* - plus 156 Km, there's a few stops that wouldn't fit on Mapquest!
On the road
7319* Km and 49 Days
T H E B A N D
2017/06/07 - The sun was shining in in the Port Credit area of Mississauga. With some days off between shows, we had to fill our time somehow and the most productive (and fun) thing for us, is to go busking. We walked down to the water, opened our guitar cases, and started to play. There were only a few folks that were walking by. Most of those few gave us at least a smile and a nod, and some slowed down to listen while others actually stopped. Occasionally, someone will ask us to play a certain song. Normally, we don’t do requests. Not because we are snobbish, but because we never get requested a song we know! Well, today, we were able to deliver.
Our request came today from a young couple that listened to us earlier while they watched their one year old dance to our music and then they continued on their way. Shortly after leaving, they returned with a request for an all time classic song. Rarely do we get repeat audiences while busking on a sidewalk - especially ones with such enthusiasm as young Ava - so we gave it a go. We sang “Wheels on The Bus”!
The sunshine, the scenery, but mostly the happy couple and their daughter, made today a highlight for us for sure. Thank you, Ava. We are Farmer The Band and we take requests.
2017/05/31 - Hey, you know that famous song "I Left My Heart in Fort Frances"? Well, that's what the lyrics should be. This was our second time performing in Fort Frances, ON, and we were asking ourselves if it could possibly be as friendly and welcoming as we remembered. The answer: yes!
When we arrived at From The Grind Up, Ben, Sam, and Jenna welcomed us like we were best friends. Everyone that came to listen to our songs and stories last night were wonderful too! Thanks to all for spending your Wednesday night with us!
But back to the venue - Painted on the side of the cafe, running along the old brick wall, are interlocking gears. It's a fitting theme because this business is what every community needs. Ben, the owner of From The Grind Up, has created a space for coffee lovers, food lovers, and music lovers. It's connecting people and strengthening it's community!
2017/05/24 - We thankfully had a short drive from Moose Jaw this morning. The cross wind was crazy! The shallow layer of dust cloud was thick like a fog. Signs were blown over. The tour van felt like it could roll over any second. But we made it through, two hands on the wheel, and of course with great music. We love listening to 91.3 CJTR when passing through Regina. But then all was quiet. Where did the eclectic playlist go? So I decided to go see how our good friend Josh at CJTR was doing in the radio silence. Well the power went out at the station. What does one do with the executive director of a community radio station when the power is out? Well... not much, except talk about music of course! Josh is a great guy, a wealth of knowledge, and huge supporter and fan of music, and a performer too. As the drummer in the the band Picture Radio, he's the backbone, the timekeeper operating in the shadows of the stage, which is very much like being an executive director - always making sure the people behind the mic shine! He was the first one at a radio station to accept our debut album and get it on the airwaves. We are forever grateful to you sir! There's a handful fundraising events each year for the station. The next one is a "music garage sale" happening on June 3rd, 2017. Please go and check it out. Events like this keep awesome stations like 91.3 CJTR running.
Later that evening, we set off to Bushwakkers Brew Pub. Great stage, great food, great beer. The perfect storm for musicians! Thank you to everyone for coming out, the friendly staff, and the familiar faces we got see! We will be making our way back to perform on that stage - and get another butter chicken naan wrap! Thanks again!
2017/05/21 - All that was missing this morning was a convertible with the top down. The sun was shining, the traffic was flowing, and CKUA was blaring! We rolled down the Trans Canada with one of the best radio stations in the country as our soundtrack - Whitehorse does an awesome cover of Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe"! Those harmonies, the guitar playing, and they're married... oh ,Luke & Melissa, if you only knew how much you inspire us. With so many hours spent in the tour van, the radio becomes a vessel of meditation and inspiration. But we've been finding inspiration in more places than just music these days.
We had an afternoon acoustic performance at The Station Coffee Co. in Medicine Hat AB today. A man and his little girl (and a giant muffin!) sat near the front. Afterwards, as we were packing our gear, he introduced himself and his daughter and said she wanted to sit near the front to see the musicians. He told her that it's courteous to tip the musicians if you enjoy the music. "Should we?" he asked her. She said yes. There's always one moment in a day that can lift you up and push you forward. Today's inspiration came from one girl and a bill with muffin crumbs.
2017/05/19 - There are certain places you can describe but it's always best to experience it for yourself. The Cornerstone Music Cafe in Calgary AB is one of those places. It's part coffee shop, part cafe, and part music school. Do you come for the great food, the great music (live or from the house playlist), or to get a music lesson in one the rooms in the back... or all three! The atmosphere of it all was what life is all about. This place is a gem in a world of fast food and anonymity. The Cornerstone recognizes the importance of music and community and it's embraced it! Thank you Sylvia for having us perform and special thanks to Connie and Emily for taking care of us so well. Please go out and support live music and The Cornerstone Music Cafe!
2017/05/18 - We took Highway 1A this morning. We stopped for a roadside lunch to take in the view before we said our final goodbyes to The Rockies. It's truly amazing at how fast the scenery changes heading east out of the rockies. It goes from towering mountains to flat farmland in minutes! It was a beautiful sunny and quick drive to Cochrane, AB. But just like the scenery, the weather changes as quickly! The rain poured down so fiercely, everyone looked like a cat that fell in the bath (and about as happy) and that was just the walk from the car to the grocery store entrance! Then the sun appeared and the skies cleared like nothing happened... welcome to Cochrane!
The real welcome happened later at The Gentry Espresso & Wine Bar. From the friendly faces of the staff to the smiles of the people walking through the door, we felt welcome! We performed to an intimate crowd and reconnected with long time friends we hadn't seen in a while. But it was the new faces we saw and the stories they shared with us that made our first time in Cochrane memorable. So grateful for our friends old and new.
2017/05/17 - We arrived in Canmore this afternoon with time to send off a few emails and update the tour map. How cool is this: we've done 777 Km in 7 days! And it's May 17, 2017 !!! Is this a sign, a message that things are aligning for us? Who knows! But it's got me wired!!!... or maybe it's all the sugar in the date squares we took home tonight? Speaking of sweetness... Thank you Dianne, Anna, and Eddie at Good Earth Canmore for letting us play our music tonight. We had fun in what felt like a living room!
Also, thank you to our new friends - Suze, Dallas, Julie, and Candace!
(p.s. found out later, Julie is is part of The Raven & The Fox, check them out!)
2017/05/15 - We hit the road this morning, all wide eyed and caffeinated, looking forward to the beautiful drive ahead of us. From the quick ferry ride from balfour to Kootenay Bay, along the windy road through the small villages from Crawford Bay to Creston, through Cranbrook and up the valley with the majestic Rocky Mountains watching over us. Every thing was great right up until the we realized we were in a different time zone... touring musicians should know better!!! But we made it to the Horsethief Creek Pub in Radium (only a little later than we thought) where we were greeted by Larry - the booking agent/soundman/musician/cook and all around friendly guy who even helped bring in our gear. It's rare that we get a Monday gig, let alone a really great one, for that we are grateful. Thank youl Mike at The Horsethief Pub for supporting live music, Larry for booking the bands, and Amber for taking care us. Hope to see you again soon!
2017/05/14 - Ok, we like it so much here in Kaslo, we couldn't leave. Another day strolling around and through the town that has been untouched by the franchise restaurants and coffee chains. Maybe that's why the people here seem so genuine. Whatever it is, we love it here! And... We ended up with a last minute performance at The Kaslo Hotel tonight! Thanks Marnie, John, and everyone that hung out with us!
2017/05/12 - What a day we had in Kaslo! Wandered along the water, wandered through the shops, ended up at Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre. We think it could be the world's smallest music store but the real claim to fame is the great folks behind the old wood and glass door. Jeremy and Kevin were so friendly, they even asked us to perform a song!
Then we played our sets at the Bluebelle Bistro and had some more amazing food (two nights in a row!). Thanks Meesh, Emily, and all the Bluebelle Staff!
2017/05/11 - Thank you Mama Sita's and everyone in Winlaw, BC. It was a great setting for our first night of the tour! From the warm welcome as we arrived to warm food we took away, it felt like we were with family. Natasha and Gemma, you made us feel at home. If you ever are passing through the Kootenays, make sure you stop by, say hello, and get some great food... we will be!!!