fall fun: Marvest & Shanghai

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Scary Bear Soundtrack at Marvest (photo by M. Curley)

So much gratitude for our Marvest show last night!
A huge thank you to: CityFolk for making this show happen; Indie City Madness for hosting the show; the ever-patient Arrow & Loon Pub staff for navigating the crowd; our fellow musicians Fire Antlers & Okies for creating a kick-ass musical sandwich lineup of a night; media folks CBC All in a Day, Ottawa CitizenSpotlight Ottawa and others for promoting our music; and most of all, all of our friends and fans who supported us!

The Ottawa Citizen newspaper listed our show in its top 5 Marvest picks last week. Spotlight Ottawa did a feature on us as well – read the interview here!

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Scary Bear Soundtrack @ Marvest (photo by Le Meow Music)

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Scary Bear Soundtrack @ Marvest (photo by Trevor Greenway courtesty of Twitter)


Catch us again soon with our full lineup (AND PUPPETS) on October 20!

return to shanghai: NITE OUT IN CHINATOWN
with the Fays featuring China Doll and puppetry by the Abstractions
Friday, October 20, 2017
Shanghai Restaurant, 651 Somerset St W, Ottawa | Doors at 8PM | $10
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Marvest!

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Exciting news! We’re playing a free show as part of Ottawa CityFolk’s Marvest. We’ll be performing as a three piece and bringing back some old songs in new multi-lingual forms and also featuring new songs that we’re recording for our next album!

MARVEST (Ottawa CityFolk)
Friday, September 15, 2017, 10PM
Arrow & Loon Pub, 99 Fifth Ave, Ottawa, FREE
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In other news, we’re stoked to be a part of Ottawa Showbox‘s five year anniversary compilation album! Little known fact: we were one of Ottawa Showbox’s first music reviews!  Check it out here.

Hope you’ve all had an adventurous summer! More exciting fall news to come.

#SummerOfAwesome

IMG_0289We had an absolute blast at the Folk on the Rocks music festival in Yellowknife. Thanks so much to the festival staff for your fantastic hospitality!

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band pit stop in…Rankin Inlet, Nunavut!

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We’ve got a few more shows lined up to announce soon, but make sure you check out this special solo performance by Gloria next week, featuring special guest Avid Napper! That’s right, the Avid Napper! We’ll be playing some classic tracks off the Longest Night album, plus some new tunes!

Inspiration Village presents
Solo synth set with special guest Avid Napper
Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 5:30-7:30PM
Inspiration Village, York Street, Byward Market, Ottawa

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Shot in the Dark

Presenting the brand new video for our single Asian Fetishist – thanks Shot in the Dark for the fun film shoot!

Also, a huge thanks to Grayowl Point for writing a piece about our single Asian Fetishist! Check out the write-up here.

Besides releasing the new single, we’ve been busy playing shows and teaching/running Ottawa Rock Camp for Women. We’re also looking forward to playing Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife!

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Finally, we’re excited to announce another new upcoming show for the summer:

Inspiration Village presents
Solo synth set with special guests TBA
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 5:30-7:30PM
Inspiration Village, York Street, Byward Market, Ottawa

Our single Asian Fetishist

New twee pop tunes just in time for Asian Heritage Month!

Years ago, I recorded a demo of this song using only the gear I had available in my little flat in Windhoek, Namibia. As fun as it was to write songs using children’s toy keyboards and cheap guitars – and we even made an adorable video for it! – it was high time to do a proper recording of one of our favourite songs to play. Huge thanks for Mike Kuehn for the recording. You can read the lyrics here. Don’t forget to buy the track on Bandcamp! Hooray for Asian Heritage Month (down with racism).

The great folks from Shot in the Dark filmed us performing the song – stay tuned for the video!
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Catch us performing Asian Fetishist at Ottawa Race Weekend this Saturday!

Asian Heritage Month

2017-05-18 Hosting Ladies First for Asian Heritage Month

We’ve been so busy for Asian Heritage Month! We had the pleasure of guest hosting one of our favourite radio shows Ladies First on CHUO FM last Thursday, sharing our playlist of some of our favourite acts featuring female musicians of Asian descent:

1. Mitski, Puberty 2, “Your American Girl”
2. Belle Game, Ritual Tradition Habit, “River” (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
3. Japanese Breakfast Pschyopomp, “Everybody Wants to Love You”
4. Leejonghyun, Let’s Go to My Star, “Gx-339-4”
5. Ark Analog, Dirty Power, “Make Me A Mirror” (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
6. LAL, Find Safety, “Tiny Mirrors” (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
7. Novusolis, MEGAPHONO Volume Ten by Various Artists, “Halcyon Sky” (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
8. No Mistakes in Space, Live at Wolf Lake Studio, “Sometimes” (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
9. Janice Jo Lee, Sing Hey, “All The Times You Were Silent” (Kitchner, Ontario, Canada)
10. King Kimbit, Songs For A Boy “Cigarettes” (Gloria Remix) (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
11. (did you catch the sneak peek of our upcoming single?)

And the collaboration with the Asian-Canadian arts community continues! I’ll be playing a special solo set at Shanghai Restaurant on Friday, June 2. Come check out this fundraiser hosted by China Doll for the web series Past Redemption, also featuring our buddies May-Jun Li and Jumpin Joel Flash & The Magic Machine. You can get tickets in advance ($10) from Shanghai Restaurant, by calling 613-233-4001, or by writing to actor/producer Peter at pchow46@gmail.com. Check out the event here.

Past Redemption fundraiser
solo set with Jumpin Joel Flash and May-Jun Li
Friday, June 2, 2017, 6PM
Shanghai Restaurant, 651 Somerset Street, Ottawa
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it’s going to be a great summer

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Folks, we’re so stoked about how fantastic this summer is going to be.  We’re playing Ottawa Race Weekend. Yup, we’re going to play the Festival Plaza stage and then immediately afterwards Gloria’s running the 10k race. Tiffanie will also be doing the half marathon the next day. Come hang out with us for some pre-race fun at the Ottawa Race Weekend!

Ottawa Race Weekend
with Whitehorse and special guests
Saturday May 28, 2017
Festival Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W

May is Asian Heritage Month, so we’ve got a few treats coming soon. We’ll be releasing a new topical single this month, and shooting a video for it at the Shot in the Dark sessions. On Thursday, May 25, we’re guest-hosting an episode of our favourite radio show, Ladies First, featuring our favourite female musicians of Asian descent. We also wrote a special piece for Asian Heritage Month in Ottawa Beat, so keep your eye out for the next issue!

Oh and we had a lot of fun at JUNOfest! Check out some of the photos that Ming Wu took here

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more! show! announcements!

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We had a great time on Sunday playing at the “Canadian Women’s Songbook – Women and the JUNOs” song circle. We enjoyed hanging out with other fantastic female musicians, and it was pretty cool performing an Alanis Morissette cover in a church! Thanks, Muse Collective, for setting this up!

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AND NOW WE CAN FINALLY TELL YOU ABOUT SOME OF OUR OTHER AMAZING SHOWS COMING UP!

CBC MUSIC presents: JUNOfest ’17 – Weaves | Partner | Thrifty Kids | Scary Bear Soundtrack 
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9PM
House of Targ, 1077 Bank Street, Ottawa, $12
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Folk on the Rocks
with Shad, City and Colour, Jason Collett, Operators, the Pack A.D., & more
July 14-16, 2017
Long Lake, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
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Still more to come!

Hello 2017

2017 has been great to us so far! We played a sold out show for Megaphono Festival at Black Squirrel Books and even made the centrefold of Ottawa Beat newspaper!

Check out more photos from our Megaphono show here (Thanks Ming Wu)!

We’re sitting on some super exciting news that we can’t wait to announce…so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, Gloria and Dannik will be taking part in a very special SBS performance next week…come check it out!

Canadian Women’s Songbook: Women in the Junos
synths | loop pedal | drum machine set
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2PM-5PM
Trinity Anglican Church, 1230 Bank Street, Ottawa, $8 advance, $10 door/PWYC/no one turned away
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megaphono!

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If you pick up a copy of this month’s issue of your favourite local music newspaper Ottawa Beat, in the Megaphono section you’ll see a nice write-up about lil ol’ us!

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Speaking of Megaphono, will we see you at our show this Friday?

Megaphono presents: Bonnie Doon | Lonely Parade | Scary Bear Soundtrack
Friday, February 3, 2017, 21:00
Black Squirrel Books, 1073 Bank St, Ottawa, ON
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 Finally, Gloria’s dad shot a pretty good video of our last show at Zaphod’s: