I just finished updating my gig calendar. Either I’m blessed with variety, or my upcoming musical outings are quite exemplary of my genre schizophrenia. Either way, I’m having a great time. Here’s a more in depth look into a few of these dates:
Nov 29th. I play with psychedelic rock/noise makers Fresh Snow as often as I can. This show is particularly cool in that it is in support of the Artists Health Alliance, which has helped through some stiff situations as I go for massage and physio at this very centre + I’m mega passionate about what this organization does!
Fresh Snow has been included in a cassette tape just released by T.O indie label Hand Drawn Dracula, ”Milkin’ It,” a tribute to Nirvana’s In Utero by 17 local bands. The lads/Fresh Snow crafted their own take on a Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge + I added a pinch of viola. This compilation is a damn good snapshot of the T.O. indie scene, and it’s available in record stores across town and for free download. Note that Fresh Snow will also be hit dropping at a dope event at The Great Hall on Dec. 13th.
Dec. 1st. We/the Boxcar Boys specialize in playing original tunes drawing from dixieland, new orleans, Klezmer, gypsy and western swing influences. We’re celebrating our recent CFMA nomination and will be kicking off December by taking over the back room of the Tranzac, feat. old time superstars Sheesham & Lotus. Advance tickets are available here + I personally guarantee attendees much joy and merriment or a personal refund. We’re also about to kick off a bi-weekly series Saturday afternoons (Starting on Dec. 7th) at C’est What featuring classic Dixieland tunes and special guests between 3 – 6pm.
Dec. 5. Gates is a drone/doom metal band. I’m stoked to be included as a guest on this adventure, and it’s always a treat to play at the Music Gallery. Sonically, this music is extremely dense, aggressive and oppressive… in a very loud and magnificent kind of way! Adv. tickets are available at Soundscapes. Earplugs are required. No joke. I will have extra pairs on me.
Meanwhile, Trent Severn is prepping for our contribution to the 12th Annual “Way We Feel”: A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Lightfoot event at Hugh’s room on Jan 17th, 18th & 19th, 2014. I’m humbled to be a part of this show. Awesome performer list + advance tickets available here.
Also, I wish that I had not closed my eyes in what could have been a great picture with Gordon L. taken backstage at the Ottawa Folk Festival in Sept. But heck, it ain’t easy lookin’ good on the internet all the time!! BUT, I did brush shoulders with the man who wrote Ghosts of Cape Horn. Holy moly.
Admittedly, the contrast within my musical life as presented above is absurd, but I like to think that all of these different joys balance me out in some freaky way.
Simultaneously, I’m teaching 39 students a week right now, and I must say that I’ve never felt so (lovingly) exasperated by, and yet so enthused by strings and a bow… so I thought I’d better double the fun and pick up a pick and start learning how to play the mandolin More on this soon!