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Mae Moore Tours Canada

On March 3, 2011 Mae Moore kicked off her cross-Canada tour at the Belfry Theatre. Cheered on by fans and backed by a stellar band, Mae launched her CD Folklore. Folklore is also the name of Mae’s recently published art and music book (www.maemoore.com).

Mae Moore concert at the Belfry, Victoria. BC, March 3, 2011. Photo by Eric Porcher. Used with Permission. Supported by the BC Arts Council

A gift of studio time from her husband, Lester Quitzau, set in motion Mae’s songwriting for Folklore. Throughout 2010 she explored new guitar tunings and poetic musings. Her deep connection to Canada’s majestic landscapes fueled several songs. In Tom Thomson’s Mandolin the painter’s reverence for beauty lives on through music.

After a ten-year break from touring, Mae decided to “traverse Canada on my own terms.” This meant traveling by rail, instead of air, due to environmental concerns. Throughout March, Mae played theatres, clubs and house concerts from Vancouver to Prince Edward Island. “I’ve been fortunate to live in many parts of Canada,” she says, “so the trip reconnected me with familiar places and faces.

Sojourning solo, Mae took advantage of VIA Rail’s On Board Musician program. She delighted passengers with two, 45-minute sets a day and traveled for free. Engaging the passengers with song-writing and sing alongs, she recalls: “During March break, the university students were lots of fun.”

Mae was thrilled to receive primary funding from the BC Arts Council. The Council’s peer-review selection process made her feel ‘relevant and validated’. “As a mature artist singing about Canadian soul,” she says, “it’s rewarding to spread the word outside BC.”

Mae Moore’s summer schedule includes a tour of BC and Alberta with drummer Bill Hicks. After a benefit concert for Japan at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in April, she’s appearing at Victoria JazzFest and the Filberg Festival. Watch for her at house concerts and Hollyhock.

Mae Moore received funding from the BC Arts Council’s
Special Projects – Touring Initiatives program in 2011.