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Deep Cove Coffee Folky Show Approaching!!

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February Shows in Vancouver

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Just had the opportunity to adventure to Kaua’i at the end of January with my wife. The trip was amazing, and I highly recommend going there, at least once in your lifetime if you can.  True to previous form, here’s a bard’s blog small world encounter from our journey – From Kombucha in Kauai to high school in Kelowna…

Recharged from the sun, I am very excited to be back in town, and to be playing for the first time at a legendary Vancouver venue on Saturday, February 27th – The Roxy!!

I will be joined with my bandmates, and we’ll be sharing the night with new local friend – David Alexander.  It’s an earlier show, so be sure to be there by 7:45 to catch us play….Got a great one planned ;).

We’ll also be doing a jam down evening at Luke’s on 14th and Granville tomorrow night (Friday Feb 12th), starting up at 9pm.  May have some special guests in attendance!

 


Very Special Friendraiser Show at Backstage Lounge, Vancouver Jan. 5th

NightLightsThis Tuesday evening I will be playing at a very special show.  A new musical friend of mine, Kristina Lao, has pulled together a night of music in support of her long time friend Gilly – a very young woman that was rapidly affected by brain cancer.  Funds raised from the show will go towards supporting her journey through the process.  Gilly’s story can be followed here – https://www.gofundme.com/gillysbraincancer

The show will get going promptly at 8pm, so please come early, and be reading for a heart warming evening.

 


Coming to Kelowna to play 2 Nights this weekend!!

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Massive Show @ Studio Records Oct. 16th!

BEST-IN-VAN-OCT-16So excited to be included in this event!!  I will have my amazing bandmates Darren Beattie (Thumper the Drum Assassin), and Matt “Sugar” Langill (Sick bass and harmonious harmonies) to rock out with.

The whole event runs Fridays and Saturdays over the month of October, with the final night held on November 21st.  If you haven’t been to Studio Records yet, it’s a really great space, and they’re going to have amazing music there all month.

If you’re coming to our night, I have tickets available for $10 ($12 at the Door), so drop me a line (michael@michaelaverill.com) and I can get those to you.  If you can’t come to our night, check out some of the other nights.  It’s all awesome music!

I actually don’t personally know any of the other bands yet, and am excited to meet/hear them.  I was just acquainted with Kristina Lao (World musical traveller and music community super hero) who is also in the contest.  She’ll be on October 9th, so go to her night if you can.

Hammer Records has been doing interviews with the bands involved in the event.  Here is mine (Click the photo):

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It’s How Me Wear Me Socks!

mismatched socksA year ago, before I went out on summer tour, I wrote a blog about mismatched socks called “One of the World’s Greatest Secrets Revealed.”  It spun off into many discussions about socks, and came about because I have been wearing mismatched socks for years.

After spending a good amount of time in the east coast last year, particularly Newfoundland, I naturally learned a few shanty style songs.  On my way back west on the train, a man asked me a question…he said, “Michael…..do you mind if I ask you a personal question?”  I replied, “Go for it!”  He went on to say, “I see you are wearing two different socks…Why?”  I immediately retreated to my room, and composed a tune, in Newfoundlandic shanty style, called “How Me Wear My Socks!”

I kept it hidden away for a year, only to reveal on the ferry to Newfoundland this year, and I found there were quite a few people who related to the sentiment.  I made a promise, to those who joined my mailing list, that I would record it when I got home and send it to them…..

Well…I bust out the recording equipment today, and put down this beauty of a tune.  Those who are currently on my mailing list will receive it tomorrow.  If you want to be on my mailing list and receive the sock song, email michael@michaelaverill.com, introduce yourself, and let me know that you want to receive the monthly newsletter.  This is the only medium in which this song will travel to the public, so if ya want it, jump on the train!

Lastly, mix and match a pair of socks and brighten up your day :).

 


Show in Sydney, Cape Breton this Friday!

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Deep Thoughts from the Rail

IMG_1843This was the view leaving Vancouver on Friday July 3rd.  Was a beautiful night to set rail sail eastbound with VIA Rail.  I spent a delightful 4 days playing music and sharing stories with so many lovely travellers from all over the world (Mexico, US, UK, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada), and have come away with the following………

1. An increased knowledge of Backgammon (thanks to Raouel and Carol..MOOSE!!)…2. That Clint Eastwood was in a musical called “Paint your Wagon.”….3. Techniques on how best to stay poisonous snake-safe in Australia and Simatra……..4. That no matter how crazy young children may be behaving…they love music they can growl to…….. 5. That playing next to someone who is sleeping can actually alter their perception of the reality they are in….hahaha…..6. That Seattle has a very cool music venue called Triple Door, and a Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival in November………7. That drumming in First Nations music symbolizes the pump of the heart…….8. There is a massive Maritime Museum in Halifax that I need to check out……..9. That apparently all country singers in the world are from Oklahoma, and that Blake Shelton rescues people…….10. That pyrite rock is symbolic with always having enough, and that sweetgrass is never to be burned without previously burning sage.

I love the train!  So many opportunities to meet new friends and learn new stories

After a marvellous stop over and House Concert in Oakville last night, I am (at this very moment) on the train heading to Ottawa to play at a wicked little place called A Thing For Chocolate with the team of Red Leaf Music.  Looking forward to being back, and to spending time with my newly acquired family :).

The adventures continue…………….

 

 


Hittin’ the Rail Out East!

Tonight, I begin my summer tour festivities at the Big Rock Urban Eatery in Vancouver, BC, and tomorrow…….I’m hopping on and playing on an east bound train!  Really looking forward to coming out to Ontario and the Maritimes again :).  Check below for the where’s and when’s:

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Creativity on the Road

Had to share this bit of stage engineering….My Dad and Red Green would be most proud!

While I was touring most recently through Alberta, last show I played presented a challenge – the only mic stand they had was duct taped at the centre, and could pivot, but could not be raised to my standing height level.

Simple solution….sit the whole night.  Thought about it, but this was going to be a long evening, playing from 9pm-2am, and wanted to mix it up a bit.

Enter more duct tape and beer buckets……

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Story/Jam Night this Wednesday with Stephanie Ratcliff and Rob Fillo

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BC Shows in May

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Article in the Lloydminster Source

A second article was kindly written in lieu of the show tonight by the Lloydminster Source.  Click on their link below to read:

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This Friday in Lloydminster with Crestwood

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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 :).

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CBC Searchlight Entry

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!!

MichaelCBCSearch2015jpgThere 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!

 

 


Music Video for Mark Knopfler Contest

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!


Mission Coffee House – March 28th!

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!

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Victoria Folk Music Society Tonight!!

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Intimate Ten Ten Tapas Show & Jam Workshop

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).

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Okanagan Tour this Week!

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 :).

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

IMG_1628Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and share the latest of a family tradition.

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,

Michael


Video with Shera Kelly and Upcoming Shows

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.

 

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December Shows:

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


Happy Halloween!

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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!