Hello music fans.
I hope you had a great summer. I enjoyed mine very much- I spent a lot of time in the countryside, but I took in a lot of festivals around southern Ontario. It was nice to be a spectator but I concede there were a number of times I was missing performing. Huge thanks to fellow songwriter Scott Doyle for inviting me up to sing on the main stage of the Canterbury Festival in Ingersoll in early July. I won’t soon forget that experience.
I switched gears and tried my hand at odd jobs around the barn. I also did some temporary work at hospitals in Kitchener. It was all very labour-intensive and I believe it did me the world of good. If anything, I picked up some new skills. I received praise for my work ethic and earned a few extra dollars to add to my record collection.
My mom’s retirement party was another major event in my summer. People had the most wonderful things to say and I was a proud son. I heard hilarious stories about her antics and idiosyncrasies. I learned a lot but the most significant lesson from that day: love what you do, do it with kindness and sincerity, and don’t forget to laugh. Mom, you’re a genius in my books.
I’m very excited to announce my upcoming shows. I’m rather itchy to play and travel again.
Check out my gig list below!
Saturday, September 8 @ 8pm ~ OneFortyFive, 145 King street, St. Catharines:
I’ll be playing an intimate concert with the support of local songwriter, Anthony Sweet. The few times I’ve been to St. Catharines to play the crowd has been enthusiastic and very good looking. www.onefortyfive.ca
Friday, September 14th @ noon ~ St. George’s Square, Wyndham Street, Guelph:
If there’s one thing I can count on at a St. George’s Square gig, it’s the dancing kids. Downtown Lynn Broughton and her awesome crew organize outdoor live music every Friday from June to September. Bring a lunch or support a local food vendor. I feel very proud to be included in the annual lineup. www.downtownguelph.com
Friday, September 14th @ 8pm ~ Elora Centre for the Arts, Melville Street, Elora:
I’m going to be the feature performer at the Elora Acoustic Cafe. Bring your talent and taste and play a song at the open stage, or simply come to listen. You won’t regret it. There’s a magic about that place. www.theeloraacousticcafe.com
Saturday, September 15th @ 2pm ~ Salvation Army Community Fair, 415 Pickering Crescent, Newmarket:
The Salvation Army will be having a late summer’s fete and I’m thrilled to take part. My father used to sing the praises for the Salvation Army because of how much they helped people in need. In July I bought a beautiful fedora at the Acton Sally Ann to wear in the sun. I just might wear it on this day. www.northridgecommunitychurch.com
Sunday, September 16th is the annual Terry Fox Run. I’ll be running like a madman along the Barrie waterfront that morning before continuing north. Please support the cause in any way you can.
Sunday, September 16th @ 8pm ~ Widgawa Lodge, Killarney Park, Widgawa Road, Whitefish Falls:
Friends Josh and Connie have invited me to their wilderness lodge to play an outdoor concert around the campfire. If they like what they hear, I just might do the exact same thing the next night. I can’t wait. www.widgawalodge.ca
Wednesday, September 26th @ 9pm ~ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Avenue, Toronto:
I really need to play Toronto more frequently, don’t I? Thanks to Dawn and Marra, I’ve been added to their bill along with Gillian Nicola. www.thepaintedlady.ca
Sunday, September 30th @ 9pm ~ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham Street North, Guelph:
The Cornerstone is a very hip place; they offer a great vegetarian menu, they have a groovy staff, and they’ve hosted some of the finest musical acts in Canada. Thanks, Spencer for the invitation to play once again. I love this room.
Next month I’ll be heading to the east coast and I’ll post the dates for that tour as soon as possible. If you know any music fans in eastern Canada, please spread the word that I’ll be heading that way. I’m still booking shows and am open to venue suggestions. In the meantime, thanks for reading and supporting me.