I'm was honoured to be playing for the Alberta Japan Twinned Municipalities Assoc. reception in Stony Plain this month. Their sister city in Japan is Shikaoi on the island of Hokkaido. This program was established in the mid-80s and connects Alberta and Japanese communities in an exchange of ideas, culture and understanding.The Japanese delegates were such lovely people who appreciated my music. They danced, they sang and we graciously exchanged a few gifts. I sent them away with a couple of CD/EP gift bags I'd made out of vintage handkerchiefs and I got some chocolate, a cute tiny teddy bear and a twin city municipality pin.