Blessings!!!

A belated happy new year, happy Black History Month and happy lovers day for those who celebrate it.  It’s a new season for me.  I just became another year wiser, started a new job and I am real excited about what 2011 has in store for me. God just sends blessings upon blessings.

My first solo performance of the year will be at the Oldies and Zouk Nite at the Riviera on Sunday February 20.  It will be a special night with a cocktail dinner at Cognac Lounge located at 2800 Highway 7 @Jane.  Doors open at 7 pm.  And the Monday is a holiday so you’ll have plenty of time to rest up yourself. Message me for ticket information.

Peace!

Consta

October things…CN tower Climb…Lambadina Lounge

I have much to be thankful for and I want to encourage you that God answers our prayers.  Thanksgiving came and passed but we cannot count all the blessings we have. Having said that, I’ll keep it short and sweet.  I will be climbing the CN Tower stairs to raise money for the United Way Youth and Newcomer programs.  Pray I don’t pass out!!! Also I am performing at the Sunday Nite Jam at Lambadina Lounge (Ossington & Bloor)  next Sunday October 24 with the Academy Band. The show starts at 7pm.

Have a great weekend and hope to see you there!!!

Constancia

Connecting Through Music

Hey peeps,

I attended the Manifesto Festival Showcase at Dundas Square last night and I was encouraged by what I saw with some of the up and coming artists  and veterans coming out of the north.  First off, I want to say that Eternia was FIRE!!! If you don’t know about her google her!  Yesterday I had a chance to sit down with her for dinner and she is genuine.  These festivals are great because not only do you get to see great entertainment but it gives you a chance to connect with other people who do what you do.

 I have been singing since I was nine and I know it’s no joke to get up and perform in front of people. I know about the hours of preparation, the auditions and open mics, hours in the studio, dollars spent on demos and promotion and outfits, the cold-calling putting yourself out there only to be shot down by critics or even acclaimed but still not make a living off of your gift.  It’s not easy and it is not for the thin-skinned. You truly have to love it!!!

I am happy with what I am seeing coming out of  Toronto and hope we can unite and support our own. We need to start spreading the word about dope artists.  It’s not hard at all with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.  And more importantly, let those artists we like know how their music has touched us through encouraging messages, coming out to shows and buying the music.

I’ve been a bit low-key lately as I’ve been pondering my next move.  God has blessed me with a voice and I certainly do not want to waste it.  Not only do I want to continue singing and making music but I would like to teach and share my knowledge with others.  I am looking for ways in which I can serve. If you know of a worthy cause I am willing to donate some of my time. I also give private vocal lessons.  Please message me for rates. You can contact me at constanciamusic@gmail.com

Peace,

Constancia

Music is the Answer

I am thankful that God has blessed me with a voice and the creativity to express myself through it. We are each gifted in different ways and should use those gifts to help others and advance his kingdom.  Music has always helped me to express myself, remember, forget and celebrate life. Having said that, I will be singing in a showcase tonight in order to raise funds for Haiti. The quake seems so long ago but people are still suffering the aftermath and we are all God’s children. Please come out to Harlem restaurant at 67 Richmond Street East.  The cost is $5. The doors open at 9pm.  See you there!!!

Peace,

Constancia

Final Appearances for August and first week of September!!!

Hey Peeps,

I will keep it short and sweet.  Tomorrow night-August 27, I will be at La Rhumba Night Club (31 Beverly Hills Dr.) for the My Policy pre-party. Special guests will include Iryn Namubiru and cast members from the movie. Saturday the 28th is the My Policy premiere at Duke of  Westminster.  I will be performing as will Iryn Namubiru and Desire Luzinda. It is going to be a great night.  Finally, next Wednesday September the 1st, I will be in the artist line-up for Music is the Answer, a yearlong fundraiser for Haiti taking place at Harlem Restaurant(67 Richmond St.). The cover is $5 and there will be many talented musicians in the house. Don’t miss out!!!

Peace,

Constancia

What’s Good with Me Musically!

What’s good with you? As for me I am blessed.  This Friday August 20th I will be performing two sets at Second Cup @ 905 King St. W( @Strachan) . Scott Metcalfe will accompany me on keys and we will keep it soulful and jazzy with a couple of originals thrown in! I am also excited to be part of the artist line-up for the Toronto premiere of “My Policy” at Duke of Westminster Restaurant at First Canadian Place (Adelaide & York) on Saturday August 28, 2010.  Other artists on the bill include Ugandan pop sensations Desire Luzinda and Iryn Namubiru, who I had the pleasure of opening for last year!

I am involved in writing some music for a film being produced by African Connection Clique and Lionsgate Familia.  I will work on my own new material during this time as well. I will  be at different open mics over the next few weeks. Tonight you can catch me Chalkers Pub for Girls Night Out. Next week I will probably be at Harlem and or Project Sound.  Don’t change that dial…I feel an anointing coming!!!

Peace and Blessings,

Consta

Feelings & Songs

So life has ben an emotional whirlwind with work, church, barbeques, festivals, performing, family and breaking up!  Before I get into all that, I will be opening for Soren at The Central on August 10 at 10 pm and I have a Jazz performance at Second Cup at King and Strachan on August 20 at 7pm.

I know I have touched on my relationship with “love” in a previous post entitled “What do you Mean ‘Love’ “.  And I am just starting to appreciate and understand this complex emotion.  I often write my songs and poems based on real-life experience. Or sometimes life imitates art and I will experience something I wrote about in a song.  This definitely happened to me with my song “You Should Have told me” based on a book called “He’s Just Not That Into You” – ladies, that book saved me a lot of insanity wondering why certain relationships never worked out. I encourage everyone to read self-help books if they are unsure about what they want in relationships or life in general.  I am currently reading about how to be in control of my finances because I need to get my stuff together.

Back to feelings…I recently came out of a relationship.  I have had other relationships that were intensely dramatic and I can say that I have been infatuated twice , loved once and in lust a few times.  This is the first time I felt like I was “in love” in a relationship regardless of any differences between me and the individual.  I am sad that it ended because I literally thought that I could just sit back and be in bliss for a very long time. I guess God has other plans.  Anyways I have gone through a million different emotions such as; shock, sorrow, anger, excitement that there is possibly someone else out there, anxiety and confusion but there is still a tiny part of me that thinks I will wake up and find out it was just a dream and I’m still in bliss.  I literally feel like I have experienced every love song cliché.  I allow myself to listen to these songs whenever I feel like it and I feel like my own songs will carry so much more soul because I am living it.  I have a few shows coming up and you better believe that they will be filled with love and break-up songs.

I have mostly been listening to a gospel music  but here are some of the songs that I listen to in order to cope with the emotional schizophrenia. “Love” by Kirk Franklin and GP, “Through With Love” by Destiny’s Child, “Someday” by Mariah Carey, “Can’t Hurry Love” by the Supremes, “You Don’t Miss Me Now” – Deborah Cox”, Goodbye” – Alicia Keys, “Run to the Arms of the One Who Loves You”-Xscape, I will Always Love You-The Whitney version, “Who Can I Run To”-Xscape,  “Always Be My Baby”-Mariah Carey, “Break-up”-Mario,  and so many Mary J Blige Songs.  What songs do you listen to?

Feel free to check out my original songs at http://www.myspace.com/constancialule  Also, don’t forget to check me out on August 10th at the central-603 Markham Street or August 20 at Second Cup-905 King Street West!!!

Peace,

Constancia

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