Hey All…I have started numerous blogs in the last few months only to be totally distracted…like a magpie…”oh Sharron…SOMETHING SHINY”….well, actually it was really like….”oh Sharron…why are you writing a blog when you have three grant applications to finish”….even thinking about it in retrospect makes my ass all clench up….but two of them are done. I, Sharron Matthews, girl from Hamilton mountain…who almost failed at comprehensives in English have completed 2, count ’em, 2 grant applications…suck it Miss Pugh from grade 11 english…that lady was a bitch.
And, of course, for those of you who know me well…I just closed the book on 5 year journey of ‘Sharron’s Party’… ( ah journey I actually started the day I walked onto a stage at JJ’s in 1994) …oh people… what a night it was…it was packed people…it was overflowing…it was full of fabulous energy and I was excited and scared and sad and happy and relieved…so many things…I started my journey back into cabaret at the beginning of that same year….2005…at Statlers…the old location…it seems so long ago…and doing the Party has been greatly rewarding and challenging and I am glad that Madonna called and said ” Girl, time to re-invent!” and when the material girl tells you it is time….baby it is time.
But what a way to go… so many supporters who have been with me for years…and so many people who joined in along the way…
I feel…well…I don’t know…I just sat outside Buddies today…which is really and truly my second home…I rehearsed for ‘Cheap Queers’ which I will be doing a bit in this Friday night (June 26th)….I am so excited that I got asked to be a part of it…and I sat outside in the little parkette next door after I rehearsed…oh, I rehearsed with a new, young and sweet player named Doug….I will call him Douglas…just because…what was I saying…oh ya…I sat outside and ate and apple sitting on a bench and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry…so I just decided to breathe.
I am always so focused on what is next…which I think is important…but I am just trying so hard to just let the truth of what I have had the blessing to accomplish just wash over me for a while….instead of ploughing forward…which I will end up doing anyway…
But maybe not today…today I want to go…to the library…and not to copy music…but to get a book…to read…really.
I have had a couple of emails in the last couple of days about what is next…well, there are some immediate things that are coming up for me…
This week, as I said…I am doing Cheap Queers…but before that, on Thursday I am hosting a night called ‘Unscripted’ which is closing off the “Festival of Creation and Ideas” at Canadian Stage…Thom Allison…one of my best friends…will also be doing the night with me.
Then I will be starting something I am quite excited about…
My plan is to put a new show together to tour in the fall…and there are things that I want to try out…some things that I have written that I thought weren’t right for “Sharron’s Party”, some songs that just never got a chance to be sung, some old songs that have not been sung in a while…I have a lot of ideas. And, honestly, I just want to sing a bit.
So, I approached the people at Statlers about a limited run there and they could not have been more onboard!
They have this lovely jewel of a room upstairs that is just 50 seats…and it has the most intimate feel to it…I thought it would be the perfect place to try some stuff out, join together pieces that have not been joined before, tell stories that I have not told yet, sing some older material that I have missed and get to shape new pieces that I have been dreaming about…
And for the month of July I will do just that…I really am thrilled about it. It will be different every week…
I decided to call it “Back to Basics” and I think that says it all….I hope!!
LinkIt is kicking off Saturday July 4th and then it is every Wednesday for the whole month …the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th…every night is at 8:30pm…
You can reserve your seats at statlersonchurch.com
( Since it is a small room you might wanna reserve early)
It is a $12 cover with a $10 drink minimum… and if you wanna make a night of it the doors to room open at 6:30pm for dinner…and they have great food…
As I said….it is a limited run…back to my cabaret roots with a purpose and I am using a three fabulous players…Darren DeSouza, Donovan LeNabat and the ever wonderful Diane Leah…they are all fabulous.
So, come on over and see what I got cooking…
I will be working this whole summer on getting a tour together for myself, as I said…I am excited and daunted by that…the Party was so time consuming that I never really had time to properly do both…I am daunted and excited about that as well..I wonder how people over the ocean will like what I do?
I wonder if NY will like my shit?
I am hopeful!!
Oh ya…I am booked to to “Sharron’s Big Broadway Show” out east in October during the first week…that will be interesting…it is my first dog and pony show out of province…I have to arrange the flights and the car and drive….oh la la….another first and I am thrilled about that!
There are a couple of other things in the works that I don’t feel that I can mention, due to superstition just yet….but they are also exciting!!!
So, we will keep the faith together bloggers…I hope you jump on the ‘Movin’ forward’ train with this Hamilton Gal!!!
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