Süss is currently finishing recording some favourites from the months past. Look forward to hearing Daniel Roy (Daniel ROA) on drums, Marie-Josée Dandeneau (O My Darling) on bass, Dan Donahue on some beautiful old guitars, and the Random Cousins’ Choir!
Stopping at a roadside picnic spot for a break led to a tiny dip. If you are mammalian, I don’t recommend going further in than this before the May long weekend.
Süss plays Pride Milwaukee in 2011!
The Rainbow Stage! Also appearing at the Festival is Salt ‘n’ Pepa!
Check it out and definitely come on down if you are looking for an adventure!
The Canadian Shield is a vast and beautiful area of the country.
The Süss Music Spring Tour 2011 travelled across it by hatchback, managing to avoid collision with, but attaining sights of moose, deer, crane, rodent and fox.
There is a twinning project of the 17 Highway between Toronto and Thunder Bay, so there were incredible stretches of newly blasted open granite, shale, and marbled quartz. The colours were stunning and varied.
Climbing this rockface proved to be an excellent break from sitting in the hatchback. I loved the visceral connection of the sunshine on my skin, the warmed rock face, and the dangerous climb up the sage and purple shale, sometimes in sturdy outcroppings, sometimes peeling off in giant slivers and tiny sheets.
Süss enchanted the throngs of dainty moustaches, gaylords, mimes, accordian players and espresso hawks the evening of Gaie Paris, the Gala to celebrate and raise funds for the Rainbow Resource Centre.
With Winnipeg’s finest French musicians, curated by Dominique Reynolds, a fine cabaret ensued.
Süss Hits the Road with a Guitar and a lot of Gumption
by Laura MacDonaldon April 25, 2011
Quirky and unusual, Süss’ music finds a way of balancing the skill and wisdom of experience with a lust for life that is definitely catching. Süss performs with Rae Spoon on Sunday, May 1 at Casa del Popolo, 4873, boul Saint-Laurent.
At a time in her life when most professional musicians are starting to think about defaulting to their “plan B”, songstress Süss is instead bravely taking on new adventures. Stepping out of her comfort zone, Süss will be spending the next month playing the role of the travelling minstrel, wandering through Ontario and Québec on her first mini-tour to promote her first solo album, I Just Ride My Bike. Much like the title of her album suggests, Süss’ music is playful and whimsical. Her jazz-influenced style of folk pop pairs well with her eclectic lyrics, which are sometimes sassy and comedic, sometimes dreamy and romantic. Quirky and unusual, Süss’ music finds a way of balancing the skill and wisdom of experience with a lust for life that is definitely catching.
Excited about her upcoming travels, Süss is particularly excited about returning to Montréal, a town that she feels is infused with art and energy, something that she has tried to apply to life in her hometown. And even though she “sometimes feels a bit isolated” as an openly queer artist in Winnipeg, this tour is an opportunity not just to promote her music, but also to make connections with other queer artists. When Süss makes her stop in Montréal, she will be opening for Montréal-based post-folk wanderer, Rae Spoon, someone who has travelled the world as an independent artist thanks to help from an international queer network. A perfect pairing of travelling souls, the Rae Spoon + Süss show promises to be one for dreamers and rolling stones.
Süss performs with Rae Spoon on Sunday, May 1 at Casa del Popolo, 4873, boul Saint-Laurent. Tickets are $10 with a “no one turned away for lack of funds” policy at the door. www.casadelpopolo.com
Here is a copied version of the following article in Xtra on April 21st, 2011.
In fact, it wasn’t until reaching her 30s that Süss seriously considered a career in music. Her parents had encouraged their children to sing hymns in their Mennonite church, but Süss found herself increasingly captivated by artists like Bruce Cockburn and Jane Siberry. Enrolling at the University of Winnipeg as a mature student, she began to explore jazz piano improvisation and multicultural music in search of her own personal sound.
“I was really interested in different time signatures,” she says. “I mostly perform on guitar and piano, but there were 10 years where I played flute doing traditional Middle Eastern music. Well, as traditional as a white girl like me can pull off.”
Süss’s first serious music job came while working at the CBC, where she was producing a documentary about her experience as a gay Mennonite. Fellow staffer Clare Lawler commissioned Süss to write a piece that became “Waltz for Clare,” and the results encouraged Süss to start planning a full-length album.
Unlike pop or rock music, jazz and folk tend to have fairly long shelf lives in record stores and with online vendors, which allows a new artist space and time to catch on. Süss placed I Just Ride My Bike with the indie music site CD Baby for distribution and slowly began to build a dedicated local following that appreciated her sound. As sales and audiences grew, she began to look beyond her prairie borders in search of wider exposure.
Now embarking on her first multi-date tour, Süss is ready to introduce her music to new audiences across the country. It’s quite a step up from some of the jobs she was forced to take while honing her craft.
“While I was writing and working towards recording, I had to do a lot of odd things to support myself,” she says. “I pulled rickshaw in Winnipeg for a while. One night I pulled [Manitoba jazz performer] Wally Larson to the Franco Manitoba Cultural Centre. I made him give me 20 bucks.”
Money well spent, I say. The production on I Just Ride My Bike is crisp and clean, allowing Süss’s delicate musings plenty of space to have a solid impact on the listener. The lyrics are thoughtful, sweet and frequently quite funny, creating an intensely personal and affectionate atmosphere.
Whether it’s the gleefully goofy song “Lesbian Sex” (“Lesbian Sex is better than a gmail address, it’s better than searching the net, for a blogger who’s obsessed”) or the poignant “Lovers, Drugs and the Wandering Apostrophe” (“The drugs of her lover take her under… at first she does a little, just to be together on that same planet”), Süss manages a conversational feel that is both effective and affecting.
The title track is also a standout, with its joyful ode to nighttime bike rides.
“It’s really fantastic to do in summer here in Winnipeg, when it’s been too hot and you need to cool off,” says Süss. “I like to stand on the pedals, throw all my weight onto the front of the handlebars and then let go with my hands. It’s night, and I have my arms and fingers in the air, and it just feels so beautifully free.”
Süss brings her tour to Toronto on Tues, May 3 at The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave. See sussmusic.com for more details.
Süss hits the road with Baby Daddy, the small roundy guitar she’s been writing on lately, playing some new songs and some songs from her 2007 debut CD, i just ride my bike, and playing some piano songs in select locations too. Here are the dates and places.
April 26 Peterborough
May 1 Montreal
May 2 Ottawa
May 3 Toronto
May 4 Sudbury
May 5 Sault Ste. Marie
May 6 Thunder Bay
Let your friends in these cities know! If you spread the word, more people will have a great time!
Süss will play in Montréal in May with Rae Spoon at Casa del Popolo.
There may be another special guest, but it certainly will be a lovely Sunday night.
Look for more shows around that time around that area.