A second article was kindly written in lieu of the show tonight by the Lloydminster Source. Click on their link below to read:
Really looking forward to playing in Lloydminster this Friday with these guys from Saskatchewan. I have heard great things about them, and the The Root where we are playing together. Check out Crestwood’s jazzy tazzy music here – http://crestwoodmusic.ca. Should make for some awesome jams!
An article was written in the Lloydminster Meridian Booster about the upcoming night. Click on the pic below to travel through cyber space there :).
I have entered the nation wide CBC Searchlight event, an initiative designed to share/showcase a whole whack of new Canadian music.
It is a voting structure, so if you’re down for that, click the photo below, and it will take you to the place you can do it. Just scroll down the page past my face, and you’ll see an icon that says “VOTE.” Click on that, and it will say “VOTED.” Easy peasy!!
There are a lot of great musicians in this from all over the country. If you use Facebook, go to my music page, and you’ll find an “Event,” I made for this that links to other friends that are worth checking out. Hope you discover someone new that you like!
You can vote everyday, for up to 10 artists, so have a blast!
Call to viewing and sharing action!! :). Mark Knopfler, one of my long time influences and heroes, put out a challenge to make him a music video for a tune of his new album Tracker. The song is called “Wherever I Go,” and features Winnipeg’s Ruth Moody. It’s a possible opportunity to work with Mark and his team, so we’ll see what happens :).
I had a blast creating this with the help of Shera Kelly, Judy Averill, and Kat Smyth! Thank you guys so much. This is my first theatrical video, so enjoy, and share with those you think would dig it!
I am very excited to be coming to Mission this Saturday to play in the Clarke Theatre as part of the Mission Coffee House Series!! Last time I was in that room, it was for a music camp I did a few years back with the Sabir Sisters and David Francey. Perhaps I’ll bust out a few songs that I wrote during that week….I came away with some beauties!!
Looking forward to seeing some familiar Mission faces!
Tons of fun happening this weekend!
1. Learn how to jam, or be challenged with some new tricks if you are experienced (Sat. 1-3pm)
2. A romantic dinner and music evening at the beautifully scenic Ten Ten Tapas right off the sea wall (Sun. 7:00-9:15pm).
Very excited to be coming back to the Okanagan for a few performances this week/weekend.
*Having a chill story telling session on Wednesday (28th) as the feature of OUR Coffeehouse, put on by the Artists for Creative Alliance at Reid Hall – 7pm, $5
*Going up to Silver Star Mountain Saloon on Thursday (29th) to play an after ski/snowboard wind down 3-6pm
*Lastly…..BRINGING THE BAND TO FERNANDO’S TO ROCK OUT ON SATURDAY (31ST)!!! 9PM. Can’t wait to introduce ma Drummer, Darren Beattie, and ma Bass man, Matt Langill. Dancing boots highly recommended for this evening :).
My mother has been painting windows like this since she was a little girl, and got me started on it around 20 years ago. I just finished this one in time for Christmas. Thanks to my old duo mate Jen Miller for the Christmas card that had this Santa picture on it!
Have a wonderful holiday,
I have had the pleasure of being a part of a really cool project called Everyday Music a number of times now with different artists, and wanted to share one I played some backup percussion on recently.
Introducing the lovely Shera Kelly, and her song “Uprising.”
You can find out more about the project (1000 songs, by 1000 artists, in 1000 days) and the man behind it (Rod Matheson) by clicking on the picture below.
Dec. 5th/6th – Jack’s Waterfront Pub, Tofino, BC, 9pm. Friday is a Christmas night!
Dec. 12th – Luke’s, Vancouver, 9pm, Full Band with Darren Beattie and Matt Langill
Dec. 15th – Railway Club, Vancouver, 8:30pm, $7, with Sister Speak and Colby Ramsay
Dec. 19th – Deep Cove Coffee House, 7:30pm, Mt. Seymour United Church
Dec. 20th – Luke’s, Vancouver, 9pm, solo set
Hahahaha….Well…here we are…..one of my favourite days of the year, and I have a cold…..Bums! Since I couldn’t go out and be Halloweeny, I decided I would be creative nonetheless. I noticed our trusty guard spider outside today working away, and videoed the process….However, it wasn’t complete on its own, so I recorded a cover of one of my favourite all time songs to go with it’s awesomeness….Hope you enjoy, and Happy Halloween!
People often ask me if I like being on the road, and usually imply that it is a very tough go. I admit that there are times when I feel the pull of home and miss my loved ones and friends, but getting out and seeing new places brings something very special to me.
I actually love being out on the road, on the water, in the air, underground..haha…where ever you can go, I am a big fan. However, it is not for the feeling of “getting away,” or escaping as it is often referred to, that I enjoy so much. Having a career as a touring musician demands frequent travel, but beyond that, I am ultra fascinated with how things work in different places around the world. That, and meeting the people that live in all these wonderful areas that make them great.
Just wanted to take a moment to share with you something that came my way recently. During the summer, while I was performing on VIA Rail coming back from Toronto, I met a whole cast of outstanding individuals. I want to introduce you to one of them – Prashant Miranda! (Click on the photo to see his work and blog).
Prashant is an incredible water colour painter, also the fastest one I have ever encountered, a vibrant personality, and a wicked singer. One of the last performances I had on the train, he belted out a few beauties on the guitar in a group jam, and it was awesome.
Earlier in the trip, I initiated the writing of a song with the passengers that essentially took 2 days to complete. Prashant lent massive insight and inspiration into the tune, and perhaps I will post it when I make a recording of it. However, in the span of a few minutes in the first session, Prashant whipped this up – look below. Recognize that crazy character? haha. Prashant journals this way, and the whole train trip, among other adventures, is on his blog. Take a moment to check out his site and work. You may find some familiar places in his paintings :). Honour to meet you and spend time Prashant!
As of Friday July 18th, I’m packing my trusty guitar on Via Rail, and headed east for a full on summer tour. I’ll be sharpening all my new songs before recording my new upcoming album in September, and I’d love your feedback! If you happen to be in any of the above locations at the assigned times, drop me a line – email@example.com, as I’d love to see ya. I’m going as far as St. John’s NFLD, and back to Tofino, BC, so it’s literally a coast to coast tour. Can’t wait to see some familiar eastern faces :).
Greetings, and happy June 1st!
There is going to be a very special show this Friday June 6th in Vancouver (10th and Alma) at CocoaNymph. I will be playing an intimate acoustic set along side singing/guitar wizard/Toronto native – Shawna Caspi, for what is to be the last show CocoaNymph will ever hold.
Rachel, the founder of this amazing Vancouver icon and avid supporter of community, has given so much to so many people over the years, and my heart sinks to see this venue close its doors.
Come down Friday to enjoy some heart felt songs, and to give thanks/hugs to Rachel Sawatzky and her team. They created such a positive and welcoming space for anyone to come to, and have truly had an impact on the community. Feel free to bring stories of how Rachel and CocoaNymph have positively affected you, and let’s celebrate together the old fashioned way :).
After a few weeks and a couple hundred Kilometers of adventuring, I am happy to say my Vancouver Island walking tour is complete. It was an absolute thrill to get to know the island and its lovely people, and I can’t wait to come back in the fall.
Thanks to all who were incredibly supportive and welcoming. It was amazing to make so many great new connections.
This sign I saw on one of my walks below says all that needs saying about Vancouver Island…….
I just wrote a new Bard’s Blog called “I Saw The Signs…In Comox!” that highlights a specific walk from Courtenay to Comox. Click on the above photo to read, and to see some more fun pictures 🙂
So far, totaled with last summer on the east coast, I have walked 821 km of Canadian soil! Looking forward to the next round…….
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you say….”TREEZILLA!” It’s impossible not to say if you go wandering through the Big Tree Trail in Tofino. The tree in this photo is actually one of the smaller trees on the trail we saw on this amazing 2 1/2 hour hike. The diameter was at least 15 feet, and they got much bigger down the trail!!!!
I played a couple of shows at Jack’s Waterfront Pub with Shera Kelly a week ago, and on top of having an amazing show experience, seeing this forest was truly inspiring. Highly highly highly recommend going there if you’re in Tofino. Contact the good people at Tofino Water Taxi, and they’ll take care of you.
Had an opportunity to speak with Shannon Waters of Co-op Radio the other day regarding the Cherry Blossom Festival. Click on the link below to listen. The interview is between 43min – 52min.
This was a great event to be involved with. I got to do a short interview with Global TV about it……..I used my alias…”Mark Averill,” in case anyone wonders……..;)
Happy April Everyone!
I just got back to Vancouver after an amazing Alberta tour, and was welcomed back to Cherry Blossoms blooming all over the city. While Cherry Blossom gazing, I came across this unusual phenomenon……….If you can figure out what this is and where this is, come to a show or event this month and tell me, and I’ll give you a prize. Tons of shows and special workshops around BC this month, so here is where you can find me:
April 2nd – Songwriting in Schools, Glen Eagle Secondary 10am-2pm
April 2nd – West Point Grey Community Center – Jam Language Workshop 7:15pm
April 3rd – Cherry Blossom Festival Performance w/full band – Downtown Vancouver 12pm
April 3rd – Pre – Concert Series at Rogue Folk Club w/Shera Kelly on Craig Cardiff night 7pm
April 5th – Live Performance Workshop for musicians – 2:15pm – 6:15pm, Commercial Drive
April 6th – Corduroy Lounge Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/Sandra-Mae, 8pm
April 7th – Live Performance Workshop for musicians – Commercial Drive, 7-9pm
April 8th – Songwriting in Schools, Glen Eagle Secondary 10am-2pm
April 8th – Corduroy Open Jam – 8:30pm
April 10th – Collingwood Community Center Seniors Lunch, 12pm
April 10th – Railway Club w/Thereafter, Lydia Hol, 8pm
April 11th – Jack’s Waterfront Pub, Tofino w/Shera Kelly 9pm
April 13th – Jack’s Waterfront Pub, Tofino w/Shera Kelly 11am-1pm
April 14th – Songs of Old, Lives of New workshop, Collingwood Community Center, 1pm
April 18th – Nanaimo Coffee House, Nanaimo
April 20th – Corduroy Singer/Songwriter Showcase w/Julia Spitale, 8pm
April 23rd – SONG Fundraiser Show, El Azteca
April 26th – West Point Grey Community Center – Jam Language Workshop 1-3pm
April 29th – Aboriginal Peoples Special Event, Westin Bayshore
May 2nd – Luke’s Corner Bar and Kitchen w/Jarrett Plett, 9pm