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What a spectacular cap to these twelve days of Düsseldorf last night at Music Making People. There have been many magical moments and great conversations with people this trip, but I gotta share one from last night that touched me and had me thinking maybe I will keep doing this music thing!

At the end of the night – just a few folks still milling around the studio – a guy in his early 20s came up to me. He was wearing a black leather jacket with requisite metal spikes and he had several punk buttons pinned to his lapel including the Adverts and Wizo, who he later told me are the German equivalent of the Sex Pistols. (You guys may not know this, but back in high school I was a total fan of old school punk, like Crass & Dead Kennedys. So I am going to have to check them out. But I digress…)

With a sweet and giant grin on his face he total that he “doesn’t like acoustic music”. When his friends invited him to the show, he thought it would be a bar with a band playing punk or at least rock. And instead he ended up at this acoustic folk show. But, he said, after two or three songs he was hooked and glad he came to the show. Then he said all sorts of flattering things, which is always nice. :D But for modesty sake I won’t go into that here. hahaha!

Anyways, I found it moving because sometimes I get overcome with artist doubt. Most often it happens about fifteen seconds after I step offstage as I replay the myriad of ways I could have done better. I wonder whether or not my songs and my shows are affecting people and whether all the hustle it takes to get on stage and perform, whether it is worth it. And then something like this happens… and I am reminded that music is powerful and can connect across genres.

I offered him one of my buttons to add to his collection – one of the ones with polkadots on it – and I gotta say it felt darn good to see it nestled alongside the rest of his punk band collection! Danke shön, Dominic!

Alrighty now, I feel rejeuvenated and ready to take on the rest of this European tour, which starts in earnest tomorrow. Next stop: Antwerpen!


Tour dates: http://karynellis.com/tour-dates/

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Make that twelve shows! We added another show on April 27th in Papendrecht in the Netherlands. Given that it is King’s Day it might be more of a party than a concert ;). Thought we’d let you know things are happening here in Europe.

Check out the full listings for my Europe spring tour.
There are shows in Dusseldorf, Kaiserslautern, Dordrecht, Utrecht, Antwerpen, Papendrecht, Lausanne and Weesp!

And while we’re at it, let’s point out a very special concert on Thursday April 21st in Music Making People’s Studios in Dusseldorf, Germany: we are live film / audio recording the show. A co-bill with David Pfeffer (Germany’s X-factor winner in 2013!) VERY limited seating, message us at karyn@karynellis.com if you would like to receive an invitation to the guest list.



KarynEllis-PRSpring2016-WEB_480x320Gosh! Can’t believe I fly to Europe again one week from today!!! Eleven shows starting April 15th in Dusseldforf ending May 6th in Lausanne Switzerland and May 8th in Amsterdam. Yippee!

Dates and details…


It has been awhile since my last addition to the Homemade Music Video Project. Yesterday I was inspired to make another one, though not for the cheeriest reasons. The topic of relationship violence is all over the internet here in Canada because the Jian Ghomeshi verdict came in on Friday March 25th.

I dug back into my old catalogue and pulled out the song Movie from my 2005 album “Hearts Fall”. Movie is a metaphorical look at relationship violence. I spent many hours playing and replaying the song as I edited together the video and I am saddened to realize that the topic remains as relevant as when I wrote it.

Images come from a Europe tour in the fall of 2014. A Christmas market in Austria, an u-bahn in Germany, I believe.


Almost forgot, it’s March 14th!

(photo and pi/e by Kate Sweet)

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Tour Dates


  • 05/01 (Sun) Kaiserslautern (DE) at Private Show
  • 05/06 (Fri) Lausanne (CH) at Roof Top Concert
  • 05/08 (Sun) Weesp (NL) at Cafe de Natte Krant