Back in Canadia, where I could continue the tour that ended in March with my Canadian Music Week gig in Toronto.

Pacific beach near Victoria, BC - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

I headed to the island and after some cancelations, I managed to set up some open mic gigs, where I hung out with some old friends in Victoria.

What doctors diagnosed as 'unknown spider bites'

However, I developed something that looked like bed bug bites all over my face, shoulders, one arm, one hip, and one toe. The good news is that they weren’t! Not only was I glad about that, but everyone I was staying with!

Vancouver mini saga

Travis Fishbein - Lucy Conquered Man - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

My usual weeklong stint in Vancouver had me hanging out with some of my favourite people, like Travis “Heavens to Betsy” Fishbein, who let us stay there the whole time considering there was a bed bug scare all over my face.

live at My Town Cafe, Vancouver, BC - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

I played shows at Joe’s Apartment with the Liptonians, and several cafes with Lucy Conquered Man and Andorra, while also getting to wander around Stanley Park for the first time.

Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

Epic Driving

Rogers Pass - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

I have a history of hauling my body through the BC mountains, but also taking a photo at Rogers Pass. Although, the gas station where I usually take the photo is now closed!

The Prairies

live at Avenue Theatre, Edmonton, AB - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

Hands down I had some of the best times of this tour in Edmonton.

Phil Varley of Messages Via Carrier Pigeon, Edmonton, AB - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

I crashed at Phil’s place, played Padmanadi’s (a vegan restaurant) anniversary buffet, played at Avenue Theatre, AND, I was sort of pressured into doing a cover of “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit. My condition: it would be done a cappella!

Winnipeg – #&!@%$

Got rear-ended in Winnipeg. Shannon got whiplash. Isn’t that town just the best? I want to love you, 204, but you’re making it hard.

Greg Rekus / River Rebellion mini-tour

Greg Rekus at the Black Pirates Pub, Thunder Bay, ON - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

3 show mini-tour with Greg Rekus (guitarist/singer from High Five Drive) who fell through a barrel at the Black Pirates Pub and my Sioux Lookout friends The River Rebellion!

live at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre, Fort Frances, ON - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

I also made a stopover at the Little Beaver Cultural Centre in Fort Frances.

Nick Sherman of The River Rebellion, Winnipeg, MB - photo by Shannon Lepere (shannonlepere.com)

Home

Andโ€ฆ home! Phew! Look at how far we traveled, starting and ending in Thunder Bay. Til’ next time!


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