HEAR IT FIRST! New single – #RealLifeStory – 10 Songs 10 Pianos

cropped-marika-reallifestory-small-1.jpgSo I’m releasing a new radio single! My first major one in a few years. Aside from the Christmas single that I released in December, my industry – in terms of being an artist – thinks I went away. I didn’t go anywhere. I just had to do the “music” thing differently.

I’m ready to tell my real life story now, and no matter what happens in the business, I came back to why I started it in the first place: because I love to play piano and sing for people, to inspire people to dream big for themselves, and I really really LOVE music. In celebration of that, and releasing this new radio single, my family and my Vancity Pulse TV show crew set out on this adventure of playing 10 original songs on 10 pianos on the streets, with the help of a lot of support and some great friends and companies along the way. Huge thank you to Sean Pacey for being a guy who has a passion for pianos, and a passion for music and decided to make playing piano’s in some of the best places in the city something real. I’d love you to check out the story – maybe send Sean a thank you note for being awesome at http://www.supportpiano.com and stick around till the end of the video to hear a sneak peak of the new single #RealLifeStory. If you like it, then share share share!

Thanks everyone, for sticking around. I’m pretty excited about this one!


Raising little world changers.

This is what I call standing up for something: I was truly astounded when my 10 year old Zac said he wanted to speak at the town hall meeting for the BC film industry and We Create BC last week. I don’t think he realized that there would be 2000 or so people looking in, and one of his biggest challenges is doing anything in front of lots of people. But, he had something to say about an industry that he is passionate about and he believes in. Our whole family works in this industry, and it means a lot to us. From when the Q & A started I could tell he was so nervous. I reassured him he was so brave but didn’t have to speak if he didn’t want to, but he wanted to. This was live, uncut and highly publicized. I was so proud of him. He took the mic like a pro and read off a piece of paper that he had prepared beforehand, ” ….I am here to make a difference in this industry…together we can create change and our voices can be heard! ” In this wonderful chaos that I call parenthood, there comes moments like this that bring me to tears, that we get to see the positive difference and lasting impact we make in our kids lives. Zac got a standing ovation, and I was truly just humbled and blessed to be his mom. Please check out what’s going on in the BC Film industry. Our hope is that the public would really see the lives that are being affected, as well as dispel myths about what the public may think the local Vancouver industry really is about. To watch the live presentation of  Zac’s speech you can go to this SaveBCfilm link. Zac speaks at 1:11:00.


Photo Credit: Tina Lovgreen BCIT Journalism Student.

Just days after this one, Zac and my second son – 8 year old Jaedon – got their “WE DAY” Free the Children kit out, and one of the campaigns is to raise $25 in pennies to give one child in a third world country fresh water for a lifetime. It’s a great cause because the pennies are going out of production, so Free the Children and RBC Bank are helping them go to good use. The boys took them to their classes to get their classmates involved and the whole school ended up wanting to get involved. Now all 18 classes in a small elementary school in the suburbs are doing the campaign and impacting lives and my 5 year old Zoey is on board too! My kids really are changing the world. It’s proof that little people can do big things, even in this day and age of technology and distractions. Truly remarkable!

We Create ChangeKids.Shari&Mike

Photo Credit: Shari&Mike Photographers