Out of work teacher takes her act on the road

Shelder the Electric Clamfish announces national tour

Michelle Footz lost her position as a teacher this fall.

“I got bumped,” she said. “So I’m going on a tour as a solo act.”

The 26-year-old University of Victoria grad has been a music teacher for three years, the first two in Victoria and the last on Mayne Island.

“A big part of my act is also story-telling – drawing from experiences such as travelling in Mexico and teaching middle school,” she says.

Her tour, which she’s dubbed East My Friend, North American Tour 2014, will take her from Salt Spring Island and Victoria to Montreal and hopefully beyond. “I’ve got Edmonton, two shows in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Montreal and I’m still working on finding somewhere in the Maritimes,” she says.

Performing as Shelder the Electric Clamfish, Footz says her act is no joke. “I play a lot of original compositions. Some are really pretty quirky and some are more serious, more melodic and deep and I also do a lot of spoken word and cover some obscure folk music.”

She grew up here and has been performing for five years. “I’ve been performing as long as I can remember,” she says.

Footz performs at a house concert at 1311 Point St. Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. tickets, by donation, are available at the door.

Just Posted

Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson set to hit Rock the Shores stage

Other acts include Bahamas, Allen Stone and Bedouin Soundclash

Croatia loses in World Cup final, Victoria fans still jubilant

“We’re just a small little country, we only have 4.5 million people, and look how far we’ve come.”

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Fire at Christie’s Carriage House Pub on Fort Street

The fire was caused by rags in a dryer

Park ambassador pilot going well at Mount Doug

Dog poop bags, litter and cigarette butts among ongoing park issues

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

5 things to do this weekend around Victoria

The sounds of summer Rock the Shores returns to the lower fields… Continue reading

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

LOCAL FLAVOUR: South Island expecting a bumper berry crop

It’s berry time in Saanich. My raspberries are getting plump and ripe… Continue reading

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Most Read