What a year it was! 2018 was the most fun, creatively satisfying year to be an Oot n’ Oot yet. Some highlights:
May 15: In advance of our album release, we published the first video from the forthcoming album. With help from videographer and co-director Denise Kenney, we filmed the video for Dust Pan over two days at our home.
May 25: We released our second album “Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo” with a party at Milkcrate Records!
May 28: We drove to St Albert, AB for 13 shows over 6 days at the Northern Alberta Children’s Festival of the Arts. This is where we met our good friend Dean Bareham, otherwise known as “Gustavo the Impossibilist”. Dean would later visit us in Kelowna and co-star in our music video “I Like It Saucy”.
June 28: We packed up all of our families and kids and made a pilgrimage to the Midsummer Music Festival in Smithers, BC, where we camped, met amazing musicians from all over northern BC, and played three sets over three days.
July 20: We visited a part of BC we’d never been before: the outrageously beautiful east shore of Kootenay Lake for three sets over two days at Starbelly Jam.
Aug 17: After a break when Ruth went to summer camp for two weeks, the band hit the road again to play two sets at the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival. This was a bucket list moment for us.
Oct 9: We published the video for “I Like It Saucy”, which was the most ambitious video we’ve made to this point. The video costarred our friend Dean as his Gustavo character, as well as our neighbour and friend Hugo Bowman as “Brother John”. We called in help from primary director and videographer Denise Kenney, with directorial assistance from Neil Cadger and shot the video on location at Kelowna’s Fresh Start Kitchen.
Oct 13: The Western Canadian Music Awards and Breakout West Festival came to our hometown of Kelowna! Not only did we get to play a showcase set at Mini-BOW, but we also got to help present the award for Children’s Artist of the Year to Fred Penner with our very own rendition of “The Cat Came Back”!
Oct 27: Ruth and Ezra headed to Brooklyn, NY to participate in the Hootenanny industry mixer at the Jalopy Theatre. We made friends with the fantastic artist known as Red Yarn, and collaborated with him on our showcase set. The same weekend the Kids & Family Awards were announced, naming Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo on the long list of Best Family Albums of the Year!
Nov 30: Another road trip over the rocky mountains to Calgary, AB, where Electric Jellyfish Boogaloo was nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards! We didn’t win the award, but we got to meet a whole bunch of fantastic artists and members of the folk music industry, and we got to showcase at Calgary’s beautiful New Central Library. The trip was supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia. Thanks so much for awarding us a showcase grant to pay for a good chunk of the travel expenses to get to this great networking opportunity.
December 31: We finished the year with a set in our home town, contributing to the New Year’s Eve festivities put on by Festivals Kelowna at the Stuart Park skating rink. What a year it was! So much to celebrate!