Stevie Jewel Interview With The Examiner

The Canadian Music Week festival returns to Toronto for its 33rd year. For 10 days and in 60 plus venues, over 1,000 artists will perform. Single night event tickets are available as well as full 10-day wristbands.

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Stevie Jewel is originally from the Muskoka in Ontario, though has lived in the US for most of her life. She remains Canadian (and whole lot country) at heart. In interview she is happy to return again to Toronto to feature at Canadian Music Week on May 9 at the (also very country) Cadillac Lounge. Her career highlights include "One Last Kiss" (Seal the Deal) charting at #24 on Billboard's dance/club song list, being able to sing for President Bush in The White House, and an increasing fan-base on YouTube.

Q:
Let's start right in to CMW. With all the shows you play, US/CAN, how did CMW end up on your "to play" radar ?

Stevie Jewel:
Being from Muskoka, the music scene in Canada has always been something I wanted to pursue. I've been active in the US musically and it felt like the time was right to start playing my shows in my homeland! This year the stars aligned to allow me to be a part of CMW and I couldn't be more excited. CMW is such a great event and it's been a goal of mine to be a part of it since I heard about it.

Q:
The Cadillac Lounge is a fine country-ish venue. Though it's not quite the same as playing for the US President. Any special preparations for playing in a relatively smaller venue?

Stevie Jewel:
I love being able to engage with the audience and that is easier in a venue the size of The Cadillac Lounge. I always like to visit a venue before I play just to get a vibe for the space. Last time I was in Toronto I was able to stop in at the Cadillac Lounge and after seeing the space I know it's going to be a very fun show on the 9th.

Q:
We have great weather right now. It's 22C and sunny. CMW looks like we'll have lots of pedestrian traffic. For anyone passing by the Cadillac Lounge on the 9th, what would you say is the appeal of your music that would make them stop and go inside and listen?

Stevie Jewel:
Country music is about life, love, good times, and telling stories, and I think people will be hear that element in my music and be able to relate. I also have some brand new upbeat country tunes that I couldn't be more excited to be debuting at CMW!

Q:
You've had a sizable audience reach online (Youtube). Have you met any random fans from social media at live performances as a result?

Stevie Jewel:
(laughing) I once shot a video in Disney World and after posting it to my channel someone commented that they were there and saw me shooting but they didn't come say hi, I wish they had though, because I love meeting fans that I've connected with online, we're like instant friends because we already know each other. I also get some of the sweetest letters from fans and I love it, because that's who I make music for.

Q:
Last question: What's next after CMW?

Stevie Jewel:
I'm releasing my EP, The Golden Thread, during CMW and then I'll be doing promotion for the first single. I also have upcoming shows in South Carolina, Georgia, festivals in Canada, and participating in CMA Fest in Nashville. I'm so excited to be touring and sharing my brand new music with the world!

Stevie Jewel website:
http://www.steviejewel.com

Stevie Jewel fansite:
https://www.facebook.com/Steviejewelmusic

Stevie Jewel at Canadian Music Week
Saturday May 9 / Cadillac Lounge / 8:45PM

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