Today I learned that Fram oil filters cost 3x more than these generic ones made by the exact same company, just without orange paint and a grippy thing (which apparently does help get them off). Next Friday, March 22, you can hear back yard Corktown tunnel mechanical pearls such as this when me, Matty Simpson and Justine Fischer do up some trio styles opening action at This Ain't Hollywood. Tom Youngsteen headlines.

AuthorSarah Beatty

Thrilled to be offering a 4-week Intro to Songwriting Workshop under the Mental Health Rights Coalition / Sitelines / Community Arts / Centre[3] banner starting in February.

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Check out the new video that Peter Horvat and I put together with the help of our good friends at Electric Mango Film Company! Thanks to FACTOR for cash to help make this video happen, and to Sean Lovering for direction, Zach Shultz for 2nd camera work, and John Challinor for Tech and Mixing.

Come to both! Early time slot at Share the Warmth and then tucked in for the rest of the evening at The Rock on Lock.

Keep Shawn rolling in Burlington, ON. Shawn Brush, aka The Crooked Cowboy needs a new set of wheels…so he’s having a party of course!

Come and celebrate with us as we get weird in Hamilton in support of nature conservation….

I'm home from tour and excited to announce a super cool development that happened after playing Moccasin Creek Festival down in Effingham, IL. Kaycie, one of the the Hatha Sisters Podcast hosts sent me a note with all kind of cool positivity and interest in using one of Bandit's Queen's song as the intro theme song to their podcast. With prolonged email responses only tour can produce, we got it allll sorted out. Check it out, have a listen!

It seems the whole continent is in turmoil. The populous doesn't know what to make of pipelines, politicians, or p's and q's. Strange days it seems, and perhaps a perfect (or a horrible) time to meet with the people. Depends on how you see things, I guess. Lots of festivals and indoor venues. House concerts too. Hopefully the fires won't be bad this year and close down the roads. Hard lessons, experiential wisdoms, and some good time gathering. That's what I'm hoping for and bringing along with me. And if you're lucky enough to live in Canada, lead guitar extraordinaire, Peter Horvat, is on the summertime bill. See you soon! (and shows being added)

6.14 - Boulder Coffee / Rochester, NY

6.16 - Private Event / Port Leyden, NY

6.18 - Wilbert's Food & Music / Cleveland, OH

6.21 - Mocassin Creek Festival / Effingham, IL

6.27 - Junkyard Brewing / Fargo, ND

6.28 - House Concert / Bismarck, ND

6.29 - Souris River Brewing / Minot, ND

6.30 - Back Alley Pub / Great Falls, MT

7.01 - Wild Joe's Coffee House / Bozeman, MT

7.06 - Pembina River Nights Festival / Rangeton Park, AB

7.07 - Cask & Barrel / Edmonton, AB

7.08 - Koi / Calgary, AB

7.10 - Revelstoke Summer Street Fest / Revelstoke, BC

7.11 - The Royal / Nelson, BC

7.12 - Kaslo Hotel / Kaslo, BC

7.13 - Mile Zero / Penticton, BC

7.19 - Performance in the Park / Williams Lake, BC

7.20 - Black's Pub / Whistler, BC

7.21 - Crystal Lounge / Whistler, BC

7.22 - Whistler Farmers Mkt / Whistler, BC

7.26 - Parksville Beach Gazebo / Parksville, BC

7.26 - Nanaimo Pub / Nanaimo, BC

7.27 - Lasqueti Island Pub / Lasqueti Island, BC

7.28 - 39 Days in July Festival / Duncan, BC

7.28 - Spiral Café (7pm) / Victoria, BC

7.29 - Café Deux Soleils / Vancouver, BC

7.31 - Dream Café / Penticton, BC

8.01 - Horsethief Pub / Radium Hot Springs, BC

8.03 - Artswells Festival / Wells, BC

8.08 - Nancy O's / Prince George, BC

8.09 - Rolla Pub / Rolla, BC

8.10 - MOM Festival / Fort St James, BC

8.12 - Peny Bryn Farm (7PM) / Quesnel, BC

8.14 - Performance in the Park / Chase, BC

8.15 - Good Earth Coffeehouse / Canmore, AB

8.16 - Thirsty Bear / Waterton, AB

8.17 - The Brickhouse / Fernie, BC

8.18 - Bruno's  / Banff, AB


Be a fly on the wall as Ric Taylor and I talk about my Jack Richardson London Music Award, Cambridge Analytica and why all that is about more than just personal data, songs, intellectual property, and how I have trouble thinking four steps ahead. 

With remarkably talented guitar virtuoso Peter Horvat, I'll be playing in one of my favourite cities, Vienna, AT. This city is 3D in everyway. Palaces, classical music and stunning architecture are in bountiful supply, but hidden in this cities corners and crannies are surprises of the not so obvious variety. Love spending time in this city and seeing/hearing/tasting/meeting its shadows and bountiful delights.  

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I met Bet Smith a few years ago and got to see her play at the Moonshine Cafe when I was organizing Songbirds, a really cool lady songwriter showcase that's still happening via some excellent organizing in Oakville. It's been a while since Bet and I got to do a show together, and I couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this EP release. If you're in the neighborhood, come on over! 

Sawdust City Brewery, Gravenhurst, ON, 8PM. Email if more information is required!


I'm fascinated by cliches. They're an interesting phenomenon. Part truth, part fiction, but so wholly familiar they get taken for granted and employed in a multitude of misappropriated ways. "You gotta sell yourself' is one of the latest cliches I've been fascinated by. 

Taking a look at this one, apparently, the market won't value you if you aren't saleable. Gah. Horrible stuff to be imparting as shared colloquial wisdom. As matter of fact. If you spend enough time feeling like your only value is determined by the marketplace, pretty soon you get a sense, conscious or not, that dancing bears and various forms of self- and other- objectification are on the horizon.

And the thing is: what about people who very literally sell them selves? Some versions of selling ones self are more dignity losing than others, but isn't it all slightly chipping away at something that we're supposed to inherently be, regardless of market value? Those who can't sell themselves, or don't sell themselves enough aren't worth anything apparently. Those who are better able to sell, are worth more. But are they really? Infants sell youth, charisma, beauty, and possibility - regardless of their general life ineptitude. Old people are the knowledge and wisdom keepers, but if the wisdom we value points to selling and not to knowledge and experience, then we're back where we started. Who started this anyway?? I'd hypothesize it was probably a merchant who saw great power in markets and money. And that's probably vastly different than most folks who throw this little pearl around.

AuthorSarah Beatty