As many of you know, I recently went on a solo East Coast tour at the end of March and beginning of April. The tour started with the full band doing a double showcase for CMW in Toronto, and took me all the way out to Charlottetown, Halifax, and as many places in between that would have me. So what I was thinking was that I would add on to the list of things I learned on tour that I started last September. So here we go, starting with…
12) Too much caffeine is bad for Rory – So, my first long stretch of driving was from Orléans (just outside Ottawa) to Edmundston New Brunswick. On this drive I consumed copious amounts of coffee trying to keep myself alert on the long drive through Québec. This ultimately ended up with a great amount of pee breaks (where I stupidly would buy more coffee… common sense… where were you?) and the coffee shakes. Gotta love the coffee shakes. Like its cousin, the meat sweats, the coffee shakes come on without much warning. At first it’s a sensation, and then you sit and think, “Uh oh, that’s not right.” I then switched to herbal tea. This didn’t stop my pee break problem, but it did slow down my shakes.
13) It’s still winter at the end of March – When I booked this tour, I thought, “It’ll be warm enough to sleep in my car!” Stupid Rory, you live in Canada. March is still winter, especially when you’re on the East Coast. I slept in my car in Edmundston and there was still 3 feet of snow. I had a -40 sleeping bag to sleep in, but I think I’m going to write the company who made it with a challenge to sleep in that sleeping bag in -15 weather and then think about relabeling it.
14) Northern Québec and New Brunswick are gorgeous – Man, you want to see some beautiful scenery, drive through north eastern Québec on the road to New Brunswick. Wow, absolutely breathtaking.
15) East Coaster’s love music – Ever want to go to a place where people really love music? Just travel to the East Coast. I played at Plan B in Moncton on a Tuesday night, a place I’ve never been to play, and the bar was busy until last call. I also busked on the streets of Charlottetown and people were actually thanking me for playing as they walked by. Not giving me dirty looks, THANKING me.
16) There are moose in New Brunswick – So I had to get from Charlottetown, PEI, where I played one night to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to play at noon the next day. This left me with the choice to either sleep in my car for a few hours in Charlottetown and get up really early to drive, or drive through the night then park for a few hours in the morning to sleep. Seeing all the signs for moose in New Brunswick, I decided to stay the few hours and leave at 6:30 in the morning. This turned out to be a good idea. As soon as I got over the bridge into New Brunswick I saw a big honkin’ moose standing right next to the road eating. This is the closest I have ever been to and ever want to be to a moose. I then drove 10 minutes down the road and saw another one! I’m glad I wasn’t driving through there at night.
17) Turn signals are optional? – This is one of my biggest pet peeves as a driver. Are you really that lazy that you can’t move your finger that little bit to turn on your turn signal? Ontario is awful for this, just terrible, but it was a treat compared to Québec. I don’t understand why no one uses their turn signal anymore! Every time this happens to me, this clip runs through my head… ONE OF THESE DAYS!
Anyway, I think I’ll stop there. This tour was one of the best experiences of my life and I am going to be going back out East as soon as possible. In the meantime I have new stickers available at the shows, you should check them out! Also, check the site for shows coming up in your area; I’m trying to get around to as many places as possible. If you want me to come to your town let me know and I’ll make it happen (hopefully).
Until next time, I leave you with a video of the lovely and ridiculously talented Keturah Johnson covering Radiohead’s “Creep” with the Old Souls and I at the Cameron House a couple weeks ago.
I love you all,