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And we’re off…Adios Canada!

Monday, March 7th, 2011

At some “gawd-awful” hour in the morning, Red Light Saints are gonna wake up and meet at their usual rehearsal spot downtown.

It will be dark, it will be cold…and more than likely, RLS will be sipping a Timmy’s beverage, with the last remanence of sleep lingering in their bodies and minds.

Danny will take the lead on loading the Van  for the drive to Montreal (as per usual) . With the skill and precision of a Tetris champ , he will stack every piece of luggage, equipment and “carry-on” in the back of the Caravan and still have enough space for 5 weary musicians to huddle together and listen to the CBC in mono.

In Montreal, we reverse the packing process and load our goods on rickety, squeaky airport dollies…mine, I’m sure will have a wonkey wheel (…I always get that one!!) At this point, fully awake and anticipating some sweet tropical weather after last night’s generous dump of snow… Canada’s parting gift to RLS…I didn’t even bother shovelling the driveway today.

We have a little “parking lot celebration” as we leave our heavy coats and boots in Johnny’s van…won’t be needing those for a bit. We do the “airport shuffle”!!!

We check in….we wait… and probably wait some more. We don’t mind…Usually we’d be working by now :)

We’ll probably get some funny looks with all the gear we got….we are obviously not going on a vacation to play ”No Woman, No Cry”  around a campfire with some buddies and some beers…

By rock standards, its a pretty tight and compact load…but for airport standards…it raises some eyebrows.

All approved and officialized, we see our luggage and guitars slowly plodding away on the conveyor, through the little black rubber  flaps and into the care of complete strangers, who you hope and pray know the difference between Havana and Alabama…

I can live without deodorant, toothpaste, socks, my copy of “The music lesson” by Victor Wooten, my flip flops, my mp3 player (with my vocal warm-ups), my favorite shirt and possibly my Tums (though probably not…)…but, please…por favor…make sure my Fender f-75 acoustic lands safely in Havana and into my ever-loving arms….

Feeling slightly helpless, but much lighter…I’m imagining that RLS will scramble for a last minute Timmy’s again… partially cause we’ll miss the familiar mediocrity of a double double from “Timmy Hoe’s”…and partially ’cause that’s what Canadians do when their bored…it’s like a localized nervous tick or something.

Tickets in hand, they start calling gates and shuffling tourists in floral prints and knee-shorts on to the plane, hoping to shed a little stress…a little pastiness off their winterized complexions…to get warm and lounge about the beach with peach coloured slushy, girlish drinks.

…sounds good to us, but put in daily Rock Concerts and T.V interviews and now your talking our language… (We ask johnny to change his floral prints and knee-shorts…he reluctantly agrees….no promises on the slushy girl drinks… )

On the plane, we strap in…read the survival card with all the happy little drowning/crashing people inflating the yellow donut around their neck…we listen to the Stewardess do her spiel,(…they haven’t changed that shit in 20 years…the airline industry needs new writers…badly!…I hear M Night Shyamalam is free…though a creepy surprise ending is usually not welcome at thousands of feet in the air…)

The Captain gives us his soothing monologue…something about ” it’s warm there…it’s a few hours away… enjoy something or another”…His name is Barry or something equally uninteresting and inconsequential.

…not listening…I’m busy filming passengers with my new  HD camera with my super zoom on…close ups on all their little nose crusties and neck wrinkles…soft-focus….now a star swipe….everyone looks like Mick Rourke in HD.

Buckled up and the plane bounces along the runway…the snow-scape is static and fleeting, with slight variations in the off white hues and bank-depth preceptions …it speeds up…it starts to blur…that anxious exciting feeling  of escape… a force pushes you into your seat…the wheels lift …stomach drops…things get small … your ears pop … feels good … like we’re going somewhere.

And we’re off…Adios Canada!

Hey Cuba… the Saints are coming!

Stay tuned for more…

Cuba Countdown -RLS Tour Schedule

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

G’day!

So were now in a single digit countdown to Cuba, and as much as we’re calling this tour the “RLS Rock n’ Roll Springbreak” , there doesn’t seem like there will be much time for Jaggerbombs and bad Canadian suntans…The schedule is pretty full!

Not that we’re complaining – RLS are really stoked to have  a ridiculously loaded musical schedule…it’s not too often that rock n’ roll becomes a full time job…And, here in Ottawa, we couldn’t buy the type of media attention we’re getting in Cuba – Daily T.V. and radio appearances…press conferences…and more.

We also have some amazing shows lined up!

- We now have 2 slots at Cuerda Viva Fest – One on Friday and one on Saturday.

-A Concert at the legendaryMaxim Rock with a from France.

-A show at Bertold Bretch Theatre – this is a real “Theatre” with  a circular wrap-around stage. The audience is 360 degrees. We are playing with a legendary Cuban rock/world beat band (Sintesis).

We also have some cool stuff set up, like a jam with students at a music conservatory, hosting workshops for Cuban rock musicians and going down to Old Havana to busk on the street with a Traditional Cuban band (…this is gonna be awesome…and humbling…).

We’ll be sharing all this with you guys as we go, and there will be loads of video and photos to check out…we promise to bring back souveniers & strange tales!!!

So Here it is, the full Red Light Saints Cuba Tour 2011 Schedule

Monday March 7th:

A.M.- Leave Montreal to Havana

Noon- Arrive in Havana. Welcome Interview w/Culturales NTV

P.M.- Donation and Acoustic Show for Cultural Sociedad Jose Marti

Tuesday March 8th

A.M.- Interview w/ Juanito Camacho – Radio Ciudad

Noon- Lunch w/ Cuerda Viva Fest Organizers

P.M.-  RLS Workshop for bands from The Cuban Rock Agency

          – Interview w/ Cuba Tonight

Wednesday March 9th

A.M.- Interview w/ Juventud 2000 & Radio Rebelde

Noon-  T.V. appearance on Canal Habana

P.M.- tba

Thursday March 10th

A.M.- Press Conference @ Studio EGREM

Noon- Soundcheck Maxim Rock

P.M.- Concert @ Maxim Rock

Friday March 11th

A.M.- Jamming at music school – Conservatory Guillermo Tomas

Noon- Soundcheck for Cuerda Viva Fest

             – T.V. Interview w/ “23 y M”

P.M.- Cuerda Viva Fest

Saturday March 12th

A.M.- Busking w/ Traditional Cuban Band in Old Havana

Noon- Soundcheck for Cuerda Viva Fest

P.M.- Cuerda Viva Fest

Sunday March 13th

A.M.- Jamming/Video @ Santa Maria Beach

Noon- …hopefully still on the beach!

P.M.- Concert @ Bertold Bretch Theatre

Monday March 14th

A.M.- RLS return to Ottawa via Montreal.

P.M- Sleep!

Red Light Saints Cuba Tour 2011

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

That’s Right Hermanos/Hermanas!

Red Light Saints are hitting the road and bringing the show to beautiful tropical Cuba!!! We have a whole week full of performances – festivals, theaters, university shows, as well as tv/radio appearances, interviews and more. (We’re booked pretty solid actually … hope we get ample “beachtime”). Never before has a Canadian Alternative Rock band been invited by the Cuban Ministry of Arts and Culture, on an official tour of the country.

This tour has been in the works for a while. It started as a little idea we had last year and has snowballed into something much larger than originally expected. When Humbe (RLS bassist – who started his musical career in Cuba) joined the band, he would often speak of the “hunger” that young Cuban music lovers have for exciting, new rock bands. It is not a common tour destination for many groups and access to modern mainstream Rock music is still very limited (Rock n’ Roll was, after all, prohibited until the 1970′s). So we took the plunge and decided that RLS would do just that … bring Canadian Alternative Rock to an audience that is just ravenous and ready for it. As artists, the prospect is pretty exciting!!!

And let’s face it…bustin’ out of Canada in mid March ain’t too bad either. That’s why we are calling it our “Rock n’ Roll Spring Break”

The logistics were a little staggering at first, but our involvement with the Cuban Ministry of Arts and Culture, The Institute of Cuban Music, our Tour Manager and several of Humbe’s old industry contacts, has opened up some doors for us, that would be unavailable to most bands, and has given us this rare opportunity.

We have some excellent gigs lined up, including a headlining slot at Cuerda Viva, one of Cuba’s biggest music festivals. Check back soon, our full schedule will be released shortly.

And the spirit of this Tour is not to just “go play some shows”. We will be getting involved in the community as much as possible, because our goal (like the goal of music itself) is one of sharing and exchange. We have much to gain from this experience and from the wonderful people of Cuba, so we plan to give as much of ourselves as we can, as a way of expressing our heartfelt thanks to a community that has opened its arms to us. And hopefully those arms will stay open to embrace future waves of Canadian rock bands. While in Cuba, RLS will be working closely with benefit/charity organizations, hosting a series of workshops for the arts community, visiting music schools and more.

The whole experience will be filmed for an upcoming documentary.

So check back with us often … for the full Tour schedule, updates, new media, an ongoing tour blog, and our strange thoughts on the matter.

Peace/Ciao

RLS