Rod Matheson’s project Everyday Music has been creating an incredible archive of music in Vancouver over the past few years, all the while unfolding his own personal story too. And he’s only half way through.

He posts a live, one take video of a new artist/song every day with the goal of 1000 days. We’ve been trying to connect for a long time, and finally we made it happen. I’m thrilled to be day #511!

We had aimed to film at the orange piano that was part of Vancouver’s “Keys to the Streets” program, but discovered upon arrival they had packed it up for fall a few days ahead of schedule. Our search for another piano lead us to The Prophouse in East Van, to that familiar corner in the back.

“Lucky or Lost” – Everyday Music

Award-winning, CBC Radio 3 Top 10 hitting, alt-folk singer-songwriter Christa Couture is launching her long awaited new album “The Living Record” with a cross-Canada tour.

Catch her in Vancouver with the full band, performing solo on Vancouver Island on a double bill with C.R. Avery, and then across Canada with roots/rock/pop duo Redgy Blackout.

Yes from Ymir onwards, Redgy Blackout will open the night as well as join Christa for her set (they’re awesome like that).

For more info, see the event listings below or contact

09/06 – Vancouver CD Release Party @ St James Hall, with full band. Presented by Rogue Folk Club.

09/07 – Port Albern BC @ Char’s Landing, double bill with C.R. Avery. Fb event:

09/08 – Cumberland BC @ Cumberland Hotel, double bill with C.R. Avery. Fb event:

09/09 – Salt Spring Island, venue TBD, double bill with C.R. Avery. Fb event:

All following tour dates are with Redgy Blackout:

09/14 – Ymir BC @ The Schoolhouse. Fb event:

09/15 – Lethbridge AB @ Owl Acoustic. Fb event:

09/16 – Edmonton AB @ Wunderbar. Fb event:

09/17 – Calgary AB @ The Ironwood. Fb event:

09/18 – Regina SK @ Creative City Centre. Fb event:

09/20 – Brandon MB, venue TBC. Presented by the Brandon Folk Festival. Fb event:

09/21 – Dauphin MB @ The Fire Hall. Fb event:

09/22 – Winnipeg MB @ The Folk Exchange. Presented by Winnipeg Folk Festival. Fb event:

09/25 – Thunder Bay ON @ The Apollo. Fb event:

09/27 – Sudbury ON @ Fromagerie Elgin. Fb event:

09/29 – Owen Sound ON @ private house concert. Live in the area? Contact

09/30 – Peterborough ON @ The Garnet. Fb event:

10/02 – Guelph ON @ The Cornerstone. Fb event:

10/03 – Toronto ON @ The Melody Bar, presented by ANDPVA. Fb event:

10/04 – Cobourg ON, venue TBC.

10/10 – Kitchener ON @ The Boathouse. Fb event:

10/11-14 – catch Christa Couture and Redgy Blackout at OCFF, Missisauga ON.

10/17 – Montreal QC @ Le Cagibi, with Moe Clark. Fb event:

10/18 – Ottawa ON @ The Elmdale. Fb event:

10/19 – Kemptville ON @ The Branch. Fb event:

10/20 – London ON @ East Village Co-op. Fb event:

10/23 – Onanole MB @ private house concert. Live in the area? Email for info.

It’s a line I’ve sung many times over the past eight years. The song, Pussycat Pussycat, I wrote in my early hours back in Canada after a year of living in England, on a bus from Toronto to Montreal… I love performing it live and aimed to include it on Fell Out of Oz in 2005, but Futcher wasn’t feeling it. It clearly didn’t fit on The Wedding Singer and The Undertaker and I began to consider it would be a song I often sang but never recorded.

But I think it might be on The Living Record. At least, I’m going to run it past the gang. Despite her years, I feel she could fit in with the new crowd. She’s one that keeps being true for me and I’d love to see her get her dues.

Indeed, where have I been?

This trip, and I’ve been away just over a month now, has felt like a hundred journeys in one. (more…)

An unexpected thing occurred during my artist residency at the ISLAND Hill House (and a funny thing on the way to the forum) – I made my first video blog. Artists do it all the time, I watch them all the time, and I carry my little flip video camera every where I go. But I’d never been compelled to use it in that way.

Something about being alone in the woods, something about finding a way to still connect with the world, something about having lots of time to think – and once I got started, I really liked it.

Which is to say I think I may be a budding video blogger. I may also be a budding nudist. Here are the nine video diaries in a row:


We all have our strengths and natural aptitude. Mine is not a green thumb. I’ve a few houseplants that I constantly yank from the brink of death and many that I never could maintain or save. The three stalks of “fool-proof” bamboo I was given have even dwindled to one. I gaze out at my patio and admire my dirt/weed garden where nothing I’ve tried to cultivate has lasted, and I don’t mind. (more…)

My first gig ever was at The Railway club, some eight (nine?) years ago. I’d never played at an open mic or even for friends for that matter – few of them knew I was even writing songs – and Murray Atkinson (my guitar teacher at the time who also recorded my first demos) invited me to play an opening set for his band. There’s video of it around here somewhere that I have never watched but I remember it well. My knees were water beneath me and most of my will went to fighting the nerves that shook my whole body. I was a wreck. (more…)

(as sent to Christa Couture mailing list May 10 2010)

Comrades! It’s been a long time and I’ve missed you too. Let’s catch up. First off:

I need your help! With your vote I could perform at Lilith Fair in Vancouver!

…12 years ago I was a teenager in the audience at Lilith Fair Vancouver. I loved it. I hadn’t even started to play guitar yet then and was far from sharing my music with the public. I was so inspired by seeing many of my favorite artists live. Being part of it now would be AMAZING but I need your help! The Fair is choosing ONE local artist from each city they stop in via a voting process online. At first I found the process kind of confusing so I will detail the steps here. Let me know if they don’t make sense. You are, as ever, the best.

  1. Login with your Facebook account or create a new login at OurStage –
  2. Go to my artist page  and click “make this my favourite artist” on the right. This will help my song come up sooner in the voting/listening.
  3. At the top, click on “Judge” tab, then on the right “Lilith Fair Channels” then select “Lilith Local Talent Search: Vancouver”
  4. Four artists come up for you to rate – listen to at least 15 seconds of each song (there’s some crap, and then there’s some gems you just might love)
  5. Drag the photos to the right in your order of preference and click “Lock in Vote”. You’ll get another four artists.
  6. You may go through a few rounds of voting on other artists before you get to a batch of four with me and my song “I Will” in it, so please keep voting until you do!
  7. Once you DO see me, place me at #1 and then “Lock in Vote”
  8. Know that your support means a lot to me. Thank you!

You can do this once a day if you want, but once in total is appreciated too. Please do so by May 24th when the top 20 will go onto the next round!

In other news… where have I been for the past year? I had a baby! Last May. And so it’s been a year of laying low musically – save for the many lullabies. Here on YouTube is a video of me performing at 8 months pregnant last spring, just before going into hiding with my wee new family. Now that spring has unfolded again, I’m starting to bring this YOU + ME part of my life back into focus. I have missed you guys and sharing my music with your ears in person.

I’m glad to be back at it and though I sometimes forget to send out these newsletters – Twitter gets the bulk of my attention (okay I’m maybe addicted), there’s the less often but occasional Facebook updates, and of course my sorely out of date blog -Â but I aim to send this newsletter out as often as there are performances/recordings/causes – the meatiest news – to share with you. I’ve a general rule of no more than one per month, but hopefully there will be enough going on that it’s not another year before we speak!

Until next time,

(as sent to the mailing list:)

hello friends*

something for you Canadians… remember last november when i was part of the Aboriginal Music Awards? when i got to perform at the skydome and received the “best folk album” award? of course you do! well, they’re finally airing the event on CityTV!

the one hour special of the highlights from the night includes my performance of “the declaration of spring” along with performances by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tanya Tagaq, Crystyal Shawanda, Stevie Salas and more…

on CityTV stations Canada wide, 8pm Friday June 19th.

here’s a promo.



(as sent to the Christa Couture mailing list Feb/3/09):

As this is my first missive of 2009, I must begin with a heartfelt exclamation of Happy New Year! What’s left of it anyway. And as for this note, it shall be brief, thus:

1) Gigs: Performance at the Chan Centre
2) Do you tweet?
3) the CAMAS in case I didn’t tell you already
4) In conclusion

1) Gigs. There’s just the one coming up – I’m taking time off from les gigs for the next wee while. I hope to be at some summer festivals and will let you know when we’re closer to those sunnier days! But for now, I’ve this one fantastic show coming up:

Sunday February 15th, 8pm
The Chan Centre for Performing Arts
at UBC, Vancouver (BC people, have you been to this place? It’s outstanding. Most recently I saw Ani DiFranco there, and before that a solo performance by Philip Glass. It’s SUCH a beautiful room and I’m ecstatic to be making music in it).Tickets $16-22 from Ticketmaster. 604.280.3311 or

I’ll be joined by 5 piece version of my band (huzzah!) and we’re opening up for Lynn Manning‘s incredible one man show “Weights”. The night is presented by Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, KicksART Festival and The Chan Centre for Performing Arts.

2) are you on Twitter? If so, you can now follow me and I you!

3) In November, I was honoured to receive BEST FOLK ACOUSTIC ALBUM from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. It was a fantastic event. The gala, at which I performed (as did Tanya Tagaq (swoon!) and Buffy Sainte Marie (double swoon!) ) will be broadcast on CityTV sometime this year. I’ll keep you posted.

4) Though I haven’t been on stage often this past couple months, they have been a busy time. A winter hibernation time of writing new material and dreaming up new projects. I hope these months have kept you cosy too and I hope also to see/hear/read you all soon.



TORONTO, Nov. 11 /CNW/ – The legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, roots rockers Eagle and Hawk and country star Crystal Shawanda are just a few of the top names confirmed to perform at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards gala, taking place Friday, November 28th at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

With five nods each Eagle and Hawk and Crystal Shawanda lead the nominations for the 10th annual awards show, which celebrates the best in Canadian Aboriginal music. Buffy Sainte-Marie will receive the Lifetime Contribution to Aboriginal Music special honour during the live event.

Hosted by Aboriginal actors Don Kelly and Renae Morriseau, additional performers slated to perform during the three-hour CAMA extravaganza include multiple nominees Tanya Tagaq (3), Fara Palmer (3), Christa Couture (2), Jace Martin (2), and Leanne Goose (2), as well as single nominees Stevie Salas, Darren Lavallee, Northern Cree and 7th Generation. West coast Aboriginal dance group the Eagle Song Dancers will also perform as part of the event’s tribute to the traditions and symbolism of the western coastal Aboriginal people.

Tickets for the 2008 CAMAs are on sale now through Ticketmaster, by phone or online at Reserved floor seats are $35 in advance ($40 at the door) and general admission seats are $20. Tickets may also be purchased day of show at the box office located at Gate 7 at the Rogers Centre. Visit for more information.