2017 Live Streaming Styles

29 Jan

screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-3-49-25-pmWay back in 2000 I lived in London England, and performed at a great place called the 12barClub. Friends and family watched from home in Canada as I performed. The sound and resolution wasn’t the best but still..tech-neology was promising. Fast forward to 2017 where social media tools like Perescope and Facebook live are the current norm for live Video. So on Friday Jan.17th I did just that, live broadcasted shows. So much unexpected fun.


Links to watch live below from 2 separate Jan.2017 shows:




Thank You 2016!

8 Jan

I would like to take this opportunity to thank myself for all my hard work in performing across the GTA (and Muskoka) to at least over 5000 people in 2016. It wouldn’t have been as successful if I didn’t try as hard as I did. In particular I would like to thank those people who hired me and rehired me, and re-rehired me for their events. Thanks and all the best to everyone (including myself) in 2017. Cheers to all these wonderful establishments.


New Years Eve Gig a Thon

1 Jan

As 2016 drew to a close, i had the pleasure of performing at Torontos Great Paupers Pub. A great night, it was the 1st time I ever ‘hosted’ a New Years Eve, meaning; I was the guy who spoke to the crowd and did the ‘countdown’. 10, 9,4,6,2,8 etc. Looking at people’s faces, some looked ‘happy’, others looked ‘depressed’. Tis life  – Happy New Year! screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-3-10-50-pm


Holiday Event Central

20 Dec

screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-2-31-36-pmThe holiday season is filled with so many shows at so many venues. For a events marketing musician type like me it’s an amazing time to see so many people and connect musically to them with holiday standards (jingle bell rock) unheard classics (land of misfit toys) and newer classics (all I want for Christmas is you). The one show this December that stuck out to me was for the good folks of Clairvest Equity Management.screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-2-32-26-pmFounded in 1987, Clairvest is a Toronto-based private equity management firm with approximately C$1.6 billion of equity capital under management. – They had their holiday party at a great restaurant called “Speducci Mercatto”.
When I arrived I was met with many meat hooks and the friendly executive staff at Clairvest. screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-2-38-57-pmAs the party started it was clearly evident that the staff had song requests. And such screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-2-52-47-pmgreat unheard requests that made even a couple (who might have been 90yrs old) dance. Other honourable mention holiday parties that came to mind over the holiday season included the  Hunt Club Members Only party, The Reel Heart and StoneBrooke Holiday events. Somethings weren’t mean to be, but thanks for the invite to these parties!

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Songbook Street Cred. vs iPad Tablet

15 Nov

screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-1-07-14-pm As the US election dawned on me and everyone else in the world, I was re-organizing my song book on that cold late Tuesday night. Looking at my setlists for ‘Millennials’ (and the other generations)screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-1-12-19-pm I realized I needed an iPad tablet more than ever before. Sure I get ‘street cred’ on having a book that’s falling apart, but in terms of portability I’ll soon need 2 cars due to the size of the book. screen-shot-2017-01-29-at-1-02-54-pmAfter trump won, and I realized the world has changed,  I was left in a daze, I realized I had at least 800 songs at disposal and 2 key setlists

“snapd” Offline and Online

18 Oct

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-27-37-pmOver the last month, I’ve performed more in my hometown of Oakville more than downtown Toronto or those other 905 suburbs. It’s weird how these things happen, but I had 5 gigs all in row, all within a mile radius of each other in Oakville.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-58-44-pm

This included the Oakpark Fall Fair (which is in my neighbourhood), the Denny’s Car Wash 100 Guys Who Care Charity Show, a Craft Beer Week Show at Longo’s Corks Restaurant on behalf of Cameron’s Brewery, as well as a show at Kelsey’s Restaurant, and Glen Abbey Golf Courses Eighteen Lounge.
With every show, there’d be photographers, and you never know exactly ‘who’ these photographers are (i.e TMZ?), but I determined that some of these photographers are probably from “snapd” – the community newspaper that is circulated in Oakville (and other GTA areas). They cover everything  going on in the community and the newsletter/paper is a staple across the GTA for every region.
And I guess I was right, as I opened their latest edition, and saw a pic of myself at the Oakpark Fall Fair, and another pic aswell as Online (oakville.snapd.com) for the 100 Guys Who Care Charity show. Again, you never know who is watching you, but in this case, it was a welcome surprise. Thanks “snapd Oakville” for the free PR !

The Political Sports Gig – Blue Jays, Trump Clinton Debate

12 Oct

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-07-51-pmThanksgiving Weekend in Canada is a time of reflection, and packing up the dreams of the past summer, to welcome Autumn, Jackets, Pants, and attitudes of the end of another year.

The 2016 Thanksgiving weekend was one in Toronto that was particularly ‘crazy’ as summer baseball continued. The Toronto Blue Jays were just on the cusp of winning their spot in a American league final, and at the same time – the crazy US debate of Presidential Nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was going on – at the same time. I’m sure (i know i was) we were all  turning back and forth from Trump to Jays, from Jays to Trump. It was such a nutty night. screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-05-41-pm

I was slated at performing just outside Rogers Center at the Fox Fiddle City Centre. It was nuts – people all decked out in their Blue Jays uniforms tense and hopefull.

And at 10:30pm as the Jays won the game, and Toronto and Canada went nuts – the cheering was insane inside the Fox aswell as outside on the street…and at the same time, people were talking about Trump and Clinton (while cheering)..what a weird world we live in.

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-11-10-45-pmI myself was asked to start performing, so i kicked off one of the longest straight shows i’ve done, performing from 10:30pm to 1:30am straight (no breaks) – leading a crowd of 300+ Torontoians in chants, songs, and claps. I’ve never heard so much ‘cheering’ for my songs ever before. It was nuts, but the ‘high’ of that night (Sunday Oct.9th) will live for a couple more weeks in my brain.