It sounds like BJ Snowden has had a pretty good year. After her popular Sappyfest performance last summer, the Massachusetts-based queen of outsider music regaled audiences in Halifax with her hilariously sincere and endlessly tuneful songs about Canada, the highs and lows of being a school teacher, Judge Joe Brown, and the mysteries of love. But mostly, she sings about Canada. “I now have a song about nearly every Canadian province,” she says.
Her classic song, “Canada” was recently re-arranged for a chorus and featured in the film Montana Amazon, which just won Best Feature Film in the Big Apple Film Festival. Meanwhile, a Halifax fan recommended her to the organizers of the Sled Island Music Festival, so she flew to Calgary in June for two shows. Later, organizers took her on a sightseeing trip to Banff. “It was nice, really really nice,” she says. She was inspired to write a song about the city and plans to perform it at Gus’ this Thursday, where she’ll be performing with Windom Earle and Jenocide. Don’t miss this, please. Her shows are like an aural bear hug, and must be seen in order to be truly felt.