2014, and I have no idea lol

MARIKA ITUNES_Fotor_edited-1Christmas was a whirlwind of a time. In the months leading up to Christmas I had the incredible privilege of being part of a team that saw my Christmas single “This Christmas Time” reach the country east to west on radio stations. It was a big story for me, as it all happened so fast, but I did take the time to enjoy the ride, enjoy having a single on the radio again, and enjoy the message of hope that it brought with it, not only to the listeners, but as well to myself. It had always been a BIG dream to have a song on both pop radio and christian radio. Not sure why, I guess I just wanted my music to never segregate people, but to bring people together. And so it was really amazing that all communities, pop, adult contemporary, and christian radio were all spinning Christmas tracks of mine. My last Christmas single “Christmas Came Early” was also spinning on stations too. Deep down, it’s reassuring to know that across Canada, people still love the music that I write and compose. I try not to find my value in what’s going on, but as a musician it definitely brings happiness to me knowing that a mass audience enjoys  the art that I create.

IMG_0012We had a twist to our Christmas. My brother’s family house just outside of Medicine Hat burnt down right before we ventured back to Alberta. While it was a great tragedy, it was a miracle that only my brother was home, and he just made it out of the house alive. His wife and 4 kids had been gone that morning which was rare living on their acreage. God definitely had his hand in that, and we were just so grateful to have our family together and alive for Christmas. It wasn’t even their fault – which sometimes brings me to moments of anger, that turns to sadness, that turns to compassion for the friend that made a mistake that he has to live with – and that’s got to be tough. It was definitely emotional trying to buy Christmas presents. My sister in law said it right when we were talking about how the community could help and her response was ” What do you say to people when they ask what you need, and your response is – everything? ” They literally only had the clothes on their backs. They are a strong family, and they will carry on. The house and the contents will be replaced, but it’s the 17 years of family memories that hurt the most which you can never get back. I don’t know what their story holds for 2014 but I do know that we will be a part of creating new, more treasured memories for them. My older brother and sister are some of my heroes and always will be.

So 2014. What does that look like for me? For one of the first times in my life, I have NO IDEA hahaha. You have to know, I feel so insecure and inadequate writing that. I am someone that believes in “putting your vision in front of you” and “plan ahead” and usually my future year has already been planned in my previous year. New year’s resolutions are just an extension of my previous years goals that I may not have met that I carry on just working on. This year however, I got nuthin’. Lol.

photo 5I think part of this had to do with how crazy our Christmas was. I didn’t really have time to think or rest, or ponder the year.  I felt like we were just in survival mode and focusing on making sure all the kids were alright and that the cousins all had a great Christmas despite the times and tragedies. I feel like I was just trying to be available for my family and enjoy the moments together. So, ‘my’ agenda just wasn’t on my radar. And that was OK. So, when I arrived back to the Promised Land ( Vancouver ) I knew I had some thinking to do.

And so, as I get to this blog, I still haven’t had time to think. Haha. On my return to Vancouver, I dived back into planning for other artists, radio promotion on other singles, talent managing, and family managing. I’ve done a couple of radio interviews that were for my music, typed up a couple of magazine articles for publications for some pretty stellar people, and even already booked in October to celebrity judge an event. But really, I haven’t actually stopped to think about some genuine goals this year.

So here goes.  Here’s me, dreaming big, a little crazy, taking some risks, and writing them down for the world to see. Definitely high five me if you see me through the year and you know I’ve reached some of these.

1. Get on Instagram. Check 🙂 Follow me @marikaonline

2. Write a song and get it featured on my new favourite TV show SUITS 🙂

3. Guest star on my new favourite TV show SUITS 🙂

4. Make another killer radio single

5. Plan my own TV show that will inspire millions globally.

6. Update my wardrobe and try to keep up with how good my kids look lol.

photo 37. Go on more dates.

8. Learn to ski properly.

9. Write and record a song with my hubby Stacy ( he really has a great voice! )

10. Get a global distribution  to distribute my artists globally.

11. Raise 1ok to build a school for the year of education with Free the Children. ( Our FamJAM is already planning for this, lookout for a video soon! )

12. Love God, Love others, Be Us.

13. Get new press shots.

14. Produce my first big “theatre style” music show.

15. Earn a spot on the front cover of a magazine that empowers women in media.

16. Hug my kids every day

17. Spend less time on my computer and more time with people in real life.

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Zoey made this for us 🙂

18. Go on daily adventures with my family, even in the rain, but especially in the sunshine 🙂

19. Learn how to use Logic Pro.

20. Get a place in the City with a big kitchen 🙂 ( maybe a 2 year goal ).

21. Make more new friends in the city.

22. Teach my kids to do their own laundry. ( and by that I mean Stacy teach them lol )

23. Laugh more, dance more, sing more.

That’s all for now. Happy New Year. Dream Big. Do Big.

– M

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The Official Music Video – This Christmas Time

Ok, I really just couldn’t wait, so here it is!!! This Christmas Time!

As I mentioned previously, this experience was one of my most fun to date and it was definitely because of all the great people that were involved. A special thanks to all my cast and crew and all of the amazing businesses that either sponsored, donated or gave of their products and time. To get here has truly been a miracle, and in the midst of so many challenges for me in my journey as an artist, this moment is truly a great celebration that I will not soon forget. The hope that is in my heart is beyond what I’ve ever known. Enjoy the song, listen and if you like, share share share! Happy Early Christmas everyone!

Big Thanks To:

Thomas Wong, Abby Penner Envy Me Studios, Sweet Creations by Sarah, Kitchening & Co. Carly and Dan Wintschel, Black Pudding Imports, Clifford Prang, Monica Morong, Thai Go, Jonathan Simkin, Colin Janz, Maureen Francisco, Phillip Lomax, Daniel Ingram, Wanda Siewert, Jaelyn Siewert, Mia Sleeth, Tiffany Desrosiers, Breanna Schneider, Shylo Sharity, David Van Maren, Tami Wakasugi, Mandi Joy Derry, James Idol, Kel Li, Trinity Wong, Ron & Sue Robinson, Both my incredible sets of parents and my amazing hubby and kids Stacy, Zac, Jaedon and Zoey for all of your hard work, and spending the day just being a stellar part of this journey! xoxoxox

Music Video Preview: This Christmas Time

So I can’t contain the excitement of how incredible the making of the video for “This Christmas Time” was. This was my FIRST official music video and I have to say that I had an incredible experience. It’s one thing to make a video, but it’s another to make it with your friends, your family and such an amazing team. The shoot was a lot of work, but so much fun. I am still in awe of how this whole project came together, starting right from the production with my talented friend Colin Janz, to radio promotion with my incredible radio teams, to yesterday where it all came together for the filming of the final video. I want to honour everyone properly in a post coming soon, but I do want to say a special thanks my director/videographer Thomas Wong who literally worked round the clock to get this all done, to all my cast and crew, the businesses that gave us such incredible food, candy and clothes to work with, and a HUGE thank you goes out to my good friend Daniel Ingram for letting us film in his amazing Gastown loft apartment. I was so incredibly blessed to have my whole family film with me, and even my mom in law and my niece Jaelyn flew out to see us, so we brought them in on the fun too. This project is something else, and I’m just enjoying and celebrating every single moment. Check out the preview and stay tuned for more. I love hearing your comments, messages and posts. They are so encouraging! If you’d like to stay tuned, you can check out the FB and twitter pages too – http://www.facebook.com/marikaonline, and twitter at @marikaonline

Here’s the preview!!!