Friday, December 17, 2010

A Gift For You ...

Happy Holidays!

Please accept our gift to you in appreciation for the wonderful times we've had in your fair cities ... this is the first of what will hopefully be a new Jeans 'n Classics tradition, and the platform that we're using (Bandcamp) means that we will be able to include extra files like PDFs, videos etc.

For our first offering Katalin is sharing a new family recipe (PDF included when you download the EP), and there are six fresh holiday tunes from Leah, Rique, Kathryn, Lis, Andrea ... and guest "Woman of J'nC" Jean Meilleur. :-)

Click on the "free download" link to immediately download the entire package; choose MP3 for the quickest download, and other formats for higher-quality audio (be warned that these can be quite large!). If you'd rather not download the files, you can hear the full song versions streamed.
Hope you enjoy, and have a fantastic 2011!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Zeitgeist anyone?

I thought the JnC Ladies' blog might be a good place to share this kind of cool turn of events. I wrote a song called "I Married Myself" a number of years ago. It first appeared on my 2nd solo album (of 4), "My Little Flame."

Some friends recently sent me a Reuters link to an international news story about a woman marrying herself in Taiwan on Nov 6/10: In defiance of tradition, Taiwan woman marries self

I decided to see if I could contact her and see my song could be of use!

I found her page on Facebook: Only&Only's Wedding

I dropped her a line and after some very nice correspondence (her English is excellent), she now has 2 versions of my song and plans to use it in the proceedings! She has received thousands of messages from all over the world. Perhaps her use of my song will generate more interest in it! David Letterman even mentioned this woman on his show. Of course he wisecracked about her nuptials, but still...

I wrote the song in the spirit of making a commitment to yourself whether or not you find (or have found) a mate. I like that this woman has embraced the deeper meaning of this act (based on things she had said in the press and online about her decision) while sliding down her public school slide in her fabulous gown! (See the photo shoot on her Facebook page.)

This is not the first time others have used this song, but certainly the farthest afield. Check out my MySpace page to hear the fun dance version of the song I just recorded last summer for an actress doing a play called "Oneymoon: A Honeymoon For One."

...Maybe I'm onto something. Zeitgeist anyone?

Here is a link to see a video of me rehearsing the song on YouTube. Kathryn Rose rehearses her song "I Married Myself"

You can buy the song on iTunes! Just look for "I Married Myself" by Kathryn Rose.

Thanks for reading, and linking!!
xo KR

Monday, October 18, 2010

it's all about the shoes...

hey all.

i recently spent a lovely weekend in grand junction colorado, performing the music of the eagles, with some dear jnc friends. it was the canadian thanksgiving weekend, and while i was on the myriad of airplanes it took to get there and back, i spent some time thinking about all the things i am thankful for. (fyi this was the actual turkey that was waiting for me when i got home. verging on lewd...and very tasty...) all that contemplation of gratitude was going on, i was struck by how thankful i am to be part of this fabulous musical team. i have learned so much over the few years that i've worked with jeans 'n classics, and this new insight is something i can't imagine living without.

for example...
- i am now able to make that nifty little double safety pin and elastic band contraption, that can be added to any outfit, and holds your pack for in ear monitors! (patent pending)
- i now know that if i'm having an existential angst filled travel day, when I get to my hotel room, the movie that just happens to be on tv is always titanic.
- i've also learned firsthand that one can go a really long time eating nothing but apples.
- and fishnet stockings are just plain practical! they survive any and all abuse you throw at them. (and they're perfect for carrying your apples if you've run out of reusable bags...)

but there's one thing i've learned from this gig, that i feel the need to share (in my post thanksgiving stupor)...if i'm gonna shake my booty all night long, i've gotta be wearing some seriously happening shoes. if i can't run 5 k in those suckers, then i might as well just spray 'em with stucco and call it art.

this thanksgiving, i am truly thankful for all the fun i get to have on the road with jeans n' classics. i am also truly thankful for my green dancing shoes. (and the genius of john fluevog.)

see you around...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Motown Special in Kitchener Postponed

Just a quick note to say the Motown Special in support of Centre In The Square that JnC was to perform on Nov. 13 at Bingemans Hall has been postponed until Spring 2011. Check back to confirm the new date. A little bird might have said it could be in April...


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Who Is Norman?... and Motown Special in Kitchener

Hi friends,

This is my first post in the Women of JnC Blog. Hats off to our own Lis Soderberg for getting it started in such fine form. I look forward to contributing more as we delve deeper into our new concert season.

In addition to the various shows I will be singing in this year, I myself have been very busy in another aspect of JnC affairs... This past July I began assisting Peter Brennan behind the scenes with some admin. duties, including a special website devoted purely to the JnC band and singers! As we are a touring ensemble after all, I pitched a "Virtual Road Manager" concept to Peter and in typically sunny, supportive PB fashion, he said, "Go for it!"

Peter's web designer Tara Bowd/Sonic Notes and I put our heads together and created a tailor made website named after our brand new imaginary road manager "Norman." I had an artist friend of mine create some paintings of our man "Norman" in action, reminding us to "Keep Calm and Carry On", telling us when to check the Flights folder, tapping away on his laptop in an airport lounge... Norman even has a sidekick, a roadie named "Quasar." Over the past few months, writing Norman and Quasar back-stories and envisioning their likenesses... I must admit they are becoming real to me!

All our travel information for every concert we do is now housed in Norman's capable hands, and the band response has been great. We launched Norman to the gang a few weeks ago. Early responses:

"I like Norman a lot, he makes life so much easier." 
-Katalin (Kiss)

"Wow - Norman's pretty groovy. ;-) Looks good. Great job on the site! Very convenient!" 
-Gavin (Hope)

"Kewleeeooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Norman!"
-Rique (Franks)

"Hey, Norman is great!"
-Don (Paulton) 

"Very cool site!!" 
-Denise (Pelley)

"This is genius. Thank you!"
-Leah (Salomaa)

"Fantastic job. It's nice 2 b informed."
-Jean (Meilleur)

Now, after all that, I'll bet you'd like to see this Norman, but... sorry, no dice! I won't give out the link as it is a private site for the band only, but suffice it to say it's chock full of content both practical (rehearsal schedules, flight etickets, itineraries) and silly (in-jokes, band sayings, a gallery where the band can post real-life "Normans" they spot walking down the street!)... All of which would either bore or baffle most everyone else, but to us, well, it's golden!


Now, for Something Completely Different, if you live in and around Kitchener Ontario and would like to see JnC at a special event supporting Centre In The Square, here's an invite to an upcoming concert we'll be doing on November 13, 2010.

The show will feature: 
Vocalists Gavin Hope, Denise Pelley, Lis Soderberg, Kathryn Rose, and Andrea KoziolPeter Brennan (guitar), Mitch Tyler (bass), Don Paulton (keys), Paul DeLong (drums).

Perhaps we'll see you there!

All the best,
(Kathryn Rose)

...Read on:

You have asked for it for years…and so here it is
The Kitchener Wilmot Hydro
Electric Thursday’s™ Dance!

Sat Nov 13th, you will be able to dance the night away to the music you love played by the Jeans N’ Classics Band, at Bingemans Marshall Hall.

Bop, boogie, tap, tango and salsa your night away. Bring your dancing partner, put on your party shoes and plan on dancing the night away. We see you dancing in your seats during the shows at CITS; here is your chance to strut your stuff on the floor. You will be treated to the music of Motown, R&B, '80s, '90s and dance. Played by the one and only Jeans 'n Classics Band, so you know it will be a great sound.

Tickets are $35 for Subscribers till Oct 1. $45 for Non-Subscribers, Purchase your tickets today as quantities are limited. Plan on being there when the doors open @ 7:30. There is no reserved seating for the tables of eight.

Join us on the 13th at Bingemans in your best dancing duds as we dance the night away in support of The Centre’s Performance Development Fund.

Ticket Centre Telephone: 519-578-1570 or 1 (800) 265 8977


Friday, October 8, 2010

Calgary, Sept. 24/25: "Thriller - The Best of Michael Jackson"

We had a wonderful time in Calgary last month — love that city and the
CPO (resident conductor Mélanie Léonard even showed off some Michael Jackson stage moves!), plus the Jack Singer Concert Hall is a favourite performance space.
Jack Jamieson has been doing exquisite sound at front of house since before we first started performing there in 1994.

For Gavin Hope — who channeled MJ — this show had a personal connection; Calgary is his home town, and he sang to very appreciative sold-out audiences both nights. (Gavin is a talented photographer as well as a gifted singer; you can see more Calgary pics on his Facebook page.)

We were, as usual, very well taken care of by Laura Garrick and the rest of the CPO personnel, and were very happy to attend an after-party at Teatro on Friday night, complete with DJ “D-Fresh”, Michael Jackson-attired breakdancers (Dustin "Homeage" Lee, Chad Doherty and Matt Ball) and dangerously addictive nibblies. Plus champagne. :-)
(The generous sponsors who made it happen are listed below — thank you!)

However, earlier Friday night it became apparent as I went on stage that my left boot heel wasn’t necessarily going to stay for the party ... so during that evening’s performance I tried not to put too much weight on it and hoped I could find a repair place on Saturday in time for the second show. Calgary, of course, is a place where you could reasonably expect to find a boot repair shop, and I did: the Calgary Shoe Hospital, which fixed the heel in about an hour and put a nice shine on both boots as a bonus.

We stayed again at the luxurious Fairmont Palliser and indulged in some very tasty after-gig snacks at the Oak Room (we sure do eat well in Calgary) while catching up with visiting friends & family ... like I say, it’s a living.

Jeans ’n Classics will be in Calgary again in January 2011 with Canadian guitar virtuoso Rik Emmett ... enjoy!

After-Party sponsors:

4:33 PM

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

a few moments from J'nC in Cincinnati, July 17 2010

When we decided that a Women of Jeans ’n Classics blog was going to happen, I thought it would be a good opportunity to go out and get a portable video camera so as to share some of our travel adventures. What could be easier – get the camera, take the movies, upload them to the blog, right? Mmmm hmmm.

I bought a very portable used videocam, brought it with me in July to lovely Cincinnati and took a few shots here and there (when I remembered, that is; don’t yet have the “auto record” button in my brain). A few snags since then have delayed posting anything until now, including the inevitable computer upgrades (it had to be done), software acquisitions (hello Lis – editing?) and ongoing education about video in general (oh, the possibilities!), all against a constant background of life in all its rich and varied life-ness ... I think you know what I’m talking about.

As much as I’d love to now present a masterpiece, there are still just a *few* things I don’t know anything about, and perfecting – or at least improving – them will take a while. However, I hope you’ll enjoy some glimpses of our most recent trip to Cincinnati, where we performed the music of the Beach Boys with the fabulous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. (Unfortunately, I did not have permission to record any footage while they were playing, but hopefully you got to hear them in person! Here’s a link to see what’s coming up:

And now, may I humbly present the very amateur but totally having-fun-while-learning debut premiere video montage of ...

“Cincinnati, July 2010 - The Beach Boys Trip!”

4:30 PM

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Harmony - it's all good.

While searching for some technical information on a computer forum recently, I happened upon a very interesting online drawing app ... a randomly found link wouldn't usually be considered for this blog, but I couldn't resist in this case, since it's called Harmony. :-)

Check it out here:

If you're the artistic type, you'll be able to create amazing things with the very interesting brushes available and the configurable background and brush colours ; if you're just a doodler (like me), this will be some of the most fun doodling you'll come across! You can save your creations, too - check out the options in the menu at the top of the page, and enjoy some Harmony!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Our new baby blog!


Just wanted to let you know what to expect from our new blog, "A Post Card from the Women of Jeans 'n Classics".

If you've been reading "Ask John Regan" you will by now have gotten a general sense of things here at Jeans 'n Classics, and you will have enjoyed John's abundant wit, wisdom and writing skills as he responds to people's letters re: our shows and keeps everyone up to date on the general goings on of J'nC founder Peter Brennan and his flock; we're very fortunate to work with a crew of multi-talented people who are fine company to boot, and we have more than our fair share of fun as we perform with symphonies across the continent. It's a living. :-)

However, John is only one man - not even someone as omniscient as he can impart all that is the J'nC experience! And of course you also know by now that he is, indeed, a man ... which brings me to the subject at hand: our new blog.

Here is where the estrogen component at J'nC can pool our collective knowledge & travel experiences and share them with you. We're a diverse bunch, and we'll be showing some of our many sides as we write on diverse topics, including memorable moments on- and off-stage, hotel room recipes, how best to amuse oneself with a few extra (whether planned or "bonus") hours at the airport, carry-on packing essentials, hair & makeup adventures, and of course favourite finds, people and places in the cities we're performing in.

Please feel free to post your comments and/or questions, and we'll do our best to respond in a timely, informative and entertaining manner - as long as we have WiFi, that is, and time between rehearsals, shows and flights (we don't always). You can also check our schedule at (there's a dropdown menu under "On Stage"), and if we're coming your way, your favourite local sightseeing and restaurant recommendations are appreciated and encouraged in case we have some time to explore.

Thanks for dropping by, and we hope to visit your fair city soon!


Monday, June 7, 2010


Welcome to our new blog featuring updates and insight from our most seasoned travellers, the fantastic women of Jeans 'n Classics.