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MEASHA joins Chris Hadfield, Emily Haines, Gord Downie, Ron Sexsmith in tribute to Lou Reed!

singing "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed

I had the most incredible time last night. In addition to being able to sing “Perfect Day” with Kevin Hearn and the rest of Lou Reed’s band, I believe this was an incredible night of collaboration. The compositions of Lou Reed were like a perfume in the air, enveloping us all in celebration of his awesomeness. Happy Birthday, Lou.

Lou Reed would have been 72 on Sunday.

CBC Music has photo and video highlights here:

Lou Reed CBC Music Tribute

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Ontario recital tour starts tonight!

Tonight, my pal Topher Mokrzewski & I embark on a 10-date Ontario recital tour. Expect a sweet mix of tunes from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington and Brahms. Tickets are still available for some shows, so please visit the Schedule page for ticket links and come and say hi!

Feb 18 – CHATHAM, ON (Chatham Capitol Theatre)
Feb 20 – BURLINGTON, ON (Burlington Performing Arts Centre)
Feb 22 – WELLAND, ON (Dr. J.M. Ennis Auditorium)
Feb 24 – KITCHENER, ON (Centre in the Square)
Feb 26 – ST CATHARINES, ON (Brock U. Centre for the Arts)
Feb 28 – KINGSTON, ON (Grand Theatre)
Mar 2 – ORILLIA, ON (Orillia Opera House)
Mar 4 – GUELPH, ON (River Run Centre)
Mar 6 – SARNIA, ON (Imperial Theatre)
Mar 8 – MARKHAM, ON (Markham Theatre)

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Porgy and Bess with Opera de Montreal

Première ce soir de Porgy and Bess à l’Opéra de Montréal. Autant j’ai super hâte de chanter Bess.. Autant j’ai le trac! Croisez-vous les doigts que je n’oublie pas où aller ni quand. Mot de Cambronne à tous mes super collègues !

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It’s opening night of Porgy and Bess tonight with Opera de Montreal. I’m extremely excited to be singing the role of Bess…but also quite terrified. Keep your fingers crossed that I’ll remember where to go and when. Ha! Toi toi toi to the rest of my amazing colleagues in this production!

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This Just in!!

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Just a thought

“I think when you’ve done anything for a long time,you’re always seeking for ways to re-engage in a process which is rewardingly familiar, but also challenging to keep fresh.I would have been a singer whether I’d set out to be an classical singer, a beat poet, or a town crier. The use of the body as a sounding board has always fascinate me – particularly when it’s put to good use for inspiration, philosophical or spiritual communication, or as an instrument for protest and change. I just wanna be firing on all cylinders – and then take apart those cylinders, dissect them, re-invent them, and then fire’m again! Ha! (And whew.)” -Measha

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International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!!! Today, I Skyped with my mom and two of my favourite-est girlfriends have come to join me in Montreal for a sleepover. One thing I wished I’d mentioned in this interview (link below) is the importance, nay necessity, of surrounding yourself with inspirational influences. Is there someone you admire? Is there someone whose planet you’d love to orbit? Well, on this most important day where we celebrate and educate, reach out to that lucky person and expand your world!

Click here to read the interview

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Whole To My Half

This music video was a delight to make. It represents some lovely “firsts”: the first song I co-wrote, the first time Shepherd appears on camera (he totally nails it:-)), the first time David Myles’ daughter, Maria, appears on screen (an equally star-worthy performance), and both of our debuts onscreen as parents! This video will forever serve as the bar for authenticity because we’re being filmed with our own babies!

I thought we should release the video during a time of year that sees so many families together. But I also hope it serves as a bonafide pick-me-up to those whose holiday might not be so bright. It’s jam-packed with wall-to-wall baby cuteness!! Please enjoy and share.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Much love,

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Christmas FanFair Concert

Well, it finally happened!  Someone gave me a conductors baton and put me in front of an orchestra.  The culprits were the National Arts Center Orchestra and it was for such a good cause, how could I resist?  Plentiful donations were given to the Snowsuit Fund and The Food Bank by the generous crowd that attended the concert this past Sunday afternoon.  I wish them, and all of you, a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays.

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Festival On Ice

I can scratch something off my bucket list: I GOT TO SING IN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON ICE.

Kurt Browning, Elvis Stoiko, Jeffrey Buttle! There was no shortage of awesomeness in St John’s, Nfld a few weeks ago when we taped Holiday Festival On Ice in front of a crowd so enthusiastic that you knew, you just HAD to be in Newfoundland. So please tune it to see it TONIGHT on CBC (I don’t think I stop smiling through the whole thing.)

Holiday Festival on Ice
December 12th 8:00 pm EST / 8:30 pm NFLD
On CBC Television

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Measha presenting at the Giller prize

Hugely excited to be a presenter at the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Truth be told, it’s one of my very favourite happenings because it’s always SUCH an insane mix of people (picture Gorden Pinsent next to Jacob Hoggard next to Michael Ondaatje) and everyone is having a good ol’ sloshy, Canadian time. Not that I’ve ever been, but I kinda see it as our version of the Golden Globes: there’s a meal, there’s booze, there’s friendly betting…;-). And ALL in justifiable celebration of glorious CanLit. I honestly can’t wait.

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