Oct 27,, 2019
The time between June and the end of Oct is always just a blur of travelling and gigs.
What a great Summer Season that was!
Capped off with a drive to Saskatoon for the biggest Quilt Show in Western Canada.
Things slow down a bit for the winter - my regular restaurants and lounges,, & some Seasonal gigs.
But also some down time to work on new material, and new guitar techniques.
So not really down time at all!
Come by a gig and say hello some time!
all the best!
June 21,, 2019
The summer is already ramping up for me - so happy to have booked new venues, and so many familiar ones.
Full time music is exactly that!
My work is playing the gigs - my hobby is finding and booking them.
I am all over the Lower Mainland, 2 trips to Vancouver Island and alas, could only fit one trip through the Okanagan this season.
But I'll be back to Vernon at the end of Sept for the Silver Star Quilter's Guild Show.
Hope to see you out there!
April 14,, 2019
The end of 2018 brought the end of my time at Snoqualmie Casino.
I travelled to play there between 4 & 15 weeks, from 2013 to 2018.
I miss the amazing staff and guests, and I am grateful for their support.
I was asked to stay, when changes were made, but the offer was not one that worked for me - and with regret, I turned it down.
And so I am pursuing all the opportunities I can at home in Western Canada.
I've been fortunate to meet many new contacts and find many new venues.
Check out my calendar - Summer 2019 will be a busy one!
Spring is here!
Dec 30,, 2018
And here we are once again at the end of the year.
Tides changing in my life as well - the adventure will continue!
Thank you so much for checking in here, and for all your support over the years.
I am very grateful for the people that make my life possible.
Have an amazing 2019 - and I will see you out there!
Nov 24, 2018
Well I ended up taking the Taylor back to the store - it just wasn't working for me.
But thank you to West Coast Guitars for bringing in a Larrivee OM40 RW for me to try.
Now I have 2 great Larrivees.
Dec is all at Snoqualmie Casino, in Washington State!
Come by to Vista for an incredible meal, and to say Hi...
Then in January, I am taking some time to visit friends in California and Florida.
All the best for the Holiday Season my friends!
Oct 28, 2018
The next couple months sees me mostly at Snoqulamie Casino - but check my calendar for a few dates at home.
Just bought a new guitar - Taylor 214ce-CF.
I was lacking a 'good' 2nd guitar to my Larrivee - and it makes so much sense to have a back up for everything you can.
But it took awhile to find something I liked.
Looking forward to bringing the Taylor out to play!
Sept 17, 2018
The Summer Market Season is pretty much over for me - although the markets generally continue until mid to late Oct.
Now on to Snoqualmie Casino - with 2019 looking like I'll be there quite a bit!
Check back in here, or on my Facebook page for announcement of my 2019 schedule.
Many thanks to all the great Market Managers and vendors who make the summer a blast every year.
June 24,, 2018
Fully recovered from my surgery and back into my schedule full tilt.
Heading to Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, and of course, back to Vista at Snoqualmie Casino - putting the miles on this summer!
Check out my calendar and drop by a gig to say Hi!
May 8,, 2018
Well a small medical problem forced me to take 3 weeks to have surgery and recover.
I'm grateful to the venue managers who were very understanding, and I was able to rebook.
I'm looking forward to getting back to performances on May 24 at the legendary Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver, 8 - 10 pm.
I hope to see you there!
April 18,, 2018
A few days off after a wonderful 2 weeks at Snoqualmie Casino.
My busy season is just ramping up - the days off will start to be scarce...but I love it!
Come out and say Hi at any of the wonderful restaurants, lounges, events and markets I'll be playing at not through the New Year!
And go to my Facebook Page for more info!
See you out there!
Jan 21,, 2018
The days are flying by!
The year is booking up - I am so looking forward to my favourite venues, and I'll be making some debuts in several new-to-me venues this year!
Including the historic Sylvia Hotel on English Bay in Vancouver.
I am thrilled to be playing there May 24.
And very happy to see so many restaurants and lounges hosting live music.
I'll see you out there!
Dec 17,, 2017
The Holidays at Snoqualmie Casino are cruising by!
This is my 4th year being down here for the month of Dec - I love playing for the dining guests in Vista.
And in 2018 , check my schedule for the times I will be in Vista for a week or two throughout the year!
And, as always, back for the month of Dec to celebrate the holidays with the amazing staff, the outstanding food, drink and service.
I wish you all the best to for the New Year!!!
Oct 30,, 2017
What a fantastic weekend playing at the Prairieland Park Convention Centre in Saskatoon!
I have one day home - then I'm off to the US to play 2 weeks at Snoqualmie Casino...
I'll see you down there!
Oct 1,, 2017
My crazy Summer Schedule is over for this year - what a great summer!
Thank you all so much for coming out to see me at all the various venues and cities in the Pacific Northwest!
Fall is my favourite time of year - I get a little break between gigs, a chance to refresh and get some new songs under my belt.
I'll see you out there!
August 3, 2017
My new CD 'Retrace This Road' is available now on my Music Page!
I am very proud to have worked with amazing people again to produce this album.
Unrelenting thanks to Colin Nairne and Dave Meszaros for their talent, humour and tireless work ethic!
Thanks to Kirsten Starcher, and Seth Goldberg for amazing customer service and talent in the artowrk and manufacturing end...
To all the musicians - I'm deeply indebted for your full hearted contributions.
Or you can find me at a gig to see the new CD!
July 25, 2017
My 3 weeks at Snoqualmie Casino are going fast!
What a great place to play - spectacular summertime views from Vista!
My new Cd 'Retrace This Road' is at the manufacturers - I expect it to be in my hands around Aug 8 - stay tuned fro many announcements!
June 27, 2017
Time is flying! Already played some amazing markets in great weather and starting to almost get a tan...this may be the year it happens! :-)
My new Cd 'Retrace this Road' is still in production - we are taking more time to get everything right.
With this busy summer season, finding time to get into the studio is challenging.
Next studio date is July 10 - and that should get a lid on it.
(I think I have said that before - ha!)
I head for Snoqualmie Casino for 3 weeks of summertime in the gorgeous Vista Restaurant on July 11.
Looking at an Aug release not for 'Retrace this Road - but come back for updates!
I'll see you out there somewhere!
April 15, 2017
The weather is finally improving, just in time for the start of the 'Outdoor Gig' season!
I have the pleasure of playing of many wonderful venues this summer - wineries, restaurants, markets and events - looking forward to getting into it.
Update on my new Cd:
Best laid plans and all - Ha!
At the last listening, I decided to do more work on 2 of the tracks - and I'm glad I followed my gut.
Although the project has been delayed, the results are everything I wanted.
Colin Nairne is an amazing producer.
Stay tuned here, or on for the release details!
I'll see you out there!
April 21, 2017
Spring is here, and everything is ramping up!
My latest Cd is being mixed and mastered, artwork being artworked.
As always, huge thanks to Colin Nairne, Dave Meszaros at the Shed, and Kirsten Starcher
No set release date yet (Mid May?) - but stay tuned here and on for details!
Lots of gigs coming up at Wineries, Markets, Restaurants, Events and of course, Snoqulamie Casino in Washington State.
Come on out and say Hey!
Feb 25, 2017
The winter is flying by!
Just received my next contract for Snoqualmie Casino - I am very pleased to announce that I will be performing at Vista:
July 12 - 30
Aug 23 to Sept 3
Nov 1 - 12
Dec 6 - 31
Continuing in studio with my new Cd - only 3 songs left to record...
No timeline for release as yet - but hoping for May.
Spring is on the way!
Nov 14, 2016
5 nights a week in Vista, at Snoqualmie Casino until Jan , 2017...!
So good to be back for my 4th winter contract there.
Outstanding food and service in a gorgeous upscale setting.
The Oct Sessions to start my 5th Cd were a blast - 4 songs down, 6 to go.
Cannot wait to get back to the studio in early 2017.
I always find the studio nerve wracking, as I'm sure many musicians do - but my great fortune is to work with such experienced and well respected (and dare I say, Grammy Nominated!) engineer and musicians...I try to keep up!
I hope you can come by snocasino.com to say hello while I am there!
Oct 25, 2016
I'll be starting my 2 month residency in the Terra Vista Restaurant, Snoqualmie Casino, in one week!
It will be so good to get back to Snoqualmie - what a great place.
Also Oct 26/27 I am in the studio to begin sessions on my 5th Cd.
There is no timeline for the 2017 release yet - but I will be updating as the sessions progress.
Thrilled to be back at Watershed with Dave Meszaros, Colin Nairne, Rob Becker and Geoff Hicks.
Sept 20, 2016
Wow - what happened to the summer?
It was crazy and busy and fantastic!
Now, some scheduled down time in Sept and Oct, before I head to perform 5 nights a week at the upscale Terra Vista Restaurant at the Snoqualmie Casino in Washington State, Nov 2 to Jan 1.
Pacific Northwesters - come out to say Hi, have a great dinner and try your luck at the tables...
June 27, 2016
The weeks are flying by!
I performed for 3 amazing quilt shows (Victora, Shuswap and 100 Mile House)
and the markets have been crazy good!
At the end of July I head through the Thompson/Okanagan for a mini tour (July 27 to Aug 7) then over to Vancouver Island Aug 10 to 21.
My calendar page has the details - come out and say Hey when I'm in your area!
April 23, 2016
Just about to start the amazing busy summer season!
Things really kick off the first week of May - and go like crazy through to Oct.
And I'll be back to Snoqualmie Casino to play the gorgeous Terra Vista Restaurant Weds to Suns from Nov 2 through Jan 1, 2017.
Check the calendar - and I hope to see you soon!
March 15, 2016
Spring is on the way!
And so is summer - already booking up - a great problem to have...!
Feb to April is traditionally a little slow for me, but I'm working on changing that for next year...
Updating my calendar almost daily with new gigs throughout the Spring and Summer.
Check back often - and I'll see you out there!
Jan 24, 2016
Some great gigs on the way in Feb!
Come on out to the Society Gathering House Feb 4 in Chilliwack...
I'll be back at the Raven Pub in Deep Cove Feb 12...
A Valentine's Event at Backyard Vineyards Feb 14th, 1 - 5 pm.
And I'll be the featured performer at the Steveston Folk Guild Feb 18.
All upcoming date sand info on my Calendar Page.
Summer 2016 is already shaping up - it's going to be amazing in gorgeous BC!
I'll see you out there!
Jan 3, 2016
Just heading to finish my last evening performing in the Terra Vista Restaurant at Snoqualmie Casino.
I am so pleased that they asked me back.
It's been a great 2 weeks - thank you to the amazing staff, who always make it one of my favourite gigs.
Looking forward to a great New Year - lots of new gigs and venues.
Check out my calendar page for dates, and come on out!
Nov 8, 2015
It's been 16 months since I was working on a cruise ship.
I do miss the steady income, the travelling and the people - but it's also been wonderful being home.
The Unsteady Income, the travelling and the people! :-)
I do love the hunt for gigs on land - it's a Treasure Hunt.
Check out my Calendar Page for upcoming gigs - stop in and say Hi!
And stay in touch on my Facebook Page!
Aug 2, 2015
I met John Larrivee Jr and family whilst performing at the Steveston Market yesterday - lovely man - shook his hand and thanked him and his father for my guitar.
Also recived a wonderful email this morning from another gentleman -
"Hi Jana, I really enjoyed your performance at the Steveston Market today.
I was playing with my daughter in the park nearby and got to hear several sets.
I was very impressed with your versatility in being able to sing many different styles and embody some of the character of the original singer while adding your own sound.
You do the best covers of Joni M. I have ever heard.
Made me wish I spent more time with my guitar and less with the tv.
Your playing and singing were superb. Hope to hear you again sometime.
Take care, Curtis."
June 21, 2015
Merry Summer Solstice! Happy Father's Day!
I received a lovely email, from a lovely gentleman, after I performed at the Steveston market today -
Your music caught my attention today strolling in Steveston with my family.
I played it cool but was really caught off guard and moved by your wonderful, slow interpretation of Ain't No Sunshine.
I'm not normally ready for those feelings on my way to picking up some fresh shrimp - I'm just thinking "get shrimp; eat shrimp" : ).
I noted the CDs. I'm so happy to have picked up 'temporarily..'.
My wife also enjoys the CD a lot.
Your music - voice, playing, choices, arrangements, collaborators ~ is beautiful; as a package, it shows unique vision. Thanks and all the very best..."