Saturday, September 24, 2005

Beachfest Video - Streaming Online

Thanks to Sweetones/Neal who pointed out that this year's Beachfest video is now streaming online. Sarah's portion is as follows:
  1. Intro
  2. Eliot
  3. Lucky Me (polka version)
  4. Mary (impobable pop mix ending)
  5. Out in the Park
  6. Sweet Ones*
*Sweet Ones is cut short.

At the 7:48 mark in Blue Rodeo's set you can catch Sarah and friends doing their cover of the Jayhawk's song "Blue". Pictures of the show can be seen on the right side of the page and the shows history can be seen around the September 5th 2005 date.

Sarah Talks...
Sarah posted on her blog on September 21st. To be notified instantly when Sarah posts you can sign up to her blogs feed, just like you can with littleslean news.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Sarah playing @ film festival - review

Show Review:

Today was a stellar day the Canadian Music Cafe, which included slots from Andy Stochansky and Jully Black. Sarah Slean -- who offered Jill Barber one of her comp drink tickets when the bartender charged Jill $12 for a Caesar -- put on a lovely, unaccompanied set of songs mostly from Day One, including "Lucky Me," "Vertigo," "Pilgrim" and "Your Wish is My Wish." Acutely tuned to the day's purpose, she chided the crowd to "turn the fake button off." (Similarly, Jian Gomeshi used his hosting to gig to chastise chatty schmoozers in between sets, which is probably why they ignored him when he tried to drum up some support for locked out Ceebers.)

Event History:
Sarah Slean is one of the artists schedualed to play on September 15th at the private Music Cafe event.
Canadian music will play a leading role in the 30th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) with the debut of the Canadian Music Café, a live showcase event that will feature daytime concerts by Canada's leading and emerging artists. Performers include Buck 65, Ron Sexsmith, K'naan, and Jorane. Located at Sassafraz Café's Jitterbug Perfume Lounge in Toronto's Yorkville district, the Canadian Music Café will run from Sept. 13-15, with live performances between 2 - 5 p.m., and is exclusive to Festival industry delegates.
- CNW Group, Full Article.

Thursday, September 15, 2005
2:00 - 2:30 Alana Levandoski
2:35 - 3:05 Andy Stochansky
3:10 - 3:40 Sarah Slean
3:45 - 4:15 Jully Black
4:20 - 4:50 The Heavy Blinkers
Update, August 25
The offical site of this event with more information is;

Update, September 13
Although you might not be able to get into this show, you do have a good chance of hearing it.
Sassafraz is also hosting the Canadian Music Cafe. To get in, you have to be a pass holder, but Rossa says he’s keeping the windows open so people outside can hear the music. Artists such as Steven Page, Chantal Kreviazuk, Ron Sexsmith and Sarah Slean are playing, hoping that filmmakers will come, then use their music in movie soundtracks.

Thanks to YenC for the find.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

European Dates - Day by Day

As Sarah had previously indicated on the offical site, here are the European dates. Links to all Sarah related dates are kept on the Sidebar, but an offical tour page is available on

  • Oct. 1 Strasbourg, Festival Ososphere
  • Oct. 2 Tourcoing (Lille), Grand Mix
  • Oct. 4 Evreux, Abordage
  • Oct. 5 Angers, Chabada
  • Oct. 6 Paris, Tranbenbo
  • Oct. 7 Orleans, Astrolabe
  • Oct. 8 Nantes, Olympic
  • Oct. 11 Toulouse, Ramier
  • Oct. 12 Montpellier, Rockstore
  • Oct. 13 Clermont Ferrand, Coop de Mai
  • Oct. 14 Lyon, Ninkasi
  • Oct. 15 Marseille, Le Moulin
Thanks to Jim for pointing out the update.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Sarah hits US late October

Sarah returns to the U.S. openning for Rasputina again. These dates are confirmed via the venues, ticket sellers, and Rasputina's page.

  • October 28, Friday - VT, Showcase Lounge - Openning for Rasputina. $12/14

  • October 31, Monday (Halloween) - NY, Bowerly Ballroom - Openning for Rasputina $16/18

Thanks to sandonthebreeze and banet2001 for the heads up for the 31st show.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Sarah played a show September 8th

Thanks to betty on the Slean message board we learned the following:

Sarah played a show on September 8th for a party held by Time Magazine and Warner Brothers as part of Toronto Film Festival. Included in the expected attendance of 350 guests were; Val Kilmer, Rober Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, and director Shane Black. The event took place at Pür Night Club.

The news release seemed to have come out just the day before the event. I found a short review on the party on Murray Whyte of the Toronto Star's blog. "Sarah Slean was playing the piano, the sushi was yummy and the blue martinis were deadly. It was a delight."

Pictures of the celebs on the red carpet can be seen here, none feature Sarah.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

New cover and news from Beachfest

Sarah had a great set under the sunny sky of Beachfest last Monday. Her set consisted for Eliot, Mary, Out in the Park, Lucky Me, and Sweetones. She played the show solo and modified her version of Mary slightly to like the remix.

It looked like K-OS may have been gearing up for a surprise collaberation of the When Another Midnite B-side. He snuck up on stage and hid behind a drum set as Sarah played. In reality he was just trying to prep for his set that followed hers. They did not play together that day although he did drop her name in a freestyle and played the Love Song, which on the album features a sample of Sarah on the album version.

During the headline set of the night Blue Rodeo called up Sarah Slean as a special guest. She did an outstanding cover of the Jayhawks "Blue" with backup vocals being provided by Ron Sexsmith and Steven Page. To see images of the event, see the Flickr badge on the sidebar of this page.

After Sarah's set she did an on air interview with the Mix99. She clearified that "her house buring down" was a metaphor and that Beck on Day One is 'Howie Beck'. She revealed the location of her art show is The Spin Gallery and that she will be working with Nelson Chan again. She also spoke a bit about love, that after Black Widow she "loves film", she "loves the Mix99.9" and that her adventures into many arts is "a symptom of being in love with everything".

The event was filmed and will probally have highlights available to be viewed like last year's Beachfest.

Sarah has also been interviewed in the September edition of Glow magazine. In it, the fan project Passioneers V.1 is mentioned and Sarah states that she is moving to France for a bit to really learn French. She will be touring in the UK/France from Oct1-Oct15th according to her Tour section. Thanks for Sam23 and Boywonder for that information.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Black Widow

"BLACK WIDOW stars several of Canada’s most fascinating recording artists, including Sarah Slean, Martin Tielli, and Mary Margaret O’Hara, as well as acclaimed stage and screen actors Tom McCamus, Julian Richings and Gary Reineke.

Shot in black and white in a visually expressionistic style, BLACK WIDOW is a playfully macabre homage to film noir cinema of the 1940’s."

Thanks to the Sixshooter mailing list, we now have a link to the official Black Widow Film website.

Find cast bios, screening and broadcast dates, picture downloads, song samples and even a preview video clip!

~nicole g