A Week of Awesome.

MARIKA ITUNES_Fotor_edited-1Monday – “This Christmas Time ” serviced to radio.

Tuesdayย – ” This Christmas Time ” released worldwide on iTunes. ย  Buy Here ๐Ÿ™‚


My Covenant Award Win

6 time nominee, First time Win ๐Ÿ™‚ Blessed by this one.

Wednesday – Won Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at GMA Canada’s Covenant Awards. Blessed that the extremely beautiful and talented Hollie Sackett-Reid could receive my award. She’s also one of my amazing radio promoters.

Thursday – Performed my second show case at Lafflines Comedy Club,ย and was filmed by The Comedy Network for their “Exposed” competition. It was cool. First time I performed on stage wearing underwear! Super glad my classmates James, Wayne, Hector and Kevin were there, and my comedy coach Jan too. They make me braver ๐Ÿ™‚

Had a blast performing with friends and laughing a lot! My crazy friend Hector went almost buck for a potential $5000 prize. He’s from Venezuela, that’s what they do there lol

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Also received a message that CBC was using Unstoppable for their hockey night in Canada Montage after the Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins game and before the Vancouver Canucks/Los Angeles Kings game. Listen out for it tonight!ย 200px-HNIC_Logo.svg

Friday – Took Kids to hang out with our good friends Daniel Ingram and Trevor Hoffmann at Daniel’s studio. The kids did some ” homeschool ” homework and wrote about Daniel’s career and what he does as a TV and Film Composer. They also got to do some hands on demo work on a new Disney XD Series ย while they were there.

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Later on that day, I had a photoshoot with some rad team members for the new Vancouver TV show I’m a part of hosting too ๐Ÿ™‚

Saturday – hanging out singing for the Vancouver Giants staff and getting to take in a game. Might have the opportunity to sing for a game or two, or not, we’ll see haha. Maybe the Hockey Night in Canada thing will get me an in haha ๐Ÿ™‚

Have to say, a lot in one week. Not without some challenges and distractions for sure, but because I’m choosing to not worry so much, ย trust God, laugh more, celebrate more, and certainly will simply, carry on. #VERYBLESSED.

For Joel, Chantal and Theo.

So, I made Top 10 most buzzed for CBC’s Songquest. Awesome. Very exciting actually. Voting. Not so much. To be honest, if I have to MAKE people vote, then I should just bow out now. HOWEVER. My strength in this industry is writing GREAT songs. Not that I’m saying Im the absolute best, but I know that I have worked hard the last 12 years, and the songs get played all over the place. Granted, most people still don’t know “who” I am as an artist, and for now, that’s ok. My time will come. For this competition however, one – it would be cool to have the song as Canada’s Hockey Song, and two – I’d want to win knowing that I got the most buzz and most votes because the song is just plain perfect for this. UNSTOPPABLE was written out of a story. I’m proud of this song, the lyrics and everything it stands for. It very much relates to champion spirit of Canada’s great game of hockey and I think the two are a perfect match. But, since it’s up to the talented Joel Plaskett, Chantal Kreviazuk, Theo Fleury, and a few others I don’t know of yet, I’d ask, that as well as the numbers of votes, I hope that they will also judge on the greatness of the song. If the song isn’t good, then it shouldn’t be voted for. But I want to win because the song deserves a win. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE PRESS, and MEDIA and posts and Tweets, so tweet away. I just know that in the big picture, I’m the glee club introverted nerd in the music industry, so I generally won’t get the majority vote. Yes this could be a pipe dream and it could still turn into a popularity contest from someone winning with the most “I buy my own followers ” kind of artist, and that’s ok too. It is what it is. However, I’ll take this as it goes, and enjoy the ride that it brings. Here’s a little video I made for the judges, but hopefully you’ll all enjoy it too! At the very least, check it out, press play, and go listen to Unstoppable ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry if I sound like I’m whining about voting contests? haha Maybe I am. Again, my blog. And I love this song. ย I vote yes ๐Ÿ™‚blog-Songquest2013-default (1)

Here’s the press release from Songquest:

Have you heard? Your Song Quest submission made our list of the 10 most buzzed about tunes so far! Check out our web feature about it here:

Here’s my CBC Music page – http://music.cbc.ca/#/artists/MARIKA

Here’s a little video I made for the judges ๐Ÿ™‚

I made top 10 most buzzed! Can I write Canada’s next great hockey song?

blog-Songquest2013-default (1)So, I received a call from the associate producer of CBC Music in Ontario, and I was quite excited. A while back, my white mama Wandy, encouraged me to submit a song for this contest. I didn’t need to write a new one, I already had one that I thought would fit perfect for this. So I submitted Unstoppable. Then yesterday morning I received a message that my song had made the top 10 most buzzed songs so far. That’s pretty cool considering there are a number of entries from all over Canada. I love that they saw something in the song. Now – the contest after Nov 20th is all about voting, and all who know me and my voting history know how that goes…never well. But I really believe in this song. So for this one, I just want to encourage you who love me and love this song, to just go to the page, hit play, and maybe share it with some friends. This song means a lot to me as it has definitely been an anthem for my life this year. It would be amazing to hear it as the Hockey Night in Canada song. Unbelievable actually. Regardless it is an honour to be mentioned in this top 10. So, we carry on! Thanks so much CBC Music Canada for making my day today. It’s always encouraging when you hear that people like the music that you’re making.

I’d love to get as much as press on this as possible, so if you’d like to help out, drop me a line. Otherwise, just check out the link below and the lovely email I received!

Have you heard? Your Song Quest submission made our list of the 10 most buzzed about tunes so far! Check out our web feature about it here:

http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2013/10/Song-Quest-early-submissions-dudes-haggis-and-a-childrens-choir