The two shows this weekend were one of a kind!
On Friday night, we played to a full room in an old school house. We ditched the microphone because of how beautiful the acoustics of the room were! The lovely folks in Elgin County always make it out to hear live music, but everyone I talked to felt this concert was special. The room was warm, and full of love.
Saturday night was the London show at Brown & Dickson bookstore! They have just moved into a larger location, which is perfect for concerts and art events! Wax Mannequin had us all play ‘German Basketball’ during his set, and the crowd was highly receptive to the content I was presenting. This was my first time playing in London, and I look forward to returning.
There are still more shows on the Resilience Tour coming up!
Wednesday- Peterborough at The Garnet w/ Wax Mannequin and People You Meet Outside Of Bars
Friday- Kingston at Musiiki Cafe w/ Wax Mannequin
Saturday- Ottawa at Bar Robo w/ Christine Jackel
May is sexual assault awareness month, but we should never stop challenging the systems that allow rape culture to thrive. Here are 4 reasons why the Resilience EP and the songs that will follow are important to me and my story of assault and harassment.
1. I was sexually harassed by the principal’s son for two and a half years in high-school. There were many bystanders who observed his constant abuse. After four meetings with the administration, he finally stopped.
2. I have been sexually harassed and victimized by an adult man in my community for two years. He is a known predator, and he makes me feel unsafe.
3. When seeking help through the police and courts, I have been victim blamed and re-traumatized. Though I have sought out justice, none has been found through the Canadian justice system.
4. I was sexually assaulted last summer, and because of my prior experiences with the police I did not report. Being not believed is the worst feeling I have had in my life.
Because of this culmination of experiences and other times being victimized in between, I have used music as a method of self expression and healing. This is just a sampling of the sexism I have encountered. These songs are based on my lived experiences, and they speak to the realities other people face. These stories are not unique. That needs to change.
You can support me and help to get the word out by listening to the EP, watching the music video and sharing them both with your friends.
I’m simply overwhelmed by the love that was in the room. Wax Mannequin played a theatrical set, and I’ve never felt so at home on a stage. The audience was warm, attentive and communicative. I wish I had time to visit with everyone properly. Thank you to everyone who came out and connected with me.
For the next leg of the Resilience Tour, Wax Mannequin and I will be performing at the Eagle Community Centre on Friday night, and the Brown & Dickson Bookstore in London Saturday evening. I’m looking forward to connecting with old friend in these communities and forming new connections!
Aesthetic Magazine premiered the Resilience music video!
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After much anticipation, the Resilience EP is finally being released into the world with a music video for the title track. I will also be performing with Wax Mannequin tomorrow night from 6-8 at Burdock in Toronto to celebrate! I’ll be bringing new merch, the consent pants, and some new songs to boot!
At the end of this February, Kadee McFarlane filmed me shaving my head for the music video. It was a fun but emotional experience, I felt like I was shedding off the layers of things people have tried to make me into. I was reclaiming my identity. Having a shaved head was liberating in ways I wasn’t expecting. Every pimple that I had was put on display, and I couldn’t hide behind my hair. My face was suddenly front and centre, and I was exposed. I decided to embrace this new experience as a time of empowerment.
In the past few months, I’ve felt the most feminine, powerful, and sexy that I’ve felt in my lifetime! Right now my hair has grown into a long buzz cut, but I’m having fun with it at every stage of development! I’ve learned many lessons, one of which is that I am not my hair. My beauty radiates from my spirit, outwards! My joy and openness are what truly make me beautiful and gorgeous.
“Saffron A is delightful, powerful, and rivetingly communicates her ever personal struggles”
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