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Notes from the Road - Steph Macpherson #2

Bad Apple

Notes from the Road is Music Canada’s artist tour diary. Canadian artists on tour around the world will share their stories of fans, gigs and the “good, bad and the ugly” of touring!

It happens. Some people just, for some reason, are just plain jerks. Explanation: The Leisure Van was vandalized last night. (Even in times of grief, we can’t resist a pun). The front license plate was bent out of shape, and the windshield wiper stolen. We got off easy, though. A bunch of our gear was still in the back… Luckily, the vandals didn’t realize.

Also, I bit into an actual apple, to find it rotten, literally, to the core.

Life goes on. We stopped at Canadian Tire. Jason fixed the license plate with a little elbow grease and a quarter (MacGyver Screwdriver). Picked up a new wiper.

Luckily, I had another apple.

Show #2 – Fernando’s Pub – Kelowna – May 5th, 2012

Fernandos really saved our butts.
We had booked another venue for the show, but they had a miscommunication / scheduling issue, and had to drop us.
In the end, we probably couldn’t have chosen a better night to play at a Mexican Pub. It was Cinco de Mayo!!
The décor is really neat in that place. Bernie, the manager, tells me that it used to be a grocery store back in the 40’s. You’d never know. I can’t remember what it’s called, but the ceilings were made covered in that bronze patterned-plating-style tile. Definitely look up, if you’re ever in there. It’s really cool. The staff is friendly and speedy, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Try a “Mexican Submarine” next time you visit. (See photo) It’s a bottle of Corona literally plunked upside-down in a very large lime margarita. If you have more than two in a row, remember to watch for that floor rising up to meet you.

We had a delicious meal (chicken burrito for me), and relaxed on the patio with a beer or two before watching the opening band.

The Archers kicked off the show with a bang. They are a great young band, also from Victoria. Their play folk-rock, with a sound that’s a little bit like a blend of We Are The City/Hey Rosetta!/Wintersleep. I’m really looking forward to watching these guys build on their following and repertoire. Good things will come. We are going to have brunch back on the island after our respective tours and share stories.

I really enjoy playing Kelowna, and it’s such a beautiful city.

We stayed with a friend named Karma, and her partner, Adrien. They are lovely people; so welcoming, and just plain good stuff.
We have a rude awakening coming on this leisure tour, with a couple of pretty big drives. Today we slept in, went to the grocery store, and took our time on the drive.

Ryan’s nickname today is Ryan “The Picnic” Clayton. It’s that hat… and his love of fruit.

Today’s post was brought to you by fruit; apples, oranges and watermelon.

Suggested Twitter Adds: @thearcherstweet, @mikeedelmusic
Current Location: Somewhere just past Revelstoke, on the way to Golden, BC.
Listening to: Emmy Lou Harris – Red Dirt Girl
Mood Ring: Forest Green – Mountainside reflections in pristine BC Lakes.

Steph Macpherson is a Kiwi-Canadian, West-Coast-Canadian-Island-raised, singer-songwriter. Her debut full-length album, Bells and Whistles, was released in April 2012 on Cordova Bay Records. She is currently touring Western Canada.

Music Canada Editor: Are you seeing Steph on this tour? Have you ever seen the Archers live?

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