Skip to content

Thank you for supporting Bare Bones and Up Front: 8 Weeks of Indie Music Showcases

April 13, 2014

I can’t believe the first ever Bare Bones & Up Front is done!

Thank you to all who ventured up to the Toronto Centre for the Arts to take in one of the 8 evenings of Bare Bones & Up Front. Many of you even came out to more than one, which speaks to the quality and variety of the intimate music performances we crafted.

In co-creating/producing/curating this series, I was constantly reminded of, and struck by the power that positive momentum and a solid team can provide. My co-conspirators Lanrick Bennett Jr., and Elana Harte are amazing people that I am so proud to work with, and call friends. When we were in the early stages of conception of Bare Bones & Up Front (before we even named it), I knew that no matter what happened, we were building something important to our community of musicians, and music lovers – something bigger than we could do alone. This project was a joy. We are all so happy to have shared the talents of some amazing Toronto musicians and songwriters with you.

Thank you Kristin Sweetland, Paul Reddick, Arlene Bishop, Elana Harte, Sarah BurtonRehan Dalal, Wendell Ferguson, Fergus Hambleton, Tim Bovaconti, Patrick Ballantyne, Meredith Shaw, Melanie Brulee, Julian Taylor, Blair Packham, and LINDY. And thanks also to your band mates, and to mine - Mike Costantino.

We couldn’t have done it without you all and we loved listening to you. :)

Thanks also to the Toronto Centre for the Arts for presenting the series, and the staff who helped support the shows whether by back office finance and design help, or working the bar, or as ushers. And thank you Blair Packham & Bob Reid of In The Studio on CFRB 1010, and Errol Nazareth and the Toronto Sun for helping us get the word out.

It is our hope that with the continued support from music loving folks like you – this series will continue to live and grow. Please keep up to date and in touch with us by visiting the Bare Bones & Up Front facebook page:

Thanks again to you all. We had a great time with you these last 8 weeks!


gigs – cds – mp3s – news – blog

Bare Bones and Up Front – Wednesday March 5th 2014 – Sarah Burton, Kim Jarrett

February 17, 2014

Join Sarah Burton & myself for a night of music as part of the Bare Bones & Up Front Indie Music Series at The Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Sarah Burton & Kim Jarrett
The Toronto Centre for the Arts – Gallery Theatre
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON M2N 6R8
March 5th, 2014
$20 at ticketmaster or the door


Introducing… Bare Bones and Up Front: 8 Weeks of Indie Music Showcases

January 20, 2014

So exciting to be a part of this new indie music series, presented by The Toronto Centre for the Arts!

Bare Bones and Up Front

Click the image above, or here to purchase tickets from

Bare Bones & Up Front is an 8 week indie music showcase that will feature some of Toronto’s best talent, stripped down to the essence of their songs.  Beginning Wednesday nights on February 19, you will be able to experience 2 different artists.

More information is online at:

Like Bare Bones & Up Front on facebook: - and visit the “Contest” tab for your chance to win tickets to all 8 dates!

Another Year Older… A Birthday Wish

November 20, 2013

Times flies. People say this all the time. Some people feel it more than others. I’m feeling it very strongly these days. Mostly because being a December baby, I get hit with a double dose of reflectivity – the year end in general, and my own personal year end. I used to find it depressing. Luckily, for the last decade or so I’ve felt pretty satisfied at the end of each year. I guess that comes with knowing what you want, and doing it. And maybe, just getting older in itself helps.

So, as I approach my 39th birthday (!) I’m sitting here thinking I should do something special to mark the occasion. It’s not the big 4-0 yet, but I think 39 is a good number. Not too old, not too young. Experienced and a bit more cynical perhaps, but still hopeful and excited about, well – *some* things… ;) See – there’s that cynicism.

Often people ask me what I would like for my birthday. I normally don’t want anything aside from hanging out with friends and family but this year I *do* want something, and I’m asking for it. For those of you who have read my blog before, you’ve no doubt noticed that some posts are videos of songs that I write with Elana Harte in her kitchen. We write them in a few hours, then we post them that same session. It’s a ton of fun and we’ve written quite a number of tunes together over the last few years. I believe 16 is the current count, although we only started videoing them recently.

So – what do I want for my birthday, then? I would love, love, love for you to reserve a seat (or two!) to come see Elana & I play some of these songs, among others, at the very beautiful and intimate downtown Toronto listening room – Musideum. The show isn’t until Saturday, January 18th, 2014 so it won’t interfere with your busy holiday plans. And – I would love you even more than I already do.

Please click the link below and make my birthday dreams come true!

Thanks as always – I look forward to seeing you in 2014!

gigs – cds – mp3s – news – blog

Songwriting Video Demo – October

November 1, 2013

Yay! Elana Harte and I wrote another one!

So much fun. :)

gigs – cds – mp3s – news – blog

Songwriting Video Demo – July

July 23, 2013

Sharing a song Elana Harte and I wrote yesterday -

Hope you enjoy!

gigs – cds – mp3s – news – blog


June 26, 2013

Things in my life recently have got me to thinking about what “success” is.

It’s easy to try to define it in terms of money, and power, but is that *really* what it is?

liftarn_Smash_capitalismI used to think that success meant a lot of money. Like a ton of it. I no longer define it in terms of money at all. In my “older” age, I’ve come to realize that money doesn’t mean what it used to mean to me. It’s only a tool to provide access to opportunities. Of course, a lot of money makes all of that easier, but not having a lot of money isn’t a deterrent in itself. Also – the more money you have, the more you tend to spend – unless you actually use a budget and stick to it – which I do, by the way. Obsessively, in fact, but that’s another post!

When I was a teenager, trying to decide what to “do with my life” in terms of a career, I avoided the idea of music. Mostly because I wasn’t aware of the multitude of career paths in that industry, and because I was still relatively uncomfortable performing in public. Also, as a female who excelled in math and science, I was pushed (er, gently nudged?) onto a path around careers like that from teachers, and well, everyone. The only thing I knew, was that I couldn’t picture myself in a day-to-day, 9-5 role in any capacity. I couldn’t picture the house and the cars and the kids. When I thought of my future – I saw – nothing.

I won’t get into the details of my life between the ages of 18 and 25ish in this post, but, during that time, I attempted to follow a more standard path to “success”, and failed quite miserably. Miserably being the operative word. Maybe this happens to everyone in early adulthood – I mean, how else do you discover who you are and what you want? I know I’ve had even more challenging situations in my life since then, but they haven’t seemed as difficult. I can only assume this is because I am living my life more in line with my values, and my own definitions of success, because I know it’s not about money (or often, lack thereof, in my case).

Do I have a point to this post? I think so. I’m reminding myself that it’s all good. I make choices based on myself. Not on others, and especially not on the expectations of others. I love where I live (my city, and my apartment). I love my life partner. I love even more that he’s my musical partner, too. I love my jobs. I go to sleep happy. I sleep very well. I haven’t found myself grinding my teeth in almost a decade. I wake up happy. I’m happy throughout the day, and throughout all the trying circumstances that life throws at me. I’m grateful for all of the challenges, and the opportunities that friends, family, and strangers have given me. I have more than most of the world. I have enough.

This is joy! This is life! THIS IS SUCCESS!crotchet-dot-black-happy

How do you define success? Do you have enough? Please let me know in the comments!

gigs – cds – mp3s – news – blog


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,173 other followers

%d bloggers like this: