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New Covers for the Cause Video – “Sail Away” by PK Tessmann in a raft

This was way too much fun!  Enjoy the latest of my series of Covers for the Cause in support of music therapy through Music Heals.  The song is called “Sail Away,” by PK Tessmann, and you can hear more of her music and the original tune here https://pktessmann.bandcamp.com/track/sail-away 

New collaboration “Water Your Own,” with PK Tessmann available today! (Click photo to listen)

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Happy holidays folks, and welcome to the near onset of 2018 :).  It’s a funny time of year where many people reflect on what has happened in life up to this point, and set sights on what they want to achieve going forward.

This past year, I put focus into collaborating with other artists.  My new album, All We Ever Need, is an example of this on many levels.  During the Summer and Fall, I toured and performed with Cumberland’s (Vancouver Island) PK Tessmann.  Not only did I discover a fantastic artist and human being (Check out her music!), but also a great new friendship.

After a house concert in Ladysmith, BC, the topic of “The grass is always greener on the other side,” came up in conversation.  PK offered the following wisdom – “Well, if the grass is looking greener, it’s time to water your own.”  BOOM!  You best be sure I noted that down in my writing book!

During our following ferry ride back to the mainland, we decided to write a silly song together, and thus “Water Your Own,” was born.  We had such a blast writing and performing this tune, we decided to visit producer/artist Corwin Fox in Cumberland to do a live off the floor recording in October.  And now, it is here for your enjoyment!  Click the snowy trampoline photo to listen, or receive the song for free by emailing michael@michaelaverill.com.

Happy coming new year, all the best in 2018, work together to do better, and if the grass is looking greener on the other side….dig in…put in the work, and remember to Water Your Own!

New song “Once You Know,” now available online in support of the On Root Project in Haida Gwaii

Back in July, I was invited to travel to Haida Gwaii, BC to participate in an artist residency organized by the good folks behind the On Root Project.  The purpose of this project is to expose various artists to the beauty of the old growth forests, to contrast that with the devastation of the clear cuts, and to create an artistic work from the experience as a result.

Interacting with the community through shared stories and song was a powerful and rewarding experience, and I left with a heightened understanding of what proper stewardship of the land means.  Unfortunately, clear cutting and overfishing are accelerating at unsustainable rates, and a pooled community effort is needed to protect and regulate the wellness of these vulnerable ecosystems.

I composed “Once You Know,” in support of the On Root Project’s mission to raise awareness, and to help create dialogue regarding positive solutions for the long term health of our forests and oceans.  Knowing is one thing, but knowledgable action is of most importance.

What can you do?  Download “Once You Know,” here, and share/post/re-post this link.  The song is available for free, and sharing widely with those you think would connect to this is encouraged.  If you feel compelled to financially support this initiative, any contributions/donations will be payed forward to the efforts of the On Root Project in their pursuit of strengthening land and ocean stewardship practices in Haida Gwaii and beyond.

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“Once You Know,” is presently available on Bandcamp, and will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and all other platforms very soon.

Playing The Woodstove Festival with PK Tessmann Nov. 4th/5th in Cumberland, BC

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Here’s where you can catch PK and I this weekend in Cumberland:

Saturday, Nov. 4th, 6:30 The Abbey (Cover your CV Friends)

Saturday, Nov. 4th 9 PM The Abbey (PK and Michael full set)

Sunday, Nov. 5th,  4:15 Abbey (S.A.D. Songs in the Round)

Over $7000 raised for Music Therapy at SJMA, and playing the Honda Celebration of Light Festival Second Beach Stage with special guests, Aug. 2nd, 4pm

Huge thanks to everyone who requested covers and contributed, shared, and encouraged my efforts in the Covers for the Cause campaign put on by Music Heals. Total amount raised for the music therapy program at SJMA (St. James Music Academy) is close to $8000!!!

As an amazing bonus, I’ve been given the opportunity to perform at the Honda Celebration of Lights Festival on the Second Beach Stage, August 2nd, at 4pm.  I will be bringing on some special guest artists to join me for this special experience, so come down and celebrate with us!  Artist names will be revealed here soon :).  The Boom Booms will be playing later that evening, and are a band not to be missed!

Amazing work to all the musicians who raised funds for music therapy through the Music Heals covers campaign. In one month, the artists involved and their supportive audiences raised over $17, 000 for music therapy! How cool is that?!?

You know what else is cool?  Donations and the opportunity to request covers from your favourite local artists are going to continue to be open, so if you’re looking for something special to contribute to, or know an artist who would love to be a part of this, send them to coversforthecause.com.  I am always happy to take further requests, and you can contribute for that here

Thanks again everyone!!!  See you on a big stage on the 2nd of August!

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July 17th last day to request a cello cover like this one (Bare Necessities) and raise funds for Music Therapy!

Very exciting news! The Music Heals fundraising campaign “Covers for the Cause,” comes to a close on Monday, July 17th at midnight!  I have had a ton of fun so far with this project, and currently, we’re sitting at just over $2000 towards music therapy!

Yesterday we cracked the $1000 mark, which allows me to direct the funds where I would like it to go.  I am so thrilled about this, as it is going straight to the music therapy program at The St. James Music Academy (SJMA), where I have seen music therapists change the lives of children, and their teachers.  Massive thanks to all those who have supported and requested so far!

Lastly, Music Heals announced that the artist who raises the most funds will get a chance to perform at the Celebration of Lights Festival on August 2nd in Vancouver, opening up for The Boom Booms (One of my favourite Vancouver bands!  You need to see their show!).

This is a huge opportunity, and I am currently in 1st place (only by $100).  I would love to utilize that performance opportunity to bring light to this very special school (SJMA), and how music therapy is an integral part of it.  Any support is most welcomed – Donations and requests for cover songs on the cello can be made here.

Here is the latest Covers for the Cause video, dedicated to Tania, Diana, Matt, and Liam, and features Ireland’s fantastic whistle and Uilleann piper, Chris McMullan.  Disney/Jungle Book fans, enjoy this version of the Bare Necessities 🙂

West Coast Tour with PK Tessmann, July 4th-July 9th

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It has been a while since I played on Vancouver Island, and I am thrilled to be coming back for a short tour with award winning musical Islander/songstress, PK Tessmann.  We’ll be doing a few shows on the island, and a couple on the mainland.  Check below for dates/locations, and email for info if you’d like to attend a house concert:

July 4th Ladysmith, BC, House Concert w/PK Tessmann, 7pm (email michael@michaelaverill.com for info)

July 5th – Cumberland, BC, Rare Bird Bookshop w/PK Tessmann, 6:30pm

July 6th – Quadra Island, BC, Kameleon Cafe w/PK Tessmann, 7pm

July 8th – Mission, BC, House Concert w/PK Tessman, potluck dinner 5pm, show at 7pm (email michael@michaelaverill.com for info)

July 9th – East Vancouver, Notional Space Concert w/PK Tessmann, 6:30pm