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One Man Band Festival: show + workship 

So very looking forward to playing at the One Man Band Festival this weekend in Montreal! This year, there are 4 days of music, at 6 different venues!! I'm at Divan Orange on Saturday night (May 25), sharing the stage with Ira Lee, Chris Velan and Oldfolks Home (our 4th show together!!). Indie Montreal is sponsoring the night and have included Robot Bomb Shelter for all your late night dancing needs!

I'm also speaking at a festival workshop that afternoon called "The Lonely Road of the One Man Band." I'll try not to cry.

my words / your art / our video 

AMAZING!!! The people of St. Catharines made wonderful artwork inspired by my song lyrics!! I loved seeing how people interpreted my lyrics differently and it was heartwarming to see people's positive reaction to the project! I was also pleased to get mentioned in the St. Catharines Standard's article on the festival!

You can see some of the artwork created, alongside the songs that the lyrics come from here: my words / your art. This experiment is part of a larger project I've been scheming about, so stay posted for more details!

Here's me, happy in the sun, as the first creations flap in the wind!

Here are many of the pieces... at the end of the night.

Thanks In the Soil and St. Catharines for another wonderful festival!

my words / your art / our video 

This year at St. Catharines' In the Soil Arts Festival, I'm going to trying an idea I've had to create "crowd-sourced" artwork. I'm asking festival goers to create artwork inspired by lyrics to my songs. That artwork will then become part of the live video mixing that Etienne will do at my performance that night. I'm going to be set up at the Festival Hub on Satruday, April 27, from 11am to about 2pm with art supplies, and then my musical performance (with live video) will be at the Festival Hub at 8pm. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turns out!!

a wee bit crazy? 

I was invited to take part in an In the Soil Arts Festival Mash-Up in which I'll be joining dancer Susanna Hood and illustrator Brittany Brooks as the three of us perform 30 minutes of interactive improvisation together! I think it's a brilliant idea, which is why I jumped at the chance! Now as I get ready for it, I'm realizing that while I have improvised with other musicians, I've never had to improvise completely on my own.... 30 minutes...just me making music with my sampler, Wurlitzer and loop pedal... eek! The event is called The Loop, and if you're in the Niagara region, come to the Mikado in St. Catharines on Saturday, April 27, 3pm to see if I can pull it off!!!

in the soil 2013! 

I'm so very excited to be going to St. Catharines again this year for the 2013 In the Soil Festival! Here's a promo video for the festival that includes images of my audience-made yarn art from last year's festival!

for the children 

The new year has begun with children's music! I've been having lots of fun writing pop/rock songs for a toy that will be out for next Christmas - can't say yet which toy, but when it's out, I'll let you know!! I also got to meet and work with some wonderful young singers! Can't wait to be able to share it with you!

Goodbye Lo Pub!  

Had such a great time at my recent show at the Lo Pub in Winnipeg - my hometown! Hamilton'sWax Mannequin and Winnipeg's Oldfolks Home were amazing! Etienne did some superb live visuals! And thanks to everyone who came out!!

The bittersweet side of things, as it turns out, is that the Lo Pub closed its doors suddenly about two weeks after this show. We all knew it was a possibility, but were shocked that it ended up happening so quickly (no fault of the owner - you can read the full story)! What a shame and such a loss to Winnipeg. Jack and the Lo Pub staff created such a wonderfully musical place that it will be very very missed!!

So... here's a photo my last ever show at the Lo Pub.