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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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GTA August Tour Shirt

16 Aug
I’ve always been saying it would be great to have my own ‘tour’ t-shirt. In a month, I’ve managed to perform at least 10+ shows, in different venues across the Greater Toronto Area while remaining sane and balancing to the other things in my life. This coming August was no contest, as I had so many shows to mention. What better way to promote my show dates than having a guy with deadlocks turn his back with each date spread across his back in a 100% polyester track suit top jacket. Super imposed? No way, this is even better than the real thing.
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Summer in your city shows

13 Jul

When the hot weather arrived, it arrived with new stage clothes – a vest.

Its almost essential wardtrobe for a musician…I never realized it, but there are so many musician performers who wear a vest. The 1980’s saw the rise of the ‘pirate’ look vest – long hair, earring, no shirt and vest. I wont dare do that in 2017.

In the 90’s the vest kinda died. With the invention of the ‘hipster’ it has risen from the musical grave. Mumford and Sons, Monsters of Men, Edward Sharpe, they all rock the vest.

My vest is from J.Crew. Where’s yours from?

And here it is, during a hot summer show at Oakville’s Fionn MacCools.

The Burgerfest Show

28 Jun

Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 7.33.05 AMI love hamburgers, and when the head office restaurant of Kelsey’s asked me to perform for their 2017 Burgerfest, I could only say “please compensate me with 5 gourmet burgers”. That’s fake news (they paid me in cash), but I did have the pleasure of sampling 3 different burgers (see below and guess which ones), while performing feel good summer songs such as “Summer of 69”, and “Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard” and “Shake it Off” (yes Taylor Swift). I also had the pleasure of announcing to all patrons that “Free” samples were being passed around, and to grab one before I do. Screen Shot 2017-07-12 at 7.33.25 AMBy the end of this show, I felt like Elvis in 1977 – bloated with weird digestive issues, yet still able to sing at 100%. My last songs was a medley of song requests from patrons who might have ate too many burgers, but had a great time  – Try (Blue Rodeo) – Piano Man (Billy Joel) – Time After Time (Cyndy Lauper) – Shut Up and Dance with me (Sorry forgot who sang that) and last Band on the Run (Paul McCartney). A great night by all, thanks Kelsey’s for the take away meal!IMG-6014

Instagram Audience Shows

17 May

 

Always great to get random people snap a pic with their smart phone, then magically vanish from existence. Then like a person on TMZ, magically see your face on someones Instagram page being hash-tagged (#toronto, #oakville, #GTA, #905, #416) with a cool 1970’s filter attached to it. It promotes you, and it promotes the establishment you play at – free PR!

Does it fulfill your ego? Not really. Does it make you feel good? Yes, because the music must be doing something right, that someone needs to take a pic to post it.

Its been a while, but I’ll need to start re-thinking what it all means – by taking a pic, your essentially like a PR agent now, and that helps! At the same time, you could be psycho too. But it’s really not worth the time the figure that out. What matters is that i like to think of everyone as ‘anyone’, and anyone is my friend.

Cheers’ to the people who’ve taken shots over the course of the last 10 shows I did. With the development of the Instagram stories, it’s only a matter of time that the videos will follow. Follow me on instgram at:

 

…and a last cheers to the person who actually took a photo with a digital camera the good old fashioned way.