Archive | September, 2016

100 Guys Who Care / Denny’s Car Wash – Charity Show

29 Sep

img_0276It’s not everyday you get to perform at a car wash, and at the same time help a local charity. Infact I don’t know any fellow musician peers who ever had the opportunity to perform while soap, water, and dryer vents pumped around them cleaning sports cars.

The charity “100 Guys Who Care” is a GTA based Charity “man only group” that basically ‘networks’, and ‘raises and donates’ to a charity voted as ‘best’ of the groups choice. Their September location for their event was Denny’s Car Wash in Oakville. A great location, I alongside ‘The Ol fashion Butchery’ of Oakville , and my friends at ‘Cameron’s Brewery’ put on a great show of – Burgers – Beer and Live Music, while sports cars graced the backdrop.screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-10-12-56-pm

I remember the moon looking so bright as I sang Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ as well as singing Tragically Hips “Wheat Kings” , transforming a Charity Event to a night at the Cottage – with grand sports cars.

In the end the organizers thanked me and told me that it was an ‘over the top’ event . A great time had by all, for such a great cause. Thanks Guys!


A Hard Day’s GPS Night – Double Gigs

10 Sep

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-9-25-03-pmTo me, the true test of any performer is to see if you can do mulitple gigs in 1 day –  in different locations. When i was a kid, in 1985 I saw on TV Phil Collins perform (the song ‘Against All Odds’) in London UK, then hop onto a plane and perform (Yes the same song ‘Against All Odds’) in Philadelphia USA. All within 15hrs. In 1985 (ok, today, it would be faster).2

In the 1960’s Bealtes would do 2-3 shows a day – afternoon, evening, night in different cities and performers like Sinatra and Elvis in the 70’s would do afternoon, evening, and midnight shows.

3In the early 1990’s U2 would do a show in Italy, fly back to Dublin Ireland, work on their album Zooropa, sleep on a plane and do a show the next day in Germany. How they got through this lifestyle was – uhh, i have not idea (i don’t think they had RedBull in the 1960’s), but its kinda the ‘performer’ code to do double shows when your in demand.

I myself am ‘in demand’ right now – being thrusted into ‘multiple gig territory’. The current record for me was 4 shows in 2 days. – Thursday Kelseys Burloak, 6:30pm – 9:30pm to Madison 10:30pm – 1:30am, and  Friday – Davisville Fionn MacCools – 7:30pm to  10pm and back to again the Madison 10:30pm – 1:30am.

Here’s a map of my driving routes over the last month.