Happy December everyone!! I’m heading out of town for the next couple weeks to write some new songs, with only books, a guitar, and the December birds chirping to keep me company. See you on the flip side, when I’m perhaps a little crazier, but have some new songs to share! In the meantime, I hope you are getting into the holiday spirit. Enjoy my version of ‘The First Noel’ I filmed with a lovely blog called Fresh Independence HERE.
Take care and send me good songwriting vibes!
I’m happy to share with you a brand NEW song today…it’s quite different then what you might be expecting!! ‘Chasing Shadows’ is a song that Victoria band Towers and Trees and I wrote and recorded together in 2 all night sessions this summer at PEAK Performance Project Bootcamp. We chose to write an upbeat pop song, an excellent challenge for two folk groups! Thanks to Winston Hauschild and Dwayne Morgan for recording with us and thanks to the T&T boys for being such great guys to work with!!
Enjoy! Free download here:
Last video from the Songwriter’s Circle for Music Heals. It features Head of the Herd playing an acoustic version of ‘Knock Me Down’ featuring yours truly on guest vocals. Enjoy!
Ryan Guldemond from Mother Mother singing a ‘song never sung into a mic before’ at the Songwriter’s Circle for Music Heals last week. SO GOOD!!
New video is out! A cover of the classic Canadian band The Tragically Hip. Performed with my friends in Head of the Herd. Make sure to get your vote in for me in this year’s Peak Performance Project too! http://peakperformanceproject.com/vote/
Second video from the Songwriter’s Circle featuring Dominique Fricot!
The Songwriter’s Circle for Music Heals helped raise over $2000 for MusicHeals. WOW! Check out the amazing Hilary Grist leading the crowd along in an audience participation tune!
Very happy to be included in the Everyday Music Project. I chose to sing ‘One Eyed Jack’ a story I wrote about a sailor, that has haunted me ever since I put pen to page. We filmed it last weekend before my show at The Rogue Folk Club in Vancouver.
"EveryDayMusic is about how important music is in our daily lives and I’m finding songs about everyday livin’, places, people, things that move us and give us hope (inspiration). Those songs that sum up an artists’ perspective on life. "
I’m currently organizing an ipod drive for Music Heals, a foundation that promotes music therapy in BC. If you have an old ipod/mp3 collecting dust at home you can donate it to be used by music therapists in hospitals, youth centres, palliative care etc. Pretty neat way to make a difference!
Donation boxes (as seen in my lovely promo photo) can be found at the following amazing businesses:
Long & McQuade Musical Instruments across BC
The Biltmore Cabaret
Nimbus School of Recording Arts
Open Door Yoga
Let me know if you have any questions about this initiative running until next Tuesday!!
My friend Angela dropped by last night, during rehearsal for a wedding we are playing this weekend. She got some footage of our version of James Taylor’s ‘Shower the People’ one of my very favourite songs. Enjoy!
Leathan Milne on guitar. Alexa Hauka on cello. Angela Stearns video.
Tickets are now on sale for my charity fundraiser, a Songwriter’s Circle for Music Heals.
Oct 15 - 8:00pm early show - featuring an amazing group of Vancouver songwriters, as well as a full set from my band.
Tickets here: www.northerntickets.com
Facebook event here:https://www.facebook.com/events/512274332199648/
Or at Zulu or Redcat.
Wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to my Peak Performance Showcase this past Thursday night. I had an absolute blast singing and dancing for you all! A huge highlight was singing the Canadian Classic ‘New Orleans is Sinking’ with my friends Head of the Herd, hope to get a video up online of that!!
Hope everyone is having an awesome weekend!
I’m very excited to share with you a charity initiative that I’ve been working on, for a great organization called Music Heals.
From Sept 15-Oct 15 I am collecting used Ipods and MP3 players to be donated to Music Heals. They will distribute them to music therapists to use with their patients in hospitals, nursing homes, etc. It’s a simple way to make a big difference!
I’m super lucky to have some amazing sponsors working on this project with me, helping get the word out about Music Heals, and collecting IPODs for us.
Long and McQuade (all stores across BC)
Open Door Yoga (all four locations)
Live Yoga (White Rock)
I will also be collecting IPOD’s at all of my upcoming shows!
As a windup to the Ipod drive I am hosting an AMAZING show at The Biltmore on Tuesday Oct 15th at 8:00. It’s a Songwriter’s Circle and will feature intimate acoustic performances by Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), Dominique Fricot, Hilary Grist, Head of the Herd, and a full set by yours truly.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday September 17th at Northern Tickets, Red Cat Records, and Zulu Records, with all ticket sales going to Music Heals.
In an age where everything is pre-made and constructed with plastic, we sometimes forget the importance of working with our hands. There is comfort at the end of the day when you get to hold something you created.
Very proud that my song ‘Boats’ was used in this beautifully filmed short, on the importance of maintaining wooden boat building culture in Vancouver. Check it out!
Tickets are now on sale for my Peak Performance Showcase!
My most important and exciting show yet!! Hope to see you there!!
Purchase tickets HERE before they sell out!
Details: Thursday September 19th - 8:00 - Fortune Sound Club
One of the coolest things I’ve gotten to do through the PEAK Performance Project was collaborate on a song with another Top 20 band, Towers and Trees. We were paired with an amazing producer, Winston Hauschild, and given two nights to record a song.
Besides becoming my best friends for life, they also inspired me musically, with their own uplifting sound, as well as offering great song writing ideas.
I look forward to sharing our song with you soon, and I encourage you to check them out!! (musically that is) — with Towers and Trees.
I’m home. From the most incredible, inspiring, magical, unbelievable week of my life.
Driving up to bootcamp last week, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I worried the other bands might be snobby, I worried my showcase might suck, I worried I wouldn’t take away as much as I needed from the experience.
My week at bootcamp absolutely exceeded my expectations in every way. There is a magic of bringing together 100 musicians who are all committed to the challenging path is setting out to be a professional musician. Being with this group of people for a week was incredibly nurturing, comforting, and inspiring. We made jars for each band with little tidbits of love and inspiration, to open on days when the path is getting tough. Mine is filled with so much love, thank you, thank you, thank you!
I’d also like to say thanks so very much to everyone who helped out at the bootcamp, the amazing volunteers at Rockridge, all the PEAK Staff, the Music BC Staff, Bob, Tamara, Quinn, Brandon, all the producers, and the Nimbus Crew. It was such an unbelievable grouping of people, truly becoming more then the sum of it’s parts.
A day in the life of Peak Performance Bootcamp, featuring an interview by yours truly!