1. A good thing about touring is the extended vacation you get. If you make money off your show, great! You just got a free vacation! If you don’t make money, at least you still got to travel, right? Depending on the show, you also get to travel with your very best friends and see parts of Canada (and sometimes the world) that you may not have traveled to before. In our case, the shows we’ve put on have taken us to: Winnipeg, London (Ontario), Victoria, Vancouver, Parksville, Nanaimo and Cranbrook.
Of course, the only thing better than a great billet, is having family or friends to stay with. My auntie Allison lives in Victoria and welcomed all four of us two years in a row. She also gave up her bed and opted to sleeping on a mattress on the floor for us. She cooked us some of the best home-cooking I’ve ever had, a much-needed treat after weeks of traveling fueled by fast-food and granola bars. A huge reason we bring our shows to Cranbrook every year (Candice’s hometown) is because we get to stay with Candice’s parents. Their beautiful house in the Kootenays can feel like home to anyone staying there. Their Italian hospitality means there is always delicious food and drinks to welcome you and sustain you for your entire trip. I think it’s an unwritten law there that they will never let anyone go hungry. They have a beautiful pool that we always play endless hours of Marco Polo in, a huge yard where we play sardines, and we always get to have a fire where we roast marshmallows and sing songs. A big reason we tour to the places we do (Nanaimo, Cranbrook, Victoria, hopefully one day Courtenay and Qualicum Beach…) is because it’s a great excuse for us to visit our family and friends all over the country. And their huge support of our shows and open arms is more encouraging than they could ever know. This year, we got to stay with family friends of Candice's, in Qualicum Beach, just a short commute to Nanaimo for the show. We felt at home and so comfortable and can't thank them enough for having us and treating us like family.
The year we toured "Happily Ever After?", we were staying in Sara's cousin's apartment in Vancouver while they were away on their honeymoon. The apartment was in a prime downtown location, and just a few steps from the water. We felt like royalty. One night, we cooked a lovely dinner at the apartment and decided to 'jam' with Sara's guitar and our loud, but beautiful voices. Time got away from us, and we ended up singing at the top of our lungs, harmonizing, feeling like we were really sounding great, until way past midnight. We thought nothing of it and went to bed. The next day, Sara got a call from her cousin saying that there were several complaints from the neighbours in the building, complaining that the people in the apartment were extremely loud, throwing parties, and reeking havoc. We were completely embarrassed and extremely apologetic, assuring her that we were not the party-type, just the singing-late-at-night-without-thinking type. We were forced by the building to leave and were desperate to find new accommodation... fast. I put it on Facebook and that very night, my sister's friend offered her basement suite to us. She would stay at her friend's while we needed her place for the rest of the Fringe. It's times like these that make you realize how generous people really are!