Canadian Music Week 2017! 

Happy Canadian Music Week!  Tons of artists from out of town arriving in Toronto right now, and some of my favourite locals will be playing their latest around the city.  There will be parties, and lots of panels and conference-y stuff during the days, AND me & my bandmates Liam Smith and Steve Foster get to play together for the first time since our China tour! Our showcase is this Friday, April 21st at Supermarket on Augusta Ave in Kensington Market and it's the first JSFew show in Toronto in 6 months (holy crow, yup it is), so if you missed our last, better get your little tush to this one!

CMW and NXNE aren't known for their perfect bill pairings, but I was hugely impressed with our Friday night line-up: soulful singer-songwriter, Chad Price, a groovy Irish band called BARQ and The JSFew. Yes! It's an early gig, 8-11pm and we're on last at 10pm, so see you there?

Here's a little trip down memory lane, photo by Robert Saxe from CMW 2013 (with bandmates Tony Nesbitt-Larking & Dan Fortin):

I plan to go to a bizillion shows (k, maybe some exaggeration there..), and giving my show reviews also, so if you want to know what's good, I recommend keeping in touch on instagram, as it's my main poison ( @thejessicastuartfew). 

See you round town!

Canadian Songwriting Competition Semi-Finals! 

SO, this past week has been a bit of a thrill - aside from crossing "climb the CN Tower" off my bucket list, I found out that 3 of my songs made it to the semi-finals of the Canadian Songwriting Competition! Something particularly cool about the 3 songs that made it through, is that in Canada, my music is often not considered "mainstream" enough to be heard anywhere but campus/community radio or CBC Radio 1 (and geez, do I love CBC and campus radio!), although it certainly doesn't have the same problem in other countries we tour to. (For instance, did you know that our last album's single, "Don't Ya" made to the Top 40 charts in Japan in 2013?  Of the semi-finals selected songs, one of them, "Same Girl" was chosen in the Pop category, so that's a victory for me!  The other two were in the Jazz/Soul category, which is also great, because of the amazing company my songs get to keep there (alongside Elizabeth Shepherd, Myriad3, Amanda Tosoff etc).

Anyhow, do you wanna hear those songs?  

1. Pop semi-finalist, Same Girl 
2. Jazz/Soul semi-finalist, Shame On You (featuring live-off-the-floor vocal harmonies with Michelle Willis & Jocelyn Barth)
3. Jazz/Soul semi-finalist, Passage, and we made a video for it that came out a few months ago, so I'll post that at the end.

Winners announced next month!

LAST NEWS for the moment - you might have noticed that we play more outside the country than we do in Toronto these days, so our local shows are Few and far between (oops!  Totally unintentional capitalizing of 'Few', but i'll leave it be..), SO we are super stoked to be playing Canadian Music Week for the manyth time, but have an awesome slot on Friday, April 21st at 10pm at Supermarket with some great co-bills, Chad Price and BARQ (nice work, CMW!  These festivals are not known for the cohesion in their line-ups, but totally nailed it this time!).  SO, whoever's gonna be in Toronto, we hope to see you then. 

Enjoy the vid, like/share/comment liberally, and thanks for reading, lovelies. xo

Hello again! 

Hey friends and music lovers.  It's been a while!  Since I last wrote, we had one of my favourite tours to date in China to release our new album, The Passage, and I've been taking some time to stockpile a bunch of new ideas for the next phase of my writing, and spending lots of time on other groups I play with that I love.  

Anyhow, there's lots to tell you, (and I do plan on filling you in with tales, photos and videos from China), but let's start by properly sharing our latest music video for "Twice", which was released while we were in China, and made it's rounds through facebook, but never really got the love it deserves yet on YouTube and around the web.  "Deserves?" you might ask?  Well, this video is an awesome piece of art brought to life by Kajart  - entirely made from paper cut-outs in a stop-motion animation style and time consuming labour of love!  (Stop-motion for those unfamiliar is when you use still photographs to capture miniscule movements in a scene, so that when the photos are shown in sequence that the objects in the scene appear to be moving - in this case, 24 photos per second!)  The song in the video is my koto rendition of a Little Dragon tune, which has it's own beautiful shadow puppetry music vid, and I had the idea that in the same way that I covered their song with different instrumentation/style, that we could also do a "cover" version of their music video in a different medium.  (Read Chart Attack's coverage of our music video release HERE)

SO, with no further ado, please share, comment and "like" if you feel it. Love yous and promise to be in touch a little more coming up.. xo

First Album Review! 

IT'S FINALLY TIME, GUYS - I get to release my third music baby into the world! (Sorry for shouting, I'm just so excited!) The Passage officially comes out on October 25th, but the tour starts tomorrow, and Liam, Tony & I are beyond stoked to get back to Peterborough, OttawaCornwallMontreal and Kingston (and the big finale in Toronto with expanded band and videography by Southern Souls!).  Full tour dates under the 'Live' tab up above!

The first album review is in from Canada's Japanese English language monthly, Nikkei Voice, and its's an awesome one! Lookie:

To all who have pre-ordered - you're amazing! We've never had so many pre-orders before an album, and it feels amazing. :) We're doing a special deal for physical pre-orders under the 'Store' tab - $16 for the physical CD (with lyric poster + custom art/design), digital download, a band button of your choice and a signed postcard! 

Ok, friendos? And if you're not in our touring zones, but know folks who are, feel free to share news of our passing through with them - a little word of mouth goes a long way. :) xo

Like weird pics like this?  I do some funny artful stuff on instagram (not to mention behind the scenes tour pics and vids!)

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