THRIFTED: Across the Rockies Tour

Last month we went on a little solo tour out to British Columbia and played six shows, with a trip to LA right in the middle. You may remember me writing about how I started off the tour sick as a dog, but luckily I was able to recover quickly! One thing I love to do when travelling is visit different thrift stores. It’s so fun to find treasures that remind me of all the places I visit. This tour was no different! We were able to fit in some thrifting in a few towns and I found some really great pieces including some really practical things for our home!

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Kelowna, BC – SPCA Thrift Store

On our way out of Kelowna we passed by this old building that looked like an outpost from an old western film. I saw that it said “Thrift Store” so we had to check it out! They were having a sale on books, so I picked up a copy of Anna Karenina (which I already have, but this one is in much better condition) and Farley Mowat’s memoir “Otherwise.” I also found three vintage books in great condition that I gifted my mom for her birthday (she collects them) and kept one of the covers to add to a gallery wall.

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White Rock, BC – Project Aftershock Thrift Store

We wandered into this cool looking thrift store after eating fish and chips on the beach. It was a small store, but what really caught my eye was the jewelry and a few antique wares tucked under a table. I saw this teapot set and knew that I had to get it. It’s made in England, and I just love the bright flower design. To top it off, it was only $7! I also scored the sailor necklace, which I thought was too unique to pass up. We had a lovely chat with the lady who was working there, so I hope we can stop by again sometime!

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Chilliwack, BC – MCC Thrift Store

You may remember from previous THRIFTED posts that I have a deep appreciation for MCC Thrift Stores. They’re usually much cheaper than other places, and they have some of the most unique items. Before our show in Chilliwack we had some time, so we hit up an MCC that was just down the street from where we were playing. We actually filmed this thrifting trip and it’s in the video we just released for our Exclusive Content Project. Anyway, that’s where I found this AMAZING cape for $5. I think it was my favourite find of tour. It’s so warm, and I love the simple primary colours. Every time I wear it I want to run away to the mountains!

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Burbank, CA – Goodwill

In the middle of our tour we caught a flight to Los Angeles for five days. We were down there to work with a producer on a new song, and of course enjoy some time in the sun! It was a pretty quick and busy trip, but the first day we were there we discovered a Goodwill thrift store just down the street from the airbnb we were staying at. I saw this print for $8 and knew it would be perfect for our house with the picture of a loom and a cat by a fireplace. (So it’s fitting that Maxine was sitting beside the picture as I was taking a photo.) Too cute. I also scored a pair of shorts, which was great because I forgot to pack shorts!

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Since we’ve been home, I’ve been working at a local Goodwill thrift store, and I’ve been trying not to buy all the sweet deals that come in, because there are lots! Have you found any treasures lately?

Happy Thrifting,
Lauren.

Across the Rockies: A Solo Tour!

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We’re hitting the road again next week for a short little solo tour to British Columbia! It’ll be the first time I’ve played on my own since our very first tour in 2011, and although it’ll be weird not having a band or any other musicians, I think it’ll be a good challenge for myself to keep it interesting and come up with a dynamic set.

If you live in any of the places we’ll be visiting we’d love to see you at a show! You can find more details on the shows on our Facebook page, or website.

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See you on the road!
Lauren

THRIFTED: Winnipeg, MB

There will no doubt be multiple THRIFTED posts from Winnipeg because there are just so many great treasures to be found in that fine, wintery city. Winnipeg is one of those cities that I’ve really fallen for in the comings and goings of the past few years. We’ve met some awesome people and have been able to experience so many different parts of the city, and cold and snow aside, it’s a really neat place, especially for music! We were there for last year’s Juno Fest, and got to take in a bunch of shows with bands like July Talk, Hollerado, Rah Rah, The Strumbellas, Royal Canoe, and Imaginary Cities. And when we were there this past fall, we got to see Sarah Slean perform with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. There’s always some sort of inspiring musical event to go to.

So anyway, this edition of Thrifted is actually a combination of two Salvation Army trips. The first trip was last summer, when we didn’t even play in Winnipeg, but ended up there for a few days at our friend Greg’s house. We stopped at Salvation Army on one of the days off and I found this AMAZING velvet skirt. Not only is it velvet, but it’s Holt Renfrew (from probably 15 years ago) and it fit perfectly! It’s one of my favourite dressy pieces because I can wear it with just about anything and it adds instant class to the outfit! I’ve definitely fallen for velvet this season…it’s so classy, and has just the right amount of texture.

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These books were a pleasant surprise. It was nice to find vintage copies of a few Jane Austin novels, and the other three just looked so pretty that I had to get them. And this plaid scarf has become one of my go-to accessories this winter. I love how warm it is without being to bulky, and the large plaid with a pop of red goes with almost everything I’ve been wearing. I do like my scarves. One can never have enough scarves.

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Holt Renfrew Skirt: $3

Books: 5 for $5

Scarf: $2

Well kids, that’s all for today. Next time on THRIFTED I’ll be sharing some awesome things I found at a very unexpected shop in a city that caught me by surprise.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful holiday season! Has anyone started making New Year’s Resolutions yet?

Cheers,
Lauren.

Cabin Knits Hits the Road!

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It’s that time again, when we head out on tour playing music for people in far away places, and I’ll be bringing my suitcase of knitted creations with me! Since we don’t have any more huge projects to type up for the Peak Performance Project, I plan to spend a great deal of driving time knitting bowties and cowls and other cozy accessories. Right now I’ve got lots of headbands, lots of bowties, a few cowls, and more.

Hopefully I’ll be adding a bunch of these projects to my Etsy shop, but in the meantime, come out to a show for some tunes, and maybe pick something up for the approaching winter, or get a head start on Christmas presents! I also love doing custom orders, so if there’s anything you fancy for yourself or someone you love, let me know and I’d love to try and make it for you!

November 4th – Caronport, SK @ Briercrest
November 5th – Regina, SK @ The Artful Dodger
November 6th – Brandon, MB @ Lady of the Lake
November 7th – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
November 9th – Gimli, MB @ Ship & Plough
November 11th – Winkler, MB @ House Show
November 12th – Sprauge, MB @ Sprauge River Inn
November 13th – Otterburne, MB @ Providence
November 16th – Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom
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ovember 27th – Calgary, AB @ Republik

Stay warm and well, and hope to see you sometime soon!

-Lauren.

Beautiful Places: Rolla, BC

Sometimes I come across a beautiful place and I am instantly enraptured by it. A place like Pender Island, which I wrote about a few weeks ago, is so obviously beautiful. The mountainous island is covered in a blanket of foliage, and where the land meets the sea is full of hidden treasures, and then there is the sea itself, full of power and mystery. It’s all right in front of you, wherever you look.

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But sometimes a beautiful place might be somewhere you least expect it. Maybe it’s a little more subdued, and maybe even hidden behind closed doors. Such is the case with the Rolla Pub in Rolla, BC. Rolla is about 30 min north of Dawson Creek, BC, in the heart of northern British Columbia. We’ve driven through Dawson many a time while travelling between Prince George and Peace River, but we had never stopped in the area. When Patti, the owner of the Rolla Pub, invited us to play we thought it would be a great opportunity to stop in a new town and break up the long drive from Prince George to Edmonton.

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When we got to the Rolla Pub on Rolla Road, we were a little surprised by the dilapidated building, but as soon as we came inside, we were greeted by an amazing collections of photos, artifacts, toys (including almost every Ninja Turtles toy ever created), and more that exuded so much character! When we met Patti, I realized that she loves connecting with people and hearing their stories, and that having people feel welcome in her establishment is the most important thing. She values community and supporting the arts, and all of these qualities are so evident from the moment you walk in the door. It was really neat to walk through the tiny bar looking at all the photos and knick knacks and wondering about their stories and the people behind those stories.

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The Rolla Pub has been a watering hole for the local folk and for tired travellers for many years, and it’s amazing to see what kind of history has accumulated in such a tiny place, and at the bottom of it all, to see how we’re all connected.

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It was a good reminder that beautiful places are not always so obvious. Sometimes you have to drive to isolated towns on dirt roads to find a place with great heart.

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Thanks for having us, Patti, and I hope we can come back again soon!

Until next time,
Lauren.

Beautiful Places: Pender Island

We had the opportunity to spend the past few days on Pender Island, a beautiful secluded spot in the heart of the Gulf Islands. It actually ended up being three busy days as we packed the daylight hours full of island activities. We stayed at Hope Bay Bible Camp with a wonderful group of people who we met on our venture out here last November, and it was great to get to know everyone a little better. It was a much needed time of rest, reflection, adventure, and building community, and although it was difficult to leave, I left with a full heart.

We arrived on Saturday night and Zoltan and I spent the evening hanging out with Dustin and Christy, the directors of the camp. They are an inspirational couple, and I think I can say, kindred spirits.

Sunday morning started early with church in the dining hall, and then our very generous friends Bob and Sue took us for lunch at the Port Browning Marina Cafe. We spent the afternoon exploring their timber frame house and amazing property.

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When we got back to the camp, Darian, one of the staff, took us around the disc golf course. I think it was our collective first time playing disc golf and we had a blast!

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That evening, I took myself on a walk and came across Welcome Bay. I walked along the beach (which had some great pieces of driftwood, shells, and beach glass) and just sat by the sea and took in all the details around me. The sun was going down, and the pastel sky cast a lovely glow over the whole beach.

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Monday we headed out bright and early again, but this time, Dustin and Christy (and their adorable son Jude) took us out on their boat! We boated across to Salt Spring Island and hit up Salt Spring Coffee and a few really cool shops, and then hung out in the park for a little while. On our way back, we found a tiny island that someone told us was called Chocolate Island, with a beautiful beach and forest. We boated to shore, had a picnic, and did a spontaneous video of The West Coast that will be up in the next few weeks. It was a wonderful afternoon outing, and I got my first sunburn of the season! We headed back as the sun was starting to get low, and the water was as smooth as glass. It was perfect.

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The next day we woke up at 5am to do an early morning photo shoot with Dustin and we used Kyle and Katie (who live at the camp)’s shiny red chevy from the 50s. The morning light was completely surreal, and from the camera previews I saw of the photos, they’re going to turn out great!

That evening, our final night on the island, we had a show at the camp. We played on the porch of the chapel building, and people came and brought blankets and picnics, and we had games for the kids and had a wonderful time. It felt like a summer festival, and being able to stare out at the trees and sky while we were playing was pretty magical.

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And now we’re back to regular life on the mainland; well, as regular as life on tour can be! Check out our Facebook page for all our upcoming shows.

Until next time,
Lauren.

Homemade Granola

Comfort food is an important thing, and when you’re travelling from town to town, having something that makes you feel a little bit more at home is really nice. Homemade granola is definitely my comfort food. When I’m home, my morning ritual is to have a bowl of plain yogurt with honey and raw oats or granola, and maybe a little something special on top like dates, shredded coconut, or fresh fruit.

Since we’re on the road for an entire month, I decided to make a huge batch of granola for breakfasts and midday snacks. I used my mom’s recipe as a base, and combined it with my friend Gina from Hello There Home‘s recipe, and I came out with what I think will be my go-to breakfast for years to come.

Granola is one of those foods that is easily adaptable to whatever you have in your pantry. Don’t feel limited by the specific ingredients; it’s a good place to start, but there many ways to customize!

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Ingredients:

4 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 c.shredded coconut
1/2 c.chopped walnuts
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1/4 c. flax seeds
1/4 c. pumpkin seeds
1/2 c. honey
1/4 c. coconut oil

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How it’s done:

1. Preheat oven to 350*
2. In a saucepan on low heat, melt honey and oil together.
3. Mix all dry ingredients together. Pour in the honey and oil mixture and stir until it’s well coated.
4. Spread on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 min. Take it out, stir, and repeat every 5 min or so for 30 min or until the granola is golden brown.
5. Let it cool and add dried fruit (dates, apricots, etc).

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I hope you have some fun with this recipe! I might just eat some right now for a little mid-drive snack!

Cheers,
Lauren.

P.S. The batch in the photos is a double batch. This recipe will make one cookie tray’s worth of granola. 🙂

And So It Begins!

Today we’re heading out on tour for a month! I am so excited to be hitting the road again, especially since we’ll be spending some time in the Vancouver area, where I have a ton of friends and extended family that I’ll hopefully get to visit!

If you live in Alberta or British Columbia, we will likely be playing a show near you! And if you live somewhere between Alberta and Quebec, don’t worry, we’ll be heading your way later this summer! Here are all the upcoming dates, and we’ll be adding more in the next few weeks. You can find all the details for the shows on our Facebook page.

May 21st – Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar
May 22nd – Sylvan Lake, AB – Wave’s Coffee House
May 23rd – Calgary, AB – Broken City
May 24th – Cochrane, AB – Private Event
May 25th – Revelestoke, BC – The Last Drop
May 26th – Vernon, BC – Gallery Vertigo
May 27th – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s
May 29th – Kamloops, BC – Dirty Jersey
May 30th – Vancouver, BC – Cafe Deux Soleils
June 3rd – Pender Island, BC – Hope Bay Camp
June 4th – Abbotsford, BC – House of James
June 6th – Chilliwack, BC – Acoustic Emporium
June 7th – Kelowna, BC – Streaming Cafe
June 14th – Burnaby, BC – CBC Music Festival
June 30th – Edmonton, AB – The Works Festival
July 3rd – Calgary, AB – CBC Stampede Breakfast
July 5th – Pirdis, AB – Private Event
July 20th – Brooks, AB – CBC Beetle Tour
July 23rd – Thunder Bay, ON – Summer in the Parks
July 27th – Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep
August 1st – Barrie, ON – The Clarkson
August 6th – Manitoulin Island, ON – Maja’s
August 12th – Brandon, MB – Music in the Park
August 17th – Kelwood, MB – Harvest Sun Festival

Hope to see you at an upcoming show!

Cheers,
Lauren