Posted by: kyledine | February 16, 2014

One Month Before a Tour

Long time no update! Obviously blogging more was not one of my New Years resolutions!

After my fall tour that lasted for 2.5 months and took me all over the east and west coasts, I have had a great winter at home reunited with my wife. I have really enjoyed the down-time and opportunity to take a little break from music. We had an incredible Christmas where we travelled with friends and really soaked up the holiday spirit. It was also great to start playing hockey again this winter!

My spring tours have typically been shorter than my fall ones because of the heightened back-to-school demand. This year, it doesn’t seem to be the case. I am booked solid for another 2.5 months on the road and literally travelling across America. From Boston in the east, Austin in the south, Denver in the west and Chicago in the north. Glad my rental car will have unlimited miles!

With one month to go before I hit the road, I’m starting to tackle a long to-do list of tour-related planning. I’m recording new hilarious bits for my puppets and adding some new funs songs to my shows. Planning tour logistics always takes a ton of time, but is a nice job to multi-task on while watching Olympic hockey! Double checking every single school address with Google Maps, finalizing paperwork, estimating driving times and maybe even booking some accommodations if I get to it…thank goodness for drive-up motels!

I have a mix of emotions leading up to the big tour, from excitement to nervousness. However I know that once I’m up on stage again in front of 100’s of kids, I am doing what I love and will discover that I remembered how to ride the bicycle again!

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Posted by: kyledine | January 3, 2014

My Blog – 2013 in Review – Thanks for Reading!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,600 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Posted by: kyledine | December 1, 2013

“Let’s Go Nuts” Tour – We have an official name!

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My Spring Tour has an official name! Best part – it was created by a high school student after this Twitter exchange:

And this is why I love Twitter!

Posted by: kyledine | November 17, 2013

Spring Tour Booking

Spring Availability

 

I am now in full swing booking mode for my spring tour and would love to come to your school! Please feel free to get in touch to request more information on my availability. http://www.kyledine.com/contact.html

Posted by: kyledine | November 8, 2013

Home for a Rest

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After three flights and six time zones, I am back in Slovenia. I’m so thankful to everyone I encountered over the past two months while on tour. Food allergy moms and dads are INCREDIBLE.

While living on the road, you let me stay in your homes, invited me to dinner, made me sandwiches for lunch, took me sight-seeing, chatted with me between shows, let me do laundry, gave me advice, helped set up my equipment, and shared with me your food allergy story which strengthened my commitment to educating others.

So many of you that I didn’t meet sent me notes of encouragement on Facebook or Twitter. I want to let you all know how much I appreciate your support and that it truly made a difference in keeping me focused on being my best over this period. You are such a kind and caring community and I feel fortunate to be a part of it. THANK YOU ALL!

Posted by: kyledine | October 24, 2013

Goodbye California

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Let me start off by saying…my new favourite thing in the world is surfing! Besides the amazing weather, great friends, and incredible sunsets, my three days of surfing the waves of Santa Monica made it very hard to leave!

The last month may have been the most memorable I’ve ever had on tour. It was a jam-packed schedule that took me down the entire beautiful west coast. I started in Seattle and ended up driving down all the way to Los Angeles. I had a school performance nearly every single day and loved visiting new schools as well as a few repeat ones too!

Surfs up! After many wipe outs, I finally got the hang of it on day 3.

Surfs up! After many wipe outs, I finally got the hang of it on day 3.

Managing food allergies along the way seemed to be a breeze. I was lucky finding restaurants that were safe, and accommodation with my own kitchen to cook in. My flights all went smoothly too with no peanuts being served or eaten around me.

My two best friends live in Southern California so it was a refreshing break at the end of the trip to hang out with them and catch some waves together.

The tour now moves back to the east coast where I will be performing at schools in Massachusetts and New Jersey before heading back to Canada for a few more next week.

Two more weeks left on tour and still have lots of energy! My two sprained toes from surfing are slowing me down a little… but it’s a small price to pay for finding a new hobby and trying something that’s always been on my bucket list!

C’est la vie!

Kyle

 

Posted by: kyledine | October 16, 2013

And the Tour Rolls On

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Today I am performing my last show in the Bay Area at a school in Dublin, CA. What a wonderful two weeks it has been here performing mostly in San Jose and Pleasanton. In total, I visited 13 schools and reached thousands of students.

I was happy to stay in one place for a while which is a change from the different hotel to hotel routine. I booked a beautiful master bedroom through the website http://www.airbnb.com. I love this website as it allows me to find a place that feels a bit like home. The house had a communal kitchen, however I kept all of my food separate and had my own cutlery and dishes which I washed with my own cloth to avoid any cross-contamination. All in all, it was a wonderful stay and I feel refreshed!

Today I head south to Los Angeles and have two more shows on the west coast. One is a school in Yucaipa on Friday, and then a public show in Placentia on Sunday. I’m really looking forward to seeing my two best friends who live there! I’m in need of a little down-time and can’t wait to go surfing, see a Kings hockey game and see a taping of the Conan O’Brian show with them. What a fun end to my west coast trip!

After that, the tour continues in Massachusetts and New Jersey and ends back in Ontario. I can’t believe two months of performing is nearly complete. It has been an incredible adventure with many amazing places, people and memories along the way. I am so lucky to do what I love, and love what I do!

Kyle

Posted by: kyledine | October 4, 2013

Sabrina’s Song

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I wrote a song for Sabrina Shannon a few years ago in true appreciation of her legacy, and the work of her mother, Sara Shannon who is a tireless allergy advocate.

I couldn’t stop thinking about her this week as it was the 10th anniversary of her tragic death. While driving down the beautiful Oregon coast, I had the sudden urge to jump out of my car and record “Sabrina’s Song”. I hope it inspires us all to keep advocating – every effort truly makes a difference.

Video – http://youtu.be/iNhPlGcT99k

Lyrics to Sabrina’s Song

Can we stand here today, and look the other way?
When the old world is changing, she’s in our lives today.

I can feel it all around me, everywhere I see the signs,
The future is looking brighter, every day at a time

Change has got a hold of me, I can help, it makes me believe
That one girl, one life, one dream
Can make you and I feel safe at night, Sabrina.

Every change has got its purpose, to open up our eyes
And bring some understanding, to all of us alike
But it has to start somewhere, like a sparkle in your eye
Shining on forever, like a star up in the sky

Change has got a hold of me, I can help, it makes me believe
That one girl, one life, one dream
Can make you and I feel safe at night, Sabrina.

When you know things just aren’t right
You know it’s time to join the fight
And bring us one step closer to the cure
But a little this, and a little that
And we’re on our way to a brighter path
A path that no one has gone before
A path to guide the way.

Change has got a hold of me, I can help, it makes me believe
That one girl, one life, one dream
Can make you and I feel safe at night, Sabrina.

Posted by: kyledine | September 30, 2013

The West Coast Tour Begins

I arrived on the west coast this Thursday after a crazy day of travel. I started in Watertown, NY with a 7am ET flight, and ended up in Seattle in the early afternoon. I hopped on the light rail with all of my music equipment and headed downtown to grab a rental car. Then I went to a music store, pick up my speakers and drove for 4.5 hours out to Spokane. By the time I arrived, I was beyond exhausted!

My first show was the next morning at the First Presbyterian School and went great! I was relieved to unpack all of my equipment without forgetting anything at home! The new speakers sounded great too! That evening, Jodie Hommer from Team Anaphylaxis organized a public concert at Gonzaga College. It was AWESOME! An unbelievable turnout fuelled a fun Friday night show with lots of dancing and singing in one of the most beautiful venues I’ve ever played in.

Today I performed at the FARE walk in Seattle. It was a rainy day so I performed inside. It was a complete thrill to be accompanied for two songs by the Hot Cider String Band which is Kelly Morgan’s (from WA FEAST) family band. We rehearsed the night before and actually put together a couple videos! Check them out!

Tomorrow I perform at two Seattle schools before heading down to Oregon.

It will be a busy month on the west coast, but it’s already off to a great start!

Greetings from road,
Kyle

Posted by: kyledine | September 23, 2013

Public Concert in Spokane, WA – Friday, Sept. 27

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