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.