Rachelle Van Zanten

Rachelle Van Zanten

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August 28, 2006

August 28- August 30, 2006

Rocker Kids North
Francois Lake Elementary School
Francois Lake, B.C.
10 am - 4 pm
www.rockergirlcamp.com

August 27, 2006

Hot Water

My water is just about to boil. I have 2 weeks off from planes, trains, and automobiles before I head back out into the cultural rollercoaster ride that is set before me come September 8th. I am blessed, I know this. Many would jump at the chance to spend their time blazing through country after country, playing music in the process. Oh, my water is boiling...ein moment bitte. Mmmm. Organic Cocoa. I just got back from tarping the hay. It's going to rain tonight and so far the hay is perfect with not one drop of rain on it. A bear with three cubs met me at lunch time after she had her fill of raspberries. It was moderately scary but my dogs were in full on body guard mode.
I am officially on holidays after a summer of Rocker Girl Camps and Canadian Folk Festivals. I think my best summer so far now that I look back. Ottawa's highlight was playing the slide guitar workshop with Salil and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt along with my buddy, Rick Fines. New heights were climbed.
Tomorrow is day one of Rocker Kid Camp. Oh, did I say I was on holidays? Not really. I am excited to see what these kids have to say and sing about. They are the reason that I am still in music:)

August 21, 2006

Ottawa Citizen-August 19, 2006

"For those of you who like surprises and discoveries with your festival experience, you could do worse than to check out Rachelle van Zanten. Simply put, this woman is the total package. A fabulous musician on keyboards and guitar, particularily on acoustic and electric slide guitar, a great voice and a strong songwriter with excellent pop and rock sensibilities. The material on this solo debut ranges from the stark January , to the nonsense songalong Yah Yahs, to the countryish Down to California, with harmonies from Mae Moore that make the tune sound like those great old Emmylou Harris- Linda Ronstadt duets. But the highlight of the session is undoubtedly the rocky Take Me Right Back, a workout with her mentor slide sensation Lester Quitzau, that'll get you up and jumping..." by Norm Provencher

August 19, 2006

August 17-20, 2006

Ottawa Folk Festival
Brittania Park
Ottawa, ON
www.ottawafolk.org

August 17, 2006

Ottawa X-Press- August 17, 2006

"...Determined to take it the next step further, this year van Zanten branched out and struck a resplendent roots chord of her own with Back to Francois- an alternatively sweet and savage solo effort wherein she finds a more expressive balance between spitfire brawn and stark beauty..." by Steve Baylin
Read!

August 16, 2006

August 16, 2006

Festival Place
100 Festival Way
Sherwood Park, AB
showtime at 7:30 pm
www.festivalplace.ab.ca

August 15, 2006

Where do we go from here?

Uhhh. Edmonton Folk Fest came and went and now I am bummed out. This summer is going by so quickly and soon it will be cold and I will be wearing wool in England. The fest was so fantastic...i believe I haven't actually over used this adjective yet. yes, it ROCKED and I had so much fun playing my solo set with Francois Taillefer and Oliver Swain. The songs went to a completely new place and will never ever go there again. Oh Francois...why did you have to go? Darn you McDades anyhow! My other big highlight was playing the "Alberta Views" workshop with James Keelaghan, Jenny Allen, The McDades (oh Francois), Oscar Lopez, Bill Bourne, and umm another amazing mandolin player of whom I will find the name of soon. It was the best wrap up workshop of all times and the audience felt it too. I think intense collaberation with a twist of comedy would be the best way to describe it.
Now I am busy mountain biking, writing touring grants, doing German voice overs, booking shows, figuring out record contracts, going on therapeutic cruiser rides with ultra adventure racers, drinking Belgian beer with Wanda, admiring pregnant women and their bellies (there are alot right now), and washing my underwear so I have clean ones for the Ottawa Folk Festival.
Tomorrow is a new day and just want to say thank you to all the new fans for your sweet emails. I LOVE THEM and they send me into sweet dream land every night. THANK YOU and goodnight.

August 13, 2006

August 10-13, 2006

Edmonton Folk Music Festival
Gallagher Park
Edmonton, AB
www.efmf.ab.ca

August 11, 2006

Rain...wet

Good to be in Edmonton again. Went this morning to my favorite hangout...first to check out the latest Marinoni road bikes at Redbike, and then to the Sugarbowl for a read of the See and Vue gossip accompanied by a stiff latte. It is raining hard and I assuming tonight will be a swamp for Hawksley Workman. He is my new friend on Myspace so I am going to go and heckle him from the side of the stage. "Play some Frampton"- gets them everytime.
I am dead so am going to hang low before tomorrow's concert. Need to carbo load before 4 pm. Then it is time to hit the stage and turn to 4. i want to go to 11 but the amp is not built for that. Macht nichts.
Must go and load the van now.

August 10, 2006

Stave Magazine- Summer 2006 Issue

"Rachelle van Zanten is a yet another Canadian with the kind of musical muscle that spits in the eye of American musical arrogance. This is gritty, poppy, bluesy, slide laden guitar work with catchy tunes and comfy vocals..."Read for yourself.

The Calgary Herald- August 5, 2006

"Girl school of rock: Teen girls taught to harness their inner guitar goddess" Read it.

August 3, 2006

August 3, 2006

Yamnuska Mountain Series
Kananaskis Ranch Golf Resort
Canmore, AB
Tickets available at 2 Hands 1 Heart Massage 722- 8 St.
& Second Story Books 713-8 St. or by calling Jacqueline at 403. 996.0957.

August 1, 2006

August 1-5, 2006

Rocker Girl Camp
Cliff Bungalow Mission Community Association
Calgary, AB
www.rockergirlcamp.com

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