This August long weekend (August 4-6), Gravenhurst, ON is the place to be., as the inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival will be taking place. In an effort to showcase some of the great talent taking part in the festival, we are doing a series of interviews throughout the next few months. So far, we have chatted with The Julian Taylor Band, Bet Smith & The Currie Brothers, Jessica Mitchell and Tim Moxam. For our next installment of The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival, we’re happy to speak to Abigail Lapell.
First off, care to introduce yourself to the Canadian Beats readers?
My name is Abigail Lapell. I’m a singer-songwriter from Toronto and I play guitar, harmonica, and sometimes keys and/or percussion. I released my sophomore album, Hide Nor Hair, earlier this year.
Sawdust City Music Festival is in its inaugural year, how does it feel to be a part of this event?
Super exciting! The lineup is amazing and I feel like it’s going to be a pretty magical weekend. I’ve spent a bit of time in Gravenhurst (I worked nearby for several summers) and it’s such a lovely place — so I’m excited to see the town sort of come alive in a new way.
You are one of many extremely talented artists on the lineup for Sawdust City Music Festival, who are you most excited to check out at the festival?
Definitely hoping to check out as many bands as possible. I’ve been listening to Bet Smith and the Currie Brothers and excited to finally see them on their home turf. Liz Stringer from Australia is amazing. I’ll be running around a lot, for sure.
Are you performing at any other festivals this summer that you’d like to tell us about?
I’m playing at the Big Feastival Canada near Barrie, ON (also in its inaugural year) and have lots of other shows coming up across Ontario and Quebec. I’m just on the road right now finishing up a four-week tour out west — Tiny Lights Festival in Ymir, BC was a real highlight so far.
Describe your live show using only 5 words.
Downtempo noir Canadiana dance party
If you were asked to give an up and coming Canadian artist some advice, what would that advice be?
One word: spreadsheets. (Maybe that’s two words…?)
Who are your favourite Canadian artists/ bands?
Two of my faves are Richard Laviolette and Oh Susanna and they both have great new albums out that I’m excited about.
What’s up next for you?
This fall I’m on tour in Germany and the Netherlands with the lovely and talented Shawn William Clarke. And then I’ll be heading back into the studio later this year. More immediate plans include getting home and getting some sleep.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.