“An ideal world can only be created by ideal people” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Elyse Saunders by © Camila Gargantini

“When you set your mind to it, you make it work! Elyse and I met right after I arrived in Toronto from BC. We met in front of Massey Hall, a location she chose due to her passion and dedication to music. Elyse was a great person to work with, making it so easy to photograph. She is a country recording artist  with a bright future ahead of her.”

Image by © Camila Gargantini

Elyse Saunders – https://www.elysesaunders.com

An Interview with Elyse

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. I’ve really enjoyed all of my birthdays, it makes me feel so special to know I have loved ones that care about me and want to celebrate my day! Every year I try to do something different, either skiing or a fancy dinner, night of the town, a trip etc. One of my most unique birthday’s would have to be about 8 years ago. I was booked to play a show on my birthday which was totally okay with me. Little did I know, my family had set up a surprise birthday party for me. A bunch of friends and family acted like they couldn’t make the show but when I showed up they were all there with a cake and balloons. It was a neat surprise and nice that I was still able to celebrate my birthday while performing. Music and a surprise!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I remember a few years ago I had made big plans to go visit my hometown and see friends/family. At the time I was living in a basement apartment so i couldn’t see what was taking place outside. I packed my things and then opened the door and it was a huge snowfall. The roads weren’t plowed and I could barely walk in the snow.. it was up to my knees. I said to my boyfriend, I guess we are celebrating by ourselves in the basement tonight. I made Chili and we watched a movie lol. It wasn’t terrible but it was not what I planned for!!

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. A trip to Mexico!

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. I’m a pasta lover so I have had many pasta dishes on previous birthdays but it’s not a must. Whenever I’m home for a birthday, my mom makes the best “upside down cake” that I request. It’s hard to describe but it’s complete goodness and feels special knowing it was homemade.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. The most important aspect is to enjoy the day whatever it turns out to be and reflect on how far you’ve come!

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. No real traditions but I enjoy a good cake with candles :)