After 7 years, I finally did it and recorded my new album Ancestor Song!
This album is my masterpiece. Mistresspiece. Gorgeouspiece. Best thing I’ve ever made.
Everyone who donates any amount will receive a copy of the digital album via email. Everyone who donates $30 or more will receive a copy of the CD in the mail. **You must go to this separate FORM so I can collect your email/address because GoFundMe doesn't give me your personal info*** and please do give me your email because I want everyone to listen to the album :)
Your support will help me break even on this ginormous album project ^_^
I became an artist in Kitchener-Waterloo. The KW community supported me. I wrote these songs harnessing the joy and struggle that I experienced. In moving back to my borntown of Toronto/Tkaronto, I’ve had time and space to create, connect with new audiences, find larger artistic infrastructure--do less resisting oppression and do more finding freedom.
I am an Independent Artist and I need your support~!
Recording is expensive in these times of inflation and recession. The Pandemic decimated my arts practice and it's been very tough to make the same living I did pre-lockdown. Touring has so much more risk involved and even new opportunities are limited because presenters are still catching up bringing in the artists they had to cancel before.
The Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts funded three quarters of this project. More than half of the money has gone to paying musicians and music producers, hooray! A quarter to studio rental, and the last quarter to duplication, marketing and a part of my artist fee. Our arts infrastructure is currently not built to cultivate independent artist careers, like mine. That’s where you come in! The goal was always to have you, the listener, the music-lover, support and fund the last quarter of this project by buying the completed album.
Everybody knows I hate Spotify and streaming services, because it exploits the labour of the workers (the musicians) to create profit for the owners by paying miniscule royalties. But I have finally decided to submit to this system and put my music up. The album launches on streaming worldwide on May 1, 2023. But the only way I can make some sales is with this soft launch of the album. This is my way to Folk the System.
I need your support to keep my art going. I make my art for my community. You are my audience. I hope you want to hear my new songs, sparkling and in stereo!
-Other Ways You Can Help-
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Alternately, if you don't have a Credit Card or want to use the GoFundMe platform I will humbly and happily receive donations via e-transfer to janjolee(a)gmail.com =)
Thank you for helping me and I hope you enjoy the songs!
Feb 3, 2023 Folk Alliance International, Kansas City, MO, 2-3:30 PM Liberty Room. Back by popular demand! Every moment on stage is a comedy opportunity. Learn how to glue the show together, be more relaxed, and facilitate a great show for your audience! We'll go over tips like how to put the fun in thanking the funders, how to fill time without being awkward, audience interaction, smooth transitions, and how to improvise banter in your own style. We will play simple games and learn some theater and clowning techniques, so dress comfortably! People of all physical abilities are welcome and will be accommodated.