Hamilton Fringe Festival

Roller Disco Dreams

While I've been arduously working on Roller Derby Saved My Soul, there is one aspect of the production that has often eluded me: the roller skating.  You'd think that with a show that involves roller skating this would be my first priority, but it is surprisingly harder than you think to find places to roller skate.  Skating rinks seem to have gone the way of the newspaper (what?) with very few of them around and far between.  Even Roller Derby teams seem to use de-iced hockey arena's or warehouses. Now, don't get me wrong.  I'm not a bad skater and I've picked up a lot on my own and from some training with various roller derby leagues.  That said, for the show, I need to take it to another level.  So after hearing about this place for months from the Toronto Roller Derby League, I finally packed up my skates, grabbed my Hamilton Fringe Stage Manager (hereby known as HFSM)  and GO Trained it out to Mississauga where I found my personal paradise.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Scooter's Roller Palace!

Every Thursday night they have Adult Roller Skating Lessons for an hour, followed by Nostalgia Night. The lessons were taught by this older gentleman with a pony tail who really caters his lesson to each person's individual level.  My HFSM put on skates for the first time since she was a child and still had a lot of fun (not to mention gained a new appreciation for what I do up on stage).  It was one helluva workout.  I learned so much in just one lesson (let's just say I can roll around on one foot now) and was given a lot of tips to work on at home without skates.  These include ankle turns, getting ankle weights to walk around in so I get used to lifting my feet with added weight, walking backwards of a treadmill or just at home to get used to skating backwords, proper footwork for turns, ect...  Plus, I was given the name of a skating teacher who might be able to give me private lessons for future Roller Derby Saved My Soul productions.  I even met some current and future Hammer City Roller Girls, which was incredibly cool. Now that I know exactly where Scooter's is, you can be sure I'll be back!

Lesson over, we rolled over to the snack bar for slushies and chips and that's when the magic began. The lights dimmed, the music started pumping through the speakers, and the whole place became an arrangement of blinking Christmas lights, neon and tiny disco balls.  Some people even had little lights on their skates - which note to self - mention to future lighting designer...

We watched for a bit as singles and couples waltzed around.  They were so good!  And then we hit the floor ourselves.

I let my hair down hoping it flipped out in that Farrah Fawcett way it sometimes does while the speakers blared that "Heaven, must be missing an angel..."

Seriously. I cannot wait to go back.  If you're in Toronto or Hamilton and feel like attending the roller disco with me again, please let me know.  I'd love the company.  Until then, I encourage you to enjoy the disco in the privacy of your own home or office space.

 

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Sooner Than Later

After a slightly cryptic ending to my last post, I can finally let you in on my not-so-little secret: Roller Derby Saved My Soul is getting a REMOUNT in Ottawa!

That's right, one of the most talked about shows at the Ottawa Fringe Festival is coming back!

Considered a "highlight" of the 2011 festival, Roller Derby Saved My Soul has been selected for the Fringe Benefits presentation as part of the Summer Fling programming of the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation and the Downtown Rideau BIA.

Fresh off a run at the Hamilton Fringe Festival, where it won an award for Best in Venue, the show also boasts at least 5 more minutes of new material never before seen in Ottawa - but after a rehearsal today with my director and production stage manager, that number might actually go up. For those of you who saw the show at the Ottawa Fringe, this is going to be a great reason to come back!

Three performances only:

August 11 - 8 p.m. August 12 - 8 p.m. August 13 - 8 p.m.

Tickets: $12 with all proceeds (minus a $2 surcharge) going back to the artists involved.

Tickets on sale now! Box Office: 613-564-7240

ROLLER DERBY SAVED MY SOUL Broken Turtle Productions written and performed by Nancy Kenny directed by Tania Levy stage managed by Nicolas Alain 55 mins | Comedy | PG - 13 - Warning: Language August 11 – 13, 2011 - 8 p.m. Arts Court Theatre - 2 Daly Ave.

Sibling rivalry, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and misplaced superhero worship: one woman just wants to conquer her world, one hip-check at a time.

WINNER: Best in Fest and Juror's Honourable Mention, Ottawa Fringe Festival, 2011 WINNER: Best in Venue, Hamilton Fringe Festival, 2011

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “(Kenny) celebrates the hero in all of us, and makes us want to go out, lace up pair of skates, and like this play, kick some ass.” – Hannah Christie, Fully Fringed Ottawa

“...tons of laughs mixed with genuine warmth, and a transformation-to-derby sequence that must be seen to be believed... Nancy K is one of the premiere comedic actresses in town... and it sure as sh*t won’t be a secret much longer.” – Kevin Reid, The Visitorium

“This is a feel good funny show with serious undertones. Go see it!” – Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

“I can’t stress the fact that this show is pure gold.” – Matthew Champ, Shouldyouseeit.com

“Nancy Kenny is funny and charming.” – Noreen Fagan, Capital Xtra

"Kenny mesmerizes as she exits her cocoon and drinks and rolls her way to new levels of self admiration. This is a must see: comedy, romance, violence and victory." - The Hamilton View

“Roller Derby Saved My Soul is the kind of light-hearted, honestly funny story you want to find at Fringe – and Kenny has it for you, geared up in elbow pads and a mouth guard.” – Holly Gordon, The Wig

"...one must applaud anyone who delivers lines, with aplomb, while moving about the stage on roller skates!" - Barbara Popel, Ottawa Community Review

"It is impossible to list every good thing that came out of this show." - Ryan Trepanier, Hamilton Community Review

"This is an outstanding play in every respect. Nancy Kenny’s performance never flags, and endows each character with distinctive and instantly recognizable traits. Her physicality, especially when getting changed into her roller derby outfit, is remarkable. This is a show that deserves to sell out each performance." - Julian Nicholson, Hamilton Community Review

Thank you, Hamilton!

Well, the Hamilton Fringe Festival has come and gone and I now find myself with that dull, empty, "what now" feeling that often plagues me after a show. The festival was great on so many levels: amazingly accommodating staff and volunteers, good venues in close proximity to each other, free shows for performers & volunteers and all shows get reviewed to boot. In total, I saw about a dozen shows and not a single one of them would I not recommend, which is no small feat. It's a young festival and it's not perfect, but it gets a soft spot in my heart, right alongside the Calgary Fringe Festival. I walked away with some great reviews, feedback from real live Roller Derby players and some great audience comments like:

"Loved this. It was good for the soul." - William Fairholm

"This is an outstanding play in every respect. Nancy Kenny’s performance never flags, and endows each character with distinctive and instantly recognizable traits. Her physicality, especially when getting changed into her roller derby outfit, is remarkable. This is a show that deserves to sell out each performance." - Julian Nicholson

And I got some pretty sweet gifts, including this hand-drawn gem:

The only real downside was that I didn't make any money, but I didn't lose any either, additional family members and roommates got to see the performance, the narrative structure of my show is better than what it was in Ottawa, I'm stronger than I was on skates, more at ease with the characters, and I've got a pretty cool war story to share from now on too. So, yeah, lots more pluses than minuses.

Now, I head back to Ottawa for a bit for some work, theatre and hopefully new ways to fill the void as I take a little break from the show. But have no fear, Roller Derby Saved My Soul WILL ride roll again. Maybe even sooner than you think...

Hammered Home

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. When I did Roller Derby Saved My Soul at the Ottawa Fringe Festival, I didn't bother inviting the Ottawa Roller Derby teams. To be honest, I had no clue how the show was going to turn out and I was scared they'd hate it. It's the equivalent to spending three years mooning over the hottest girl in school, pumping yourself up to finally ask her out by writing the perfect, stalker-ishly adorable love letter, and then, when you finally have the guts to read it to her, she laughs in your face, asks you who the fuck you think you are and then beats you up in the parking lot.

So, I chickened out.

But then we all know how Roller Derby Saved My Soul turned out. My confidence grew and, mostly because I really didn't know anyone in Hamilton, I emailed the Hammer City Roller Girls to tell them all about it.

They came. They saw. They laughed... in all the right places - there were even a few jokes that got laughs for the very first time because they knew exactly what I was talking about.

My fears? Completely unjustified. Five players were at the show last night and I had a chance to chat with them a bit both before and after the show. They loved it and I was thrilled! Lots of positive comments like "very true to life" and "three thumbs up." But then, as I told them about some of the things I wanted to add to the production:

"I'd like to add some jumps and tricks, but I really need to get stronger on skates first."

"I don't think so. You handled yourself pretty well out there."

Best. Comment. Ever.

I know my skating skills have improved dramatically since I first started doing the show, but hearing positive feedback like this from people who KNOW? That just makes it all worthwhile.

Hamilton Fringe - Midway Point

Well, here we are, more than half-way through the Hamilton Fringe Festival and I have to say that I have been thoroughly enjoying myself.  The staff and volunteers have been incredible and accommodating. You can tell how much they love Fringe. I've seen 7 productions so far, most of them chosen at random, and not a single one has disappointed. They were:

An Inconvenient Truthiness Book Worm Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter (which I saw, but my stage manager missed - however she caught Far from the Tree, which I have yet to see) Dirk Darrow: NCISS Minced When Harry Met Harry (which I had already seen in Ottawa, but was worth seeing again) Waiting for the Go

Though I normally don't review shows, I do want to point out three that really spoke to me on a personal level. I was moved both by the stories and the heart-filled passion I saw on stage. This first was Minced, which is a local show that's selling out, so it doesn't really need my "endorsement" as such, but I still totally wanted to mention it. The other two were the beautiful Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter and Book Worm. All three shows deal with family in incredibly touching and funny ways.

(Sidebar: Funny how I often see a particular theme in a bunch of shows at Fringe Festivals over the years. Last year, it was performers who give birth to unnatural objects like grown men and ducks; this year, it seems to be family. It's probably just where I'm at in my life right now, being the star of my own movie, family just seems to be very important to me these past few months.)

Of particular note, Book Worm. My stage manager and I randomly chose to see it, since it was on at 5 pm when we were arriving into town. I'm not usually a fan of outright storytelling, but from the moment he opens his mouth, Corin Raymond has a way of drawing you into his tale. You understand immediately why he loves reading stories out loud and I'll be damned if the entire room (ok, me) didn't want to be the girl on a beach in Spain who got to hear Farenheit 451 in its entirety until sunset. With a stage presence probably born out of a career as a musician, I simply could not believe that this was his first time (fourth performance ever) on stage telling stories.

I was thrilled when I found out that the list of books he talks about could be found at the back of the program. Book Worm makes you want to go out and read every single one. I looked at the program for the first time and that's when I finally caught it: Dramaturgy by TJ Dawe.

Duur.

Well this explains a lot. If you know who that is, you know I'm not kidding when I say that Book Worm can expect sold out houses when Corin tours it next year on the Fringe circuit. You heard it here first.

************************ But enough about other people, let's talk about me!

Yes, I've seen 7 productions, but I've had 4 performances of my own to great critical acclaim. Only two reviews and both of them very positive:

"Every Fringe Festival should hope to have a show like Roller Derby Saved My Soul." - Ryan Trepanier, Community Reviewer - http://artword.net/Fringe_Reviews/?p=120

"Kenny mesmerizes as she exits her cocoon and drinks and rolls her way to new levels of self admiration. This is a must see: comedy, romance, violence and victory." - Katie Penrose & Tamara Kamermans, The View http://www.viewmag.com/13766-The+Hamilton+Fringe+-+Another+Great+Year.htm

The View also gave me the Best in Venue nod, but I think the best present so far was during my interview at the Nicklebrook Fringe Club.

It was made out of my name. The "N" is the backboards, the "a" is my hand, the "nc" are my eyes, and the "y" is my ear and chin strap.

Can it get better than this?

Temporary Lifestyle

You may not know this because I didn't really talk about it much (and I found myself in Ottawa again quite a few times) but I moved to Toronto. I'm currently staying with friends until I find a permanent place of my own, but in my mind, this is where I live now. Though I've been pretty busy with the Hamilton Fringe Festival, I've had two days off where I've been looking for employment. Just something to get myself a bit more established here and to pay my bills while I pursue an acting career. I've had a few bites that look promising and many friends have suggested I sign up with a temp agency. I've worked with temp agencies in Ottawa before and things looked really good when I got a call immediately after sending in my resume about a potential position.

That said, here are a few of my pet peeves when looking for employment:

  • Most agencies will not tell you whom the potential employer they are suggesting you for is.  I understand that there are probably confidentiality agreements and the agency doesn't want people to go behind their backs to meet with an employer. However, there are certain companies/sectors that I do not feel comfortable working in and so wouldn't it save us all a bit of time if I could cross it off right away?
  • Many job postings don't indicate what the starting salary will be.  Anything below $15 an hour (and even that's pushing it) and I'm not interested.  Now, this is not me being greedy, this is based on my level of education and work experience, as well as comparable marketplace demand. So, if I knew your starting salary was too low from the beginning, I would not have bothered applying in the first place.
  • I wish I wouldn't get ask to rewrite what was on my resume every single time.  I know it's to make the employer's life easier, probably by granting them access to an easily searchable database, but then why also ask for a resume?
  • Which brings me to what's actually on my resume: marketing, communications, promotions, event planning... though I can fill in some short term administrative positions, do you really think this is the best use of my skills and time?
So what am I looking for? Temporary Contract or Part-Time work in the fields of Marketing (preferably with regards to Social Media), Media Relations, Promotions or Event Planning that allows me the flexibility to pursue my acting career.  If you have suggestions, please leave them in the comment field below.

Walking On Broken Glass

WARNING: If you have not yet seen Roller Derby Saved My Soul, you may not want to read further as this post contains many SPOILERS.

After arriving early enough to catch the smart little Waiting for the Go, my stage manager and I were off to show number two at the Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Having had a good night's sleep, my energy was high and I was pretty pumped for the show. Things were off to a great start. I always know it's going to be a good crowd when they recognize the Buffy theme song right off the top. This was no different. They were super present with me and gave me lots to play with.

About a quarter of the way through the show, my character does a little dance around to a song by K-dollar sign-Ha, before putting the prop bag down centre stage to open it and take out the gear. This time during the dance, however, the bag slipped from my hand and fell on the floor. The music is pretty loud at this point so I didn't think anything of it. After all, the bag only contains my derby gear, a plastic water bottle, my phone, and a glass beer bottle. No big deal.

Moments later, as I've now stepped away from the bag, I start to notice a small puddle forming around it.

"Uh oh," I think. "Stage manager must have not closed one of the bottle properly."

I tell myself that it's just a little water and there probably won't be much more since I'm no longer moving the bag. I continue through with the Roller Derby transformation and figure I'll tighten the lid on one of the bottles when I get back to the bag. When I go for my first skate around the stage, I notice that the puddle has gotten distinctively bigger...

I now find myself at the bag again and, as I keep talking, I open the side pocket and reach in to subtly screw one of the caps back on.

In a split second, my mind goes through the following thought process:

1) Oh, the caps are still on. 2) Don't cut your hand on that broken glass. 3) FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK! The beer bottle broke.

And my outside voice says the first thing that comes to mind - absolutely still in character of course - "Oh, something broke."

I lift up the bag only to hear what to my ears sounds like the thunderous jingling of broken glass, followed by a mini flood onto the stage.

And in another split second my thought-process goes:

1) FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK! 2) What the fuck do I do now? I am all alone up here. The stage manager and venue tech can't help me. 3) This might be dangerous, maybe I should just stop the show. 4) How the hell do I clean this up? I can't go off-stage to get something. What the fucketyfuckfuckfuck can I use to clean this up?

And so my outside voice simply says: "I should probably clean this up." And I grab the only thing available to me as I continue on with my description of Roller Derby names - my costume pieces from the first half of the show.

And you know what? It's fine. It totally works. And when I reach the part where I use the beer bottle, I grab the plastic water bottle (a bottle that is only in my bag because my director is an f'n genius who thought it would be good for me to have just in case I ever choke on a popcorn kernel) instead and tell everyone that the "Roxanne" drinking game is very simple. You just need a "BEER" and the song Roxanne by The Police. The audience laughed and totally went with it. And later, when I grab the bottle of water again, I simply look at the audience and say "WATER". Again, they went with it.

After the show, my stage manager said it was amazing. She had no idea how I was going to get through that as they were scrambling in the booth to figure out some way to get me paper towels and a new bottle.

This was probably my best show yet.

It was only at this point, as I took my things out of the bag for the venue tech to go throw out the glass that I realized I had forgotten that my iPhone was also in the side pocket with the bottles. Part of me was grateful for the mental block because I might have freaked out on stage if I had seen it then. As it turns out, the phone is just fine.

But this was not to be the end of our adventures tonight! Oh no! That would be too easy. And I'm NancyKenny - Neverdoesthingstheeasyway is my middle name.

Since there were still some small shards of glass stuck in the bag and that all my clothes were now soaking wet, I decided to bring everything home with me to Toronto for some much needed laundry. After a fun interview at the Fringe Club (where the host flattered me by wearing a Green Lantern T-shirt, sadly though, with no vest), we raced to the Go Station for a late night ride home. I put the costume bag in the overhead compartment and proceeded to doze off.

We arrived in Toronto in record time and I decided that I would head over to the Toronto Fringe Tent to say goodbye to some friends. It wasn't until I reached Honest Ed's that my hands suddenly felt very empty.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!

I left the costume bag on the bus. A friend decided to come with me as I raced back to Union Station, pestering me with logic the entire way.

"Oh, your roller skates aren't in that bag? So, you just need another bag and some pants? Not even pants, just shorts? That's like half of pants. A stage manager for someone in our venue got hit by a car today and has a broken hip. Relax."

Excuse me? They are not JUST shorts. It is not JUST a bag. It is a COSTUME! And everyone involved with my show is perfectly FINE! Can you not see that I want to freak out about this? Why must you put EVERYTHING into "perspective"? GAH!

We arrived about a half an hour before the last buses of the night. I approached a group of bus drivers (a gaggle?) and asked them if they knew which one was the Hamilton bus that arrived at midnight. A kind old man spoke up and took me to his bus. I raced to the last compartment at the very back and opened it up to find... nothing. I opened another compartment and another and another. I checked the other side of the bus too. Nothing. The driver asked if someone was sitting behind us and maybe they took it? I almost started panicking again until he realized that this was not the bus I had been on.

Then he did the nicest thing ever: he spent the next five minutes on the radio, calling around to find my bus and driver. He guessed my bag was on its way to Hamilton right now and offered to come in early to work tomorrow afternoon to make sure I got it. My friend immediately developed a man-crush on the nicest bus driver in the world. We waited around with him to get a final confirmation that, yes, my bag was in Hamilton. However, since this driver now had to leave with his own load of passengers, he took my number down and said he'd give it to dispatch and have them call me when it was found. About twenty minutes later, it was.

So thank you, Bus Driver Garry, you totally made my night!

Now to figure out where I will do laundry in Hamilton tomorrow... otherwise the 5 pm crowd is going to get a very squishy show.

Chalk It Up To Experience

Before getting on the bus to Hamilton yesterday, I was pretty nervous. New city. New venue. New Stage Manager. But as soon as we got there, I was immediately put at ease by the friendly Volunteer Coordinator and our awesome venue technician. The space is very similar to the one I had in Calgary last year with The Last Goddamned Performance Piece, and I gained massive respect for our young technician when she told us that she has built this space from the ground up for the past two years. We are definitely going to be in good hands.

As a performer, I never have to deal with Q2Qs, levels, and other technical junk. I walk out, stand where I'm needed and say something when asked. However, since my SM had never seen the show before, all of this stuff would fall to me. It's a good thing then that through all my years in the theatre I seem to have been paying attention.

At one point, I giggled to myself as I sat in the audience staring at the lights on stage saying things like: "Could you bring the back lights down 20%?" and "Take out the purples but give me some red."

Alright, I'm not a lighting designer, but I do know what will work for Fringe and I felt pretty proud about that. Even a few sound issues didn't phase me. We set up a backup plan with what we had and then I went home and, with the help of my awesome sound designer, fixed everything up on my computer.

We finished on time and then my SM and I celebrated in a little Cafe at the GO Station before heading back to Toronto.

Hamilton, are you ready for this?

Stop! Hammer Time

I woke up this morning with a knot in the pit of my stomach. Even though the Ottawa Fringe Festival was mere minutes ago, even though I have a good show that I am incredibly proud of, I am incredibly nervous about heading out to the Hamilton Fringe Festival. Today, after a French radio interview in Toronto about the show, I'll be taking the GO Train out for my technical rehearsal. I'm trying to focus on the work that needs to be done before we open on Friday.

If you are in or around Hamilton over the next two weeks, or know people who are, please, let them know about my show. Nerves be damned. It's going to be a blast!

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LAST MINUTE ADDITION TO THE HAMILTON FRINGE FESTIVAL! Tickets now available online: http://www.hamiltonfringe.ca/shows/roller-derby-saved-my-soul

Roller Derby Saved My Soul Company: Jellybelly Productions, Toronto (ON) / Broken Turtle Productions, Ottawa (ON)

Writer/Performer: Nancy Kenny Director by: Tania Levy Stage Manager: Lisa Aitken

Genre: Comedy Audience: General Audience Warnings: Language

Plot Summary: Sibling rivalry, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and misplaced superhero worship: one woman just wants to save the world, one hip-check at a time.

Winner: Best in Fest and Juror's Honourable Mention at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe Festival

“(Kenny) celebrates the hero in all of us, and makes us want to go out, lace up pair of skates, and like this play, kick some ass.” – Hannah Christie, Fully Fringed Ottawa

“This is a feel good funny show with serious undertones. Go see it.” – Alvina Ruprecht, CBC Radio

“I can’t stress the fact that this show is pure gold.” – Matthew Champ, Shouldyouseeit.com

Friday, Jul 15 - 05.30 PM Saturday, Jul 16 - 08.30 PM Sunday, Jul 17 - 05.00 PM Wednesday, Jul 20 - 08.30 PM Friday, Jul 22 - 06.30 PM Saturday, Jul 23 - 10.00 PM Sunday, Jul 24 - 02.00 PM

Tickets: $9.00 No latecomers

Venue 4: DAC Studio Address: 28 Rebecca Street Hamilton Ontario

Seats: 75 Show Length: 50 minutes

Fringe Wrap-up

Has it really been over a week since the Ottawa Fringe shut it down for another year? Time seems to have flown by so fast! The 2011 Ottawa Fringe is going to be a defining moment in my life. After 9 years of Fringes, I feel like this one was just everything I ever wanted it to be. I created something, on my own terms (with a little help from my friends), that I not only was proud of, but others seemed to like a heck of a lot too. Not a single bad review (seriously, I checked!), three sold out shows with more people still trying to get in, constantly mentioned in people's top 3 shows on Twitter, huge buzz at the tent, a Best in Fest additional performance, family members who finally got to see me perform, and an Ottawa Fringe Festival Award as just a little bit of icing on the cake. And all this for a show that I still consider a work in progress.

So you'd understand if, after all that excitement, I just wanted to disappear, relax and chill out for a bit.

The two days post-Fringe went by in such a blur. I didn't really allow myself to think it was over. Monday was spent eating free food (won at the Ottawa Fringe, natch) and settling the financial accounts for the show. Tuesday, I had a promotion job, packed, had a post-mortem for the show followed by drinks with one of the last touring performers still in town and had an, ahem, date (which was really nice, btw).

Unfortunately, by Wednesday, ye ol' show withdrawal kicked into gear and I had a mini-meltdown in front of a very patient Air Canada employee who I wish I could still thank today. And I was off to New Brunswick to spend time with the family and shut my brain off from all things theatre related.

But this is me we're talking about, so of course that did not happen. Not really. I spent some pretty great times back home, reconnecting with aunts, uncles and cousins I never see, as well as spending some real quality time with my sister and nephew all ON A BEACH! Note to self: going home at a time other than Christmas is a lot more wonderful and stress free - must look into doing it more. And at night, after everyone had gone to bed, I'd get on my laptop and do some work.

It seems that my little show that could did has caused more of a buzz than I could have possibly imagined. I've handed in one festival application, I'm in talks for a few potential remounts in Ottawa and, to top it all off, a friend of mine has given me her spot at the Hamilton Fringe Festival so in about a week and a half I'll be donning my roller skates once more (since this is a very last minute entry, the website has yet to be updated - another post will be written as soon as it is).

So here I am writing this from the Moncton Airport, having just said goodbye to my sister and nephew, feeling pretty sad to be going so soon, but filled with hope and possibility for what's to come next.

My flight will be boarding soon, so I'll just leave you with some special thanks that I had included in my show program, as well as a few others I may have missed the first time around. The gratitude I feel right now simply cannot be properly expressed into words:

Tania Levy, Nick Alain, Heather MacDonald, Natasha Jetté, Donna Williams & Arts Court, City of Ottawa, Natalie Joy Quesnel & the Ottawa Fringe Festival, the crew at the Studio Leonard-Beaulne, Patricia Allison, Christopher Bedford, Emily Pearlman, Mikaela Dyke, Peter Janes, Paul Hutcheson, Jayson MacDonald & the Big Comedy Go-To, Uncle Leon, Coffee, Kismet, Knee Socks, all solo performers, the audience and those who read this blog, everyone who’s ever put up with HoboKenny and, of course, Roller Derby Guys and Gals from across the globe.