Posts tagged “Michael Averill

Interview by BCIT News about Covers for the Cause and the Honda Celebration of Lights Festival performance tomorrow, 4pm

Click the photo to read the interview!  Thanks Suzannah!

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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


Request a song to be covered on cello and help support music therapy through Covers for the Cause

Ever wanted to have one of your favourite tunes re-interpreted by me on the cello? Here’s your opportunity to do so and support music therapy in Canada.

Music Heals launched a new campaign to raise support and awareness for music therapy called Covers for the Cause,  and I jumped onboard to participate.  I just finished one request for Billie Jean by Michael Jackson (Thank you Nicole!), so if you’re wondering what this may look like, check this out:

Why on the cello you say??  Why the heck not!?!?!  Playing the cello is a new adventure for me, and I’ve been loving it!  I thought it would be a great personal challenge to see if I could make covers happen this way, and I welcome your requests with open arms :).

Deadline to request and donate is July 17th, so if you want to take part, either as an individual or group, do so soon.  You can contribute and request on my page here. If you’re not into the cello challenge, there are many great musical friends of all genres involved I would highly recommend contacting below:

Dawn Pemberton (Soul/R&B), Sadie Campbell (Roots/Rock), Chicken-Like Birds (Ragtime Country Blues), Luca Fogale (Soul/Folk), Dom Fricot (Rock), Sam Lynch (Heart ache Electric Folk), Colleen O’Connor (Jazz), Elle Wolf (Rock), Alex Maher (Soul/Hip Hop), Chase Your Words (Pop/Punk)

Either way, only good can come from more support for music therapy as a means of recovery and growth.

 


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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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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Big Album Launch Show at St. James Hall in Vancouver Tonight, 8pm Sharp!

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Let it be known that today…..I put on matching socks!


Vancouver album release to be held at St. James Hall, April 21st! Free album with ticket purchase before March 31st!

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Click the above flyer for early bird tickets, and a free album!


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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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:

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Thank you for time!

 


Bring your Soxy to The Roxy, Jan. 11th!

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Cool news!  I was invited to come play at The Roxy this Wednesday with some solid musical forces from around Vancouver.  I’ll also be making a special announcement to do with an upcoming music video about mismatched socks, so if you’d like to be a part of something very cool, come by the Roxy.

In lieu of this, I’m also doing a sock drive for those who could use some extra foot warmth out in the cold.  If you have some solo socks kicking around, and you don’t use them, bring them on Wednesday night, and I’ll make sure they find a good foot home.

Let’s have a good old Soxy night at The Roxy ;).

 


First song from “All We Ever Need” released on compilation album to support local food bank

I am so excited about this post today!  I am absolutely thrilled to announce the release of “Thank You,” the first song shared from my Spring 2017 release “All We Ever Need.”

The song has been added to a digital compilation album with 28 other incredible artists and bands in support of the food bank this Christmas.  This project was the brain seed of a special friend and musician, Luca Fogale, and I am so honoured to have my first track off the new community focused album put out this way.

29 songs by 29 artists, by donation, all going to a great cause!  Give the gift of music to your friends and family by clicking on the album cover below (A Bit of Light, Vol. 1) to purchase and help people out this season.

Happy Holidays all!!

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Say what you need to say

Greetings!

Something happened recently that made me what to share a story.   I was sitting in a sushi restaurant the other day, and overheard a woman telling her friends about an old math teacher she had.  She said that when she got older, this teacher stuck out in her mind as someone who really took the time to connect, and had a profound influence on her life.  She had thought about going back to visit to her old teacher in her hometown to express her gratitude, but kept putting it off.

Many years later, she was chatting with a friend from high school, and this particular teacher came up in the conversation.  The woman said “I’d love to go say thanks to him.”  Her school mate then told her that the teacher passed away 5 or 6 years previous.

The woman was crushed, and then told the people at the table that she really wished she had said what she wanted to when she thought about it originally.  The missed opportunity left her feeling sad, but motivated her to sit down one afternoon to call or email anyone she felt she wanted to thank in some way.

5 years ago today, my Dad (Garry Averill) passed away, and “Thank you,” is something I feel lucky I got to say to him before it was too late.  In honour of my Dad, I’d like to encourage anyone who reads this to call someone that has had an impact in your life, and express your thanks.  It means a lot for them to know, and will feel great for you to say.

Don’t wait – you may not get the chance again.

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Last day of All We Ever Need Fundraiser!

There has been a great swell of motion in the campaign these last few days, and it all finishes off tonight at 11:59pm!! Any last contributions or support can be made here – http://fnd.us/allweeverneed?ref=sh_f5k600

I’m going in to Roundhouse Radio in Vancouver to do an interview about the project today, and to play a few tunes.  It will be at 12:30 PST, and you can listen in by clicking the photo below!  Thank you all so dearly for the support and encouragement!

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All We Ever Need breaks $6000 this morning!

The momentum is flying right now!!  Had a huge day yesterday, and a couple days left!  Click on the photo to participate:

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All We Ever Need Fundraiser breaks $4000! Campaign deadline this Thursday July 28th!

Great news!!  We just broke $4000, and have a few days left of the campaign to go.  If you were holding off to contribute or share, you have until this Thursday night at 11:59pm to do so.  There are some awesome perks, and all help will be payed forward in many many ways.  Click the picture below to go to the campaign page to share or support:

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CBC Cape Breton Interview – Minstrel of Marine Atlantic: Folk-singing ferry performer sings of love and loss

Click on the photo for the article:

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Introducing a Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers Cover – Salt Water Joys

Early in my walking tour, I was introduced to a legendary Newfoundland band named Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers.  Other than having the greatest band name in the world!!!… they are incredible writers and performers, ranging from comedy, commentary, and hit you deep in the heart powerful.  This one really struck a note with me, and I thought me slide would do it justice.  I’ve waited a few years for the right moment to do this near the ocean in Newfoundland, and yesterday……that moment greeted me kindly.

Without further adieu, here is a Newfoundland gem – Salt Water Joys, by Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers, written by Wayne Chaulk.  Hope you enjoy this version:


All We Ever Need Fundraiser just hit $2000! Next up – $5000!

Thank you so much to all those who have helped lift this project off the ground and getting’er rolling!!  Keep sharing with those who love community, and connecting with other human beans :).  Click on the photo to share!

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Big Announcement: New Album Fundraiser Launches Today!

I am very excited for this day!!  Over the last few years of walking throughout Canada and connecting with wonderful people and communities around the country, it is time to put these stories in songs into album form.  For the first time, I am going to be working with a producer to bring this very special project to life!

Today is day 1 of the fundraiser, and I am thrilled to share this with the world!  The new album is going to be called “All We Ever Need.”  Click on the photo below to visit the page, watch the video, and to learn how you and your community can support and benefit from this project!

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Before I die….


Deep Cove Coffee Folky Show Approaching!!

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