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Sunset spread

Almost every evening, we have a spread like this for dinner. Most ingredients come from our weekend trips to ...
[Xtra Magazine] Making tech queer- and trans-friendly is about much more than hiring

[Xtra Magazine] Making tech queer- and trans-friendly is about much more than hiring

One of the best ways to make these changes is to bake diversity and equity into the model from the get-go and aim for sustainable, moderate growth rather than digital world domination. There are a few companies building with more modest aspirations in mind, like the Montreal-based anti-capitalist design firm Queerit, founded by opera singer-turned-web designer Rowan C. Woodmass. About 95 percent of the small agency is made up of queer and/or trans designers and developers, and it strives to provide opportunities in an environment where people can come as they are, without compromises.
Grieving the end of singing

Grieving the end of singing

You can’t live on joy, on applause. You can’t eat adoration. You can’t live in a concert hall. And my heart couldn’t bear losing another family after every gig. The universe did her best to keep me going. Who knows, maybe my big break was around the corner, and I just had to hang on a tiny bit longer, just one more audition. I guess I’ll never know.

The Thing Is

By Ellen bass to love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held

Paris

I can't stop thinking about Paris.

“Creating Usability Reports from Usability Test Findings” on Adobe XD

It can feel redundant to create a report after a well-executed usability test, especially if you’ve involved the rest of your team from the start. However, usability reports are a strong method for communicating your results to your team and your wider organization in a clear, professional way, in order to build support for your research efforts.

[Resource] Nonbinary Gender

The more people know about the nuances of gender and sexuality, the less likely that I, and people like me, will be excluded because of a lack of knowledge.
A new page

A new page

Maybe I'll start to write about my life again. Maybe I'll go back to Paris.
Meditation: Blessed Be

Meditation: Blessed Be

A short pagan feminist metta practise on Insight Timer (a free meditation app) with gentle nature sounds and deep drone. Blessed be the elements and laws that keep our siblings safe, cared for, and equal to all of us.

Coming Out

Coming out was not about finally realizing who I was; it was about realizing that there were other people that did not feel the way that I did, that there was language to name how I felt, and that I was not alone.

Support without acceptance

It’s easy to confuse someone occupying space in the world with them asking you to be in that space. What I ...

To answer the question: “Do you still sing?”

I have learned that there is a difference between my physical voice, and my voice in the broader sense. I have mastered my physical voice - all the nuances, the breaking points; learned the ways my voice likes to move and blossom. There is freedom and joy in the practise of using my voice in that way on stage. But I needed something more.

Vulnerability Magic: One Year Sober

Inspired by a little silver plastic chip in my pocket that said “Women in Recovery” on one side and the serenity prayer on the other (and my phone full of new numbers), I found a desire within me that I hadn’t even known I wanted until I stepped into that meeting. I wanted myself back.

When fear is the appropriate response to money

Our bodies contain blueprints for the structures we dream of. We will not make our way out of capitalism and other oppressive structures by desensitizing ourselves to the effects of oppression. We will not undo oppression by applying the attitudes of colonizers to the lands of our own bodies and intuitions.

Using Your Voice Again: A Plan of Action

Let yourself rage against all the reasons you stopped using your voice. Rage against money, capitalism, the lie of meritocracy, the optimism of youth, the institutions that lulled you into passivity, the warnings you did not heed, misogyny. Shame, emotional abuse, trauma, microagressions. Sore throats, lies. Shed your tears for all those moments of connection you lost because you did not sing. 

Sad

    I’m not supposed to feel anything when she meets someone new. She isn’t mine- ...

Women Techmakers MTL 2017: We have an inclusion problem in tech

We all know there’s a problem, and the solution is likely hiding right in your own workplace. All you have to do is ask questions, be ready to listen, and then act to disrupt the status quo in favour of marginalized people. It’s time.

No More Silence

I know I am not the first person to speak, and that the reason I am able to find the courage to do so is because I am adding my voice to the chorus of many who have come before me. I honour those who said the first word, then the second and third.

Rehearsing Trauma: How working on an opera helped me heal

How do I embody a character fully, fall in love with the character, learn its idiosyncrasies, when that character must undergo torture daily on stage, sometimes multiple times, with increasing detail, depth, and dramatic timing? How do I rehearse trauma?

33 Reasons to Make Art Today

You want to.That’s how art gets made - when it is made today. No art ever gets made tomorrow.It will make your day ...

Taste vs. Flow

I think many artists feel like they are getting better when they experience more flow in their work, when they can feel as though they are transcending the craft and technique of their medium and expressing something from an internal impulse. It is from this place of flowing energy (as opposed to a block), that the most authentic expression can happen, and a greater volume of work can be created.

Learning to Learn

Tomorrow afternoon, I’m off to Orford Arts Centre Academy.  I will be a student of Denise Massé, who is one of

Where did the summer go?

Where did all the time go?  This summer seemed so immense only a month ago, and all of a sudden we only really

Clarity

‘Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.’  -Thomas ...

Summer Job

I don’t want a summer job. All year, I was supported by my Teaching Assistantship, my scholarship, grants, and ...

Post-Post-Grad

So – that was that.  My master’s degree.  Was I dreaming? I have been recently hit with the common ...

Everything but…

I have been feeling very keenly lately the urgent need for variety in life.  All year, as my posts have ...

Education

This reading week, I am trying to complete all the coursework I have left for the semester, so I can focus on ...

Opportunity vs. Money

As I draw closer to graduation, I find myself turning down opportunities. I use all kinds of excuses – I ...

Peace

After my angst-ey previous post, I bet you are wondering, dear reader, how things went in Berlin! Things went ...

The Berlin Series: Art

If there was one word to describe Berlin, it would be 'angst'. The tumultuous history of the city still feels very

The Berlin Series: Flights

I am going to try something new to blog about this trip. I will publish a series of posts focussing on my ...

Throw me a bone…

How much control do we really have over our future?  In my life so far, and especially in the past few years, I ...

2011 and 25!

So here we are - a new year, a new semester, a new decade, and I just turned 25. I don't really feel like anything

Candel’s in The getto

I woke up at 4:45am to catch the public transit to the airport. The goal: arrive in Manhattan in time to sing my ...

What singing is all about for me

I want to share with you something that re-awoke in me the very essence of singing and what it means to be a good ...

Please support the CBC

CBC Radio is the reason why I love classical music, and why I initially came to love Canada, my country. Our ...

Snow, Silence, and Success

Do they come together?  They did this week! Snow: For weeks, we endured the dry-ish, rainy cold.  No ...

How can I make a difference?

There is so much suffering, poverty, and injustice in this world. Some of us see it more often than others. I ...

Apologizing

A colleague of mine recently initiated a wonderful peer-evaluating performance group. We meet every week and sing ...

Apologizing

A colleague of mine recently initiated a wonderful peer-evaluating performance group.  We meet every week and ...

Beauty

I am trying to stay focussed on the reason why I decided to make music for a living. Beyond all of the judgement of

Biking in Montreal

I am one of those crazy people. You know, those people who decide that they would like to transport themselves ...

The best I’ve ever sung in NYC

I am convinced: the best way to travel is by train. It is the greenest, safest, most scenic and most relaxing mode

Balance

Balancing school and a slowly growing singing career is very difficult.  There is external pressure to invest in ...

Making Music

Something special happened today.Mid-afternoon, I had my voice lesson. While singing the Presentation of the Rose ...

Nostalgia

Wherever I am in fall, it always makes me nostalgic – either nostalgic in advance of the time when I will actually ...

End of the Beginning

I was five years old when I started Kindergarten. I remember my main goal in kindergarten was to be allowed to go ...

An Actor’s Vow

By Elia Kazan I will take my rightful place on the stage And I will be myself. I am not a cosmic orphan, I have no ...

Tracy

What a summer this has been! Of course, I started the summer with the intention of learning Figaro, as well as all

Funding

As you may or may not know, the ability to travel to sing for various conductors and directors is essential in the ...

Discipline

It is hard to live a balanced life when you are a singer, and even more so as a student. First of all, you have to

Challenge

People want to work with people who are interesting and who stroke their own egos. People don't want to work with ...

Well-roundedness

I have alot of different interests. Someday, I would love to open a restaurant, a café, a bookstore. I always ...

Beautiful text from Corinne

Love yourself.MAKE PEACE with who you areand where you at this moment in time.Listen to your heart.If you can’t ...

Tough Questions

I recently posted a list of questions from Wolf Trap Opera's blog about pursuing a career in the performing arts. ...

The question

The question always is:What is that intangible thing that distinguishes a good performer from a great one?Audiences

Getting things done

Today I started following the blog of someone I don't know, but which was recommended to me by a friend. It is ...

Vocal discoveries

After making my recording last week, I needed a few epiphanies to help me start to really love my voice again, and ...

Recording

Making a recording is always interesting. In fact, I believe I began a blog post with that exact sentence about a ...

Things I need to learn…

...or am in the process of learning.-Even though embellishments and ornamentation are sometimes expected, the music

On Marking

Kay, Elster. Bel Canto and the Sixth Sense: A discursive and technical essay on the traditional Italian physical ...

Happy Coincidences

My day spent in New York was, for the most part, one of those days where nothing goes wrong. We woke up to a ...

New York

I haven't been to New York since two years ago when I was here with my mom. At that time, I was about to make the ...

A night at the opera

It is 2 am and I am not supposed to blog, but that is when these things come to me. Inopportune times. In fact, ...

A new dance

The past few days I have been sick. This is normally a bad thing, but this time it has enabled me to finish alot ...

Getting Settled

Things have been clicking and clicking and clicking into place in the past few weeks. Finally, I am beginning to ...

Focus

I think most people know me as a fairly hard worker. I hate to admit it, but whenever someone has said that to me,

Highlights in Montreal

-Going into the practise rooms at 9:00pm on a Saturday night and having to WAIT for a practise room. It is so ...

Beginnings at McGill

Ever since before I began my undergrad, I wanted to attend McGill. Montreal seemed so far away and culturally ...

Opportunities

I have basically lost track of time here, as we spend all of our time in the theater mirroring and running Cosi fan

Beginnings in Weimar

Coming to Germany felt like a completely new experience. Although I have studied German at CMU, I don't feel like ...

Florence

Italy has been as frustrating as it is thrilling and wonderful. I love this beautiful country almost as much as I ...

In Paris again!

Leaving Winnipeg was pretty hard, but I think I was ready. Early in the morning I woke up and walked around ...

The Audition

Yesterday at noon I saw the movie, The Audition, at Silvercity Polo Park. I thought it would be interesting, but I

Graduation

When I was in it, it seemed at times neverending and even useless; and sometimes I would not want to be anywhere ...

Finishing

I'm imagining myself in a big, comfortable armchair that my family has always owned. It has always been MY ...

Regionals

I won the Encouragement Award in the Met Regional competition last weekend. This was the most appropriate award ...

Metropolitan Opera Auditions

It's such a great feeling to walk onto a stage, look around only to see no one you know, and have them love you ...

Mistakes

I've been doing alot of recording lately. This is a good exercise in some ways, and I love putting what I'm doing ...

Watch me sing!

Willow Song - Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore)[youtube ...

Uncertainty

As the time comes to start making decisions on where to audition and deadlines are arriving at breakneck speed, I ...

Voice (Margaret Atwood)

I was given a voice. That's what people said about me. I cultivated my voice, because it would be a shame to ...

Inspiration

I am listening to CBC broadcast the Operalia competition run by Placido Domingo. There are 42 world-class singers,

The next blog

I will no longer be posting on this blog... my adventures will be charted on the new one, called 'Making it ...

New Chapters

It seems strange that I am nearly done this very long chapter of my life. As I go through each day, I am keenly ...

Lyon/Paris Birthday Surprise

Two months ago, Iannis' friends started planning his birthday surprise - to bring me to France! 🙂 One of his ...

Last Day in Paris

It's the last day in Paris. I don't really realize it, as I feel like I'm here to stay. It's a wierd feeling, ...

March 12th photos

above minneapolisjardin des tuileries - it was downright balmy at 8 degrees today!mesopotamian ...

I’m here!

After a crazy trip, I have arrived in Paris! I feel right at home, and I don't feel afraid to speak French. It is

Another round please!

I am pleased to announce my next trip - this one is hardly even a bite! 5 days I will spend in Paris, from the ...

The Last Few Nights

A few pictures of Iannis' apartment at Pigalle...Us in the metro on our way to the New Years' Eve Party...And at ...

Vienna

DAY ONEreading in Roissy (Paris)the alps from the planeWe arrived from Paris and checked into Hotel Alexander, in ...

rebeccawoodmass@mts.net is now up and running!I'm going to wait until I'm back in Canada to write my summary of ...

photos

au louvre!louvre la nuitthomy et moi au studio harmonic

one connection stays

the story continues....this beautiful stranger I gave my heart to came to visit for 10 days at the end of August. ...

coming home

I am coming home.I have confirmed my flight.And aside from a random job offer from Campbell's that fell through, I ...

some of my work

thought i should share with you some of my work. sorry so many pictures today!a picture i drew today. i was ...

pictures of Barcelona finally!

these pictures are not in order but hopefully you can figure it out :)parc guell designed by gaudia sign in view of

barcelona contd

Hi everyone!I am back from Barcelona and I am glad to be back. It was a good trip mais il faisait froid la plupart

mostly facts

FRIDAYI got up in the morning, had breakfast at the hostel, and set out to see museu de la musica, barcelona ...

barcelona 1

ola!or hola! i cant remember how to spell ithere i am in barcelona.Barcelona is gorgeous and free and inspiring. ...

Pictures

Here are some pictures I could not upload this morning.CatacombsRodin Garden Look what I found! Anyone recognize ...

Voyage en Irlande

Before I begin, I would like to mention that my Mom told me my English is deteriorating, which I anticipated would ...

morning!

Last night, I went to the nearest bar for supper. I had Atlantic chowder (which comes with a shot of guinness), ...

thoughts

We are to choose a theme to tie together the rest of our paintings for this year.Some people are choosing Paris, ...

spring

well, the second session of french has started. that means much smaller class size with people who actually care ...

i am not in love anymore

i was absolutely smitten with my man that i am painting, but now i am not so sure. he is very high maintenance. i

Normandy

First train ride! I enjoyed the feeling of the rails and the view... And it is pretty cool that the conductor ...

Églises

Friday was the day to be alone. I didn’t see anyone I knew all day, except David when I went to eat lunch at the ...

musée rodin

when i went to wait in line at the Opéra Bastille last night, it turned out that there was no opera on. tant pis!

an attempt at versailles

my louvre afternoon flew by, and i was nearly late for my class. i spent it in the puget court, which has a glass ...

recent sketches etc.

This is the emulsion layer of my copying painting... the one that i said looks like a paint-by-number. Cleopatra ...

chacun son gris

if anyone is wondering where the rest of the weekend went, it is at the end of yesterdays post. sorry for any ...

the weekend of dance

On friday i started laying out my copy of the flandrin painting i am doing. it was very scary to start it because ...

making paint

okay now for the real post... it will be a short one. yesterday in raw materials we made paint for our master ...
Finally…

Finally…

Pictures!!! this is one of the drawings that came from saturday's shindig in montmartre::: i like it because of the

Un bon weekend

i finally got to go to the orangerie exhibit on friday evening. you dont realize what you are used to until it ...
Impressionist panic

Impressionist panic

i have to admit:..... i was a bit disappointed with musèe d'orsay. it is not very well organized, alot of works are

Some Paris details

i forgot to tell you a story from a couple of days ago.i had a coffee on my desk in the classroom when i went to ...

I feel like a true dilettante

interesting linguistic point: in french, the word for smell and the word for feeling emotion is the same... sentir.

A big fast one

I want to comment on a few more things from Sunday. the meal::: one thing that stuck out at me was the ...

French Food

I miss you all... it struck me yesterday that I don't really have a safe zone, and it is exhausting. on saturday

Modern art and Beaux-arts

Aujourd'ui j'ai fait la grasse matinale! (That means I slept in...I don'tthink it is in the dictionary) 🙂 I met
A wad of pictures

A wad of pictures

My language school, PERL. Yesterday, I took a walk in Pere Lachaise cemetery and stumbled on the grave ...
Le Loooooouvre

Le Loooooouvre

paris tip: never try to do a louvre marathon   friends, i spent five hours straight in the louvre yesterday. i

Un addition

last night, we visited the dance studio as well. it is on place de la roquette::::: studio harmonic. the whole ...

Fundamental

the french class is not too hard:::: i am amazed that i seem to be at the same level as everyone else in my class! ...

Figure Drawing Class

allo tout le monde! my french test went well... i was placed in the 2ieme etage. i dont know how hard that is ...
En belle France

En belle France

ah bonjour mes amis! je suis en france and i have to use this french keyboard::: pardon si it is hard to ...

NYC

Well, my time in New York and NA has almost come to a close... I leave for Paris in 10 hours!I will summarize the ...

Lasts

my last day of work was today... ( or i guess yesterday ). it is such an odd sadness. i am so exhausted that i ...

Toronto

My unexpected trip to Toronto was perhaps the most surreal experience of my life. I have never flown into a city ...

IGOTMYVISA!!!I'm going to PARIS!!!!!! COUNTDOWN TO LANDING: 16 days, 5 hours, 46 minutes

Nighttime melodrama

Losing too is still ours; and even forgetting still has a shape in the kingdom of transformation. When something's ...

Community

Friends, the full implications of this trip have started to set in... really. REALLY. I have finally started to ...

Statement of Purpose

This is the blurb I had to write to be accepted into the program... lots of people ask me why I am going. This is ...

Course registration

Alright, folks - here is the course list!French (Advanced) - 7 cr. hrs.Art History - Introduction to the Louvre - 3
Ste. Eustache

Ste. Eustache

I am itching to have some pictures of Paris to post, but alas! I am still in Canada. So I decided to post a ...

What to wear

Quick poll:Is it tacky to wear your beret in Paris while studying art?Aside from finances, this is my greatest ...

Worries

I hate worrying about money, and that is all this trip has been for me so far. I got an email today saying that my

In Construction

Only 119 days until I take off for Paris! This site will be dedicated to Parisian life and the time leading up to ...