Life on the Road through the eyes of Canadian Country Touring and Recording Duo, Twin Kennedy
What does 18,860 km mean to you? For us, it represents a few months of our lives this year. We drove from Victoria to Cape Breton on our “It’s a Love Thing” winter tour, taking the scenic routes to include: 25 shows, 48 radio station visits, and 8 television spots. Along with these performances, each kilometer we have travelled comes with memories of people we have met and feelings we have shared.
As touring musicians, we spend at least half of our time on the road, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. No two days are the same. We can find ourselves dipping our toes in a small town stream one day, navigating a big city’s main arteries the next, and becoming stuck in a true Canadian snowstorm after that. We feel so lucky to have the opportunity to see Canada from a unique perspective and gain an understanding of life in so many different places across the country and the world.
Sharing ourselves through our music, we are able to get an experience of a new place that feels more intimate than simply passing through. We get a chance to turn strangers to friends in the span of a few hours. The people that we meet are always generous in teaching us about their hometowns and sharing some local secret spots with us.
Top tips to gain a local experience in a new place (even in just 1 day):
- Find the local caffeine fix! Chat to the first friendly face you find and ask where you can buy the best cup of coffee in town. One-of-a-kind shops are sure to have a specialty drink that can definitely beat big chain flavours.
- Lace up your walking shoes and head out! Ask the hotel staff where they love to walk. Some of our favourite memories of places come from exploring them by foot. You will always find something you didn’t expect to see when you let yourself wander.
- Don’t be afraid to get lost (We are both terrible with directions, so this happens to us often!) Sometimes wonderful places are just around the corner. We have stumbled upon the most beautiful views and cutest breakfast spots simply by driving without a map’s direction. Not to worry, with GPS technology and friendly locals, you will never be truly disoriented.
- Brush up on some reading! Even the smallest of towns usually have a local paper. This can be an excellent resource to give you ideas of how to spend your day. We have gotten to join in on some unforgettable festivals and events in new places, thanks to community magazines and local event listings. On our last tour, we read about a local Ceilidh in Charlottetown, PEI, phoned the organizer, and two hours later we were sharing the stage with local musicians!
Being on the road, it is also important for us to find some home comforts. We make sure to keep in touch with the people that we love, and social media enables our fans, friends and family all around the world to be a part of our tour. Additionally, we stay in hotels that can accommodate us musicians. It is the little things that help make a hotel feel like home:
- We need a space to warm up our singing voices and fiddle-and-guitar-playing hands that will not interrupt other guests.
- We look for a place that has a gym. A few km on a treadmill can really help us to stay grounded during our busy weeks.
- A healthy breakfast is a huge plus. With our busy travel schedule, it can be hard to keep fresh fruit and yogurt on hand. When a hotel has a hot breakfast and healthy food available on site, it starts a long travel day out right!
- It is helpful to have space to store our instruments and gear – as musicians, we don’t pack light!
- We are always grateful for friendly hotel staff to chat to and help with our suitcases and equipment.
The fall leg of our “It’s a Love Thing Tour” begins this month, and we could not be more excited to get back on the road (and experience Canada at a warmer time of year!) We will spend the next two months touring from Nova Scotia to Manitoba and once again, see the country in a new season!
September 2015 in Halifax, NS
September will be one of the most exciting months to spend in Halifax this year! The Canadian Country Music Awards will be taking place at Scotiabank Centre on Sunday, September 13th. The days leading up to Canadian country music’s biggest night will be equally as fun, with shows and events featuring many of Canada’s top country singers, songwriters and musicians. There will also be a number of amazing free concerts that you won’t want to miss. We are thrilled to be hosting a unique and exciting event during Country Music Week at Homewood Suites by Hilton® Halifax Downtown and Hampton Inn by Hilton™ Halifax-Downtown. Join us for “Rise and Shine – A Morning of Music with Ladies of Canadian Country” on September 12th at 10am. We will be celebrating women of Canadian Country music with performances by Lindsay Broughton, Tenille, Livy Jeanne, Trinity Bradshaw and yours truly, Twin Kennedy! Breakfast bites, free entertainment, and live interviews with some of the most talented ladies we know – what more could you ask for? Bring the family and spend the morning with us, we would love to meet you!
Until then… have a wonderful rest of your summer! See you in Halifax soon!
xo Twin Kennedy