In 2011 my favourite radio show on CFCR was "There Goes That Song Again" which played music from the 30's and 40's. I was fascinated with the Boswell Sisters and and was wishing to incorporate those vintage sounds into music I was creating. That same week Rosie & the Riveters asked me to audition for the band. It was one of those moments where the stars aligned and I said "yes please and thank you Universe"! We hit it off right away. At the time the line up included Alexis Normand, Farideh and the lovely Kiera Dall'Osto. I loved singing and arranging songs with them. I was happy I had a good ten years of music making and touring under my belt to contribute to the group. This group was different, in all the right ways. We played to listening crowds and earlier shows that often paid better than the usual bar gig. It was heavenly. Shortly after I joined the group we recorded and released our first "Live" album. The membership changed in 2012 and we toured as a 3 piece for a short time before taking on a new 4th member, the one and only, Allyson Reigh. Shortly thereafter we acquired a 5th little munchkin on our tours, Farideh's daughter, Paulina.
The last five years that I have been a part of Rosie & the Riveters, in all it's forms, and all it's members, have been precious. It has been such a pleasure to perform, create, sing, dance, run a business with and become friends with these extremely talented women. To experience the joy, laughter and tears of each audience member at all of our concerts has brought such hapiness to my soul.
During these 5 years, the stars were aligning in other areas of my life as well. I met the love of my life, moved to the country, built a straw-bale home and started to sow the seeds of my life long dream of having a small scale organic farm.
Our concert on December 31st, 2016 at the Broadway Theatre will be my final performance with the Riveters.
I am looking forward to having a solid family life, to re-join my community and caring, conscious and connected network of friends. To foster my connection with Mother Earth, and increase my environmentalist endeavours. To build upon our small-scale organic farm, to create beautiful things and learn new skills. Music will always be a part of my life. I will continue to teach guitar, voice and songwriting through my business, Prairie Songstress Music. I hope to pick up the cello once and awhile for fun, and who knows maybe even "jam" with friends like in the good old days. I am also joining Waste Not yxe to pursue and promote a zero waste lifestyle.
Mostly, I will spend more time with my chickens, my dog Winston, cat Elsie, and the love of my life, Reuben Ditmars.
I wish Rosie & the Riveters all the best and continued success in their adventures.
Hope to see you at the Broadway this New Year's Eve for an epic final performance!