SHEGUIANDAH—The Yukon’s Big Mama Lele will be making a stop at Manitoulin’s Rue Studio in Sheguiandah tomorrow, Thursday, October 16, as part of her 26 date North American ‘Singles’ tour from the Yukon to Vermont.
“This will be my second time visiting Manitoulin,” said Amelia Merhar, who goes by the stage name Big Mama Lele. “Last time was in the dead of winter, so I’m excited to be coming in the fall this year.”
Ms. Merhar explained she started singing while hitchhiking several years ago, and picked up the steel ukulele in Vermont (where she will be ending her tour) because of its convenient size for travelling.
“My Singles tour is to promote my latest album, ‘Singles,’ which I released in April of this year,” Ms. Merhar told The Expositor. “It’s also word play because I’m single. The tour has been going really well. It has been a lot of fun.”
Big Mama Lele was awarded runner-up for the Best Emerging Artist at the Yukon Arts Audience Awards in June 2014.
She describes her music as “hilarious and sexy indie folk” and writes about a variety of subjects from living in the Yukon, life in a cabin and hauling water, to life on the road (‘Dirty Old Man Not getting Some’) and ‘Montreal Boys,’ which depicts “hipster boys in Montreal who wear plaid shirts but don’t know how to start a fire,” explained Mr. Merhar.
Big Mama Lele will be performing at Rue Studio in Sheguiandah tomorrow night (October 16) at 7 pm. Admission is $10 or by donation (pay what you can).
Rue Studio is located 100 Townline Road in Sheguiandah. Call 705-368-1438 for more information or visit www.bigmamalele.com.