I've been going over and over and over my pieces ad nauseam.. There's no way I didn't know them. It's true that I was working with new material, but that's just part of the process. Breaking a new piece shouldn't break you. On the other hand, I will go back to having my notes in my back pocket: there's absolutely nothing wrong with having backup on you in case of emergency. Some show hosts or event organisers take a militantly opposed view to paper of any kind onstage, and having seen how some artists hide behind their notes, I do understand where they're coming from. But new artists have a long row to hoe before they can just get onstage with a new piece and not be thrown by outside noises, children in the front row, flash photography, or any one of a dozen other things that could throw your concentration. I will not be derailed in quite that fashion again.
I'm also casting my eyes westward. In the next month or two, money permitting, I'd really like to slam in Ontario. There are so many more opportunities in the GTA and Ottawa. Montreal is a lovely city, don't get me wrong: I'm happy to be here an have no intention of decamping. But it might be nice to peek my head over the wall and see what's going on next door.