Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014
Toronto, ON

Hello at long last,

And happy almost summertime! I know I've been a silent Sweetland for quite a while now... There is much to catch you up on. As the solstice nears on Saturday, I'm getting prepared for all my upcoming plans for the warm season. I have a few adventures in store with Captain Dirt & The Skirt, as well as some sweet solo sojourns.

First on my agenda is Fiesta Flamenca! my year-end flamenco dance recital with the amazing Esmeralda Enrique Academy of Spanish Dance. We've been working hard on our choreographies since September and I have butterflies of excitement just thinking about it. Not to mention I have my very first castanets solo and a beautiful new flamenco skirt I can't wait to show off for you. For more info about the performance on June 28th please visit the ASD website.

My next gig is a Canada Day party on July 1st at my favourite tiniest bar in Toronto, Not My Dog. Joining me for the soirée are dear friends Andy White and Maria Ryan. Because what better way to celebrate being Canadian than with a tall Irishman and a beautiful American? Hope to see you there.

Soon after that I'll be heading out to hook up with my musical gypsy road sister DarlenYa for some shows and shenanigans. We'll both be back to Toronto in time to rock the Cameron House with Captain Dirt & The Skirt and Dede and the Dreamers July 16th. That will be a show you definitely won't want to miss!

And I'm very much looking forward to Captain Dirt & The Skirt's performance at Blue Skies Music Festival this year. That festival is a truly magical place and I can't wait to behold its glory once more. We're on the mainstage Friday, August 1st at 9:30 pm.

After Blue Skies I head East on the train via the VIA Rail Artists On Board program. I'm riding the rails from Montreal to Halifax and back again. In between I set sail for beautiful Newfoundland - a place I have yet to visit- on a seriously Sweetlandish adventure. I'll also be playing the Company House in Halifax on August 14th with local pal Jont.

Upon my return to Ontario I'll be pointing North for a big show in Lavigne, ON, with my magnificent Ladies In Waiting. For more details about all my upcoming performances please visit my tour page here.

And here's some news, is going to be getting a makeover soon! I have some exciting projects coming up over the rest of the year -both musically and photographically- and the new website will make it easier for me to share them with you. Stay tuned.

Speaking of photography, my latest Adventures In Sweetland self-portrait series is called Space and Time and features my recent fascination with Astrophotography. As we know, I've always been a space nerd, but I've really been getting into my studies lately. So keep your earthly eyeholes peeled for new Sweetlandish star photos and an article I'm writing about all my recent astronomical adventures... Coming soon.

Till then,


Self-portrait with Meteor.
At the Carr Astronomical Observatory near Thornbury, ON.
More Space and Time photos here.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10, 2014
Toronto, ON

Happy birthday to me. I'm waking up slowly and recovering from the raging party I threw at Casa Sweetlandia last night... Wish you were there. Amazing performances by Melanie Brûlée and the incredible Ventanas, with a serious dose of foot-stomping flamenco dancing in my living room. I am a lucky girl. Today will be mellow with coffees and manicures and a nice dinner at my favourite romantic restaurant in town -Julie's Cuban.

You will be hearing lots more from me in the coming weeks and months. I've got some grand touring plans and really exciting artistic projects coming up over the coming year... So stay tuned.

In the meantime a really great way to keep up with me is via my Instagram page. I try to post at least one magically Sweetlandish photo a day. And of course you can always tell what I'm up to via my eternal self-portrait series Adventures In Sweetland. My latest adventures seem to have taken me to a galaxy far far away... See for yourself in Space and Time.

I've also joined the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, so expect more tales of the Universe to follow soon.

One year wiser!

Thank you... Find more of my Instagram photos here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014
Toronto, ON

Springtime is an exciting time for Captain Dirt & The Skirt. We have lots of shows coming up including our April residency at the Cameron House in Toronto. Every week we'll be featuring a different special guest including: Annabelle Chvostek, Megan Lane, Ambre McLean and Katie DuTemple. And if you're up in Capital City hope to see you at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival on April 26th.

See you somewhere!


Friday, February 14, 2014

February 14, 2014
Toronto, ON

Happy Valentine's Day Lovers,

I hope this finds you all well and weathering the wild winter like troopers. I've been in hibernation mode here at Casa Sweetlandia working hard and writing up a storm. I've just finished an article for my brilliant pal Aurora Jane's new arts and culture website'll find within the tale of my recent Polar Adventures In Sweetland and accompanying photographic series. Plus artist interviews, delicious recipes and much more...

I'll be crawling out of my dark hole soon enough however for a big show on February 19th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (as part of their new Bare Bones and Upfront Indie Music Series.) Joining me on the bill for the evening is the handsome and talented Paul Reddick. Have a peek at the hilarious promo video the TCA shot with me here

Stay warm out there,


Hope to see you on February 19!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013
Toronto, ON

Hello My Pets,

I know I've been a delinquent blogger of late ... Please forgive me. It's not that there haven't been stories to tell (oh, so many.) But some, I suppose, I've decided to keep secret and others I will soon divulge in Sweetlandish story form.  These may or may not concern a dingo, a deep dark cave, a jewel-encrusted pony, a fancy magic trick, a walk in the woods, a pair of flamenco shoes, and my new book.

But for now I'm very excited to announce some upcoming shows, and our glorious musical plans for the future...

Captain Dirt & The Skirt are pairing up with Gregory Hoskins and Gary Craig later this month for two dynamic duo double-bill shows in Toronto (The Drake Underground) and London, Ontario (The London Music Club.)

For more dates, info and links, please visit my TOUR page. And stay tuned for even more Captain Dirt & The Skirt winter dates, and a big Canadian tour in the Spring.

We sure hope to see you there.

La Sweet
(The Skirt)

Monday, September 9, 2013

September 9, 2013
Toronto, ON

Our brand new beautiful Captain Dirt & The Skirt website is live!

Have a peek at

Dirt & Skirt

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013
Toronto, ON

Hello Summertime! The solstice bells will ring tonight at 1:04 am EDT, and I shall be there to pop the bubbly, and eat a celebratory strawberry. Or six.

It’s been a full double-fortnight since I last properly wrote – and for my silence, I apologize. A girl has to keep some of her secrets. But there are a couple grand tales I would love to tell … So get comfortable, gentle reader, and pour yourself a drink.

Once upon a time, in ye olden Italia, there lived a nice poet who was tragically banished from his beloved city and forced to flee to the lonely hills of somewhere-or-other. There he spent the remainder of his years wandering pouty-faced though the Italian countryside, mourning not only his home, but the woman he loved - who had both the effrontery to marry another man, and then also go and die.

Our hero found solace in writing, and his deep belief in the Spiritual realm. And thus, he decided go on a quest through the unforgiving Underworld, up yonder mountain of Purgatory, right to the shining resplendent garden of Paradise. Where apparently the girl was waiting for him with a hot outfit, and a cool refreshment.

I am indeed a great believer in the Joseph Campbell-esque “heroic journey.” This usually starts out with the Call to Adventure and soon beckons some form of Supernatural Aid. Welcome to my life. And as Dante journeyed with Virgil though the many shadowy layers of his unconscious, so have I been guided by dead poets and troubadours on my own hero's journey of late.

This week my Virgil has been a tall, charming Englishman named Jont. I met said pin-stripe suit wearing, often-barefoot, singing-songwriting, master of manifestation at the International Folk Alliance Conference in February. He breezed into town last week on tour from Halifax and together we threw a wicked house concert party at Casa Sweetlandia. It was truly a magnificent time, and may have to become a regular event. We feasted, lounged around the metaphorical pool, and enjoyed a fantastic artistic salon-style soirée of music and storytelling courtesy of: Jess McAvoy, Sarah Burton, Jory Nash, Evalyn Parry, Richard Flohil, Michael Wrycraft, Yours Sweetlandishly, and of course, Jont.

The most magical part of our adventure, I cannot even tell myself. For that, I must direct you to Jont’s blog. He did such a fine job of putting into words something of which I may never have spoken. But it’s too late now – It’s on the internet forever. You will need another drink for that one, I reckon.

And in other news…

The Captain Dirt & The Skirt CD release was a glorious success. A million thank-yous and sweet Sweetlandish kisses to all my beautiful Ladies In Waiting, the folks at Lula Lounge, and everyone who came out to the show. We love you! And there were also a couple photographers who took some great shots … Have a peek at these galleries by Sean Ryan and Levent Erutku.

The new CD&TS website is still under construction, but we’re getting close and can’t wait to unveil it soon in all its glory.

Ciao,  xo

Signorina Sweetlandia

They aren't quite Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise, but they'll do.
More photos here.