Iced Tea (+ Hot Black Coffee. Strong.)

Ten minute tea with Afternoon Tea. Spend ten minutes with Afternoon Tea. In the time it takes to boil one kettle, and let one cup of tea steep, we will have your daily art + music fix covered. Take your afternoon tea break with our Afternoon Tea curators. 

Today’s tea + soundtrack + visuals are curated by Hamiltonian country singer-songwriter, Roslyn Witter, has a sunny new single to share which captures the feel-good energy of a day at the beach. The earnest and catchy song is a country-pop cruiser, full of gentle strumming and pedal steel harmonies.

Writing “Good Vibes,” in collaboration with her father, singer-songwriter Jim Witter, was an “almost therapeutic” process. “The winters are LONG in Ontario, so entering a ‘summer’ mindset was a fun distraction.”

Witter worked with director Connor Scheffler to film the song’s 1970s-themed music video, using an indoor beach volleyball court to replicate a carefree vacation.

Be transported back in time with Roslyn in the official video for “Good Vibes” now: 


I was raised in a musical household, and I feel so lucky to say that. Though music was NEVER pushed on me as a career path, my parents always encouraged me to sing, pick up instruments and explore various genres. For as long as I can remember, music was always playing in our house. Billy Joel, The Chicks, James Taylor, Cat Stevens and the Beatles are some of the artists I remember really enjoying, and I still listen to all of them today. The Beatles wrote some of the greatest songs of all time, and in my opinion, “Golden Slumbers” is one of their best. It could be the nostalgic aspect of it that makes it such a comforting song for me, as it always evokes the feeling of being a child. To me, it sounds a bit like a lullaby. Close your eyes and pretend you’re in your childhood bed, and enjoy this beautiful song!  


Continuing with the “Beatles” theme with this image…
I am very fortunate to enjoy what I do for a living. I worked a full time, monotonous hospital job for the last seven years, and decided this year to quit for the sake of my sanity. Working full time in a hospital throughout the pandemic was hard on my mental health, and I used music and photography as ways to “escape” during this period of time. I am now very lucky to call photography my “job”, and I am also very lucky to have many incredible local photographers to look up to. Nick Parry (Nautical Studios) is the photographer who took this image. I have been taking inspiration from Nick for years now, and more recently had the opportunity to work with him on a couple personal photoshoots. I have always loved the way Nick thinks outside the box when photographing people. He tells unique stories with his photos, and does such a great job showcasing the personalities of his subjects. I think this is such a unique “engagement” photo.


Considering this is called “Afternoon Tea”, I feel like a bit of a traitor letting you know that I’m not a big tea fan. I do love iced tea, but not the unsweetened kind you get in the states. Give me alllllll the sugar when it comes to iced tea, but my hot drink of choice is black coffee. Strong.

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