One Heck of a Suitcase

I’m standing here staring at a big empty suitcase and an even bigger explosion of clothes scattered all over my bedroom.  How exactly do you pack for a month-long tour of Canada?  We’re talking16 flights, 31 hotel nights, a pile of rental cars and 8 provinces worth of on-air radio station visits, TV performances & guest hosting, meet and greets with fans, charity concerts, radio-sponsored concerts, and stadium concerts, with the CCMA awards weekend thrown in for good measure. That is one heck of a suitcase to pack!

The trip begins Wednesday, when I fly up to Prince George, BC to open Johnny Reid’s concert at the CN Centre Sept 3rd.  From there I’ll be heading to Moose Jaw, SK for an event with Country 100 FM and to headline the Concert of Hope on Sept 5th at the Mae Wilson Theatre (to raise funds for the cancer ward at the local hospital), and heading over to Regina to catch a Riders game and visit the radio station there.  After that, it’s back to Vancouver for the CCMA festival, where I’m performing at various events.  And I’m one of this year’s most nominated artists for the Sept 13th awards show, which will be broadcast at 4pm PST/7pmEST on CBC TV!  Very exciting.

From Vancouver I’ll be working my way all the way across to the east coast.  The details are still being finalized on many of the events (all I can say right now is that there are some VERY exciting things ahead), but I’ll keep the tour details updated at and for any of you who want to come along for the virtual ride, I will stay in touch from the road as much as I can with Facebook & Twitter status updates via Blackberry.

The last time I traveled across Canada, I was eleven years old on a Via Rail train and my nose was permanently buried in a copy of Anne of Green Gables.  This time, I intend to soak in every minute of the trip across my big, beautiful country.  Canada – here I come!