It was the happiest day of my life: It was Jan 28th, 2010, when I got up at 4am to drive to the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria, to go adopt my dear companion, Sprout.
I had found her on the West Hollywood SPCA website. She ("Koala" -at the time) was abandoned in a foreclosed home, it was so sad to imagine how she ended up in this situation.
The moment I saw her face, I knew she was my girl. I called the SPCA to inquire, and they told me that I couldn't adopt her, since I didn't live in the state of California. I begged and pleaded, asking, if I flew down and applied, would they then would consider me. They answered with a firm no, even though she was on the euthanasia list, due to over- crowding in the shelter.
I didn't take no for an answer. I called the BC Small Dog and Poodle Rescue and asked if they would rescue the dogs at this SPCA shelter. More specifically, the dogs on the list to be euthanized and then would they consider me as an applicant for "Koala". They agreed to go down and said that they would be in touch in a few weeks, after reviewing my application. I never heard back from them. Then, one day, 2 months later, I was on their website, and I saw Sprout ("Gracie" -at that time). She was renamed and up for adoption again! I applied again. They couldn't believe my dedication in following her provenance and apologized profusely for forgetting about me, by accepting my application.
When I arrived in Victoria, I ran off the ferry faster than I ever ran in my life. I met the couple surrendering her on the other side. I couldn't thank them enough for allowing me to take my sweet pup home, finally. She looked at me, almost like we had already met. I cried a little as I picked her up to tell her that I was her new mommy. She licked my face and then we started walking on to the ferry with her kennel and her toys. While sitting in the pets area, she sniffed around nervously, looking up at me, with her ridiculous haircut (body shaved, with a head full of hair sprouting everywhere, she looked like a grey lion) and I thought, "You are my little Sprout!" I didn't realize I had said it out loud, until she looked at me and walked over to cuddle for the first time. It was almost like she chose the name herself.
She is the love of my life and it never stops growing, so that is why she is my dear little Sprout.
Happy 4th Anniversary, my darling! Thank you for making me so happy and proud every single day.
Who knew we would grow up and get to do what we love!?
It's going to be the best time, we're heading North to track the rest of our record, which we have named many times in utero. The personality keeps changing, so of course the name does too!
Neil MacIntosh got a new vintage Gretsch kit!
Kristen had to say goodbye to her Gretsch guitar but has welcomed a new Telecaster AND Jazzmaster :))
Joel just landed from Cambodia and is bringing his wall to wall keyboard, synth, and organ collection!
...and because Soren is in India teaching jazz for Berkley, we have invited Tristan Henderson, our majorly talented pal to play the bass parts through his assortment of synth boxes. It's beyond cool!
Hate to brag but it's exciting to be in nature and we are excited to be in the studio with these guys for a solid week, making every bit of magic we have in us come alive on these records.
Our D-I-Y approach is really sounding nice and when we put it in the hands of our dearest pal, Darryl Neudorf, to mix it, it's been beyond words!
Triple produced by Neil, Darryl and myself, we promise our very best at where we're at right now! Wish us luck : )
The life that lead to mine....
This is a video for my favourite song, 'Old Familiar' off of our 2014 release, 'Wonderkind'.
My nearest and dearest friend, Brendan George Ko, filed through 80mins of Super 8 footage from the family archives to tell the story of my father growing up, all over Atlantic Canada, and it finishes with him marrying my mother. It is a truly special video to me and it brings feelings of nostalgia, love and beauty. To me, it's a powerful thing to see two people coming together and knowing that their love can lead to new life and new love, which continues on and on. I hope that you appreciate the sentiment of sharing love over the holidays!
Tonight, we will be doing just that, from the stage of the Horseshoe Tavern, at 10:40pm, for our last show of this year (w. Raised by Swans, Island Years and Octoberman). It's been a tough year full of sweat and struggle but we are pushing through into the new year to make a whole new record, to tour across the country, over seas and into new territory. So hats off to 2014 and let's hope that 2015 is a year where we can follow our love, our passion and our dreams.
I can't tell if this is a mild mozzarella or a strong cheddar....
We love you guys!
If you want to see Neil making this face, you need to come to this!!!
On Friday, November 14th, Language Arts will be playing for the 'Make Some Noise' series for the Toronto Public Library, in partnership with Exclaim and Soundscapes.
We will be playing right in the stacks at 8pm, for a free and all-ages show, taking place at the Parkdale Public Library (1303 Queen St W) and we can't hardly wait! We have chosen our favourite live tunes from our recent release, 'Wonderkind' (01.04.14). We will also be premiering a special video as well as showcasing some of the songs that we are about to record, this winter, for the upcoming record.
We will be joined by Stefan Banjevic (Wilderness of Manitoba expat) on cello for some special moments as well, so the night will be quite enchanting.
All are welcome, it is free and we will be so thrilled to MAKE SOME NOISE with you!
I recently met artist, Patrick DeCoste, a Nova Scotia metis who paints on wood and animal hyde. His acrylic based paintings, capture mind-striking interactions of the settlers meeting the First Nations, upon arriving to North America.
He told me stories of his work while wearing his Native Pride hat. The culture is beautiful and I am only beginning to discover the very tip of it. I went to my first powwow, I have read books and have heard stories but these paintings really made me feel like I was there, like I understood it.
I got an email from him the other night, after we were speaking about making art in Toronto, being both Nova Scotia expats. He told me that he was listening to Language Arts as he painted in preparation for his show in Montreal this week. He then attached the paintings to the email and when I opened them, I was speechless. They are so beautiful, spiritual and they have a weight to them that is light but full of purpose. I was and am moved deeply by his work and am honoured that these two pieces were created along side a Language Arts soundtrack.
If you live in Montreal, you should check out his show, that opens this week. Here is where you can get more information: http://patricktheartist.blogspot.ca/2012/07/biography-and-artist-statement.html
Thank you Brendan George Ko, for shooting me fooling around in my practice room!
This is my live-looping cover of Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers" - my summer jam!
I am taking Joel Visentin with me to Edmonton to do a couple looping shows at the Up/Downtown Festival. We will be one of a few opening for favorites, the Contrantine's & Ladyhawk at 7pm @ Brixx Bar/ Starlight Room, then at 10pm we do a live radio broadcast at the UofA station CKUA, which reaches the whole province, if you care to tune in on the Thanksgiver's eve, Saturday night!
When we get back we play Indie Week on Oct 16 at Peacok - 11pm and then I am off to Montreal at the end of the month to do my Anti-bullying shows in the schools. The presentation (my baby) is called "S.P.E.A.K." I work with non-profit, Overture with the Arts who behind the planning of those school appearances!
So this gives you an idea of how those performances will go. I just have to say that my favorite thing about this video is Sprout's tail tapping!
The insanely talented, Brendan George Ko, has been following us for the past few months and is making something that we will be sharing bits and pieces of as it comes together! The email I got with this photo read, verbatim, "...and so it begins!"