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BC Tour – Installment II

And hello again, Mom(s).

The DoneFors at ArtsWells - Photo by Melissa Devost

The tour rolls forward. What a great weekend at ArtsWells Festival. We loved it! So much great music and friendly faces, despite the cold and rainy weather. We showed up early on Saturday afternoon to find the festival in full swing and plenty of our colleagues roaming about the grounds. Everywhere you turn was the face of a friend that you knew from the many roads traveled playing music across Canada. We performed Saturday afternoon to a wet and slippy outdoor field and actually had to cut a few songs toward the end due to lightning concerns. The sound techs were incredible (Thanks Radar and Benedict!). Saturday night was a party, walking around from stage to stage watching performances. Highlights? Our incredibly talented friends in Morlove, Kirby (!!), Fish and Bird, Ben Sures, and  Corin Raymond. Sunday was a rough morning, but we were up and at ’em and ready to turn some heads. We performed in the afternoon at the restaurant – The Bear’s Paw – in town and then again at 10pm in the Wells pub. Both were great sets and we were asked to come back and perform next year before this year’s festival was even over.

Friends at ArtsWells - Photo by Carla Stephenson

The boys from Mr. Something Something showed up just before our last performance and Liam and Paul got up on stage and performed their set with them. 2 guitars + Liam played bass and percussion. The whole hall was vibrating from the energy of 300 sweaty people dancing their butts off. Fun times. So great to see our good friends from TO, BC and all over. We LOVE ArtsWells.

Sunday night/morning at 4am we headed back to Quesnel, dodging road side deers in thick fog (thanks for driving, Liam) just to stay in nice comfy beds and have warm showers at our Northern BC Mom and Dad’s place, before yesterday’s long drive back down to Vancouver. Graham made Paul special birthday pancakes and we were treated to a big family meal with Sheri and Graham’s sons. They have a beautiful family.

The Coles!

9 hours later – after a windy, downhill, picturesque weave south – we found ourselves in Vancouver. Late night sushi and last minute accommodation planning had us stuck at a Holiday Inn Express by the airport for $200. Sheesh, Lou. AND no continental breakfast. Corpos, hey? Liam is going to write a letter. Still, it was nice to sleep in a comfy bed and not in the van.

Today it’s off to Nanaimo for a show at The Cambie. Tomorrow night it’s back to Vancouver and then Thursday we fly out to Haida Gwaii which will be a magical end to our first west coast tour.

Off we go again… We’ll try and keep you as posted as we can.

Tons of love,
The DoneFors