Banff video and Montreal band show this week!

Hello my dears

The year of unending celebrity depletion is sputtering to a close and I’m soaking up the snow here in Montreal, buckling down for the winter…

Since I last wrote to you some footage from my time in the mountains at Banff has emerged.  You can watch a little piece about Richard Reed Parry’s (Arcade Fire) Music for Heart and Breath concert I took part in (with my favourite jumper and luminous stethoscope) below.  We’ve also got a 6-piece band show coming up in Montreal this Saturday 17th at Casa Del Popolo where we’ll be playing at least 3 brand new songs.  Hope to see you all soon, and if I don’t – Happy New Year to you all!

Montreal band show this Saturday!

I’ve roped in mr. Michael Feuerstack (guitar, lapsteel), Stefan Schneider (percussion), Alex Thibault (drums), Gregory Burton (euphonium, percussion), Tessa Kautzman (bass) to play with me this Saturday and it will be a very celebratory night with our good friends Wander Years – there are still some tickets left online, and I look forward to seeing you Montrealers down there!

Dec 17, Montreal, QC: (presented by Blue Skies Turn Black) Casa Del Popolo || TICKETS || FACEBOOK

Heart and Breath video

I had a really special time in the Rockies this autumn, and an undoubted highlight was taking part in a performance of Richard Reed Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath.  The concept behind the music is that the tempo is decided by each individual musician’s heartbeat (hence the stethoscopes) and breath duration.  I played some guitar, piano and clarinet, where the dry mountain air made it a real challenge to keep the reed wet, and my over-caffeinated heartbeat meant that I was usually racing well ahead of everyone else.  You can hear Richard talk about the piece and see some footage of rehearsals and the performance right here.

That’s all for now, but keep your ears peeled – the new album is drawing closer to completion by the day, and there’ll be a very special Montreal orchestral performance coming up in March next year!



New Video and Quebec Show

Towards the end of Montreal’s sweltering summer, local artist and musician Nicholas Schofield put together a beautiful new video for the Go On album track Unfazed.  It features Alexia Avina (of Best Fern), and you can watch it right HERE.

Show in Montreal

Leading up to festive times, PBS will be sharing a show with our dear friends Wander Years.  It’s happening at Casa, and it will be a busy one, so get your tickets early!  in Montreal I’ll be playing with the band that toured Europe last year of Mike Feuerstack, Tessa Kautzman, Gregory Burton and Alex Thibault, and maybe even a few special non-denominational Christmas guests (if you’re lucky, which you probably will be)!

Dec 17, Montreal, QC: (Presented by Blue Skies Turn Black) Casa Del Popolo || TICKETS || FACEBOOK

Montreal/Toronto Shows Backing up Camille Delean and Andrew Sisk

Coming up this weekend I’ll be joining Michael Feuerstack to back up Camille Delean.  Camille’s in the process of putting the finishing touches to her beautiful debut album (produced by Mike), and I’m very happy to have been asked to get onboard in the run up to this release.  We play Montreal this Saturday 19th at Petit Campus opening for Jim Bryson (Tragically Hip, the Weakerthans), then head up to the Burdock in Toronto Sunday 20th.  Tickets and further details below, and while you wait for the album, you can watch the video for Camille’s beautiful track Black Sail here.

I’ll be back at the Burdock one week later (if it ain’t broke, etc., etc…) to play some clarinet with Andrew Sisk.  I had the pleasure of recording some woodwind arrangements for Andrew’s upcoming record, and it will be great to play them live for the first time.  In between these shows I’ll be finishing recording the bed tracks for the new album with a couple of gems known as Marshall Bureau (drums) and JJ Ipsen (bass).

Camille Delean

19 Nov:  Montreal, QC:  Petit Campus w/Jim Bryson || TICKETS
20 Nov:  Toronto, ON:  Burdock, 1184 Bloor Street West   || TICKETS

Andrew Sisk (with the Two Minute Miracles)

27 Nov:  Toronto, ON:  Burdock, 1184 Bloor Street West || TICKETS





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