Bright and Vivid is out today!

Finally, my new album Bright and Vivid is out today! I really hope you enjoy it! Here’s an iTunes link  – it will also be available at your other favourite online outlets as well as your local record store. If it’s not at your record store, just ask for it. It will help them know what their customers want!

We’re going on tour in a few days – check out the Live page to see all the tour dates. I hope to see your lovely faces in the audience!

Thank you!

xox K

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Bright and Vivid streaming on NPR, plus more tour dates!!

Bright and Vivid is streaming in its entirety on NPR this week! Go to NPR to listen to it! AND here are some more tour dates that will keep us busy until mid-December… Go to the Live page to see the full North American tour, or scroll down to the previous post to see the west coast dates. We would love to see you at the shows. There will be vinyl. xox K

+ w/Himalayan Bear
* w/Mark Eitzel

Nov. 26th – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar +
Nov. 29th – Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern +
Nov. 30th – Ottawa, ON – Raw Sugar Cafe +
Dec. 1st – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo +
Dec. 2nd – Quebec, QC – Le Cercle +
Dec. 4th – Hamden, CT – The Space +
Dec. 5th – Boston, MA – Church of Boston +
Dec. 6th – Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory + *
Dec. 7th – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s +
Dec. 8th – Arlington, VA – IOTA Club & Cafe +
Dec. 9th – Durham, NC – The Pinhook +
Dec. 10th – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn +
Dec. 11th – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light +
Dec. 12th – Nashville, TN – The Basement +
Dec. 13th – St Louis, MO – Cicero’s +
Dec. 14th  – Chicago, IL – Double Door +
Dec. 15th – Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme +
Dec. 16th – London, ON – Call the Office +
Dec. 17th – Waterloo, ON – Jane Bond Restaurant +

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New video, new tour dates!

Lots of things to post today!

First, a new video for Who Are You? from my album Bright and Vivid that comes out on Oct. 25th on File Under: Music. You can also watch it here, in a nice article from Exclaim magazine.

Second, there are vinyl and CD copies of Bright and Vivid available for pre-order now from File Under: Music!

Third, NEW TOUR DATES!! Here are my west coast tour dates, east coast coming soon. Hope to see you at the shows :)

Oct. 27th – Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret. BUY TIX
Oct. 28th – Portland, OR – Backspace ALL AGES
Oct. 30th – Sacramento, CA – Blue Lamp
Oct. 31st – San Jose, CA – Pagoda
Nov. 1st – San Francisco, CA – Brick and Mortar
Nov. 2nd – Los Angeles, CA – Handbag Factory, 1334 S. Grand Ave. 10 p.m.,  Free Show!
Nov. 5th – Tempe, AZ
– Venue 104
Nov. 6th – Albuquerque, NM – Low Spirits
Nov. 7th – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Nov. 8th – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
Nov. 9th – Nampa, ID – Flying M Coffee
Nov. 11th – Wenatchee, WA – Caffe Mela
Nov. 12th – Seattle, WA – The Mix
Nov. 26th – Victoria, BC – Lucky Bar w/Himalayan Bear

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New album announcement, ‘Bright and Vivid’, Oct. 25th, 2011!

Just a very short and sweet post today: I am so very pleased to announce my new record, ‘Bright and Vivid’, is coming out Oct. 25th on File Under: Music! Preview the first single, ‘Who Are You?’ at! Thank you and I sincerely hope you enjoy!


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September in Europe!

After a very busy summer, which included a wonderful stop at the Vancouver Folk Festival and a feature on the cover of the Georgia Straight in Vancouver, the band and I are getting ready for a trip across the Atlantic and an EU release of  ‘Are You My Mother?’ on Aug. 29th, 2011.  Here are the dates so far!!

Sep 04 – Dorset, UK – End Of The Road Festival – tix
Sep 05 – Groningen, NL – Oosterpoort – tix
Sep 06 – Rotterdam, NL – Lantaren Venster – tix
Sep 07 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli – tix
Sep 08 – Hannover, DE – Feinkostlampe
Sep 09 – Leipzig, DE – Villa Hasenholz
Sep 10 – Offenbach, DE – Hafen – tix
Sep 11 – Strasbourg, FR – Simultania – tix
Sep 12 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR – Coffee Break
Sep 13 – Barcelona, ES – Sala Monasterio
Sep 15 – Vic, ES – Mercat de Musica de Vic @ Teatre Atlàntida – tix
Sep 16 – Ourense, ES – American Autumn @ Torgal
Sep 17 – Vigo, ES – Iguana Club – tix
Sep 18 – Braga, PO – Festival de Música Independente

See you at the shows! Love, K

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East Coast dates!!

Hi! A big thank you to everyone who came out to support our west coast dates. Here, I am happy to announce, are our east coast dates! We are playing with lots of talented people, including my good friends Bird of Youth, who have a new record out as of Tuesday the 24th of May. Check it ouuuuuuuuuttttttttttt!

June 9th @ Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, ONT
June 10th @ TRANZAC – Southern Cross Lounge, Toronto, ONT
June 11th @ Broadway Joe’s Bar and Grill, Buffalo, NY
June 13th @ T.T. The Bear’s, Boston, MA w/Bird of Youth
June 14th, @ Mercury Lounge, New York, NY w/Adam Taylor
June 15th, @ World Cafe, Philadelphia, PA w/Bird of Youth
June 16th, @ The Red Palace, Washington, DC w/Bird of Youth
June 17th @ Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY

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It’s touring season!

Hi friends!

After a long wait and it seeming like it was never going to happen, I am finally embarking on a tour to support ‘Are You My Mother?’. We’ll be starting with the west coast of the U.S.! Go to the live page for more details. I’ll have a band full of good looking guys and gal with me. And our good friend Himalayan Bear, who is amazing, will be joining us on tour. Looking forward to seeing you at the shows. East coast dates will be announced soon! New songs will be played!

May 6th @ Mt. Baker Theater, Bellingham, WA w/The New Pornographers, Mirah and Thao TIX
May 7th @ Boon’s Treasury, Salem, OR w/Himalayan Bear
May 10th @ Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz, CA w/Himalayan Bear TIX
May 12th @ Hotel Café, Los Angeles, CA (8:00pm set time)  w/Himalayan Bear TIX
May 13th @ Tin Can Alehouse, San Diego, CA w/Himalayan Bear
May 16th @ New Parish, Oakland, CA w/Himalayan Bear TIX
May 18th @ Mission Theatre, Portland, OR w/Himalayan Bear, The Dimes TIX
May 19th @ Rendezvous, Seattle, WA w/Himalayan Bear, Karl Blau
May 20th @ Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, BC w/Himalayan Bear  TIX


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Happy February everyone! Lots of projects in the works that I can’t officially announce yet… But… I have almost finished my new record! Just a bit of mixing left to do, and then it’ll be time to work on all the stuff that goes around the release of a record.

Here’s some art I love. Take a look around the blog, it’s filled with great stuff:

yellowtrace blog – Kumi Yamashita

Just watched Exit Through the Gift Shop! It was very well done. Also watched a cute little french movie called “Beinvenue Chez Les Ch’tis/Welcome to the Sticks”, which is a perfect movie for those times you want to watch something enjoyable, but without all the intensity. Speaking of intensity, I also loved True Grit.

Ok, stay healthy, there’s a bug going around. Wash your hands (but not with anti-bacterial soap. Just use normal soap. Save the antibiotics for when you have an infection. “Yes, mom”.)


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Available Light

It’s December!

Here’s an acoustic session I did for ‘Available Light’. This session is a special one, because it was filmed in the same living room my album, ‘Are You My Mother’, was recorded in. The piano I’m playing is the same piano that’s all over the record. Enjoy! xo K

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Hangin’ out in Australia – on my way to Perth today with the New Pornographers. It’s been a great tour so far, and included our first ever trip to Tasmania (Tazzie, as they like to call it). Learned some new phrases.. Budgie smuggler = a speedo (I’ve known that one for awhile now, but it’s still the best), Ripper = good (as in, “aye, that koala was rippa, mate”). We were going to swim in the ocean with the dolphins tomorrow (with happy dolphins, not dolphins in captivity), but two days ago someone got attacked by a shark around where we were planning on doing it, so… I think we’ll be sticking close to shore!

In other news, Slip Away video has just reached 200,000 views in less than a week! Check it out here :) Later skaters.

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