A few months ago, before the wonderful summer weather rolled into Toronto the lake at Cherry Beach was frozen solid. Here’s a video of me trying to play through a new song before my fingers froze up too! Thanks to friend, Michael Galita for the great camera work.
The final mixes are in with the help of friend, Matt Bailey, who I recorded four songs with at the Gas Station studio on Toronto Island back in January. I’ll be releasing them over the summer as well as playing a couple of gigs around Toronto for any interested ears. More details in the near future. For now here’s a rough cut of one of the tunes, The Rabbit and the Dog, set to some moving images.
We’ve been busy the last couple of days and have travelled from Halifax to Montréal. There’s lots to write about but in the interest of brevity here are some of my highlights from the last two days: Donair pizza and Peggy’s cove, Jesse Brown, the hospitality of the staff at Plan B, in Moncton, the hammock I slept in, reconnecting with friends, the framed glamour shots of old country and bluegrass bands on the wall of Jean’s diner, the Stogies, Tim Horton’s, the great sounding room and the delicious BBQ wrap at Café Cagibi, Pamela, the Salten Sea, and the view from our host’s window tonight in Montréal.
For every Haligonian that didn’t come to the show at Gus’ Pub last night, a million drops of rain fell…Or, maybe it was the crazy rain that kept the crowds at bay. We still had fun and reconnected with our east coast friend Dave Bradshaw. Our other friend ‘Dangerous Dave’ whom we met in Saskatoon last summer also came out and we wound up back at his place jamming until the wee hours of the morning. With a free day in Halifax today we drove out to Peggy’s cove and got a slice of donair pizza into us at ‘pizza corner’ before hitting the road to Plan B in Moncton.
The flight from Toronto’s island airport went smoothly to Halifax where I met up with Rob before our final hop over the water to Newfoundland. We rented a car and drove out to Cape Spear and gazed off the edge of the earth in the cold wind. After playing CBTG’s last night we have now successfully played in every Canadian province, plus one territory in the last six months. The staff and other bands were great hosts and we played late into the night with everything culminating in a jam with the opening band. Thanks to Bob for providing us a place to crash for the night. After some lobster eggs benny we are back on our way to play Gus’ Pub in Halifax tonight.
It’s been a long cold winter mostly spent under the radar or fulfilling my duties as chief guitar player for the Keyframes. Back in January, I managed to get a few new songs in the can out at the Gas station studio with the help of the talented Matt Bailey. I’m excited to share these with any interested ears this coming spring. But today, I’m writing to draw your attention to some upcoming shows east of T.O. with fellow Keyframe Rob Webster. In the coming week we’ll be hitting St. John’s, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, and Kingston, playing a mix of our solo tunes and Keyframes classics. If you happen to be in any of these towns on the dates posted to your right please come by and say hello. It’s the people you meet on the road that makes a long journey worth while.
Stay tuned for pics and updates along the way.
Just a quick post to direct some attention towards the work of a talented, long time friend and collaborator, Fotis Kanteres. These are some press shots from a couple of years back. Currently, I’m helping him score a documentary he is filming called Unrecorded Spirits: Life in Mayan Guatemala. It’s an interesting and worth while project that I’m excited to be a part of so please take the time to check it out.
From the Apollo in Thunder Bay we headed along the shores of lake Superior once more to Sault Ste Marie. We camped out at the same campground where we had spent our very first night of the tour. It was a nice way to bookend the trip. Until this tour, I had never really travelled by car so extensively. It was a great experience. Seeing so much of the country has given me a new appreciation and understanding of Canada. Just getting a sense of how big this country is has in a strange way made it feel smaller. I don’t think going to Kingston will ever feel like a long drive again. One of the things I love about travelling to new places is the constant flow of new experiences. It has a way of slowing down time while it’s happening and at the same time, once it’s over it seems to have passed by in the blink of an eye.
The people along the way were wonderful. Thank you to everyone who came to the shows, gave us a meal or a place to sleep for the night, to old friends and new friends who made the trip the amazing experience it was.
Finally, thank you to my travelling companion and band mate Rob Webster. I came up with the idea to drive to Dawson City and across Canada last winter and he was the one who made it happen. His tireless work of booking shows, planning routes and drive times, and finding places to eat or crash for the night made things go off without a hitch. All the while he restrained from punching me in the mouth for 14,000Km of my clueless questions: Where are we? What highway is this again? How do you spell the name of that lake we camped at last night? What time are we playing tonight? When do we have to get up tomorrow? And on and on and on. It’s been a blast.
Thanks for reading,