2010: Year in Review

I cer­tainly could take a les­son in keep­ing this site up-​​to-​​date. But here I am.

As 2010 begins its end, I look back and see a great year of fun and new adven­tures. Work­ing back­wards, I just fin­ished a few shows in a hired gun role play­ing key­boards and gui­tar with The Grapes of Wrath, who recently reunited after an 18 year hia­tus. Their songs are great and remind me of high school par­ties in the basement.

I moved to my own place in Toronto where I finally can stretch out and call some­thing “my home”. All I need now is a couch.

Octo­ber saw me land in Ottawa for the annual Ontario Coun­cil of Folk Fes­ti­vals Con­fer­ence (OCFF) which amounts to one of the best times of the year. Recon­nect­ing with hun­dreds of musi­cians, indus­try peo­ple, house con­cert hosts, radio per­son­al­i­ties — you name it in the world of Cana­dian folk music and it’s there. The sun­rise jam ses­sions are quite the hoot too.

In Sep­tem­ber I had the oppor­tu­nity to travel to the Mar­itimes and New­found­land, par­tially due to the energy and music of Christina Mar­tin, who invited me to play her CD release party in Hal­i­fax as well as other shows in Nova Sco­tia and New Brunswick. I’d wanted to hit the East Coast for a long time and it was worth the wait. Beau­ti­ful land, beau­ti­ful peo­ple, beau­ti­ful fish ‘n’ chips. Plus I met Anne Mur­ray!!!

The sum­mer saw a trip to the West Coast to play Vancouver’s SHOREfest where we played in front of thou­sands of semi-​​attentive beach­go­ers on Eng­lish Bay before the evening sky lit up with fire­works. It was a plea­sure to play just before Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy. You can watch a video of it here.

A tour of west­ern Canada was a high­light of the spring with sev­eral house con­certs mak­ing me real­ize that there is a way to make it pos­si­ble to be a Cana­dian musi­cian in Canada these days. Thank you to every­one who sup­ported us!

We made a good ol’ music video for the tune “I Don’t Want to Hear Another Love Song” in Feb­ru­ary. Watch it here. I’ve been for­tu­nate to have had radio play with this song on sev­eral sta­tions includ­ing national broad­cast on CBC. Thank you, radioland!

There were many more high­lights to speak of but I will save those for another time. Be good to yourself.