Patrick Brealey

The music and musings of Canadian songwriter Patrick Brealey

Born Rebels Launch Party

I’m look­ing for­ward to being part of the launch party for Born Rebels, Toronto’s newest, coolest, bitchin’est book­ing agency. I will be play­ing with The Black Pearls, everyone’s favourite Trav­el­ing Wilburys-​​inspired rock col­lec­tive fea­tur­ing yours truly (guitar/​vocals), Mike Evin (keyboards/​vocals), Cham­pagne James Robert­son (elec­tric guitar/​heliolithic voodoo), Liam Tit­comb (drums/​vocals) and Ben White­ley (bass/​corduroy pants). Also play­ing that night will be Hot Rock (Rolling Stones/​CCR/​The Band); The Mer­ce­nar­ies (50s soul & motown revival); and Tommy Young­steen (Tom Petty, Neil Young, Bruce Spring­steen). Get ready to DANCE!


Fresh Video!

Take a gan­der at this video for a new song called Who’s Fool­ing Who that we recorded and filmed at the Cameron House in Toronto in the fall of 2013. Thank you to Gaelle Legrand for the lovely film treatment!

Recording in Full Swing

I’m thrilled to let you that we started record­ing my new album this week­end and it’s sound­ing fan­tas­tic, if I do say so myself. Can’t wait for you to hear it. Lots more piano on this album.

In the mean­time, if you’re in Toronto, remem­ber to come by the Cameron House on Fri­day nights 8-​​10pm where I play with my full band and you can hear some of the new tunes in the flesh.


Horseshoe Tavern — Sept. 5

You should come to this.


10 Things Facebook Taught Me About Life

10. There is likely an algo­rithm indi­cat­ing how I can mys­te­ri­ously cre­ate enough spare time to watch 17 suc­ces­sive videos of ani­mals talk­ing in funny voices

9. I don’t speak with the peo­ple I really want to speak with often enough

8. Every­one I know is in a band and/​or has new­born babies

7. While it seems like it would take more energy to type it than the amount of energy some­one implies they pos­sess, I sup­pose it is worth let­ting every­one you know that, well, “ugh”

6. Some­times it feels nice to give some­one a thumbs up

5. If you are think­ing about get­ting a pet you should prob­a­bly think about get­ting a cat because they are hilarious!

4. Some peo­ple don’t like show­ing their own face but are happy to show you every angle of their child’s face. Everyday.

3. Humans have a nat­ural incli­na­tion to vent when: they have to wait on hold for a long time with their cell­phone provider; they get cut off in traf­fic; and when Face­book has the nerve to go and change some­thing on its own website.

2. Face­book can be really useful

1. U R hawt!! WOWEEEEE


For any­one who thought Willie Nel­son was a coun­try musi­cian. He’s just a musician.

La Belle Éparkdale

This is hap­pen­ing tonight!


Summer Shows

There are a few new gigs posted on my shows page includ­ing some fun fes­ti­vals hap­pen­ing this sum­mer. Like the Lab­Cab Fes­ti­val in Toronto’s Park­dale neigh­bour­hood. Or how about the Flower City Fes­ti­val in beau­ti­ful Bramp­ton? Let’s not for­get about La Belle Épark­dale — a won­der­ful series of con­certs put together by my tal­ented friends, fid­dler Miranda Mul­hol­land and food & wine enthu­si­ast Krysta Oben. I’ll be per­form­ing in a vin­tage shoppe called Mrs. Huizenga! And of course I will be play­ing my reg­u­lar Fri­day night res­i­dency at Toronto’s Cameron House, 8-​​10pm. More shows com­ing soon!

Tough Love

I’ve started work­ing on a new album and thought I’d share part of the process. Here is a demo for a new song called Tough Love. We recorded it in a garage! Enjoy. More to come…

Horseshoe Tavern Show

I’m pleased to announce I will play at Toronto’s Leg­endary Horse­shoe Tav­ern under my own name for the first time on Thurs­day, May 23. I will be open­ing for Amer­i­can trou­ba­dour Richard Buck­ner and Toronto’s own poetic, coun­try mis­fit NQ Arbuckle. You should come. Really.

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