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SUMMER RULES is a series where we ask people to share with us how they’re staying safe and sane during this very different summer season; from mask suggestions to soundtrack selections, we’ll take a peek into how others are making these challenging times work.

Today we’re delighted to be joined by Montreal-based singer-songwriter TEDY, whose inner introvert is actually thriving in forced isolation! Take some notes out of his book (staples include manga and webtoons, Skype and FaceTime hangouts, the occasional face mask treatment and more), and be sure to check out his fantastic new single, “Boys Don’t Cry”, which is the title track off his forthcoming debut EP due out this fall:

How do you usually feel about summer, as a season overall, and how do you feel about THIS summer, by comparison?

It’s hot, I get to wear shorts (love shorts) haha. I usually just stay inside anyways so THIS summer is no different really. The introvert in me is thriving, but also really wishes things would go back to normal because the extrovert in me wants to perform haha.

What is your summer shaping up to look like?

I stay inside mostly. Write music, create content, go to sleep. Repeat.

Is there anything in particular you’re actually looking forward to this summer?

TikTok drama and writing more songs! Truly diving in to new styles of music and understanding myself more through it. Also gyms are opening up again! Never thought I would miss the gym so much.

What are some of your tips for staying safe and sane right now?

I stay inside as much as I can and I try to keep as busy as possible! I don’t give myself time to think about how strange things are. Also a short 15 minute walk around the block every other day.

Go-to summer wellness practice advice? Any spots in particular that have been helping you on that front?

I just try to do what makes me happy. Mostly staying in a creative headspace and I throw in a face mask treatment here and there. I would recommend finding little things to do and small pleasures to help you through these weird times.

Where did you get your mask from? And what, aside from that, has been your more or less go-to summer uniform?

I actually get my masks from a nearby grocery store that is on the UberEats app. So that is convenient. Also my go to outfit is pretty much a top and shorts.  When I leave the house, it’s mostly to have a quick walk and some fresh air.

What (if anything) are you reading right now, and why do you recommend it? (Alternatively, just share a favorite book.)

I’ve actually been listening to the Hunger Games audio books. It’s probably really bad that I don’t read that many books but I love audio books!  I am obsessed with manga and web toons; which are Japanese and Korean comics. I have been reading them everyday for the past 15 years at least.

Do you have a go-to summer hang-out recipe that still works for a socially distanced gathering? And/or just a favorite general summer recipe that’s still a go-to, even now?

I Skype and FaceTime my friends. The majority of people I know live in different countries so we don’t get to see each other often but we call each other a lot, so that aspect hasn’t really changed.

What about great summer cocktail or mocktail recipe?

Honestly, I don’t really drink but when I do it’s just straight shots of Vodka (I like Tito’s) or Gin.

What’s on your summer playlist this year, or are there three songs that are permanent summer favorites for you?

Songs I’ve been listening to this summer are: Kid Laroi – “Maybe”, Halsey – “Be Kind”, Dominic Fike – “Double Negative” and Isaac Dunbar – “Make Up Drawer”.

Where do you wish you COULD GO this summer, if there were no restrictions or safety risks?

NORWAY! I miss it and I miss my friends. Also to the USA to do shows! That would have been fun!

And is there anywhere you’ve been safely going that you could recommend for people who live nearby? Any day trips or local spots worth mentioning, for example?

I’m boring and paranoid so I stay inside, but I would say just try to do what you want within reason! Don’t try to live with too many restrictions even during these times. Just be safe and keep your distance.


Featured photo by Mathew Guido