Local talent is center stage at Grickle Grass…

I have only recently been exposed to the local talent here in London, ON and Yessica Woahneil has quickly become one of my favorite local artists. Her debut album Cheekbone is atmospheric, with her very own twist.

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Photo courtesy of the Grickle Grass Festival

Her music has the unique ability to take you on a journey and she is revving up to release her second album. Let’s take a minute to understand the artist behind the music and what she loves about what she does.

Why do you play the music you play?

My head may have popped off if I didn’t let my songs out when I did. Music is a big part of our collective consciousness and I felt like it has always played a passive role in my life but now it plays a very active role in who I am. I think as humans we are all capable of some method of expression and this happens to be my way of creating something beautiful from all the pieces.

What is your live music ritual?

At first, it consisted of huddling under my covers an hour or two before show time and pleading with my nerves to cut me some slack and settle down. I’m happy to say it’s now moved on to a healthy pre-show snack of chocolate chips and espresso.

The term “Grickle Grass” is pulled from a line in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. If you had to rename yourself to sound like a Dr. Seuss book, what would it be?

Yessica Messica.

Do you Grickle?

Absolutely. As often as possible.

What do you do when you are not playing music?

I’ve been catching a lot of great live performances locally in the last few months. (YNGTH release show with Wormwood, Aistis’ release show & Misha Bower, WHOOP-SZO and Mirage at Record Store Day, Grown Up Avenger Stuff). It has also been rainy and cold so my reading list is growing. These are my most recent if you’re in the market for something to get cozy (or uncomfortable) with:

Idaho, Emily Ruskovich
Firewater (How Alcohol is Killing My People (and yours), Harold Johnson
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, Valeria Luiselli
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Haruki Murakami
Swing Time, Zade Smith
The Underwater Welder, Jeff Lemire

Oh…

…and did I mention… LONDONFUSE and SHORT FUSE? 😉

Come out on May 27 at Grickle Grass to catch Yessica Woahneil performing live and support one of our amazing local artists. Also, be sure to compare your reading lists to hers, I know I added a few of her suggestions to mine.

Check out her music and connect with her on yessicawoahneil.bandcamp.com or on yessicawoahneil.com.

Get your tickets right here and we’ll see you on the May 27!

Feature photo by Eric Klingenberger

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