2013 Folk Music Award Nomination

The Autumn season is upon us and it is one of the most magical times of year in Montreal.  The leaves are turning beautiful shades of red and gold and the air is crisp and energizing.   As sad as it is to let go of summer, it’s exciting to see what the new season is going to bring.

I am happy to share the news that my CD “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well” has been nominated for a 2013 Folk Music Award for Best Children’s Album of the Year!  I’m officially a cross-genre, cross-generational, no rules apply artist!

In other news I will be performing my annual Holiday Show at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, on Sunday November 24th at 11 a.m.  Click here for more info.

If you live in Vancouver or in the vicinity, mark your calendars for Saturday April 12, 2014.   I will be performing 2 family concerts at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, benefitting the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC.  I can’t wait to perform in my home town again and support an amazing cause.

Wishing you all a majestic Autumn!  Stay warm and cozy and hug the people you love.

Jennifer xo

p.s. I’m including a little video of my recent show at the Upstairs Jazz Bar in Montreal.  It was so much fun to play music just for adults for a change!!! Click here to watch the video.  

Happy Summer!

Dear Friends,
I know it’s been a while since I’ve been in touch.  I hope you are all doing well wherever this may find you.  For my Calgary fans out there, I have been thinking of you and sending prayers and good energy your way.  It seems there is a lot going on in the world these days. It can feel chaotic at times.  My goal is to stay present and grateful for everything I have no matter what is going on around me. It helps that I get write and play music for you all.  Kids continue to amaze me with their joy, wisdom and light.

 

For those of you who live in Vancouver I’m so excited announce that I will be playing two shows in my home town next year!  The shows are on April 12th, 2014 at the Norman Rothstein Theatre.  The shows are fundraisers for a wonderful organization called the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of BC. Mark your calendars!  Stay tuned for possible other tour dates around that time.  Click here for up to date show info.

 

 

For my Montreal fans I have a family show coming up on Tuesday July 9th at 10:30 a.m. in Cabot Square.  (The park on the corner of Atwater and St. Catherine)
In case of rain the show will be in the Montreal Forum across the street, on centre ice.  I hope to see some of you there!

I am also taking part in Music in the Park for Mummies List.  I will be playing shows at Westmount Park at 4:00 on Wednesdays, and Outremont Park at 11:00 a.m. on Thursdays.  (note I will be out of town from July 16- August 6)  There is still time to register for the program if you’re interested.  www.mummieslist.com

 

Wishing you an abundant and joyful July,

 

Jennifer xo

The 2013 Juno’s- An Experience of a Lifetime!

I just returned from one of the most exciting weekends of my life.  I attended the 2013 Juno Awards in Regina from April 18-22, and what a jam-packed 4 days it was!  I’ll just preface the blog by saying that the highlight of the whole trip was the generosity and kindness of the people of Regina.  Everyone- from the hotel staff, to the shuttle drivers, to the organizers, were so friendly, up-beat and took great pride in putting on one of the best Juno’s Canada has ever seen.  The other highlight was taking my mom as my date.  She was such a super star- taking photos, mingling in the receptions, selling my CD’s after my Juno showcase, sharing in my excitement when I’d get a pic with a celeb…  These are the moments I’m going to cherish the most.

Ok onto the glitz and glamour…

So I arrived at the beautiful Hotel Saskatchewan and checked into my suite.  It was bigger than my apartment!  That evening, we attended the reception and this was the first taste of the red photo ops.  I had a chance to meet my fellow nominee, Helen Austin and take a pic with her.  We had so much fun together.

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After a night of tossing and turning in anticipation of the events to come, I woke up at the crack of dawn to take part in the Juno children’s showcase at the Regina Public Library.  Here are all the nominees for Children’s Album of the Year doing our finale “This Little Light of Mine.”  I had an amazing time (minus a bubble machine malfunction) and gained some new little fans in Regina.

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After the flurry of signing CD’s and postcards post-show, it was time to go back to the hotel to get ready for the Juno Gala where they would be announcing my category. I was so nervous and excited, yet I was still able to take the time to appreciate the moment and take it all in.  Here I am working the “green carpet.”  My pic even ended up on the cover of several canadian newspaper entertainment sections including the Vancouver Sun, Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen!

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The gala was beautiful and 5 star all the way, but I couldn’t really enjoy it, for every time Jian Gomeshi went to announce the next category, the butterflies in my stomach went crazy.  I did think I had a good chance of winning so I was preparing myself.  I must have prepared myself 30 times!!!  Finally,  2 hours into the evening my category was announced.  As you all know by now I didn’t win, but I can honestly say I felt like a winner.  I carried on as if I had won. 🙂  I put my heart and soul into this album and there was no way I was going to let the outcome affect my embracing of the Juno experience.

The next event was the red carpet gala.  I was lucky enough to have my new friend Lance, one of the Juno shuttle drivers, drive me in his own vehicle to the red carpet.  He picked my mom and I up in his cherry red truck.  It was SO perfect… being dropped off at the red carpet in a red pick up truck right in front of  Michael Bublés limo.  Here I am with Lance freezing my butt off in -15 degree weather.  Ahhh, spring in Regina.

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And here I am on the official red carpet (Michael Bublé was right behind me…)

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And the cherry on top… As I was heading to the Warner After Party, I met Michael Bublé in the elevator of my hotel.  He was going to the same party!  I managed to get my CD to him and a picture.  My Juno experience was complete.

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So to summarize my 2013 Juno’s experience-  it was a dream come true.  I appreciated every moment and will remember it always as a life highlight.

Here I am with my Mom.  Thank-you Mom, for your presence, generosity and love.  And for taking all these great photos and holding my purse, camera, tickets, i-phone and pashmina during every reception and event!

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And thank-you all for being on the journey with me!

 

Jennifer xo

 

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2013 Juno Nominee for Best Children’s Album of the Year!

“Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well” has been nominated for a 2013 Juno for Best Children’s Album of the Year!!!

I’m posting from Toronto just a few hours after the press conference! I have already done 10 tv interviews at the press conference. It was wild. More to come. Thank you for all your support.

What will 2013 bring?

Happy February!  I hope you are all doing well, especially those of you on the East coast braving this wild and bone-chilling winter!  Over the past few months I’ve been taking time to rest, process, rejuvenate, and create space to vision the next phase of the journey. I’m feeling energized and excited about 2013.  January was slow and strange…  I felt a bit disoriented as I let go of the old to bring in the new.  I found myself having to really ground and keep my feet on the earth.  I even joined a Kuduro dance class! (a fusion of African and Cuban dance)  It’s been a blast!

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Lyrics for Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well

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Jennifer Gasoi presents… Jennifer Gasoi! (How to produce a show without a production team)

 

Close to 300 tickets sold, media coverage, CBC radio play, people buzzing about how excited their kids are to come see the show, and my parents getting ready to board a plane from Vancouver to be there routing me on…  this show is really happening!  I have fans coming  from Toronto , Ottawa, and even Kim, one of my best friends from the age of 2 is taking a flight from Rossland BC to cheer me on.  Words can’t begin to describe how I’m feeling.

It was just a few months ago when I finally finished the CD that I realized I had another HUGE mountain to climb.  I had a show to produce!  So I had to ask the question… how do you produce a show without a production team? Continue reading

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