Periscope Live World Broadcasts

16 May

The 1st half of 2017 has been one of reaching more audiences far and wide. That means, not only performing but broadcasting performances to as many people ‘online’ as found via the great programs and apps that our technology allows. After experimenting with Facebook live I have also experimented with Twitters Live Broadcast tool – Periscope.

This allows me to broadcast shows to more people I don’t know – around the world. So far the feedback has been fantastic, people in the U.S, UK, Europe, even South Korea (not North) have watched a show and commented. As the summer season approaches I’ll look forward to broadcasting more shows.

Here’s a link to recent show using Periscope (where you can’t see me, only hear me)

(How to multitask in 2017 – singing while Facetiming someone while on Periscope)

St.Paddys Day Madness

20 Mar

It’s not enough to have 1 gig on St.Patricks Day. No, it’s better to have  2 back to back, within the same neighbourhood. That way you can reach more people and breath in the buzz. With my buzz intact, I performed a stellar set “Irish Standards” at Paupers (a venue that always invites me back for their biggest events – New Years, St.Paddys etc.) 4:30pm – 8:30pm and after headed to my other home – The Madison for a show 10:00pm – 1:30am. Upon arriving at the Madison, I saw a lineup that extended for at least a city block –  all to see me perform. When I approached and bypassed the lineup, people actually started recognizing me, screaming and yelling song requests –  how weird is that? When performing, I managed to film a majority of the night, and in so doing, edited a 3.5hr show into 10 minutes. It was like running a 10K. 8hrs straight of singing is possible!

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here is a direct link to FB live show

2017 Live Streaming Styles

14 Feb

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 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