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.

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.

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.