GLBT* ally Raine Hamilton launches her first EP June 9 before taking off on tour for the summer. She, along with many of the musicians who collaborated on the digital only release, Small Packages, will be performing at the launch party. We caught up with her to see how she’s feeling before the big day.
Q: How would you describe your music?
A: Joni Mitchell-esque acoustic songs from fearless places… a witching hour walk through universal love, trust and joy.
Q: What brought you to music?
A: My family is musical. I grew up listening to my dad play his own songs, and cover Neil Young, Bob Dylan and the Beatles. My parents met in a band. I was kind of born into this.
Q: Where do you see yourself going?
A: I see myself as a touring musician, making my living this way, and having wonderful, joyful days doing it!
Q: Do the prairies influence your music? How?
A: The prairies make their way into the way I view the world…expansive, embracing and far-reaching. I do have one song literally about the prairies, which will be released in the future sometime.
Q: When you’re not playing music, what do you do with your time?
A: I love to cook, sew and watch movies that Tina Fey was involved in in any way. Right now I am half way through my second viewing of “Admissons.”
Q: Who are your favourite local Winnipeg musicians?
A: Red Moon Road, the Bros Landreth, Erin Propp, Rayannah, Carly Dow, Del Barber, the Grace Hrabi Trio, and my dad, Bill Hamilton. There are so, so many! Winnipeg is amazing!
Q: When do you leave on tour?
A: I head out to Vancouver on July 15th, and then I’ll play a series of 13 shows throughout BC, ending with a show at the Edge of the World festival on Haida Gwaii. Wish me luck!
Want to know more? Visit her website, rainehamilton.com, and check her out on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Or, drop by 75 Albert Street on June 9 to help her celebrate the album. Tickets are $15 at the door and the space is not accessible (second floor, no elevator).