miles like never before… Changed our name, recorded and released an album, toured the Yukon and Alaska, Haida Gwaii where Jesse and I announced our engagement, the US got to know us a bit, hung out in T-dot for a month, touched down in the UK and Europe for our first taste of international overseas touring, went off the beaten path and toured India for a few weeks, came back to Canada and toured back across the country from Toronto to Dawson Creek, BC and back home to Edmonton (and Vancouver) just in time for the holidays. We were voted Top 11 of 2012 on CBC Radio 1’s The Key of A with Katherine Duncan, participated in Alberta Untapped & the TransCanada Alberta Music Series (both of which were aired throughout the year on CKUA). Now we’re on “break” time and looking back, it’s hard to believe we actually did all that! Feels like a dream now…
So, you might be wondering what it is we’ve got planned for THIS year, and that is exactly what I’m going to share with you now, oh yes!
2013 sees us breaking for the first few months of the year; the cold, wintery, slippery months. In the last 2 years, this band has been living on the road and in hotels or sleeping on many a good friend’s couch/bed, without taking more than 2 weeks’ break between tours or recording. We haven’t truly rested in so long that this last tour home, back in December, was both excruciatingly difficult and wonderfully nostalgic. Now, Jesse and I are cozied up in Edmonton in an old house with a piano and the most comfortable bed ever, writing and playing and visiting and relaxing and cooking and getting healthy at the gym and the Yoga Loft. Matt has been enjoying time with his family and friends in Vancouver, also eating delicious home cooking and relaxing and enjoying just being in one place. We will be chilling in the same city for once so the songs we’ve been brewing on the stove top of our minds will finally have a chance to percolate. By the time spring and summer make their grand entrance, this band will have a whole new bag of tricks and licks ready for the many festivals we hope to play!
So don’t forget about us alright? We’re here, we’re just not on an insane touring schedule anymore! We’ll be gigging as side mates and recording with friends too. We’ll be getting inspired and enjoying the kind of routine you might think of as boring, but it’s like they always say: the grass is always greener, right?! And too, there’s a wedding to be planned! So much is happening! We’ll be updating you here at picturetheocean.com with any and all plans, news, changes, and other such reasons.
If you want us to play a festival near you, please feel free to send the organizers our way!
If you want us for a house concert some time this spring/summer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: House Concert
2013 is going to be the best year yet! We wish you all the best in this new cycle. Thanks for hanging with us these past few years and for all your support. We’ll see you round the bend!
Jacquie & PTO