This Canadian folk group takes the stage at Shenkman Arts Centre on Dec. 13 as part of their special Christmas tour. Where Ottawa editor Misa Kobayashi caught up with The Good Lovelies in advance of their local show to find out about their travel essentials, where they love to eat when they’re in Ottawa, and more.
What’s your favourite activity to do on the road?
Well, we bought some skipping ropes about a year ago. When we get restless, we get out of the car and jump rope for a few minutes. Invariably, we make friends with any young girls that happen to be around. They join in without asking. It’s a way more fun version of the elementary school playground! And we love eating in new places, checking out the local cuisine. Recently we had some incredible Indian food in Northern Ontario in Bruce Mines. Go figure!
You’re often on the road touring. What two or three items do you consider your “travel essentials”?
Needless to say, our bags are very heavy when we leave home. Here’s a snapshot of what’s in them:
Caroline- running shoes, a good book, earplugs for sleeping
Sue- hair dryer, slippers, and a camera
Kerri- iPod, glasses, and a notebook
What’s the best thing about touring?
There are lots of great things about touring. A friend of ours said that in a way we have “working vacations,” we get to see so many different places, and experience different parts of the world. We also get to see friends who live far away more often than we would if we were still living full time in Toronto.
When you do come to Ottawa, what’s the one place you have to eat at when you’re here?
We love eating at The WORKS. Burgers are delicious and wonderful. And we love all kinds, so it’s a perfect place to try something different every time. It never gets old.
Where do you make a point of visiting when you’re in Ottawa, any shops or tourist attractions?
We obviously love strolling around the ByWard Market, particularly on Sunday mornings. There’s so much to see and do there. And if it’s winter, we pack our skates for a glide on the canal. We also love visiting the Ottawa Folklore Centre. They’ve been selling our CDs and supporting us in a big way since our start in 2007.
How would you describe Ottawa?
The Good Lovelies will play songs from their critically-acclaimed holiday album, Under the Mistletoe, and other holiday tunes Dec. 13 at Shenkman Arts Centre. Tickets are $36, for more information click here.