Long December Shows

18 Dec

In the middle of the Holiday Tour madness, I met so many great people, performed so many great requests and holiday songs. It’s a great feeling to make people happy over the holiday season, even through the gift of song (not the gift of an iTunes gift card). Thanks so far to all that have come out to shows..and who will come out to future shows. Setlists have appealed to kids aged of 1 to 92,

Some random memories so far

Hunt Club Members Party

Madison Crazy Piano nights

Clairvest Equity Tribal Holiday Party

ReART Film Holiday Party at CineCycle (singing ‘Chestnus roasting over an open fire)

The 2017 Holiday Tour Forecast

18 Dec

And here it is..the annual holiday tour forecast. Over 6 venues across the GTA, performing to over 1000 people in a month. A great way to finish the year. Like running a 10k race, I see the finish line and it’s on December 31st (unless I have a show on December 31st). Will look forward to performing everyone’s fave holiday classics. See you out there.

November Rain Shows

30 Nov

And November comes… The clocks fall back, it gets cold and rainy outside, it gets dark at 4pm. For me, this month is the reintroduction to the warm cozy Irish pub – Fionn Maccools. Yes it’s a corporate chain pub, but it’s been a home for me for the last 5 years. In particular – Britania, Clarkson, Davisville and Oakville GTA locations have been a great place to play Irish standards and originals. My November shows had that vibe, playing standards like ‘Black Velvet Band’, ‘Some say the devil is dead’ into classics like ‘Beast of Burden’ , or ‘Dancing in the Dark’.

With winter approaching, it’s still been a great place to play to warm crowds.

Halloween Gigs

15 Nov

Without a doubt, this years Halloween gigs at the Madison were full of craziness. Performing inside a haunted house with black lights everywhere, not to mention wearing a beast mask while singing, was completely surreal. I’m still trying to get over it. When else can I play songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Ghostbusters to Thriller. A truly crazy night that I will remember for years to come…or not.

Toronto Beer Week 2017

3 Oct

Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 9.59.18 PMFor this year’s Toronto Beer Week, I was asked again by Longo’s Grocery Store restaurant “Corks” to perform alongside a great sponsored beer –  Beau’s. It was at this event I promoted Beau’s as much as i could (by taking swigs of each of their Beer Samples). It was a great event, and as always, it a bit of surreal experience to sing songs while grocery shoppers are looking at you from below. The great highlight is always doing a ‘shout out’ to song requests from the ‘produce’ , ‘bakery’ or ‘pizza’ departments. Thanks Guys!

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JW Marriott Muskoka Audi Convention

1 Oct
Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 9.15.51 PMjwEvery summer I’ve given the opportunity to perform at Muskoka’s JW Marriott on Lake Rosseau. It’s a great show and an amazing place to play. There’s a ‘vacation’ mode in the air, with families, couples, conventions, weddings, all going on at the same time…and Live Entertainment too. It’s here where I meet so many people, and after 1 hr of hearing me sing (without even knowing who I am), they invite me to their houses to perform at their parties, or corporate events.
This years show co-insided with an Audi Quatro Golf Tournament and Corporate Convention, that hosted the entire Audi Canadian team for a weekend of meetings, hiking and probably some drinking. It was a great show, not only that employees requested ‘car’ friendly songs. The Audi Team, let me see their cars and in exchange, I just had to sing Blue Rodeo, Neil Young, Taylor Swift and Depeche Mode songs.
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Songwriting sessions at Cresswood Inn Port Carling

26 Aug
Screen Shot 2017-10-01 at 9.45.56 PMThere’s always some interesting inspiration that comes after a show in Port Carling, Muskoka.  You get back to your room and songs seem to flow faster than ever, cause your not in your usual environment of hustle, traffic and deadlines. This was the case when I played the JW Marriott and stayed at their musicians residence the Cresstwood Inn.
I could have stayed at the JW (I have before), but I wanted the experience in this Muskoka Treasure residence that countless people have stayed at. With harmonica in hand and chords to follow, it was a great place to write songs. So far, I have songs such as “Stand Back”, “A Good Time”, and “Diamond in Rough” finished. I need to get away more.
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