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New album out today from Julia Spitale!

Today is a unique day, and I’d like to share something special of a good friend of mine. North Vancouverite, Julia Spitale, just released a new 5 song EP/album today, and I wanted to post it here for you to listen to (Click here, or on the album cover below and scroll down once on her site).

I had the pleasure of producing this project with Julia (titled Good Again), and it’s the first time I’ve recorded another artist this way.  Julia is a lovely writer with powerful messages in her songs about mental health, overcoming grief, and holding strong through difficult times with the people we love.  Sit down, get cozy, and have a good take it in session with these 5 songs.  Enjoy, and happy to hear any thoughts or feelings on this.

*This whole album was completed at the Vancouver Public Library Inspiration Lab, and was a delight to work on!  For those who are unaware, the downtown library in Vancouver has studios you can utilize to record music, video, podcasts, as well as a variety of amazing multi-media production equipment.  They offer wicked courses for free, and is a fantastic resource.  I took a 4 week Documentary Film Making course in March with award winning film producer, Julia Ivanova, and I learned so much!

Check out Julia’s songs, check out the library, live long, and do fun things with good people :).

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Two special shows in Kelowna April 29th/30th

Fresh off the Vancouver release, I am now headed east for the Okanagan portion of the All We Ever Need Launch!!  Going to be 2 very different shows this weekend:

April 29th – Roots Revival Event at Little Creek Gardens, innovative picnic style event, I’ll be performing alongside Leila Neverland and Nils Loewen. Click the picture below for this very unique event and team:

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Sunday April 30th – House Concert release of All We Ever Need with special guests.  Click the album cover below for info and link to tickets:

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All We Ever Need release show at St. James Hall a huge success!

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Photo by Nicoleta D

After 4 years of build up, writing, walking, rewriting, walking some more, collaboration, sweat, blood, tears, and laughter….all of it came to beautiful fruition at St. James Hall on Friday night.  Meet the cast of characters that helped me to bring All We Ever Need into this world.  From the left, Jon Anderson, Natalie Ramsay, Bre McDaniel, Shera Kelly, Darren Beattie, Me, Chris Couto, Colleen O’Connor, and Heather Hay!  What an honour it was to play to a packed house with this all star team.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all the wonderful supporters who contributed to the fundraiser, and to the Creative BC/BC Music Fund team for helping to make this project real.  With the new album in hand and properly launched, so starts the action of this project with all that was intended for it – increasing connection, building community, and growing the love!  Giddy up folks.  Giddy up!!

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All We Ever Need is here and available to the world!

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I am so thrilled to announce that my new album project “All We Ever Need,” after 4 years in the making, is out and available on every kind of music platform imaginable.  Below are links to a variety of sources where you can find it, listen to it, share it, purchase it, whatever your preference may be.  Just click on the below link to go where you want to go :).

Enjoy!

Album art above designed by Celestial Folk star – Bre McDaniel

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Another rung around the tree

If I were a tree, then today, I would magically sprout a new layer of external shell.  You could cut me in half, count the layers, and discover my age.  Pretty wild when you think about it.  Looking at the inside of a tree is like looking at a story board for a book or movie.  Every line/layer is packed with information, stories, emotions, lessons, and experience.

However, these layers don’t just show up on their own.  The ground holds the base of the tree stable, allowing it to root and grow.  The rain and surrounding micro/macro creatures do what they do to help bring nutrients.  The sun shines on the leaves, provides energy, encouragement, and advice on where to go in its life.  It takes a forrest to raise a tree :).

These last few years, I have opened up to the wonders of collaboration.  For a long time, I tried to do everything on my own, and definitely added some tough layers to my stump!  When I look back today on how much stronger I have become from focused/intentional work with others, co-creating, and admitting that I need help, I feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation and gratitude.

Thank you to everyone in my forrest!  If you are reading this now, you have had a profound impact on me, and the latest rungs I have acquired are entirely because of you.  They are the best I have ever had, and all I can say is thank you!  I couldn’t have got here on my own.

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Like a human bone that becomes stronger and more dense as a reaction to bearing load, so do

New live video for “Thank You,” entered in CBC Searchlight 2017!

Exciting news! CBC has just started their 2017 round of Searchlight, a national program that helps bring new Canadian music to your lovely ears. I have entered it this year, and have put in a new song and video in lieu of my upcoming album release “All We Ever Need.” The song is called “Thank You,” featuring the amazing Chris Couto on Djembe, and is one of the most dearest to my heart.  This is the video I submitted:

(Video filmed and produced by Kale Beaudry http://klphotograph.com)

Searchlight works as a mixture of judges opinions as well as crowd voting. You can vote once per day, for any and as many artists as you like. I am one out of 12 in the “Folk,” category for “Vancouver City.”

Click the “Searchlight Vote Now” picture below to vote for “Thank You.”
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Round 1 goes from today till February 27th at 3pm. The prizes for this are pretty special, and include mentorship, a chance to write a song for Canada’s 150, and some incredible performance opportunities with CBC’s festivals around Canada Day in Ottawa.

I am inviting you to participate in this journey with me, however far it goes. You can vote once per/day at the above link, and I appreciate all and any help. If you connect to it, or think of someone else who might enjoy this song and its message, feel free to share!

*For the Facebookers out there, feel free to join the EVENT PAGE  and follow along for some entertaining, humourous, and uplifting daily voting reminders.

Lastly, there are a few other artists that I know and have personally played with before that are in my category. They are well worth looking into. If you feel inclned, vote for them too. They are fantastic people, and amazing musicians, and you can vote for as many artists as you like:

Natalie Ramsay
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Thank you for time!