It has been and incredible 11 months since I (Derek- Bassist) quit my job and came on the road with Tasman Jude. We have gone so many places and met so many amazing people it is hard to even pick out highlights. Recording an album, a cross canada album tour, Trinidad and Tobago, Western Canadian Tour, Australian tour and now we are on our Coast to Coast to Coast Soldiers of Love Recruitment Tour. Playing music, meeting new people and spreading our message of Love is great but the biggest reason it was easy give up a comfortable life and do this was because this band is not simply about the music. We have been given a platform and at every opportunity we can we give back wherever and however possible.We were asked back in August by our friend Chris Weibe to contribute on a benefit album with a handful of other artists to help raise money for Brain Tumour research called “Giving Back Memories” GBM for short
which is also the abbreviation for glioblastoma multiforme.
We took a poem written by the daughter of a man who sadly passed away as a result of a Brain Tumour and turned it into a song called “Mario”. It was an honour to be entrusted with something as personal as that.
We wanted to do something to get this album out there and generating more funding for Brain Tumour Research and thought that a music video for the song would be perfect. So we entered the Storyhive Project and are trying to get a grant to make this possible. This, as with everything we do, only happens when the family gets on board. We need you to GO HERE sign up and vote for us and check out some of the other awesome bands and give them some votes as well.
Without all of you Tasman Jude would be nothing so thank you!!!
Huge thanks to Thru A Lens Media, M3 Media & Checkered Owl Video for filming and putting this video together for us! And of course massive thanks to Easterfest and ALL the fam who came to sing with us!
Check it out on our YouTube Channel
We just got back to Canada after spending TEN WEEKS in Australia and loving every minute of it.
We started the tour off with Rock the Peninsula at Mueller Performing Arts Centre having the privilege of Black Indie joining us on guitar; it was such a good start! Then for the next month, had the privilege of travelling around to schools in SE Queensland, playing for about 15,000 amazing students and encouraging them about the truthful theme of Easterfest 2015 – “Love Changes Everything”. Black Indie dropped what he was doing and came on tour with us. He was such a huge blessing.
In March, we embarked on our own tour, taking us from Toowoomba to Stanthorpe, Moree, Wagga Wagga and down to Forest Edge Music Festival (near Melbourne) which was such an incredible experience! We got to see some incredible bands (will mention them at the end of this post) and added hundreds of Aussies to the family. The amazing Germein Sisters then invited us to hang out at their home in Adelaide, so we took their drummer, Clara and ventured along the Great Ocean road, it was amazing.
We then ended up playing a show at Adelaide Fringe Festival which was such a cool festival! Then we head across to the East Coast and toured between Sydney and Brisbane visiting every beach we possibly could. I spent my 24th birthday getting slammed by the huge waves at Redhead Beach (Newcastle) then ended it with a cheesecake in Wingham. Up the East Coast we went to Gold Coast where we would have an incredible morning that got even better when we were rear ended, resulting in our last week in Australia being one filled with physical pain but heart-filled joy! The car was written-off and we couldn’t drive, but had to get to Taree for “Rock’s been rolled” and back to Toowoomba for Easterfest. So, would you believe, the owner of the vehicle that we had borrowed and got into the accident with, decided to donate his time and came to be our driver!
We made it to Taree, in pain but ready to rock and it was a phenomenal day. The next stop was Easterfest… the weekend we had all been anticipating. However, something had happened over our two months in Australia that none of us can explain… we had fallen in love. So, Easterfest meant it was the end and we felt unusually uncomfortable about this fact. So we made the most of it!
Friday morning began for me (Caleb) on mainstage w/ Fox and Fiasco kicking off Easterfest with their brand new song ‘Love Changes Everything’ which I had the opportunity of co-writing and featuring on. Tasman Jude on Mainstage later that day was unbelievable… the family showed up to party and rammed the front of the stage. They were singing our songs so loudly that we could hear their beautiful voices over the sound system. What a surreal experience, thousands of family sharing in one love with us. We had the honour of having ‘Black Iris’ on stage doing backing vocals, Luke Dowler featured on ‘Rejoicin’, Fatai sang and Dave Schenk (the director of Easterfest) came up and drummed for ‘Family’ which became the Grand Finale of our set… all the Easterfest staff, crew and family were on the sides watching; It was a moment for the history books.
That night, I got to feature on stage with Curt Anderson and Maddi Rose. It was such a great beginning to the festival. Saturday came and were all quite sore and stiff from the accident but we powered through to the VIP Caribbean Party that we threw for the students who we played for in February that chose to attend Easterfest. It was so hot in there that it really felt like a Caribbean Party. We loved it and the students loved it. We then lead everyone over to Mainstage for Germein Sisters, Slip-On Stereo, Fatai, Steve Taylor, Group 1 Crew and Switchfoot… all of which put on the shows of their lives!
Sunday morning arrives, we’ve barely slept and it’s the final day of Easterfest… the emotional state of this day was the weirdest/craziest that I’d ever experienced. I cried a lot. We played our last show that day at The Project then rushed back to festival for Signings and Q&A (on TV where I cried again). Derek and I then played bass and Djembe for Luke Dowler and it was so amazing.
The entire day, people were coming up to me and thanking me and Tasman Jude for being there and doing all that we’d done… I cried a lot. The final night had arrived and as muddy and messy as it was, no one wanted it to end. So, after a combined performance by Jeremy Fowler (New Empire) and Fatai, the clock struck midnight, the sound system’s had to be turned off and festival grounds had to be cleared. What happened next has been called ‘The best Easterfest experience I’ve ever had’ by many people. Jeremy, Fatai and myself went outside the gates with our instruments and hearts to not stop… surrounded by hundreds of EF family that felt the same way, we started praising together. Multiple of our musician friends joined in with their guitars and angelic voices. Picture this… the lights have been turned off, there is no sound system, no one is famous, except our Creator. Hundreds of us just gathered in a circle and sang our hearts out until 2am. That was ‘the end’ of Easterfest as we know it.
The announcement had been made earlier that day that EF didn’t make budget and were at a crossroads about the future of the festival. Well, as much as I don’t want that to happen… if Easterfest 2015 was the last one, then it went out with a silent bang of humility. It was amazing.
Monday came, we said our final goodbye’s, cried some more then went and hung out with Koalas. We flew out of Brisbane on Tuesday morning and got to Canada on Tuesday morning (riddle me that) Now we have a week off as we prepare for our ‘Soldiers of Love’ recruitment tour of Canada.
We will starting off in our hometown of Grande Prairie, touring to Vancouver, then across Canada all the way to Nova Scotia and BACK across to Vancouver Island. We are extremely excited to take all the love we have and gained in the land down under and share it to our Canadian family. So check our tour dates and bring ten friends for swugs (sweaty hugs).
We are also a part of the CBC Searchlight contest to find Canada’s best new band. You can vote once a day, per device so if you feel like stealing your mom, dad, sibling, dog’s phone/ipad/laptop to vote for us here: http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Tasman-Jude We won’t complain, as long as you give it back! Thank you SO MUCH for all your constant love and support, family. Remember, to us, you are NOT fans, ‘cus ‘fans’ is short for fanatics and we don’t want fanatics, we want family members that share in our vision for unconditional love to be spread through-out this earth, for every one, with no condemnation.
Blessings and love, always. Caleb ‘Bravehart’ Hart
Greetings from Australia! Hope this finds you well! We have been having an amazing time down under, and spent an incredible first month here doing a promo tour for Easterfest, the largest all ages music festivl in Australia! Playing 57 shows in 30 days! It was such an honor to go around sharing the theme of Easterfest, which is something we try to live out everyday, that ‘Love Changes Everything’. Having the opportunity to share, talk to, and play for about 15,000 kids across the Queensland was such a privilege and we loved every minute of it!
While Al unfortunately had to stay in Canada, we were blessed to be joined by the wonderful Mik Laxton, an Aussie boy, who filled in on guitar! He jumped in head first with a day’s notice, and we couldn’t have gotten anyone better! His heart and passion for loving God, people, and music just added so much life to Tasman Jude and we wish we could bring him home to meet you all!
We are headed up the east coast of Australia now, playing shows, spreading the love, and trying to find time to go to the beach! But looking forward to being back on our home soil and starting the cross Canada ‘Soldiers of Love – Recruitment Tour’! Can’t wait to see all of our beautiful canadian fam again soon!!! Lots of love!
Hey Canada Fam!
We are getting so excited to come see you all again on the Soldiers Of Love Recruitment Tour! This is our first time truly going all across our great country. There will be more dates announced soon!
April 17- Grande Prairie – Better Than Fred’s ( Modern Myth CD Release!)
April 18 – Grande Prairie – YMCA Fundraiser
April 22 – Jasper- Jasper Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31
April 24 – Vancouver – Calabash Bistro
April 26 – Vernon – Gallery Vertigo
April 30-May 1 – Revelstoke – The Last Drop Pub
May 2 – Calgary – Tropical Corner
May 3 – Edmonton – Mercury Room Yeg
May 6 – Regina – McNally’s Tavern
May 7 – Winnipeg – Maw’s Eatery
May 8 – Thunder Bay – The Foundry
May 9 – Sault Ste. Marie – LopLops
May 14 – Hamilton – Stonewalls
May 16 – Toronto – 3030
May 21 – Fredricton -The Capital
May 22 – St. Andrews – The Red Herring Pub
May 23 – St John – Peppers Pub
May 24 – Moncton – Plan b Lounge
May 26 – Charlottetown – Baba’s Lounge
May 28 – Halifax – The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
May 30 – Montreal – Club Lambi
June 1 – North Bay – Fox & Fiddle
June 4 – Kenora – The Bijou Steakhouse
June 5 – Brandon – Double Decker Tavern
June 6 – Saskatoon – Capitol Music Club
June 9 – Lethbridge – House Show
June 11 – Red Deer – Fratters Speakeasy Venue
June 12-13 – Revelstoke – The Last Drop Pub
June 19- Nanaimo – The Cambie
June 20 – Qualicum Beach – CFC Church
July 1 – Parksville – CANADA DAY!
July 3-4 – Osoyoos – Spirit Beach Cantina
We are just about to touch down for our second tour of Australia, but betore we do, we wanted to give you a gift! A free “bootleg” live EP from our Green CD release tour. Two new live versions and two songs that have never before been released.
We need to give you an update about our tour to Australia. Tomorrow morning Derek, Bethanie and Caleb will be flying out first thing to Australia. We are so excited to re-connect with old friends and make a ton of new ones! The tour kicks off with a brand new festival called Rock The Peninsula, then we are doing a bunch of work with our friends from Easterfest before play Forest Edge Music Festival and then back up to rock the MainStage at Easterfest itself! We are very excited.
However the excitement is tempered by some developments over the weekend. The Al will not be flying out with the rest of the band. After an incident on stage and a few health scares on our last tour, Al went to the doctor to try to get to the bottom of some things that were bothering him. After a series of tests the doctors determined that he should not be travelling at this time. We are all extremely disappointed as Al is (of course) an integral part of Tasman Jude, and he was looking forward to connecting with all the Australia fam. We all appreciate your prayers for our brother and the tour. While we really want him on the road with the band as soon as possible, the focus remains on getting The Al healthy and taken care of.
THAT BEING SAID, Al is working hard to continue investigating this illness and get to a healthier place physically. We are hopeful he will be able to meet-up with the rest of the band in Australia soon. We are anticipating a great tour and can’t wait to spread love and dance with the family. You guys are amazing!
Our hope for the New Year is that Every Breath would be full of love and grace!
We have some exciting news for all our Alberta and BC Family. We just got back from the Caribbean and decided we want to see all your beautiful faces before heading out to Australia! However, we wanted to do something different and decided that rather than play in our usual spots, we would like to come right to your homes and play for you and your friends. There are only 10 dates available so get on it quickly!
Don’t worry about the technical details, just get your living room full of people and we will take care of the music!
To book a date just go to: https://closeup.fm/tour/73/
If your city is not listed or if you would like to explore swinging a date by a day, fire an e-mail to our manager at email@example.com and he will try to make something work for you!
Thanks! See you soon!
As you know Tasman Jude and especially Caleb are always looking for ways to give back to the country where he grew up! Calgary Fam come out and support this show is gonna be MASSIVE!
Grab your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/discover-trinidad-and-tobago-tickets-13085999577?aff=es2&rank=1