Monday, December 26, 2005

Sarah @ The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala

"a great idea, a celebration of a very Canadain quirk — we're all such natural archivists."
- Sarah Slean, 2003

Sarah is performing again at this year's Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. The event takes place February 5th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Gala takes place a few short days after her Art show at the Spin Gallery.

Tickets went on sale November 17 at the price of 175$ each. Other performers include Doc Walker, Andy Kim, Louise Pitre, Jully Black, Jarvis Church, The Stampeders and Jimmy Rankin.

The CBC is carrying this event:

  • CBC Television on Monday, March 6 at 9 p.m.
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Saturday, December 24, 2005

What Child is This? on CBC, Christmas Eve.

Earlier today on CBC radio a live performance of Sarah Slean doing What Child is This? was played on the show Defenitly Not The Opera.

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It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas on DNTO... and throughout the show, we'll have holiday songs performed live for DNTO from some of our favourite musicians, including Sarah Slean, Shawn Hewitt, Ron Sexsmith, Jorane, Martha Wainwright, and Luke Doucet! To start the hour, Jason Collett will play his own tune, "Beguiled Christmas in Wales."

Sarah's recorded version of What Child is This? is available on the Women & Songs Christmas Album.

Sarah's Fall Art Showing

Sarah Slean self portrait - James Baird Gallery/Ravens
Image credited to Sarah Slean and James Baird Gallery.

Sarah was one of over 50 artists to submit her art to a show titled: I AM- Self Portraits- A Tribute To Lynn Donoghue. The show ran from September 23rd to November 16th 2005 at the James Baird Gallery in St. Johns Newfoundland.

Sarah's self portrait is the final image that appears in her book of art titled Ravens. The James Baird Gallery website features a much higher resolution scan of the image. In the enlarged version Sarah's pallet work is clearly visible.

This image from the James Baird Gallery shows the painting installed in the Gallery on the left wall. link.

The next known art showing of Sarah is February 2nd at the Spin Gallary in Toronto.

Happy Holidays,


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Live Recordings and other Slean News.

Recordings of shows from Sarah's 'Solo and Intimate' tour dates as well as her recent 'Christmas Shows' are being put together for a live album. According to Sarah most of the recorded shows were from the churches and the live album might be released as early as next spring.

The December 15 and 16th 'Christmas Shows' of Sarah were both beautiful performances with unique songs, arrangements, and guests. The first guest revealed on the Thursday show was none other then Sarah's grandmother, Mary. Sarah opened the concert with the song that was dedicated to her. The Blue Spruce Quartet then came out to play a full string version of Lucky Me and would join Sarah for over half the nights songs.

Some of the more rare songs for her to do that were played on both nights were, Last Year's War, Narcolepsy Weed, and I Know. In a April CBC radio interview she spoke about the difficulty she had when she last played I Know and how she had no intentions in playing it anytime soon.

The first night's guest artist was Tomi Swick, an opener for her some of her recent dates. She gave him praise as an artist. He played guitar and Sarah kept to the piano as they produced a cover a Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Other songs that were exclusive to that night's show were:
St. Francis, Somebody's Arms, The Score, and Blue Parade.

The second concert featured Ron Sexsmith as a special guest. Almost a year ago Sarah was Ron's opener and they have come together on a few occasions since. On this night they covered Joni Mitchell's Magdalene Laundries. For the song Vertigo Sarah was joined by Todd Clark from the band Pilate. Sarah sang on an untitled track on Pilate's fourth coming album that is due this Spring. Other songs that were exclusive to the second night's show included Day One, Count Me Out, Duncan, and John the 23rd.

Concluding the show Sarah was given a Christmas Card put together by some of the Passioneers. The inside of the card had the names of fans who over the season had made a donation to a charity of their choice. Sarah was really touched and it was a job well done. The next morning she boarded a flight to Paris but will be back soon and will play the Art Show.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

More Art Show Details

Boywonder was quick to notice the latest article in Chart magazine describing further details of Sarah's art show at the Spin Gallery.

Read the article here.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

New Treats @ the Boutique


Sarah's Solo and Intimate Tour came to an end tonight in St. John's Newfoundland. This solo tour across Canadian also featured new merchandise.

Lithographs prints from artwork featured in her book Ravens were available in two different sizes. Indicated in Sarah's tour blog, the merchandise trunk was a lot lighter when they were playing these final dates.

As posted on the official site, people now have the opportunity to purchase the lithographs online through boutique and A Night Bugs poster is also for sale.

*Featured image is Sarah Slean's "Blowing Butterflies" available in a Small Lithograph

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Slean Times

Read an interview with Sarah Slean in The Coast.

Out West she also did interviews with Vancouver Courier and The Concordian.

Thanks to Dean at The Coast for the link.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Sarah's Tour Blog Updates - Edmt & Calgary

Sarah continues her blogging, this time on her Macleans Blog for her Western Canada shows.
Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary are the latest posts.

Boywonder's gift of the "Passioneer Ninja" mentioned in Sarah's Calgary post is included in the Sarah Slean Flickr Group Pool. See the sidebar for a link to the Pool of pictures of recent shots of Sarah Slean on tour.

Outside of Flickr, Jade's photographs of Sarah in Saskatoon are flawless.