Nov. 7 / Rehearsals in Montreal
The drive up from Woodstock to Montreal takes a while, but is much
easier and more pleasant than flying from a major airport would be. Customs and immigration into Canada weren't
too bad - easier, I imagine, than going back into the States will be.
We rehearsed most of the week in a theater in Montreal. Then, on Friday, Kevin played just one song on a local
tv show called Furour. My French isn't too good, so I didn't follow much of the details, but it seemed to pit a
team of men against a team of women, each team trying to identify songs played by the house band (a very good
band it was,) and then sing along with the song, karaoke style. What's that got to do with Kevin playing a song?
I don't know, but we performed it, unrelated to the game going on, and did another as they broke for commercial.
Good fun. Next week the gigs start.
The players are: Rick Haworth on guitars, Pierre Belisle on
keyboards, Alain Berge on drums and Catherine Durand singing bg vocals (and she is Kevin's opening act,
accompanied by guitarist Sepastien Daigle.)
I've got the
Stick and NS Upright along on the tour, in addition to my usual fretted and fretless basses.
Nov. 13 / Chicoutimi
The drive up from Montreal was a long one. A couple of hours on a quiet
highway, then into Quebec City for some lunch. Back on the highway, which now was a very quiet one - for about 3
more hours. Kevin told me to keep a lookout for moose on the highway - I don't know if he was kidding me or not,
but at least it kept me a bit busy. (I didn't see any.) Snow started shortly after our arrival at the venue.
After the show, the same drive back to Quebec City - but now longer due to the snowy roads.