Posts tagged “I’d Rather Walk

3 year walking tour anniversary today!

IMG_8870Happy Canada Day!!  Exactly 3 summers ago, I took “I’d Rather Walk,” to the trails, and this crazy stroll around the country began.  This was the first bridge I crossed.  Very symbolic in many ways, as it was a crossing into a whole new path of discovery of Canada, it’s people, and all the connections in between.

With the launch this week of the All We Ever Need Fundraiser , it feels like Canada Day has become a bench mark date for embarking on new adventures, and I couldn’t be more excited to take the next leap.

Thanks to all who have supported, contributed, and shared  the campaign so far.  We’re close to $2000 in under a week, and I am really stoked about that!  More exciting updates to come :).

Have an absolutely wonderful day!  It’s a great one to celebrate with your family, friends, and community!


I’d Rather Walk Through Vancouver Island…



I am most happy to report I began my Vancouver Island portion of my walking tour on Sunday May 4th in Victoria, and thus far has proved amazing!  There will be some fun stories to follow, but for now, just an update with new shows that have sprung up.

May 9th – Jack’s Waterfront Pub w/Windborn, Tofino, BC, 9pm

May 10th – Char’s Landing, Port Alberni, BC, 8pm

May 12th – Duncan Showroom, Duncan, BC, 8pm

May 16th – Nanaimo Folk Connection Coffee House, Nanaimo BC, 7pm

If anyone is interested in a walk in any of these locations, feel free to message me at

An East Coast Summer Recap

6 days on a train, and I arrive at a different ocean….drenched to the bone as if I had jumped in the ocean….I know I am in Vancouver….haha.

What a summer it was, and thanks to all those who followed the journey and offered their support and kind words of encouragement along the way.  There was a great deal that happened, and I have done my best to represent it on the webpage and through facebook, but there are so many fun details, so I thought I would post a very quick summary of as much as I could remember.  If you would like to hear more about any specific point(s), send me a note, and I’ll take you out for tea :).

Here we go!  Highlights of Summer in the east coast 2013, in no particular order:

Busked my way to owning a fiddle, had first fiddle session jam with JP Cormier, played my way on Via Rail across the country and back, met Dave Gunning, jammed with Charlie Acort, caught up with awesome east coast musicians Jim Dorie and Kev Corbett, crossed paths with the entire Plaskett family..multiple times, volunteered in 2 festivals, played in one of them on my first open air stage, met Jian Ghomeshi, camped on the north and south shores of PEI under star lit nights, camped on the east shore of newfoundland over looking the ocean from high cliffs, did 6 CBC interviews, had my first TV interview on Corner Brook Cafe with Wendy Woodland, hung out and jammed with Sherman Downey and his wicked band, hiked with the Island Trails Group in PEI, lost 9 pints of blood to mosquitoes on one of those trails, had a few articles written about the adventure, busked on the Halifax and Charlottetown Harbour fronts, walked barefoot in white and red sands, saw a Spirit of Newfoundland Dinner Theater, shared the stage with the Irish Decendents/The Pathological Lovers/The Sadies, walked approximately 500 kilometers, picked wild blueberries in the outback of Newfoundland, stood on the furthest east point of Canada, bought a bat-moose t-shirt, played on the Atlantic Ocean on the Marine Atlantic Ferry..saw whales and porpoises during this time, played at the famous Agricola house Open Mic in Halifax, played The Dunk in PEI twice, kayaked the Charlottetown harbour, swam in a gypsum quarry lake near the bay of fundy at sunset, wrote a ton of new songs, made recordings of 6 of them, wandered around Twillingate Isle and played at the Anchor Inn 2 nights, tried blueberry iceberg wine infused with Screech rum, taught and gave a performance in my first school event, learned a bit about playing the button accordion, met and stayed with a traditional Acadian family, developed a stronger relationship with the elements…particularly the wind, spread some of my dad’s ashes near the sea, connected with people who jammed with my father in the Yukon in the mid 70’s, bumped into people I hadn’t seen from the Okanagan in 16 years, played several open mics/house concerts/random street/coffee shop performances, met Leah Parsons – changed my life and am now motivated to help bring more awareness and education towards bullying and sexual assault, held community group walks, teamed with Hike Nova Scotia for one of them, played a home festival event called Shedfest, frequented many Tim Horton’s for my office spaces, hiked a portion of the east coast trail, moved a heck a lot of festival barriers, saw my first firefly, learned that “lunch,” to the Irish means “late night snack,” slept in a park in the middle of St. John’s, attended a “Flash Park,” attended a Pictou Garden Club event, ate wonderful farm/garden grown food, tried the Haligonian “Donair,” and although it is good, I’m not all that crazy on the “Donair sauce,” everyone raves about..haha, learned what Mummuring means, still don’t understand how you can say “Yes b’y,” to women, learned many awesome Newfoundland phrases, met three conspiracy theorists while busking, nose flute soloed with Amy and Rachel Beck in PEI, made my first fire on my own, slept in my tent on a bouncy bush, skyped a whole lot, met a legion of Volkswagon van die hards, missed every busker festival and Great Big Sea numerous times….celebrated the birth of a new niece from very far away, enhanced my understanding of what I want in life, increased desire to build a house and grow a garden, had some great discussions about important topics, drank ginger beer, discovered the beverage “Dark and Stormy,” shed some tears, had some great laughs, met so many wonderful caring people, and overall……..loved every blinkin minute of it!

Thanks again for all that shared in the beginning of this quest.  Looking forward to catching up with old friends, and seeing new ones in the east in about a year :).

Interview on CBC Charlottetown with Karen Mair

Greetings from the wicked island of Prince Edward!

Will have more of an update on recent happenings of the walking tour next week, as there is a great deal to share, but thought I would give you something fun in the meantime.  I had the opportunity to go in and talk with Karen Mair of CBC Charlottetown about the project, and you can hear it by clicking the photo above.

Looks like I’m going to be in PEI until Sunday or Monday, and I am pumped to let you in on all that has developed from my adventures this last week.  Stay tuned 🙂


Vancouver Release Tonight At St. James Hall

The Day Hath Come…………….

Tonight is the big Vancouver release show of my new project  “I’d Rather Walk,” and I am so pumped to be launching it with the wonderful people of The Rogue Folk Club at St. James Hall!!

If you still need tickets and want to be entered for a raffle draw the Rogue does for a free upcoming show, GET THEM ONLINE HERE.  Otherwise, some tickets may be left at the door…..Doors open at 7pm, Show at 8pm.

On another note, I was super fortunate to have an interview with CBC Vancouver on North By Northwest about the upcoming journey. Click the CBC logo below to listen

See you all tonight!!


“I’d Rather Walk” Kelowna Album Release Tickets On Sale

Exciting News!!

Something really special just happened – It worked out for me to perform the first night of my album release in Kelowna at Glenmore Elementary, the school my father spent the last 19 years of his career in education.  So delighted to be having it there!

My new album “I’d Rather Walk,” is being printed as you read, and ticket links for the first shows in Kelowna are up for May 10th and 11th.

Overall, there will be 3 shows in my home town – Friday May 10th at the school, and 2 shows on Saturday May 11th in a smaller house concert format (Afternoon & Evening).  Seating for the house concert shows are quite limited, so be sure to get tickets soon if you’d like to come to either of those.

The album will be available online in one week, and in physical form as of the 10th.  I am truly ecstatic to share it with you, and all the wild stories it comes with.


Friday May 10th, 7pm, Glenmore Elementary School, Kelowna, BC

Eventbrite - Michael Averill - I'd Rather Walk Album Release (Garry Averill Tribute)

Saturday May 11th, (Afternoon Show) 1pm, Kelowna House Concert, Kelowna, BC

Eventbrite - Michael Averill - I'd Rather Walk Album Release (Saturday Afternoon)

Saturday May 11th,  (Evening Show) 7pm, Kelowna House Concert, Kelowna, BC

Eventbrite - Michael Averill - I'd Rather Walk Album Release (Saturday Evening)