Katherine Wheatley

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Suzie Vinnick, Wendell Ferguson and me...on our N. Ontario tour.

Hi Everyone.  Here's what Suzie and Wendell and I looked like before heading out on tour.   Smiling.

And here we are, still smiling, in front of the "Welcome to Manitouwadge" sign.  Or should I say "Bienvenue."  About half the population of these Northern Ontario towns is francophone.

We played in Geraldton last night.  Heading to Atikokan today - the town that doesn't do the time change.  We're confused as to whose time they'll be on.  Hopefully we'll make it to the gig on time.  We're stopping at The Missing Horse Restaurant on the way.  South side of Highway 17, just east of Thunder Bay.  One of our favourite restaurants in the whole country.

Hope you are all well.


Sunday, November 08, 2009

We'll be covering the north like snow!

Hello Folks,

It's 7:15 am.  In about 90 minutes, I'm leaving for Sault Ste Marie - 8.5 hours from here - with Suzie Vinnick and Wendell Ferguson.  Then tomorrow, we drive to Manitouwadge.  Have you heard of it?  It is at the end of the line.  Seriously.  You turn just east of the Hemlow Gold Mines.  Manitouwadge has its' own beautiful drive off the trans Canada - lined with black spruce that are covered with black beard-like moss or lichen.  Hmmm? 

We're playing in Manitouwadge - at the nifty new high school auditorium.  Then we go to Geraldton, Atikokan, Fort Frances, Sioux Lookout, Thunder Bay, Goulais River.  I'm bringing raw vegetables, boggle, scrabble, a box of trivial pursuit cards and about a dozen half-finished cryptic crosswords.  Wendell's bringing 12 hours of music on his ipod as well as facts and jokes he's dug up about Northern Ontario.  He'll be teasing and quizzing the audience.  Suzie is bringing all the things we need to get there and stay organized...an SUV, CD sales sheets, addresses, phone numbers.

If you know someone in one of these offbeat places in NW Ontario, please let them know about the show.  And tell them to say "HI".  And if you happen to live in one of these stunning places, please join us.  And again, please don't hesitate to say "HI".

Take good care, Katherine