The show in Peterborough was a challenge, but People You Meet Outside Of Bars and I won the night! Unfortunately, Wax Mannequin was sick and unable to attend this show but we carried on and made a great night. There were moments of excitement, and moments of complete silence.
Kingston has been very good to me. Firstly, I did an interview with Kingstonist which was put into print, and I had my first ever TV interview on CKWS! It was a thrilling experience. Wax Mannequin and I had a lively, high energy concert at Musiiki. The crowd was a diverse mix of folks who were highly attentive.
Ottawa was sweet. My family came out and showed support for my music, and Christine Jackel. I did a radio interview with CKCU earlier in the week which set a good tone for the evening. Also, my song No Words was debuted on CBC’s show Big City Small World on this same day!
Touring is a wild ride. The Resilience EP and music video are over 2 weeks old now. I have no thanks great enough for the people who have housed me, befriended me, and come out to the shows. I appreciate all of you.
Next stop, Montreal! Joelle, Ameenah and I will be bringing our energy to the Brasserie Beaubiens stage on Thursday night.
Poster designed by Joelle Villeneuve
“Saffron A maximizes issues that matter”
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“Saffron A is quite blunt about many things, including her experiences as a young woman in the music business”
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“Frankly, Saffron A delivers a truly affecting performance that’ll rattle you to your core”
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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.