What’s In Your Fridge is where the Straight asks interesting Vancouverites about their life-changing concerts, favourite albums, and, most importantly, what’s sitting beside the Heinz Ketchup in their custom-made Big Chill Retropolitan 20.6 cubic-foot refrigerators.
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Twin Kennedy, a band made up twins—Carli and Julie Kennedy—who are so close, they answered all these week's What's In Your Fridge person as a single person!
Who are you
We are in fact identical twins, and we’re also best friends. We are a country/Americana duo, with Julie on fiddle and vocals and Carli on guitar and vocals. We grew up on the Sunshine Coast in the small town of Powell River, BC. We split our time now between Victoria, BC and Nashville, TN, and we spend most of our days on tour throughout Canada and the US.
We have always been in love with holidays, especially Christmas, so we are so excited to release our first-ever Christmas album-A Twin Kennedy Christmas! We wrote 4 new original holiday tunes, and we also recorded many of our favourite Christmas classics.
Our Mom and Dad took us to see Bryan Adams live... I don’t know if it would have been possible to beat that as a first concert pick. We have seen him many times since then, and he is always amazing, but nothing will ever top that first show. His band was incredible, the crowd was rocking, and we sang along at the top of our lungs!
We will never forget Shania Twain’s concert in Vancouver. She was playing Roger’s Arena with Emerson Drive opening. It was a big deal for us to travel to Vancouver for the show because it meant two ferry trips all the way from Powell River… But it was well worth it for our first stadium show! I remember Shania had so many fiddle players with her (this was when the fiddle-heavy “Don’t Be Stupid” was a big hit!), and we were instantly in love! At one point, there was a huge group of drummers on stage, and we couldn’t get enough of the epic quality of her show. We still remember watching the show that night and dreaming of standing on that same stage someday.
Top three (Christmas!) records:
In the spirit of the holidays, we wanted to share our top three Christmas records.
Destiny's Child 8 Days of Christmas Julie starts playing Destiny’s Child’s 8 Days of Christmas in November! Beyoncé can do no wrong in our books… “This Christmas” is our jam and takes us right back to the glorious days when Destiny’s Child was not just a girl group of the past!
Kacey Musgraves A Very Kacey Christmas This is one of our favourite new country Christmas records–cool originals and great production!
Various Artists White Christmas We are so in love with classic Christmas movies, and White Christmas is one of our holiday staples. “Snow, Snow, Snow”… It doesn’t get any better than Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney singing Christmas songs together!
All-time favourite (Christmas!) video:
The hot chocolate scene from Polar Express is one of our favourite Christmas video moments of all time. We have been known to sing along while watching with our family on Christmas Eve… and while drinking hot chocolate of course!
What’s in your fridge (Christmas edition!)
We are on the road touring so much throughout the year, so it is a treat to have a fully stocked fridge over the holidays–we are always ready for friends and family to visit! We have a few staples…
Fresh fruit, veggiesm and cheese. We love creating platters of goodies, sometimes as an appetizer and sometimes as a full meal! Platters are perfect when you have last minute visitors because it’s quick to whip up and pretty to serve!
Sparkling wine. It’s the holidays after all! One of our favourites is from a BC winery in Kelowna called Sperling Vineyards. We discovered it years ago when we were on tour through the interior, and their sparkling wine is our favourite.
Dark chocolate. The best treat in our minds is some extra dark chocolate (70% or more!) If you keep it in the fridge, it tastes even better chilled.