Mia Sheard The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Mia Sheard The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Mia Sheard is a Toronto-based singer-songwriter, currently touring in support of her sophomore record, Anemone on Perimeter/EMI.

Current fixations: I am in awe of how quickly women will take off their clothes in order to boost D sales, of how easy it is for the U.S. government to brainwash its people, and of how short summers are in Canada.

Mind-altering work of art: The planet Earth.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why? I once saw Vera Lynn perform a free concert at Union Station [in Toronto]. Hundreds of veterans and people from her generation came down to see her. Once she started singing, they all joined her, voices shaking from emotion and old age. It was so moving I burst into tears.

What has been your career high and low? When I have a career, I'll let you know.

What should everyone shut up about? The evildoers.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for: Making all public buildings wheelchair accessible.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself? I like the fact I can talk to anyone. I hate the fact that anyone is often myself.

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you? If he kept asking, "what are you thinking about?" and "how do you feel?" That would pretty much render either scenario null and void. And thankfully, no.

When I think of Canada I think? A lot of country making a lot of country music.

What is your vital daily ritual? Getting through the day.

How do you spoil yourself? I leave myself out on a windowsill in the hot sun for a few days.

What was your most memorable day job? Assistant to Tim Allen on The Santa Clause.

If I wasn't playing music I would be: I would be working as an ESL teacher, hoping one day I'd be making music.

What is your greatest fear? That the fear won't go away.

If you had a superpower, what would it be? Empathy.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on? Someone who laughs at my jokes and tells me I'm smart and beautiful. Or free food.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why? Um... yeah. Duh. If you wanted to sell something, would you use music? Don't think so! I don't see Christina selling music on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, do you?

Strangest brush with celebrity: Dating Keanu Reeves.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them? I'd invite all the emaciated women in show biz — Celine Dion, the women in Friends, etc., hire the two fat ladies (well, one of them has died, so the one fat lady), and have her prepare the greasiest, most caloric meal she could conjure up. Then I'd force the emaciated ladies, between sobs, to eat, eat, eat!

What does your mom wish you were doing instead? Eating more and getting enough sleep.