After riding the first ferry back from Salt Spring Island,
my next destination was the Cobblestone Pub; located in a small town called Cobble Hill. When I got there I went in and asked about the open mic event, and they told me that it was no longer going on but Dave the manager let me know I could still come perform around 8:30. So I left for a few hours then came back. Once it was time to set up I did a quick mic check, then started my performance around 9pm. It was cool except for not much of a crowd response and one dude was hasslin me a bit, telling me my music doesn’t belong at this pub. “I’m a dairy farmer” he proceeded to explain and ” I come here to listen to country music!”. It was actually kind of comical, how he couldn’t just relax until my set was over. It was a good lesson for me in ego; not everyone is gonna enjoy my music and that’s ok. This is why I’m testing the waters to see and learn from the different crowd reaction.
The show in Cambell River went great! I arrived at the Serious Coffee located out by the ocean side, and was immediately impressed by the amazing artwork on display inside the cafe. It was made of steel in all different shapes and designs, really incredible work! The cafe had a nice homie feel to it, and I immediately felt calm and comfortable being there. The music started around 7 pm, then I was up at 7:30 pm. The crowd and other musicians were nearly all elderly in age but I still got a good response, along with some encouraging feedback. Further, I also really enjoyed the local folk music, lots of soul and originality from all kinds of different characters. There was one guy who knew some friends of mine from Cortez Island; Benny and Sean. He told me to check out Sean’s musical group called the “Bench Poets” and then also purchased a copy of Moving Mirrors. Later I showed a group of peeps my tour flyer and they were impressed by my ambition and dedication to my musical dream.
Day 4, was my trip to Quadra Island. It turned out to be one of my favorite spots so far, I had a lot of fun at the Hariot Bay Inn. The crowd was up beat and I enjoyed the other musicians. During my set a guy with a sax came up and played along to two of my songs, it threw me off a little but was still cool to see someone wanted to take part in my vibes. I performed a full set of 5 or 6 tracks plus a short poem at the beginning, and the crowd really appreciated my music which felt awesome. A few locales thanked me in person after. One guy named Ale, told me he doesn’t usually like hip-hop but enjoyed mine because it was positive, clear, and I had a good stage presence. I noticed everyone cheered the most when I mentioned Quadra Island in a chorus. This was a good reminder to talk about the current setting as much as possible. People always love to hear about where their from. The show ended at about midnight and then I drove back to the ferry landing and took the first ferry back to CR the next day.
To be Continued..