PREMIERE – Kate Boothman releases video for “I Am An Animal”

Ontario’s Kate Boothman has gained a reputation as a solo performing, playing as the opener for such bands as Blue Rodeo, Wilco, Joe Pernice (The Pernice Brothers) and more. After taking a few years to settle back into the Northumberland Hills, Kate has stepped back into the light with the rock and roll venture, I Am An Animal. Today, Kate has teamed up with Canadian Beats to release her brand new video for the newest single, “I Am An Animal”.

When asked about the single, Kate shares,

“’I Am An Animal’ is a song about letting go. Relinquishing the reigns and honouring those parts of ourselves that can sometimes seem insane. It’s all apart of the ride.
Ryan Gullen, Mat Dunlap, Neil (my horse) and I shot the video in Kendal, Ontario, where I’m from. It was an hour after the first snowfall of 2017. It took us all morning.”

Check out the video below and find out more about Kate via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Lover of horses, singer of songs, Jack of all trades, master of none. I live in rural Ontario.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I started writing songs as a way of learning to play the guitar. And then I just never really stopped.  The songs sort of write themselves, but as far as the guitar goes, I’m still learning haha.

Do you have any upcoming shows?  For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Yeah, we do have shows coming up.  They’re always posted on our website, www,  This Sunday we’re playing The Rivoli in Toronto as a part of NXNE, as well as Wolfe Island Music Festival, Cultivate Festival, and a series of club gigs in between.  As I said, I’m still learning to play the guitar so I’m overcompensating with the live show.  I’ve finagled the tightest, psychest (is that a word?) rock band I could muster.   Ian Blurton (Change of Heart, C’Mon, Blurtonia, Bionic, Public Animal), Anna Ruddick (Bry Webb, Dan Romano, Randy Bachman), Jay Anderson (Biblical, Michael Rault), and Aaron Goldstein (Happy Endings, City and Colour, Espanola).  We are a force hahahaha.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Just one?  Well “I Am An Animal” is why we’re here.  But the follow up “God Willing” is pretty mighty.  And, as a pallet cleanser, “Damian’s Dancing”.  There’s three.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/artists?

Oh mannnnn, there are so many right now.   But at the top of my list has always been The Sadies.  I remember last week I had a dilemma, The Sadies, Jennifer Castle AND Andre Ethier were all playing on the same night in Toronto.  I went to see The Sadies.  But not before sneaking into the other 2 shows to buy their vinyl.  Hannah Georgas is a touchstone for me.  We’re playing a festival with Charlotte Day Wilson in August.  Man, she’s heavy.  I can’t wait to see her perform!

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