Mother’s Day

So this Sunday marks my 11th mid-May celebration of being a mother. I am so lucky to have 3 beautiful, precocious sons who are smart, capable, loving and creative. This Sunday also is the second weekend of “Genevieve and the Wild Sundays” CD Release tour- we will be on Salt Spring and Pender Islands. So I guess that means that I will be away for most of Mothers Day- the day I “should” be with my children. Do I feel guilty?? Of course!!! I wouldn’t be a Mother if I didn’t!! I especially felt guilty when my littlest, Joah, today in the car said “I have your Mother’s Day present… do you want it today??” and I said “No, sweetie, wait till Mother’s Day”. When, of course, today would have been a much better day for me to receive said gift, for us to get sentimental and for me to shower him with gratitude for being such an amazing son.

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But somehow, I deferred the gift to the Hallmark Sunday when I won’t be seeing him until after he’s has a weekend with dad and brothers, late nights and grandparents (which all usually equal extra sugar). Whoa is me.

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Right now, it’s mid-week, before Mother’s Day, and I’m in the throw’s of my life that ISN’T music- working at the winery, prepping kids lunches, doing dishes and laundry, hoping to get into the garden, and preparing my hubby’s birthday party tomorrow. I live such a (quazi-) normal, domestic life you’d never know that my band had a such a glowing review in the latest BC Musician Magazine, or that we’re embarking on our CD release concert series next weekend.  But then, I highly suspect that many of those so called “normal domestic” mom’s are also living out crazy, creative, and (like me) slightly deluded lives.

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Just to make myself feel better here is what Dave O Rama had to say about our CD “Fine Line:

Singer-songwriter Genevieve Charbonneau steps up front to lead her trio of Wild Sundays through twelve acoustic original treats filled with shimmering harmonies and polished musicianship.

An active musical collaborator and trainer dancer hailing from the Cowichan Valley, Charbonneau has played in several music projects, including the Twisted Vine String Band, and the award winning Balkan Babes.

Backed by fellow Balkan Babe, Kelly Sherwin (Ain’t Dead Yet, Flash in the Pan) on upright bass, percussion and vocalist Laura Carleton (kivaBEAT), and multi-instrumentalist Chandra Crowe holding it down on mandolin, Charbonneau’s Wild Sundays float through your ears like bluegrass angels.

All the musicians here have collaborated with one another in a variety of Vancouver Island bands and choirs, bringing with them a love for old timey string music, West African rhythms, and flavors from the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle-East.

The playing on Fine Line is accomplished, the production by Wynn Gogol at One Ton Studios is highly polished, and the harmonies are glorious and truly inspiring. More sweet than salty, much more whimsical than jaded, the songs on Fine Line go  down like cold iced tea in a sun kissed garden on a lazy hazy afternoon.

So yes, I feel blessed! So lucky that I can do what I love, feel supported in that and that I have the freedom to write whatever I want in this blog (and in songs!) Thank-you!!

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New CD!!

Happy belated Halloween and Dia de Los Muertes. We had a fun and spooky dance party at our place, complete with light-effects, smoke machine and fireworks. It’s the first year in ages that I felt like putting effort into my costume. It was a pretty fun night- and my mom had the kids!! This is me, as Freida Kahlo.

Freida Kahlo, visionary artist

Freida Kahlo, visionary artist









Very exciting news! My band has been in the studio the past couple weeks recording a new album and it is so thrilling watch it unfold and come to life. Wynn Gogol is awesome to work with- patient, complementary (but of course, ha!) and fast on his equipment. I am particularly excited about the new songs- Consequences, You Could Never Be and Long Way to Go. Maybe just because they’re new. But also I guess I feel they are representative of my evolving songwriting. And the vocal harmonies on You Could Never Be are really exciting….

La la la

La la la

Anyways, we’ve launched a crowd-funding campaign in the hopes of raising a bit of cash for the project. There’s a part of me that feels a little freaked, like “ack- I only JUST released my last album, what’s the rush???” but the rush was all me- I wanted an album that represents the Wild Sundays. I wanted the girls to feel invested in our project. Also, it will help us get gigs and festivals (hopefully). I can tell it’s going to be a great album already and feel so excited to have it underway. If you feel like checking out our campaign, there are lots of great perks (like dinner made by MOI, or a private house concert, or stay at my farm!):

So also spending some time applying to festivals and updating websites (um, obviously). Tis the season (despite summer feeling like it just happened!) I really should go out and plant the garlic…. especially during these lovely sunny days…. ok here I go…



Well……. I did it- finally launched my own website, with the encouragement of my girls in the Wild Sundays. It’s a pretty easy procedure, it seemed a little silly not to do it! So here we go with yet another website to keep on top of! Oy ve!!

Photo by Devon Gillot

Photo by Devon Gillot

I am happy and excited to say that the Wilds are going to record a whole new album this October with Wynn Gogol! I am really looking forward to seeing these songs take on new life through the recording project. We will probably add a little fiddle or banjo too- watch for the new album sometime next year! We will be launching an indigogo campaign as well as applying for a Canada Council Grant- my first time going through that process. Hopefully it’s not too daunting!

So September brings some fresh starts- a new album on the horizon, new songs being penned (I’m really on a roll right now), and my youngest son has just gone into kindergarten! Wow- how the time flies!

Opening for Pharis and Jason Romero