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Chile, Birds, Soccer Balls and an Award

The life of a touring artist is a peculiar one, and it’s easy to feel isolated. I am reflecting on this in a middle school auditorium on an April morning in Santiago, Chile, as I watch a class enter the room. A gentle crowd of chatty girls, they settle into the front...

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Yoga & Rehearsals: Musings on a Pause

The Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria hosts an annual end-of-summer student intensive, led by Lauren Cox and Ty Chandler. In this piece I explore connections between my work as a performer and my yoga practice. An email from Lauren. She has noticed I am not registered...

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Being Chicken

As the “chicken” struggles with her numbers, a woman in the audience is wiping tears of laughter from her eyes, and the young man in front of her is silently shaking with mirth. Then, a shy child steps forward: he wants to be the chicken. This is new. He approaches with caution. Seeing his hesitation, I suggest he could be the baby chick and I’ll be the hen. He nods, and follows me to centre stage, hands tucked like wings.

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Nova Scotia: Resting and Swinging

At a swingdance in Victoria a few weeks ago, I happened to run into friends who happen to spend their summers in Nova Scotia and happened to generously insist I visit them during my tour. So a few days ago, as I crested the mid-point of my itinerary, I drove to the...

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Nova Scotia: Touring rural communities

I am about a third of the way through this tour, and tomorrow I change locations again. It is not easy to leave the Annapolis Valley, where I have been based for 6 nights and enjoyed shows in many communities along this beautiful north-western coast. The weather has...

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Halifax: Catching my breath before the tour

I was relieved to have a day off in Halifax before starting my tour of the Nova Scotia libraries. Yesterday, on my way across the country, between flights in Toronto, I did a phone radio interview with CBC Halifax. We talked about live storytelling vs screen...

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On Tour in Buenos Aires

Chile and Argentina meet string storyteller Anne Glover, on tour with Buenos Aires’ Dream On Productions for 4 weeks.

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Pablo Neruda

In Santiago, Chile, with my tour manger for 4 weeks in South America Sergio Peña, and with the great Pablo Neruda. “Por un minuto, por una corta vida, quítame luz y déjame sentirme perdido y miserable, temblando entre los hilos del crepúsculo, recibiende en el alma las manos temblorosas de la lluvia.” (From “A la Tristeza II”) Worth looking up – he is pure genius and beauty.

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Clothes on Tour!

I should preface this post with the warning that it really is about clothes. On tour. Because after 57 days on the road (and counting), I suddenly have a couple of days to think about something other than driving and doing shows. And being here in a busy city, surrounded by coy and clever and seductive shops, what do I think about? Clothes!! That is when I realize that I am still wearing the same things I wore all the way through the tour (don’t worry – I’ve been doing laundry)- and I’m not the tiniest bit tired of them.

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Bella Coola 1: The Hill

Anyone who has been to Bella Coola mentions The Hill. Their eyebrows go up, their eyes widen, and they shudder. Some shudder because they have an appetite for things like bungy jumping and sky diving. Others shudder because they consider themselves lucky to have survived the drive. I happen to be the kind of person who loves roller coasters. I cheer for turbulence on planes, swells at sea, and loud thunder storms. But I am cautious at the wheel, and am already feeling fatigued…

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