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Snapshot from around 1967.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Ron Doleman, Kate McGarrigle, Christopher Weldon circa 1967

Just found this pic in an email to Kate in 2006 sent on a server I seldom use. I took it around 1967 outside where I lived. Sorry for the poor quality. It was a slide that was scanned.

Helene de Montigny, my room mate and fellow Beaux-Arts student, McGill students: Ron Doleman, Kate McGarrigle, and her boyfriend Chris Weldon on m’cycle, Daniel Couvreur, also at the Beaux-Arts, outside 1817 rue St Luc Montréal now deMaisonneuve W. where Helene and I lived. Chris always called her Catherine and his nickname was Colossus. Before Matapedia became known as such it was the Ballad of Catherine and Colossus.

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BAM – Kate’s Kids tonight Wed Jun 26 2013 – 7.30pm Opera House

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Kate McGarrigle photo Janie McG.

Sorry about the delay getting this info up here. This should be a lovely show if the rehearsals are anything to go by. Special guests Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones and Mark Ronson join Martha and Rufus in a variety of songs, some by Kate, many from their own repertoires. Lily is also here singing with Rufus and Martha and me! Aunt Jane and I will attempt something of Kate’s, a first for us.

All proceeds go to the Kate McGarrigle Fund for Sarcoma Research.

Would love to see you all.

BAM / Kate’s Kids

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Joni with Jorn and Rufus-Luminato 2013 Toronto

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

photo by Danny Kapilian

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Commemoration of Place Kate-McGarrigle on Laurier in Outremont and Concerts in aid of the Kate McGarrigle Fund at Theatre Outremont.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Aug 7 is the day the City of Outremont honours Kate with the opening of Place Kate-McGarrigle on avenue Laurier near Querbes. For many years, Kate was a familiar figure on Laurier and the family is very touched by this gesture. By then, the Robert Wilson chair, Kate/Nora, will be in place in the small park space now planted with shrubs and flowers that Kate liked. The ceremony is slated to begin around 1.30p.m. or 13.30 and the City is closing off Laurier so people can mill about. Later that evening, Lian Lunson’s Sing Me the Songs That Say I love You will be screened at the Outremont Theatre on avenue Bernard. On Aug 8 there are 2 concerts, also at the Outremont, in honour of Kate and benefiting the Kate McGarrigle Fund. Special guests are Robert Charlebois, Michel Rivard, Marie-Michele Desrosiers, Fannie Bloom and Pierre Lapointe. Martha, Rufus, Jane and I are the hosts. Please come!

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Trauma – Radio-Canada mini-series

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Fabienne Larouche, the creator and producer of this very popular Quebec series about the lives of emergency room docs, invited Kate’s daughter and my niece, Martha Wainwright to do the 10 songs for this year’s cru now in it’s 4th season. For the past 3 seasons Ariane Moffatt and then Pascale Picard, 2 local artistes, sang popular English songs hand-picked by Fabienne that were then incorporated into the shows. This time around Fabienne thought she’d switch things up and asked Martha, considered to be an English-speaking artist, to interpret the season’s 10 new songs in French. Some of these are Martha’s own compos now translated into French but a couple of the songs are Quebec classics. In particular Offenbach’s, ‘Ayoye, tu m’fais mal’ (Ouch, you’re hurting me) the late Gerry Boulet’s signature song. Martha’s spectacularly emotive take on this song kicked-off the new Trauma season this past week and to use a rather crude term a small sh-tstorm has ensued. Most people like her version but there are dissenters. Some fans of the series don’t think people should be messing with the song, especially an Anglo. I’d like to point out that Martha is a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Canada has many French pure-laine ancestors, to name but a few: Arthur Latrémouille (originally from Embrun, On. same place as singing sensation/imitator Véronic Dicaire is from (we’re probably related!) Cordelia Primeau (Ste-Martine), Edouard Côté (Montréal.) Also, that from the age of 2 months (when her parents split up) Martha grew up in Montréal and graduated from Collège Rachel on the Plateau (now College Laurier.) If you want to join the discussion here’s Trauma’s facebook page. Trauma There are itunes links there for Martha’s cover of Ayoye and for the music from past seasons.

I should mention that the songs that Martha has done for Trauma will be released one at a time as they appear in the series and will be available on itunes. A compilation CD will also be released by Maple Music. Not all the songs that Martha cut for the series (limited to 10) are being used but they will all be on the CD or available as downloads. Enjoy Trauma!

Thanks Philip for the tip about this. I actually was already aware of it, my daughter Lily has been following the brouhaha. It’s her birthday today! Bon anniversaire chère Lily! It’s Jorn’s b-day too. Bon anniversaire cher Jörn!

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3 yrs

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Kate at the old upright, Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs N.Y. circa 1970

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Friday, December 21st, 2012

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Merry Noël!

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

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CBC Radio – Inside the Music-My playlist – Sunday Dec 9 2012

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Last Summer I was kindly invited to compile a playlist for the above show. I thought about it a while then made the decision to play only music by family and friends, rare cuts, demos or live versions of songs I really like. You’re not really supposed to play your own music but I did sneak in a very early Kate and Anna live from 1963 long before we became Kate and Anna. Frank Opolko taped the show here in Montreal at Maison Radio-Canada. He humoured me throughout. I was so hoping to channel Terry Gross or Peter Mansbridge, to come off sounding like a real pro. But I’m afraid it’s just little old me to paraphrase Judith Hearne she of the lonely passion. Thank you Frank!

Inside The Music is heard Sundays on Radio 2 at 3:00 p.m. ET, 3:30 p.m. in NL and on Radio One Sundays at 9 p.m. in Ontario, Quebec, Central, Mountain and Pacific; 10 p.m. in Maritimes; 10:30 p.m. in Nl as well as Sirius Radio Saturdays at 12 midnight ET, and Sundays at 6:00 ET.

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Blackfly & Mouches noires by Christopher Hinton

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Blackfly and Mouches Noires (Fr. version of Blackfly) are animated films by Christopher Hinton inspired by Wade Hemsworth’s famous song that Kate and I did music for back in the early 90s. Both are from the NFB site.

It saddens me to mention here that Christopher’s beloved daughter Emma, only 19, died tragically in a road accident out near Fort McMurray Alberta a couple of weeks ago. In memory of Emma, please consider a donation to the Frontier Animal Society, a cause to which she devoted so much time and love. (PO Box 2505, Stanstead, QC, J0B 1E0) Our heartfelt condolences to Chris, Katherine, Max and Paul.

Blackfly by Christopher Hinton, National Film Board of Canada

Mouches noires by Christopher Hinton, National Film Board of Canada

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