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Sword Fighters & Steampunks [Oct. 13th, 2010|01:41 pm]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |happyhappy]
[I'm Jammin' To |GRATEFUL DEAD- I Know You Rider]

So, my sword school, Academie Duello was at VCon 35 the past weekend doing some demonstrations with rapiers and bartitsu. The Saturday night was the Steampunk Masquerade Ball and we all put on our finest to attend.... I gotta say, we sword fighters sure do clean up good!


We like our Punks SteamedCollapse )
link7 took to the skies|spread your wings

Yesterday [Oct. 6th, 2010|05:21 pm]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |uncomfortableunknown]

Autumn asked me
to go out walking with her one evening
so I did
And as my feet tread upon the crisp cold
pavement of urban streets
ripe with the reds and burnt gold of Her Season
I was given words written along the backs of quills
on sleek, black feathers found upon the ground

As I bent down to pluck each one off of the cement
I stared off into the sunset burning
violet and crimson against the grey of dusk
and I heard them speak to me in my own voice
Each one gave me a new part of the message
the words sang inside my head and they told me

That you are a song that sounds better
when played slightly off key
howled at the moon
because perfect pitch is for those who do not love
the imperfect balance of nature

I plant my feet in the Land of Crows
nestled in the oceans of the West
but the corvids’ wings are of my heart
which tends to migrate East

The blood in my veins
and the marrow in my bones
hold the salt of the Atlantic

But the dirt under my thumb nail
and the dust engraved inside the fibers of my shoe laces
hold the Coastal mountains where I stand

Though I hold these things to me
they have no hold over me
for I am like water
I hold no single form or place

You can find me in the stream
trickling down the mountain
only to evaporate into the clouds and travel
far away to rain upon valleys, meadows and dales

I become the lakes that freeze over in Winter
that come Spring melt
and whose waters are carried by rivers
to the ocean once again

I am of every place and of no place
The only home I know
is my own heart
that rests between the walls of my rib cage

and if you want you can find me here
for I welcome the company
and will let you in...
link1 took to the skies|spread your wings

Yes, it has been a while... [Oct. 5th, 2010|03:57 pm]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |busybusy]
[I'm Jammin' To |TOM WAITS- Heart Attack & Vine]

As per usual I’ve been pretty bad with updating my livejournal. It’s been bothering me as over the years keeping this journal has been an important part of my self growth and reflection. I enjoy looking back through my entries to see where I’ve come from and the paths that have lead me here and my thoughts, feelings and hopes along the way.

Over the years this journal has definitely become more private. The first few years there was never an entry that was hidden from the public eye or even friends only. Nowadays, I’d say about two third of my entries cannot be seen unless you are on my friends page, or part of a specific filter. My life has made me a very easy figure to find in the media and it is not hard for anyone to get linked to my journal. This never used to bother me, but as I see my life splitting between my two lifestyles (AlKhemy, the musician/poet/performer and Kimberleigh, the childcare specialist, CBI, falconry apprentice) and I feel the need to keep more things to a select group of people. Upon meeting me, I am indeed an open book, but I don’t want people to stumble upon this journal and make assumptions just based upon what they read. This journal is only one way to know me and if you have not met me, or only know me through one aspect of my life some of the things written in this journal could be misinterpreted or taken the wrong way by the wrong people.

I say this every time, but I do intend to start writing in this thing more. The past two months I have tried to sit down everyday and write a new entry but life, in all its glory has just been so busy- or as the weeks between my last entry grew into months I became more intimidated and did not know where to start or pick up from. Then I realized, that doesn't matter. This is a journal- MY journal- and I can start it, stop it, interrupt it or do whatever I want with it! And what I want to do with it right now is make sure I update this thing at least a couple times a month! And with that I leave you lovelies for now!
link12 took to the skies|spread your wings

written on July 26th in Truro, NS [Aug. 8th, 2010|11:45 pm]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |nostalgicnostalgic]
[I'm Jammin' To |ISAAC & BLEWETT- Look Around]

Dear Maritimes,

Every time I step foot upon your soil my heart sings and soars. Every time I have to leave you my heart grows heavy and a beautiful melancholy sweeps over me. It gets stronger and stronger every time. It is beginning to get really hard to leave this place and I feel my heart torn between the provinces that touch the Atlantic and the one that touches the Pacific. The maritimes have always held a piece of my heart, but every year that piece seems to grow bigger and bigger.

As I stood in the shower today scrubbing out the red dirt and paint engraved into the cracks of my skin from a week of festival frolicking, I almost began to cry. I did not want to wash these clean, I wanted to keep them and proudly bare them for all the world to see. These were proof that I had been there, proof that I had come to play, love and laugh in the heartland of Canada’s Eastern provinces- I was proud to be marked by the weeks that had gone by. Every mosquito bite, every scratch and bruise, every splatter of paint and caked on mud held a story: tubing on the Nashwaak, performing at Folly Fest, drunken shenanigans and intoxicated games, building and painting the structures that would make Evolve, camping out in the backyard of friend’s and families who have opened their homes and their hearts to me... How could I wash these way?

Then I remembered that though the physical signs my fade over time, they will always mark the core of my being. They will always stick with me and be a part of me as I continue to travel down the Paths of Life. These shall stick with me forever and I can only continue to build upon them. I am lucky and I am blessed.

From the moment I stepped out of the “Sneetch Mobile” when I arrived in Fredericton, in the beginning of July I was greeted with smiles, hugs and a warmth that made me feel as though I never left. The people are so genuine, so loving and so much goddamn fun! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: maritimers are some of the best people you will ever find in the whole world! The friends I come back to see there and the new ones I meet every time I return only add to the growing appreciation I have for these places. In short: I love you all sincerely and immensely from the bottom of my heart. Leaving you always gets harder and harder.

I grew up in Ontario but, never felt like it was home. I never knew what “home” was until I first began traveling. I began to find places and people all around this beautiful country- and the world- that began to feel like they “fit” me. As I grow older I start thinking about the place (or places) where I would one day like to settle; buy a piece of land, build a home, and raise my children. I have been living in the beautiful province of British Columbia the past four years. Vancouver has been good to me, but the longer I live here the more I realize that this is likely not the place that I will stay. The housing market in my city is the most expensive in the country. Even the upper middle class of Vancouver cannot afford to buy a home and the homelessness issues seem to be getting worse before they get better. As I see low-income housing being cast away and being replaced by condos for the rich and corporate three-ringed circuses I begin to realize that this is not a city I can not put roots down in. I feel that for now I am suppose to stay in the West, but something keeps pulling my heart strings toward the East.

The maritimes have some of the better housing prices in all of Canada. I love the communities out there and how they all intertwine and mingle. Fredericton, Halifax, Saint John... so much talent and great music coming out of these places! There has always been a musical magic that just seems to seep out of the Eastern provinces and its only been building all the more these past few years. Something is growing out there and you can taste it- feel it in the air and in everything around you! The support and love musicians and artists receive out East is endearing and overwhelming. I love my West Coast musical community but, its getting harder and harder for us artists and performers to do our thing out here. Vancouver is shutting down more and more venues- why just yesterday I was informed that Little Mountain Gallery might be getting canned- while as my friend and fellow artist James Lamb said: “the city is packed with loud, culture-less, profit motivated drinking holes... It is with out doubt that the only benefit from these establishments favor the owners, the breweries, and the taxes collected on alcohol and permits.” In other words, the art comes second to everything else. I keep seeing amazing Vancouver musicians leaving the city or splitting their time between cities that are far more supportive to artists. I keep seeing many warm, heart-filled venues being shut down leaving bands, poets and other performers desperately searching for places to play. Meanwhile, I see cities like Halifax and Fredericton that are just thriving and continue to build upon the already incredible artistic culture and talent that is being harvested there. It makes me stop and wonder: what am I doing out West here?!

The support my band SNEETCH has received from our friends and fellow artists out East has been simply overwhelming and wonderful. The appreciation and love is like a soul food that leaves me full but never bloated! The amount of raw and amazing talent that I see being nurtured and growing out in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is simply mind blowing. The hard work and effort that is put into this growing community by people who are not artists themselves- but simply people who love and enjoy the scene is also incredible. Everyone out there really seems to understand the value of community and working together to build and support the lives we’ve chosen to live. This is not just present in the arts community, but in sustainable living, local farming and business. The rest of Canada needs to take a look at what’s going on in the East- they could learn a few things.

As the hours tick by counting down to when my plane leaves from Halifax to Vancouver I am already wondering when I can come back here again. I don’t want to leave. I know once I return to British Columbia I am going to be greeted by the wonderful faces of my friends and musical tribe and hugs from my amazing room mates and neighbours. I am also going to be traveling immediately to yet another music festival in Wells, BC as this crazy adventure of mine continues. I do love the West Coast and I love the amazing family I have made there, but I also love my East Coast family and the connections I have there. It’s getting hard sharing my heart between these two coasts. I just wanted to say thank you and that I love you, my Eastern Tribe. Thank you to every one of you who have brought me into your hearts and homes. Thank you to every one who has showed me a new treasure or magical places in your province... and thank you to the first person who ever brought me out East. You all give my heart wings and I soar when I think of the next time I get to see you all again and play in the lands that kiss the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. I love you all with all my heart.

With Love, Light & Laughter
link1 took to the skies|spread your wings

SNEETCH Summer Tour Shows! [Jun. 14th, 2010|04:28 pm]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |accomplishedaccomplished]
[I'm Jammin' To |PSYCHOTICA- What Is God]

Just a small one, but it's gonna be a good one!

Four Provinces + Four Band Mates= Sweet Tour!

After Halifax, half of the band is leaving so Max and I will be doing shows as a duo and traveling around for the last two weeks of July. I'll let 'cha know where you can find us, once we figure that out ourselves LOL!

We are still waiting on two shows to be confirmed, but here is the schedule thus far:

June 30th @ SuperMarket,
July 2nd @ The Local,

July 5th @ L'Escalier,

July 7th @ The Tap Room,
July 9th @ Feels Good Folly Festival,
July 12th @ TBA,

July 14th @ TBA,

And here is a taste of the SNEETCH-ness you can experience in any of these fine, Canadian cities!
link5 took to the skies|spread your wings

Sweet Synchronistic Serendipity! [Jun. 9th, 2010|08:32 am]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |contentcontent]
[I'm Jammin' To |COVENANT- After Hours]

My travels currently find me in Toronto where I arrived a week ago. Things have been pretty serendipitous since getting here.

Example the First:
I was looking forward to going to the Academy of European Martial arts school here in Toronto where I already had connections through both my Toronto crew and people who train at my school in Vancouver. Since I've only been doing the sword training for three months, I didn't want what little technique I have go to waste, nor lose my form while away out East for two months. However, I found out that both of the instructors that I knew in Toronto, Shawn and Beau, were off in various fighting tournaments in different parts of the continent! LOL! They informed me that would still be able to go down to the salle and find an instructor named David who would be filling in along with an assistant and that both were experienced fencers who knew I was coming.

Before I even made it to I immediately found a new fencing friend within a few days of being in the city. I also found out he was familiar with my Italian rapier style of Capo Ferro that I learn back in Vancouver. Turns out we have mutual friends here in Toronto and he brought out his epees to a gathering... which got us to dueling, chatting and slowly putting all the pieces together that lead to us discovering he was one of the two instructors Beau had told me about. :o) We met at a drum festival at Queens Park and evetually wandered back to the Annex and played with the rapiers for a few hours. I've been fencing with him everyday in Toronto since our meeting and it has it's been amazing!

Example the Second:
I got gifted a ticket to the OM Festival out here in Ontario through my old traibesman,
Icarus. He said it was for those 5 1/2 months of letting him stay on one of our couches and a place to store his stuff. It was an incredibly sweet gift and quite frankly, unexpected! Garuda and my bagpipe playing friend, Jamus have been in Toronto as well. We all just so happen to arrive within a day of each other, which means we were all able to hang out and jam as soon as we got into the city!

Icarus and Jamus have both been staying with my friend, Steve, the Father of my Goddaughter, Rowan so we've all been getting some good time hanging out together. I'm also looking forward to this weekend before OM Festival as I get to spend some more time with them all, possibly even on the Toronto Islands, which would be very nice!

All in all it's been pretty synchronistically serendipitous times since my travels began! Yesterday I enjoyed an afternoon wander in the Spring sunshine, fencing with the rapiers, playing my tin flute, drumming with kin, dancing past dusk and spinning staffs into the night... Everything is feeling pretty wonderful right now, I gotta say!


I am off to Montreal in a week and a half! I shall be staying some friends for a week and hope to connect with a few more of my journeying gypsy friends while I'm there. Then, I'm heading back to Toronto to meet up with Max for a few days, then the rest of the band joins us and we do a mini tour. We head from Toronto ON to Montreal PQ, then Fredericton NB, the Feelsgood Follyfest in Gagetown NB, back to Fredericton and then over to Halifax NS. After that, the rest of the ban d leaves expect for Max and the two of us get to enjoy a week in the maritimes, then go to the Evolve Music Festival, where I'm volunteering again! We both fly back just a few days after Evolve ends. This is going to be quite the Summer trip- especially since it looks like as soon as I head back to BC I'm hitting the road to the Artswells Music Festival.

Strong.Cottonwoods (who was also my Haida Gwaii traveling companion) suggested we hitchhike up to the Festival together. I would literally be flying into Vancouver and hitting the road as soon as the plane touches down, but it's so worth it! Might as well keep my bags packed and my shoes on for a little while longer before I settle back down home again. This is what Summertime is for, after all...
link3 took to the skies|spread your wings

Guess What I Am Now An Apprentice Of... [May. 28th, 2010|10:35 am]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |ecstaticelated]
[I'm Jammin' To |CLUTCH- Tripping The Alarm]


link12 took to the skies|spread your wings

Annual Photoshoot! [May. 5th, 2010|05:05 pm]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |tiredtired]
[I'm Jammin' To |BELLA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES- The Sinister Minister]

Well, it is a bit late... but the old saying goes: better late then never!

This year my photographer was the talented & lovely Katie "Sixx" Robinson. As with all my photographers she is a good friend of mine and someone who often accompanies me to the local Fetish and Goth nights around the city. She might not join me on the dance floor, but what she lacks in dance moves she makes up for with her wicked eye behind a camera!



Yargh! The Sreampunk Gypsy Pirate says click here or walk the airship plank!Collapse )
link14 took to the skies|spread your wings

SO F^*#ING METAL! [Apr. 14th, 2010|07:05 am]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |excitedexcited]
[I'm Jammin' To |SNEETCH- Stones]

My friend, Cody who is the lead vocalist of Vancouver Island based folk-metal group EYE OF ODIN has been in Vancouver lately with the rets of his band recording their first studio album.

He has also asked me to appear on the album on a track or two playing my tin flute.

I believe Awesome is the word to use here... followed by Epic!!

... or something like that! ;o)
link5 took to the skies|spread your wings

SNEETCH-ness [Apr. 8th, 2010|01:38 pm]
AlKhemy: Steampunk-Gypsy-Naiad-Acharya
[Ooh I'm Feelin' |accomplishedaccomplished]
[I'm Jammin' To |DELERIUM- Aria (featuring Medieval Baebes)]

The last two Tuesday the band has shows headlining at two different venues around the city. Both nights felt more like a Saturday the way the crowd was up and dancing- not too mention the way the beer was flowing!

Our show at Cafe Deux Soleil last Tuesday was recorded, which gave us the chance to finally upload a few new tracks on the myspace. They’re not the best quality, but its good to finally have some of our new material, as we had not added new songs for about a year (which is when the band first formed)! We were also getting people coming in from the street who had never seen us before- but they couldn’t help come inside, pay the cover and dance their asses off once they heard the sweet tunes filtering out to the street.

Our show this Tuesday at the Backstage Lounge was not only recorded by the sound guy, but was also filmed and he shall put together a DVD of our performance for us... Sweet! We also met a man from an independent media company/ newspaper who wants to do an interview with us as well as put us on the bill for an upcoming event he is putting on this Summer. It feels really good to see that SNEETCH is getting a lot of positive notice.

The feedback SNEETCH has been getting from our friends and audience has been incredible. I find that we have come a long way. it’s hard to believe we only debuted as a full band one year and one week ago today. We a mid-year drummer change and the band had to take a month hiatus more then once when Max was touring with the magic show he works for, and again when Max and I went East as a duo to perform and play in the East Coast. The last few months with the band I have felt the most progression. I feel our old songs are really tight, we’re writing new material on a regular basis and we have now added a saxophone player to our line-up.

We are about to embark on a bit of break yet again. Max is leaving for his Spring magic show tour in a week. He’ll be gone for just over three weeks and when he returns, I’ll only be in town for just over two weeks before I head to Ontario and Quebec! I’ll be gone for about three weeks and once I return, Max and I shall only be in town for a few days before we head out to perform across the country as a duo playing on Via Rail through the provinces. When we get to Ontario we plan to meet up with the rest of the band and play shows there as well as in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. We already have the Feels Good Folly Fest say they want us on the bill for their festival this July in New Brunswick and we’re just waiting for more gigs to come through.

These are exciting and busy times I’m living in!

I am somewhat looking forward to the two breaks the band will be getting in May and June as I have been so tired lately! My two different lives seem to be colliding as the band gets more shows and keeps picking up momentum. Being a nanny means early mornings... being a musician means late nights. Needless to say, the two don’t always mesh up! LOL!

However, I am happy and really looking forward to what this Summer is going to bring!
link5 took to the skies|spread your wings

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