The news of the closure of one of the best listening rooms in Canada, and one that I have a personal relationship with, has been milling around inside me for some time now, looking for a chance at expression. (This morning I feel like blahgging…)
I could write about the performance scene at large in this country, or talk about the future of music in grand sweeping terms, but for now I’m just sad and disappointed. My hometown venue is dead, and my community let it happen. I don’t mean to single out the people of the Cowichan Valley, but refer to our greater community as a Canada and a world. Where does our money really go, and which enterprises are really worth supporting? The eclectic owner-operator of the DGS, Longevity John Faulkner, will continue to support music at all levels in some way or another, but the question is, who will support him? (And not just the man himself but the contributions he puts forward to the community).
Long John gave me my first gig (outside of impromptu school performances), at a place he was running (or renting very regularly..) called Vimy Hall. My bandmates and I were 14. All our friends from school would come out to these shows and there were even articles in the paper about us. He made us feel like rockstars when we were just starting out, and he continues to do the same for each new group of young musicians. Aside from establishing great venues and promoting high-end musical content for the listening public, this, I feel, is his greatest contribution. In the end it’s more about community and support and love and the fun of music than some kind of perfection, punctuality, and certainly profit. This is what I hope the general public will realize, not just musicians or music-lovers but anyone with kids, anyone who is interested in a rich and varied society.
The Duncan Garage Showroom is still operating by name out of a new venue. I hope to check it out on my next visit back home! You can follow their activity at the same Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/duncangarageshowroom
Local newspaper article: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/entertainment/230895051.html
Yes I realize it’s long past Labour Day (and Summer, for most of us) but that’s just how behind I feel in updating you all! Again, apologies to those online audience members, apologies. But Internet, in your stoic storage of vast amounts of data you lack activity, motion… and this was a summer for coming out!.. No, not exactly like that.. but for some kind of appearance, some physical manifestation. Creative energy takes a long time to brew and then it explodes onto the page.
The gigs back Home were varied and fun. I got to reunite with a lot of friends and musical companions, and with what I consider to be my native land and coastline. The weather was perfect, and the break from city life was rejuvenating.
It’s been Quiet Time for me since coming “home” from the west coast (to MTL) and after the general frenzy of July. I’m just now settling into a nice life/work routine which is centered largely around playing and teaching music. In fact, education-related-to-music is more and more going to take a place in this blog/site, as a tangible reference for my students as well as an inevitable result of increased teaching in my life. Look for a new button leading to resource materials for guitarists and/or a link to a new blog…
P I C T U R E T I M E ! ! !
Going back to June, in a place called Toronto, Phill, Kris and I played at (or literally in) The Cage. No beer bottles were thrown, but I truly appreciate the venue’s concern.
It was fun to rock out with the boys again, in what will probably be my last show in Tdo for a bit.
Photos by Encyclopedia Brown.
One of the Summer Festival shows in my hometown, Duncan BC! “One gig a year you gotta play with no shoes…” -Trevor Davies. Jammin’ once again with Dave Klasen and Richie Jackson.
Jazz at Crofton. Thanks to Adam Cormier, Conrad Good and Ellen Doty for joining me on the 21st of July! (not pictured). (Drummer in photo is John Lee).
The amazing scene at the Dinghy Dock Pub, Protection Island, BC. I couldn’t have asked for a better conclusion to the tour. w/ Music, family, buds, beers and boats..! (Yes those are boats floating behind me).
"On the Dock" photos by Allen Felker.
Here’s looking forward to more performances, and the release of new material in some form or another. Here’s to September as well, and all the feelings, good and bad, of “getting back to it” that it brings. I’d like to give thanks to all the musicians, family and friends who supported me this summer in Toronto, Montreal and on the West Coast. I am truly grateful.
I’m also very happy with the direction “the lessons” are taking, and becoming more involved and passionate about my life and business as a teacher. Here are some photos of our Jamspace, which serves as the rehearsal space for many groups as well as a recording studio and teaching space. It’s also a quasi-venue during our parties and house concerts.
My mini-tour of Vancouver Island kicks off tomorrow night! I will be busy this weekend, playing Friday at the Duncan Garage Showroom, Saturday at the Vault, and Sunday at Jazz at Crofton. I’m happy to have added the Showroom gig… this is a fitting place to kick off the homecoming series! Fans of jazz, cross-over (jazz-pop), and the vocal stylings of Ellen Doty should make it out to the Vault on Saturday in Nanaimo, and guitarists and jammers especially should come down to Crofton on Sunday afternoon! Next Wednesday the rock trio (Dave Klasen, Richie Jackson) will be playing downtown Duncan at 6pm in Charles Hoey Park, another Cowichan classic!
Many of the concerts have advance-ticket options, so check out the facebook event page for relevant links: https://www.facebook.com/events/682344478448778/
Coming home to this part of the world has already been an invaluable addition to my summer… can’t wait to get to the MUSIC part! Hope to see you around.
(The band last month at The Cage in Toronto)
Just had Canadian Independence Day here in the great grey north, and it’s America Day soon for those of you south-of-the-border! I’ve had a little time off… I’ve been hanging out at the Jazz Festival here in Montréal, working a day job, teaching some lessons, and getting ready for my summer trip home to the west coast of BC!
So far this is what’s booked: I’m happy to have a nice mix of solo concerts, band shows and one jazz music feature!
JULY 19: Duncan Garage Showroom, w/ Sid & Lena
JULY 20: Nanaimo TBA w/ Ellen Doty
JULY 21: TD Trio @ Jazz at Crofton w/ Ellen Doty
JULY 24: Duncan Summer Festival (w/ band)
JULY 29: Duncan Summer Festival (solo)
JULY 29: On the Dock @ The Dinghy Dock Pub, Protection Island
Check out /TOUR for a current, updated list of shows, with relevant details…
I’m very excited to be coming home, not only to play music, but for all the hiking, camping, barbecuing, river-swimming fun and madness of July!
June 22 - V.l.L.A. Montréal
June 21 - Infringement Montéal (@ Barfly)
Very much looking forward to this week’s shows in Montréal! My band will be joining me from Toronto, as will my good friend Alli Sunshine on the 22nd. These will be the last few shows before I head out west for more gigs and a little summer downtime. Don’t miss your chance to see us up close and in action! :)
I’ve been a busy boy lately, playing music in Toronto mainly while continuing to try and stay afloat in Montreal (which is a bit too far away if you ask me).
The Tranzac was a great time at the beginning of May, and really kicked off this recent spur of activity. Many thanks to the Woodchoppers Association and the good people at the venue. I’ve been playing with both Marc Beland and Kris Maddigan on drums, and consistently with Phill Albert on bass.
Two weeks later I was invited to play a night at Grossman’s Tavern, sharing the bill with my good friends Gillian Stone, Alli Sunshine and other associates from the west coast, as well as local troublemakers The Northern Empties. (photos of May 23rd)
UPCOMING SHOWS IN JUNE:
WINCHESTER 506 FOLK FESTIVAL (Toronto June 13-16)
Next week, I’ll be returning to TO to headline opening night of the Winchester 506 Folk Festival at The Cage.
*IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THURSDAY, JUNE 13 IN TORONTO (or any part of the festival) SEND ME A MESSAGE or email to reserve your ticket! I will bring you a free CD!*
More info on the festival coming soon, but I can tell you it will take place at two venues: The Cage (June 13) and the Winchester Kitchen and Bar (June 14-16) and feature the following grassroots performers:
Thursday, June 13
Venue: The Cage (292 College Street)
Carlo Meriano - 9:30pm
Kevin Myles Wilson Band - 10:30pm
Big Otter Creek - 11:30pm
Trevor Davies - 12:30am
Friday, June 14
Venue: Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester)
Fraz Milne - 9:30pm
Allana Matty - 10:30pm
Carlo Meriano - 11:30pm
Micah Occonell - 12:30am
Saturday, June 15
Venue: Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester)
Graham Nicolas - 9:30pm
Noah Pascoe - 10:30pm
C.D. Onofrio - 11:30pm
Sunday, June 16
Venue: Winchester Kitchen & Bar (51A Winchester)
Big Otter Creek - 10pm
Invited Jam - 11pm
I’m looking forward to seeing more smiling faces in Toronto! Please feel free to get at me personally (for tickets, or info).
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…AND NOW for those of you in Montréal:
Sunshine (Brooklyn, Montréal)
Crazy Knows Crazy
Saturday, June 22nd a bunch of indie rock types and their friends will be throwing a house concert and party at my apartment/venue: (2106 Rue de Bleury near Place des Arts) including Alli Sunshine, Gillian Stone and many more! Our first house-show went really well… This is likely to become a really fun (and alternative) pay-what-you-can-type tradition. Plus d’infos bientôt!
(More info (and touring announcements!) coming soon!)
Ok, thanks for reading my news feed (maybe it should have been 3 posts..?) I’m happy to have something to say. Many thanks to everyone who has supported and helped myself and the band during this time, and for coming out to see us play! We couldn’t do it without you!