Bare Bones and Upfront 2

After a summer of traveling and writing, I’m very happy to be part of Bare Bones and Upfront 2 October 16! I’m working on some new material and covers just for this show. Click here for tickets.

Also check out our sneak peak video for the show:


NXNE and other shows

NXNE is a week away and I’m working really hard with the band to bring you guys a great set. The music I’ve been writing and listening to these days has started to veer into soul territory, and I’m really excited to bring that to the stage next Thursday and share it with everyone. We’re playing June 19 at the Paddock (check out my Facebook event for more info). FernTV has already recommended us as one of their Top 10 acts to see this festival:

Also coming up this month are two duo sets Robb Cappelletto and I will be doing. One is this Friday night at the Central and the other will be at the Junction Summer Solstice Festival on June 21! We’ll be playing from 2-3 at the Beer Garden. It’s always great to play in my neighbourhood for the community.

Other exciting news coming shortly, so stay tuned! Hope to see all your lovely faces soon.

New Southern Souls video

So excited to share this new video we did with Southern Souls! I had a bunch of fun filming this with everyone, followed by tacos and good times. The video was filmed at ARTiculations, a gorgeous and cozy art store, resource centre and gallery in the Junction. Art folks, go check that store out immediately.

The first video we did is for a new song called ‘All For You.’ The video features Robb Cappelletto on guitar, James McEleney on bass and myself and Caylie Staples singing in the Earl Selkirk Gallery. Thanks to Christine Kim for letting us make music in front of her artwork. Take a look! Keep your eyes peeled for the second video in the series, which I’ll be posting next week.

Exciting opportunity and fundraiser tonight

I’m really pleased to announce that I was selected to receive a mentorship by the CIRAA! Brenley MacEachern of Madison Violet is going to be my mentor. It starts in the new year and I can’t wait to dive in and start working away.

On a completely unrelated note, I will be performing in a holiday fundraiser with lots of musicians tonight to support the Children’s Wish Foundation. I’ve always really loved Christmas music, but my absolute favourite holiday album of all time is Vince Guaraldi’s Charlie Brown Christmas and it just feels right to play a few tunes from it. Come out and see me play solo on a real piano, something I haven’t done in a long time. The Facebook event is here. There will be a sing-along, so be prepared to use those pipes.

Some press and tonight’s gig

It’s been quite a while since my last post. I’ve been busy trying to be my own publicist, booking agent and hype man, and it turns out that these take up quite a bit of time. That hard work is starting to pay off and I’ve gotten some love from a few blogs who were kind enough to read my emails and listen to my music.

Here’s an interview from North Shore News out in B.C. I say “stuff” quite a bit. Working on that.

A review of the release show and the album by the Blanket Reviewer. She said some pretty complimentary things, which is always great.

And most recently, Snob’s Music featured me as a Friday Find and compared me to Fiona Apple and fellow Torontonian Jessica Stuart.

In other news, I’m playing my monthly series at the Tranzac tonight with my guitarist Robb. Ryan Burton, a good friend of mine and lovely rootsy songwriter, will be opening the evening. Come out for a cream ale and some good music. 7:30, pay what you can.

Thank you thank you thank you!

Wow. What a night!

I’m so thankful for all the support I’ve gotten in the last few months, but I never expected it to culminate in such a beautiful way. People came out and showed their support at Hugh’s Room, brought flowers, wanted autographs and sent me messages of congratulations when they couldn’t make it. I’m just so thankful that I can do this for a living and that people have been so receptive! Everyone took what I had to give last night and they gave back in return. There will be video coming in the next few days of that incredible experience, so keep your eyes peeled.

On a related note, the album is now available! You can get it from a bunch of different places.

CD Baby:

Or me at any time. I also have these gorgeous limited edition soft cover journals that were made specially for this release by Almanac Press. They come with a download code as well. You can get them from me, or from Bandcamp.

Me and Samsun with all my flowers from last night. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Radio play and album release countdown

With just less than two weeks before my CD release party at Hugh’s Room, I’m starting to get some love from radio stations in the country. I woke up this morning to a tweet from CBC Information Radio in Winnipeg that they were starting their morning program with one of my songs. How exciting! It’s long been a dream of mine to have my music played on CBC and I can’t believe that dream has finally come true. I also have it on good authority that CBC Here and Now will be adding “Come On In” to their playlist for next week, so keep those dials on Radio 1. DJ Goldfinger, the host of What Is Hip on CIUT, is also going to play the new album, as is The Night Shift on CHRY. Slowly but surely, you’ll be able to hear me on the radio.

The band and I have been working hard to make this CD release party the best it can be. We’ve got special guests coming in to make the sound fuller and we’re throwing a few covers into the mix. There’s one I’m particularly gunning to play, but I’m going to keep it a surprise. If you want to know, come out! Tickets are going fast, so get them while you still can.

Here’s the Facebook event:

And the link to Hugh’s Room. Call them for tickets:

Give and Grow CD Release Party!

I’m extremely excited to announce the CD release party for Give and Grow will be held on Oct. 15 at Hugh’s Room! I’ve been really busy organizing rehearsals, contacting press and getting photos done for this event. It’s going to be amazing. Special guests Caylie Staples and Marylou David will be joining me on vocals. We’ve been working on a new cover. Albums  and limited edition hand bound notebooks courtesy of bookbinding artist Emma Dawn Allain will be for sale. To top it all off, Michael Tobin will be opening for us. You really don’t want to miss this one.

Here’s the facebook event:

And the poster, designed by Nick Counter.