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Ria Mae has a new job

New music: Ria Mae recently quit her construction-management day job to take on music full-time.

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Halifax fosters new creativity. At least that's how Ria Mae sees it. Recently the songwriter quit her construction-management day job to take on music full-time, a bold but necessary risk.

"Deep down, I know that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing," says Mae. "I've had to downsize and am living very differently, but I feel really alive."

Since the doors opened at The Company House, Mae's found herself on the corner stage nearly every week or so with backup vocalist Margot Durling. Whether the duo are playing Wednesday night's regular open mic hosted by Don Brownrigg and Dave Scholten, opening for Mathew de Zoete or headlining, Mae feels like she's in her element.

She's in the midst of finishing recording her debut EP with Don MacKay. So far she's got "Amy," "Questions," "On the Side" and "Waiting" on the final cut, and hopes to release it this summer. Fingers crossed. (SWC)

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