“You either like it or you don’t, or something comes out of it.But I would definitely cross some lines.” Also Read: Will James Franco Accusations Hurt His Chances for Oscar, SAG and Spirit Awards?
I love how the learning, reading, and thinking continue to challenge me to consider and come up with new, exciting ideas, especially as these ideas relate to my ideas about songwriting and singing.And while I am living in downtown Toronto—which is so surprisingly fun and even quiet in my little bachelor pad with a large east-facing balcony that looks out on to tree tops—I am able to get to the country often, which I love dearly.Living back here, I realized Ontario is also deeply embedded in my body: the lakes, the beaches, the familiar bird songs, the friendliness of the people, the farmer’s markets, the rolling fields, and deciduous forests (the mosquitoes?? I often find myself feeling awestruck and so lucky that I get the privilege of living on such beautiful and vast land, and am also very aware of the violence of colonialism through which I and those who came before me came to be here, our home on Native land.Tara’s research also aims for policy and curricular changes in public schools and post-secondary institutions, articulates the moves towards inclusion we have made thus far, and reminds us how much work still needs to be done in terms of inclusion in values, curriculum, policy, and language.Using Tara’s interview data and several theatre scripts, I have written a song entitled “Pushing the Envelope” and have performed it several times at various academic conference presentations with Tara and her team.Greetings Friends, Fans, and Compadres- I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well in your lives and following your own heart’s rhythms and desires.It’s been since January 2017 since I sent out a newsletter and so I wanted to update you with what’s been happening in my world of music and studies since then.As well, using the camper’s input and ideas written on scraps of paper which I collected from them throughout the camp, I wrote a song about Camp f Yrefly Ontario called “Close to Magic.” I performed it for the camp on the last day, during my closing address and it was so fun and heart-warming to witness their excited responses upon hearing their ideas set to music.If you or anyone you know would like to attend camp as a camper, youth leader, or adult volunteer, please direct them to the Camp f Yrefly Ontario webpage: https:// Upcoming Performances and Workshops I’ve got some new songs to share with you and of course, some old faves—so, if you are in the area, here are my upcoming performances in case you and your compadres wish to attend (except the school one, that’s just for the students!Finally, for this next school year, I get the opportunity to work with an Indigenous scholar at OISE named Dr. I am very excited about this work and about the school year to come.Camp f Yrefly Ontario This was my fourth time as the Artist-in-Residence for Camp f Yrefly.But it does provide a window into the frank and relaxed atmosphere he tried to create — including by wearing stained pants and a casual cardigan.Franco called accusations of misconduct “not accurate.” “Let’s cross some lines and see how you deal with it,” Franco says in the video, while advising two students playing a lawyer and assistant who are working after-hours.Then, in September, I will be working on another new song based on new theatre scripts she and her team are developing. As well, I have two more courses to complete this coming semester and then I will be done my coursework.