River Guide

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Meditation

Guided meditations are notoriously cheesy. In River Guide, I play with the public and the private, the past and the now using the medium of satirical guided meditations. I am recording sounds on location, and then writing a guided meditation to connect a public place as a private inner world and experience. I am hoping to connect people to these places in a new and meaningful way, while also poking some fun at the silly metaphors guided meditations can use.

These satirical guided meditations are concerned with specific locations along the Yukon River in Whitehorse; the wharf, the dam, Robert Service campground, the S.S Klondike and Shipyards Park. I am a participating artist in the Yukon Plein Air Arts Festival July 6th-10th 2014, and these are the designated locations for the 20 participating artists to create at.

People listening to River Guide are encouraged to close their eyes, and imagine being these spaces and places. For example, when listening to the meditation, You Are The Wharf, ‘Breathe in Breeze, Breathe out Tourists…’

River Guide was display at Yukon Artists at Work Gallery in Whitehorse, as part of the Plein Air Arts Festival show, ending August 4th.

River Guide is a part of Culture Days this year. Saturday September 27th from 12-4 PM at the Old Fire Hall, you can come by and get download cards for the audio tracks, and from 3-4 PM you can borrow an Mp3 player and headphones to give yourself a walking tour.

Vinyl Tarot

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Listen to awesome records, and figure out your life at the same time. Vinyl Tarot. A working tarot deck made of records. The cover art, artist and specific song unite, creating the coolest deck ever. Music influences our lives in so many ways. Vinyl Tarot is upfront about that influence.

I have made the Major Arcana (22 Cards)*, but I am working on digitizing the deck with it’s own website, and then completing the deck (78 cards total) during an upcoming residency. I plan to perform Vinyl Tarot at select festivals and venues in Western Canada this summer, then pass the deck into the loving hands of Weird Canada!

Check it out

Vinyl Tarot, the working tarot deck out of records

Clockwise, top left; Temperance, Heirophant, Chariot and Magician cards

Vinyl Tarot, the working tarot deck out of records

Clockwise, top left; Hanged Man, Fool, World and Strength cards

Vinyl Tarot, the working tarot deck made of records

Clockwise, top left; Devil, Justice, Hermit and Death cards

Vinyl Tarot, the working tarot deck out of records

Clockwise, top left; Sun, Wheel of Fortune, Star and Moon cards

Vinyl Tarot, the working tarot deck made out of records

Clockwise, top left; Emperor, Tower, Empress and High Priestess cards

Vinyl Tarot, the working tarot deck made out of records

Left; Judgement and Lovers cards

The first performance of this piece was at Dawson City’s Riverside Arts Festival. I’ve done small readings around the North with this piece, and it was in-residence at Rue Studio on Manitoulin island, Ontario, for a year. I’ve created an accompanying booklet that describes the card’s significance, and how to do a simple, 3 card/song Gestalt reading. Each reading takes about 15 minutes, to explain the card, and then listen to the song.

For example, Billy Joel, ‘Only the Good Die Young’ is the Death card. Boney M, ‘Rasputin’ is the Strength card. Prince, ‘You Got the Look’ is the Magician. Tom Waits is Judgement, The Singing Nun is Temperance and the High Priestess is Aretha Franklin.

Check back for more news about this project.

*record selection is minimal in the Yukon, so I need an urban residency to complete Vinyl Tarot

Cardboard Carnival Magical Mystery Song Show

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This year for Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City I’ve made a musical installation and performance where you play games of chance to determine elements of a song that I write up about you on the spot. Spin the bike wheel, and where it lands tells me which instrument, (ukulele, yamaha keyboard or harmonica) to play. Throw a dart onto decorated envelopes to reveal something about yourself, like the last book you read, or your lover’s secret name for you. Roll the dice to tell me one last thing about yourself… and BAM I write a song about you, right away.

Carboard Carnival IMG325It was a great success, and the beauty of small-town life is that I knew many of the people I wrote songs about, which made it easier. And, I got to practice my new keyboard and dust off the ‘ol harmonica.

I didn’t anticipate how popular the booth would be with kids, so ‘adult’ questions, like how do you like your coffee, needed to be changed on the spot. Will plan that into piece next time.

Finally, combining carnival work, music, spontaneity and art all into one.

Motorboat!

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I’ve been trying to learn to listen to my body more, and this latest musical installation is all about that. I’ve converted carboys, foam and rhinestones into large breasts. On each nipple is a tiny speaker, playing a song written from the perspective of my breasts and all the things they like. The song is called, “I Like”.

The installation is on display at Gallery 22, as part of the group show Melting Ice, an Erotic Thawing of the Winter Blues that opened on Valentine’s Day.

The fabulous local brewery, Yukon Brewing has donated beer to fill the breasts with, as beer is the soothing maternal milk of adulthood. The breasts are suspended high in the air, and the music played softly, so that you really have to listen.

Motorboat, ready to go!

Listening to the breasts

Everyone should listen to the body!

This piece is one of my few installations that is for sale, and is still available.

Sounds Like the Thrift Store

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I have another name. When you can’t see my face, and only hear the radio, that name is DJ Sally Ann. And DJ Sally Ann does a weekly radio show, entitled Sounds Like the Thrift Store: An amazing mix of the music you tried to ditch. 

It really is amazing. Aired Fridays at 5 pm on CJUC 92.5 Whitehorse,  streaming online at djsallyann.podomatic.com and available for download via itunes, Sounds Like the Thrift Store is an irreverent mix of cast-off tunes, flush with static and one-hit wonders. It is a place to hear music you won’t really hear anywhere else.

This show believes that there is one good song on every album. DJ Sally Ann is overwhelmed by the choice in new music available, and thus selects from the de-selected, and shares her new-found treasure.

**Note: After several years, this show is no longer airing new episodes, but there are still available on itunes and djsallyann.podomatic.com