Thursday
Mar032016

Music Heals: Modo 8K

March is here and I have a slew of shows lined up this month starting with a radio appearance on CJSF 90.1 FM Melodies in Mind next Tuesday the 8th, a tour with James Adkins in Virginia the 9th-15th, and a show with the lovely Rowen and Kristina Lao at Skinny Fat Jacks on the 19th.

In addition to playing shows, this month I am teaming up with Music Heals to run the Modo 8k. Music Heals is a group of music enthusiasts, music lovers, and music therapists who have come together to help raise awareness of the healing powers of music. Music Heals supports a wide range of music therapy services to communities in British Columbia and across Canada.

For the Modo 8K, Music Heals has chosen to run and raise funds for the music therapy program at the Dr. Peter Centre, in Vancouver's West End. The only one of its kind in Canada, the Dr. Peter Centre is a leader in HIV care, particularly for individuals with multiple medical conditions and social barriers. I love the idea of running races to raise money and awareness for good causes. What I think is super awesome is that Music Heals will not be taking any admin fees off of donations, so 100% of the money raised will be donated! This cause is dear to me and I appreciate any and all the support given. Every little bit helps. Thanks a million :)  

If you'd like to donate, please visit the pledge page.

My beautiful friend Lydia Hol is the one who introduced me to the wonderful folks at Music Heals. She recently released a new album that is simply spectacular.

Enjoy!

 

Tuesday
Mar012016

Science Faction...

One of my favorite things about my job is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a variety of scientists from around the globe. I recently met fellow PhD student Dalal Hanna, host and writer for the 2015 miniseries podcast Science Faction. Science Faction is a show about unbelievable discoveries, told with the 1000 most used words and a few little exceptions. Being a huge fan of RadioLab, I instantly took to Science Faction. Science explained in everyday terminology. It is simply brilliant.

In that same vein, my lab-mate Stephanie recently introduced me to the band below. So much fun knowledge being passed around. Breathe Owl Breathe. Good ol' Michiganders.

enjoy

Wednesday
Feb242016

See You in Virginia...

I awoke the other morning to this little note on my fridge (thanks, Brett). Two weeks from today I will fly across the continent to meet up with my good friends Emily and James Adkins before driving onward to the great state of Virginia for a weekend of shows. James and I will be playing the following dates in Virginia: 

Friday, 3/11 - Slover Library, 12:00 pm  - 2:00 pm

Friday, 3/11 - Back Bay Brewing, 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm 

Saturday, 3/12 - Smartmouth Brewing Co, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday, 3/13 - Pappa Ciccio's, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, 3/15 - Electroganic w/ Logan Vath and Dale Paul Lazar, 8:30 pm

I am so very excited for all of these shows and am especially excited to finally meet and play a show with the fella in the video below. It's been a long time coming, my distant friends.

See you in Virginia.

Tuesday
Feb162016

Graduate School Update: PhD Candidacy...

 

I realize that it's been quite some time since I've given a proper update on grad school happenings - mostly because I've been lost in my books with not much to tell. However, I am so very happy to announce that yesterday I passed my PhD comprehensive exam!!!! I can't begin to express how excited/happy/relieved I am. A HUGE sigh of relief. One step closer to the finish line. Classes are complete, the proposal is approved, and now the comps exam is passed. I can finally get back to research mode! 

Also, I have not forgotten the post I promised explaining my fascination with maps and spatial patterns, how science brought me to Vancouver, and the ins and outs of my PhD research. It is on the way. Thanks so much for your patience.

In the meantime, here is a strange little tune I wrote this afternoon - inspired by this RadioLab podcast on the deathwatch beetle. 

Enjoy!

Tuesday
Feb022016

Steinbeck, Lewin, and Kennedy...

Rainy Vancouver weekends call for Walter Lewin physics lectures about sunsets and rainbows, scoring Steinbeck works at the used bookstore up the street, and continuing with comps exams studying. Also, Operation Box of Sunshine is back in full swing. This box is Texas-bound!! Perhaps it's just the calm before the storm that is the doctoral comprehensive exam, but a sense of balance is settling in. Here's to hoping it makes a home and sticks around for a while.

My good friends Big Virginia Sky submitted their entry today to NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest. I just love hearing these fellas make music. 

Enjoy!

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