More News Is Good News

Clearly publicist Gwen Kallio is doing a great job!  And I must say, the writers of these pieces have each produced articles with a remarkably low cringe value for the subject. Though some people assume artists are all about the attention, for most of us it’s just about the work. And when it’s time to put that work out in the world and the publicity machine fires up, most often I find myself mis-quoted and squirming as I read. So big thanks to Ben Bengston of the North Shore News, old friend Alex Varty with the venerable Georgia Straight, and Shawn Conner with his Five Reasons theme for helping to spread the word about the Centennial Concert on Tuesday and beating the drum about the new album in a well considered and classy way. Thanks all! 

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Julia Graff
The Big "Ta Da!"

I'm sitting in the back of a car careening down Interstate 5 en route to Eugene Oregon, with Julia and James in the front listening to podcasts. I'm so grateful James loves driving so I can catch up on things, like writing to tell you.... IT'S HERE!!!

The official release of "Back to Shore" is June 21 but you can order the CD or the digital album at Borealis Records right now!

The main CD release concert will take place at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver on Tues. June 18 – which is a committed and passionate community very supportive of the arts. The Centennial was keen to work with me to host the show which made it all so much easier. The availability of the musicians dictated the concert had to be on a Tuesday (June 18th), which according to an article Nancy White sent me years ago, is analyzed as the WORST night for drawing an audience. But hey, I’m a rebel and love a challenge so to hell with the statistics.

The official release of "Back to Shore" is June 21 but you can order the CD or the digital album at Borealis Records right now!

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Shari Ulrich
Communication is everything... no wait... LOVE is everything!

I’m always in awe of how much havoc frozen water can wreak on our fussy little world - which, let’s face it, completely revolves around roads and cars. If we were still getting around with snowshoes and horses in the winter, it wouldn’t be so newsworthy! Though the inconveniences are consuming (my last week’s 5 hour flight to Montreal turning into 28 hours including 9 hours on the plane, an overnight in Quebec City and a train to Montreal) I still celebrate that Nature Rules - that snowflakes can bring everything to a halt. Yeah!

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Julia Graff
Look out 2019

If you only knew how often I think of writing you. But the sense of obligation to be deep and entertaining leads to protracted procrastination. My forte. Ironic that "pro" would be in any way involved in those words. 

I can't even begin to do a recap of the year. Describing my own activities seems inappropriate given the daily Gong Show just south of us and the chaos beyond. We're all a bit anxious - cocooning into our lives, families, entertainment, whatever it takes to put one foot in front of the other and find meaning and a sense of connection to one another. For others it's triggering the kind of crazy that happens when kids feel like there's no adult in charge. Four years has never gone by so slowly. 

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Shari Ulrich