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“The Way to San Jose” Burt Bacharach tribute show at Hugh’s Room on Feb 27th was a blast. Here are Kurt Swinghammer, Mia Sheard and Lori Cullen joining me on “Close To You”

FullSizeRenderIMG_0794Singing the finale with Kurt Swinghammer, Ron Sexsmith, Mia Sheard, John Alcorn, and Lori Cullen.     photos – Christian Bobak

Hola Cuba! I caught some rays and some intensive singing training earlier this month at the Worldsongs music workshop in  Matanzas, Cuba. Got to sing every day under the direction of Cuba’s Dr. Jose Antonio Mendez, and Toronto’s Andrew Craig and Alan Gasser. We also cabbed it around Havana one weekend and caught some incredible live music. Musicians there do so much with so little – the level of musicianship is really high even though it’s hard for them to get their hands on good  working equipment. Andrew brought drum heads and sticks to give out to the bands we saw, and they were much appreciated. If you’re ever headed to Cuba and plan to hear some music, take some some strings and picks! It was such an interesting trip.

We’re kicking off the month with an appearance at the Paddock in Toronto on Feb. 7th with Sarah Burton and Bluebelle.  And on Saturday Feb. 27th I’ll be singing songs in The Way to San Jose – The Music of Burt Bacharach at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. I’ve always been a big Bacharach fan so I’m really excited to be joining  some of this city’s top artists to be a part of this special night.

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Boxes of Poems

Barzin just put out a collection of previously unreleased recordings called moonpalace ep. I sang on one of these songs some time ago, and now its surfacing on this lovely EP. (you can hear me near the end of “Boxes of Poems”)

New year, new music

The Prince Brothers and I have been jamming together, and more recently we’ve been getting together to write and record. The result is a brand new single, called “Artificial Heart” and we’re really excited about it – release date soon so stay tuned!

1556271_10153720771735241_719799142_oMixing day with Michael Wojewoda

This month I played the Village Vinyl Music Emporium and Cafe in the west end of Toronto. Its one of those places –  proprietors Keith and Karyn are huge supporters of local musicians. When you play in a record store you know you’re playing for real music lovers, and I love people who love music so the feeling is mutual. More places like this please!

With Rob Macdonald and Peter King

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