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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of great news happening around here. First of all, the album is DONE! I can’t believe it’s been close to a year in the making, but I will be pressing CDs this week. It sounds amazing and the artwork is just gorgeous. I’m so proud of it and thankful for everyone who went above and beyond to make this a really great record. We’ll be releasing a single soon, so keep those ears to the ground.
Secondly, I’ll be shooting my very first music video today with the band and some good friends at Major Street Productions who have offered to help me out. I need to start googling synonyms for ‘excited’ because that seems to be the only thing I’m feeling these days. Not too sure when the release date will be, but I’m so glad it’s not going to rain today because we’re going to be outside all day.
AND finally, Robb and I recorded a couple videos last week and I’ve uploaded them to my YouTube channel (one is posted below). Our duo set is shaping up quite nicely and if you’d like to come hear us, we’ll be playing at the Tranzac on Wed. July 7 at 7:30 as part of my monthly residency there. Caylie Staples, a long time friend and musical partner, will be playing some of her ethereal compositions and will even sit in on a few tunes of mine.
I’ll be doing a full feature with INTune Magazine on June 28, where we’ll be talking about the new album and a bunch of other things. Speaking of the album, there’s some really, really big news coming down the pipeline in the next few days. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
It’s spring! It feels like Toronto changed overnight into flowers, sunshine, blue skies and no jackets. I’ve been hibernating for the past few weeks, but no more. As I step out of my cocoon, I have lots of great show announcements to share with you.
I’m really ecstatic to announce that I was accepted to play a showcase for NXNE! This will be my first time as a performer in the festival and I can’t wait to be a part of it. Come out to hear a new song and bop your head to the favourites.
In other news, Robb and I have been working on a duo set that we will be debuting on May 19 at the Holy Oak. We’ll be opening the night for Michael Tobin (a former band member and stellar composer/musician) and Jos Fortin (delicately beautiful singer/songwriter).
I will also be starting a monthly residence at the Tranzac in June that will run the first Wednesday of the month (except July) for the summer and maybe beyond. I’m particularly excited about this set of shows because of all the great acts I’ll be able to invite along. June will feature Lisa Ribout as the opener. This immensely talented woman fronts the band 10,000 Hours but will be playing acoustic material for everyone. Robb and I will reprise our duo set for this show.
And finally, this Saturday I’m singing at Poetry Jazz Cafe in Kensington. Material includes, but is not limited to, Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper Experiment and D’Angelo. This will be my first gig singing soul and I’ve been busting my ass for the last month and a half to make sure I do it justice. Come out for a drink and some baby makin’ music this Saturday.
Be on the lookout for Facebook events for exact timing and cover chargers for the shows above. More info can also be found in my “Shows” section.
What a week. I’m excited to announce that the Ontario Arts Council is graciously going to fund my debut album, Give and Grow! I couldn’t believe it when I opened the letter, it was such an incredible feeling to finally get a grant. Thank you to the OAC for their support and belief in my project. It looks like the release will be happening in September, which I’m busy organizing. I’ve got some great things planned, so stay tuned.
In other news, I have a show with the band coming up on April 10th at Free Times that should be a lot of fun. We have an hour set – the longest set we’ve played in a while – starting at 11. The whole thing is hosted by Music City North, who put on some great shows. More info is available on the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/432420813510694/