New CD, upcoming music studies, Gabriella Ferri

Diem has started doing pre-production on a new CD. She is working with Bryant Didier and a lot of A List session players – for a sneak preview of one of the songs, “How many Times?” check out her Video page! It’s video # 3 and video #4 is a really hot version of “Where Are All the Children?”

Both songs were recorded at the Socialist May Day Celebration at the Free Times Café on Saturday, May 2nd.

Diem is lining up and hoping for some grant money to study vocals and guitar so she can kick it all up a few notches! She’s also seeking to do some co-writing with a few people – yet to be named. She’s also working on getting to Rome to study the repertoire of Gabriella Ferri – who many folks in the know say Diem reminds them of: revolutionary big voiced plain talking powerful woman!!!!

New CD & lots of other news

Dear Friends – lots of news. So much, infact, I’m too busy to focus on news – just catch me at my regular Sunday Outpost Coffee Roaster’s Totally Acoustic Gig – www.outpostcoffee.com or I’m turning my news into songs and poems!

Decolonizing the Heart – Workshop

“Working from the scar not the wound” – Dianah Smith

Saturday, May 10th – 12:45 – 5:00 p.m. Hosted by Beit Zatoun 612 Markham St. [1 west of Bathurst, south of Bloor]. Suggested $25.00 or PWYC                                                                      More info: http://beitzatoun.org?s=decolonizing+the+heart
To reserve a spot: mamadhorizondancer@gmail.com

 

Mother Nature’s Cold Shoulder

I imagine the creator creating Mother Nature and sadly watching as her daughter – the earth – climbs out of bed once again to deal with the crumbs of ignorance. At first she picks one or two out. Then she swipes the sheets a few times. Eventually for awhile she is regularly shaking the sheets.  Then she changes them. Next she then flips the mattress. She has done all this and still we are here and not getting her message. And now we are getting the cold shoulder on the great turtle while she rages with fever on other parts of her beautiful abused body.

…. great spirits come… the rivers rise the mountains fall… we are all connected….

From In From The Cold, Track 13 on BEAUTY AND HARD TIMES

My guitar was STOLEN!

dark-hallows-03-10200701978 Larivee “Signature L”. Clear pick guard. Gold heads. Rosewood back and sides with aged deep bronze spruce top. Sounds super sweet and is. Internal electronics – B & K pin-head mic and customised McIntyre pick-up. Extra fat plug in jack hole – for customized cable. 1 little crack beside midpoint joint on front. The guitar is numerous pictures of me with it.

Also stolen:
AKG C535 [D5] vocal mic – was in case;
Radial JDI Passive Direct Box by Jensen – like new – was in bubble packing;
customised cable with 1 1/4 inch out split to 1/4 inch to DI and XLR cable;
Tric guitar case with with grey canvas cover – like new;
Intellitouch tuner – the hi-end good one

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Nomination

I have had the honour of being nominated Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards! The awards are in Calgary.

My friend Nathan Prier has begun an Indiegogo campaign for me to raise the funds to get there.

I hope you can assist me – this is a big deal in anyone’s career.

Please be so kind as to pass this around and help me get there.

Peace and love, Diem

This is the link.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-send-mama-d-to-the-canadian-folk-music-awards-2013/x/2460280?show_todos=true