April 2014 ~ I wrote a song "La Belle Province" that I'd like to share. I've recorded a rough cut of it this week and am still working on it, but wanted people to give it a listen in hopes this song might spark some comments and discussion around the themes in the song. The song is in French, I wrote the song while I was in Quebec City this past fall, the catalyst for the song was the "Charter of Quebec Values" and being immersed in the Quebec culture for a few days, I've been working on it since then. Feel free to download it and share it and discuss.
Have a listen ~ La Belle Province
2014 ~ I've recently joined a band called Rock Stock and Barrel, we are doing a mix of originals and some covers from various artists from Sass Jordan to the Black Crowes. Our band consists of Lee Ann McLellan (Lead vocals, guitar), Sue Murphy (Vocals), Dave Wentzell (Bass), Jamie Tait (Keys) and Chris Payne (Drums) and myself (Lead guitar, lead vocals). We're currently recording and have a few gigs coming up. Hope to see you out!
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2013 ~ Bridging Borders seeks to foster discussion on a variety of important topics while bringing together artists, mainly musicians but other artists as well from different artistic disciplines, styles and cultures. Our important topic this month is "Homelessness" and our artists this month were Film-maker Jo-Ann Oosterman, Reggae artist Christopher Leblanc and Israeli artist Michael Greilsammer.
January 1, 2013 - Happy New Year all! Each new step feels like a step towards a brighter future for all people! It has been an incredible year and this year will be more incredible!
December 31, 2012 - Big Easy Sundays sadly has come to an end. Christopher Leblanc Jordan King joined me for an evening of Acoustic music at the Grind each Sunday at the Daily Grind for close to 4 months. We had a great time together with our modest but receptive and engaged audience. We, along with Chef Wayne on Cajun cooking and Shawn at the bar nurtured a warm and inviting atmosphere on Sunday nights, we'll miss you Big Easy's.
October 20, 2012 - I am opening for Cory M. Coons - http://www.facebook.com/events/207758752688646/ on November 3rd at the McCloskey Hotel in Chesterville! As well come out for a southern treat any Sunday at the Daily Grind! Any time after 6, we get started for 7 at Big Easy Sundays. I look forward to seeing you out!
September 30, 2012 - The Daily Grind's Big Easy Evening, and Focus on Development, an organization I am associated with, hosted a benefit for Children's Education in Haiti, it was a great event! Special thanks to Chef Wayne and the Daily Grind, thanks to the performers Jordan King, Christopher Leblanc, Kristine St. Pierre, Arif Jinha, Julie Catalyst, Oliver Davies and Maxim Banjo Man. It was a truly inspirational evening! The event was also livestreamed and Jacky of FATEM, the organization we are contributing to spoke to us by Skype.
July 26, 2012 - On August 13th the Big Easy Evening is going to get started at the Daily Grind - 601 Somerset street W. 7 - 10pm, the cover is $5 or pay what you can. There will be southern cooking and a mix of Southern style Blues, Reggae and Folk music. I will be performing a mix of my own as well as some select classic folk songs. Chris Dread from Jamaica and Jordan Rain out of Mississippi will also be playing. Coming up August 4th, I'll be doing a set at Summerfest 2012, in Wakefield QC - A benefit for the Chelsea Women's Shelter, should be a great event, looking forward it!
Great night tonight at Bassline Station, performed with Fred on drums and a variety of other musicians, great fun! I also performed last night, Wednesday July 25, at the Rainbow Bistro, with other Ottawa songwriters, a very warm and gracious crowd out. I performed a new song, Borealis Expedition - a story about Canada's International Northern expedition that left port 99 years ago this past month.
This past weekend was a quite momentous event, a party in celebration of Shaun Clare's birthday, a long time dear friend of mine who I began my career as a musician with many years ago. I played an Acoustic set and 3 sets with 3 different bands that Shaun and I had played with over the years, The Source, Headless Puppets and The Rideau River Revival, It turned out to be an amazing day and amazing time!
This past year I've played a series of smaller events, two Full moon celebrations, as well as a benefit for the Wakefield Tree Sitters who tried in vain to have the Route 5 extension changed to decrease the impact on the Forest and Wildlife. This brave group is still fighting this battle.
November 27, 2011 - I undertook a big challenge this fall in entering Ottawa's Digi60 film festival. As a songwriter, and a lover of film, I've always wanted to make a documentary, I shot a short drama a few years ago but have finally completed my first mini documentary, it is 8 minutes long and will be screened at the Digi60 Film festival on Dec. 2, 2011. If you've been wondering what this Occupy movement is all about, then I'd encourage you to come out for the screening. I dedicate the film to all of those across the world, who have put themselves at risk through their involvement in this movement, in the hope their action could contribute to a fairer, more empathetic world.