Couch Concert Series - Heffley Lake

My last concert for the tour was held on the property of two very excited and welcoming hosts! Their house is located right in the heart of two lakes, luscious foresty area, and beautiful hills. Absolutely stunning. I know I've been mentioning food a lot throughout my couch concert "thaiary".. but.. wow... especially for one that doesn't eat meat - there were mountains of creative and delicious dishes shared and brought by all the guests! There is something to be said about enjoying an evening with a full and warm tummy, especially through a meal that was made in a collective effort.

It was the most relaxed and stress-free day of the whole tour. A slow wake-up.. drive out into the non-service region (close to Sun Peaks)...  coffee in the new house... tour down to the lake...  My favourite part about the afternoon was, for a  few minutes, I had the chance to sight-read various classical pieces on this incredibly old upright piano that has been around since the 20s. I think my way of reaching "zen" is through sight-reading beautiful music. I find a very strong balance between feeling relaxed and energized while my mind rests and my fingers go! It was like taking a nap, in some ways, before my final concert!

My last show was incredible! Everybody was very supportive and engaged. I really felt connected to the audience

Yesterday was a 15 hour day back to Edmonton in the rain - and I'm still riding the highs of my week-long adventure!
A HUGE thank you to ALL the generosity, interest, support, conversations, food, showers, sleep, wine, beer, excitement, beds, and love that was given to me over the week!! Through the combined efforts of both you folks and I - we were successful in creating venues right out of living rooms! How amazing! 
I plan to come back early July to many of the same cities with my band - so I'll be keeping in touch! 

Feeling extremely blessed,
Jenie 


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  • Justin Terwiel

    Justin Terwiel

    Jenie Thai. How to do justice to the shows with just words? I came to meet Jenie through a friend and as a result had the absolute privilege of getting know her and host house concerts at both my house in Kamloops and at my parents’ house near Sun Peaks. When I checked out her music I was sold on the concept and knew creating the shows with her would result in something pretty special for my friends and family, but I really was unprepared for just how moving and inspirational the experience of the shows would be. Jenie’s soul comes out in force when she plays - sewn into every song and worn without inhibition on every little note and expression. Her onstage persona echoes her everyday personality – that of a passionate, fun-loving, gracious and honest sweetheart with a love for both life and music. In the short time we got to spend together I also came to know an open-minded daredevil with a great sense of humour as well as a hard-working, dedicated young professional with big dreams but more than the means of achieving them. Musically her talent runs so deep it is slightly sickening, but that depth and intimate musical comfort allows all that energy and personality to shine through unimpeded - which in the end was what really what captured all our hearts. Her dancing while playing and cute stories in between songs only furthered the connection she commanded with the audience. And whether it was the sexiest love song you have ever heard, the most clever, quirky and fun expression of her personality wrapped into words and notes or the most sorrowful blues song to ever well tears up into your eyes, the end of each song saw incredulous laughter and murmers of “wow!” amongst shaking heads, all in disbelief of just what we were experiencing. In the end both shows saw standing ovations and such a profound sense of loss when she finished that here we still don’t quite know what artist to turn to to fill the void she left (But how can anything compete with a live show in your living room? Host her!). What we do know is everyone here is still abuzz about the shows and none of us can wait to see her return with a full band backing her to see what she can come up with next. I really have to thank Jenie from the bottom of my heart for such an amazing experience and all the inspiration I got from it personally, as well as everything we got to create and give to those closest to me. We will never forget them. A raised glass to your future success!

    Jenie Thai. How to do justice to the shows with just words? I came to meet Jenie through a friend and as a result had the absolute privilege of getting know her and host house concerts at both my house in Kamloops and at my parents’ house near Sun Peaks. When I checked out her music I was sold on the concept and knew creating the shows with her would result in something pretty special for my friends and family, but I really was unprepared for just how moving and inspirational the experience of the shows would be. Jenie’s soul comes out in force when she plays - sewn into every song and worn without inhibition on every little note and expression. Her onstage persona echoes her everyday personality – that of a passionate, fun-loving, gracious and honest sweetheart with a love for both life and music. In the short time we got to spend together I also came to know an open-minded daredevil with a great sense of humour as well as a hard-working, dedicated young professional with big dreams but more than the means of achieving them. Musically her talent runs so deep it is slightly sickening, but that depth and intimate musical comfort allows all that energy and personality to shine through unimpeded - which in the end was what really what captured all our hearts. Her dancing while playing and cute stories in between songs only furthered the connection she commanded with the audience. And whether it was the sexiest love song you have ever heard, the most clever, quirky and fun expression of her personality wrapped into words and notes or the most sorrowful blues song to ever well tears up into your eyes, the end of each song saw incredulous laughter and murmers of “wow!” amongst shaking heads, all in disbelief of just what we were experiencing. In the end both shows saw standing ovations and such a profound sense of loss when she finished that here we still don’t quite know what artist to turn to to fill the void she left (But how can anything compete with a live show in your living room? Host her!). What we do know is everyone here is still abuzz about the shows and none of us can wait to see her return with a full band backing her to see what she can come up with next. I really have to thank Jenie from the bottom of my heart for such an amazing experience and all the inspiration I got from it personally, as well as everything we got to create and give to those closest to me. We will never forget them. A raised glass to your future success!

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