Floods, Heatwaves, Cold Spells, Rain

Hello Hello!
So happy to be writing from the comforts of my New Glasgow home! Two weeks ago my house mates and I had a pretty major flood. Living in a house with a bunch of musicians means we are never really all there at the same time… So unfortunately while The Danger Bees ( @thedangerbees ) were out on tour- our whole house filled with water- all three floors. Luckily we were safe in that no gear or instruments were damaged.  There was even a dry circle surrounding David’s grandfathers cello in the upstairs hall way.  Some of my belongings were toast- including my laptop and odds and ends… This prompted an unexpected move down the road into a beautiful hobbit house.  Bumbalina is over joyed that she can go out on the patio and that there is Air Conditioning.   I just wanted to include this little section on the floor as a thank you to the people who kept me alive that whole week-  Joanne, Melissa, Dave Y. , Matt, and Bryan at Relish Bar and Grill ( The Lish) and the wonderful friends at Vox TO for coming to rescue with towels and hugs.  Also my amazing friends who helped me move and pack in about 5 hours in 38 degree weather.  Amazing.

 

While we are talking about water problems- unfortunately the Natal Day Kick Off in Halifax was rained out yesterday. Don’t fret Halifax- We will revisit this on August 22nd – 1230PM in Grand Parade!  August 14th and 15th I’ll be doing the ferry crossings from Nova Scotia to PEI and back- the 12:45 departures. If you don’t get off the boat you don’t have to pay- so if you just want to spend the day on the water, pack a lunch and listen to me play- I won’t tell on you. 

 Thanks again to those of you who have been sharing the video- in sticking with the theme of giving you things to make… Here is my favorite peach jam recipe.  Local peaches are in full force in Nova Scotia- use them up and give these babies out as hostess gifts. Please- no more scented candles. No offense to the candle industry.

  • 7 medium-large peaches
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 large pot
  • 1 large bowl filled with cold/ice water
  • potato masher
  1. Wash your peaches well. Gently place in a pot of boiling water- Boil for 45 seconds- this is to loosen the skin. If they aren’t exactly ripe you can leave them in for up to one minute.
  2. Transfer peaches into a bowl of ice water- being careful not to bring any of that hot water along with them.
  3. Once peaches are cool, peel them with a pairing knife.
  4. Once you’ve peeled all the peaches dice them and place them back into your pot- adding the agave nectar, grapefruit juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.  
  5. Mash lightly with your potato masher.
  6. Bring to a boil and reduce heat – allow to simmer for 50 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  8. Store in an air tight container for up to one month.

 

 

 

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Go At Anytime

Ladies and Gentleman- here it is for your viewing pleasure!

Many thanks to the wonderful crew who worked their butts off and the amazing friends at HeartStrings TV, Pie In the Sky Studio, and Civello Rosedale!

Love,

Mary

Upcoming Shows / New poster oh how pretty you are / and boozy watermelon lemon drink…

Hey Love Birds, and Bird Lovers;

“Toronah” is in midst of a heatwave.  I have been tempted to buy a kiddie pool from Canadian Tire and put it in the basement next to the piano, but my mother always told me you shouldn’t have a pool in the house. I don’t remember what her reason was. But- I may be ready to find out. 

 

 

 

I have a few shows coming up that I’d like to tell you about.

July 18th –  The Gladstone Hotel { Vox Toronto Event } 7PM // Toronto, ON

August 2nd  – Tunes At Noon {Alexander Keiths Natal Day Kick Off} 1PM Halifax, NS  <Free!>

August 2nd – Roseland Cabert {Riverfront Jubilee Kick Off Party} 8PM New Glasgow, NS $15.00

August 13th – Northumberland Ferry ( NS – PEI/ PEI – NS ) 12:45

August 14th – Northumberland Ferry (NS – PEI / PEI – NS) 12:45 

 

I would adore to give credit to the wonderful man who did my new poster – Corey Isenor is the kind of man I wrote “Everyone’s My Husband” about.  To the T. He writes great songs and is a joy to be around. 

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Its really hot so I’m going to enjoy a Mill Street Organic and find some shade. But I’m going to leave you with a recipe for something cold.

Boozey Watermelon Lemon Drink – 

3/4 cups raw sugar

2 cups water

4 sprigs rosemary

1 cup lemon juice – fresh squeezed

7 cups watermelon – cut into a 1″ dice – approx half a medium watermelon

8 oz Gin ( gordon’s is fine, Bombay is better) 

1 lemon – thinly sliced

 
  1. In a small saucepan – place sugar, 1 cup of water and add rosemary sprigs. Cook over medium heat stirring until the sugar is dissolved (clear!) Remove from heat- cover and let sit. The longer the better. 

  2. In a blender combine the lemon juice with cubed watermelon. Add the watermelon in batches, blending in between each addition.

  3. Add in the rosemary simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time until the mixture is at your desired sweetness. 

  4. Pour the mixture into a large pitcher and add 1 cup of cold water, the gin and fill with the watermelon mixture. Serve in mason jars with a sprig of rosemary to garnish. 

Go At Anytime Video Shoot!

As some of you may know during the month of April I begged, pleaded and negotiated with you to raise money to film the first video for the single “Go At Anytime”  as we are gearing up to make this video public, I thought I’d share with you some photographs my friend Alistair Maitland took while on set.  We managed to reach our fundraising goal via IndieGoGo- and my thank you can not extend far enough. You people are amazing.

The crew was absolutely incredible and I can’t thank them enough. Together we painted sets and built a city in my basement for the days leading up to the shoot- we went a bit over our 12 hour studio day- and some of them (bless them) went a lot over the 12 hour studio day staying up to transfer the footage.

I hope you enjoy these photo’s and I can’t wait for you to see the video.

Love,

Mary

Information(s)

To listen, buy, share, download “Chances Are I Like You” Please visit: http://marystewart.bandcamp.com
Contact:
mary@marystewartmusic.com
Biography
Mary Stewart isn’t a singer songwriter. Well, she does sing and she likely writes more songs than anyone you’ve ever met, but if you’re picturing a sullen woman perched atop a wooden stool, playing depressing songs on her oversized acoustic, you’ve pegged her all wrong.In fact, Mary has never sported an acoustic guitar during a live show and prefers to strum along on her Gretsch, singing clever pop songs, and sharing anecdotes about her love of baking, cats, and hopes of becoming Sidney Crosby’s wife.

Hailing from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Mary grew up consuming an incredible range of genres from folk and pop to opera and hair metal – true story. Before her pop days, Mary was classically trained in opera. Her mother sang in hair metal bands and her dad was a sound engineer.

“My parents would bring me along to gigs because it was easier than finding a babysitter,” says Mary.

She really didn’t stand a chance to fall in love with any career other than music.

At 16, Mary had her first recording experience and shared it with fellow New Glasgow native, George Canyon who has since become a long-standing supporter of Mary’s music.

Canyon isn’t the only heavyweight Mary has had the chance to work with. She’s opened for acts like Jill Barber, Wintersleep, Jenn Grant, and Blue Rodeo. A huge fan of Jim Cuddy, Mary giggles, “I almost wore a wedding dress on stage.”

Among her many accolades, Mary was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s Female Artist Recording of the year in 2009.

Mary currently uses Toronto as her stomping grounds, performing at famous venues like The Horseshoe Tavern and The Drake and is rarely not on a bill somewhere. She recently played a packed show at Canadian Music Week and is gearing up for the release of her second album Chances are I like you.

The record is the result of a hugely successful yearlong project where Mary wrote one song each day, allowing website statistics and fan votes to dictate which of the 365 songs would make their way onto the album. Because of the unique conception, Mary says that the album doesn’t really have a conscious theme. Instead, it is a snapshot of a year – and not necessarily a good one.

Mary wrote through sickness, surgery, tours, and anything else this particular trip around the sun threw at her.

She jokes that the record sounds like, “You hair after four days of not washing it, but not five – five would be too much.”

The tunes have that gritty and wonderfully natural feel, but still rely heavily on Mary’s pop sensibilities that make her immediately pleasant to listen to.

Produced by Jason Ball (The Heavy Blinkers, The Guthries, Hopeful Monster), the album features a ton of Canadian talent like Luther Mallory, PJ Herrick (Crush Luther), and Andrew La Tona (Big Stereo). Fans can catch a sneak peek of the first single, “Go at anytime” online.

Changes are I like you will make its debut at Hugh’s Room on May 29th and will be available at live shows and online through Mary’s website and iTunes.

Mary Stewart live at Hugh’s Room

I had the pleasure of playing at Hugh’s Room here in Toronto,  It was an amazing night for me and I was beyond happy that I got to share the stage with some of my best friends: Luther Mallory, P.J Herrick, Andrew La Tona, David Macmichael and Ed Kramer. Here are some photo’s taken by another dear friend Ryan Nolan.

Double piano man- David Macmichael ( http://www.thedangerbees.com / @Thedangerbees @D_Macmichael

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