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Isolation sessions, mountain view: Summertime Out 

After a difficult and emotionally draining couple of weeks, I felt fortunate to decompress and take in some mountain air. And practice some social distancing in the country with some mellow strums.  

This is Summertime Out, from my album A Date With A Smoke Machine.  

I hope you're all doing well, keeping safe and staying vigilant.  

And keep looking out for each other.  

You can follow me and buy my music on Bandcamp here.  

And here's the video for this song, shot with the same river in the background, a few years back. 

Live stream - Please donate to Ovarian Cancer Canada for Beaus 5K 

Thanks to everyone who tuned in, commented and donated to Ovarian Cancer Canada as part of Beau's All Natural Brewing Co. annual 5K run! 

If you missed the live sets from Jim and I, you can watch below. And please consider donating! 

You can still donate online, and even register for the virtual run, here: 

More details about the run and fundraiser here: 

My set list from the embedded video above (the links below go to the recorded versions on Bandcamp).


Disaster Drop 
Dreamed We Were Astronauts (Camp Radio) 
When All The Bugs Are Contained (The Stand GT) 
Feel Like Caving In 
Guilt Trip Fashion 
Patio To Stereo 
Whisper Astrologics 
Chaise Lounge 
The Dead Weight Song 
Keep Me On Your Radar 
My Focal Point

Supporting Beau’s 5K for Ovarian Cancer Canada 

I'll be playing a live stream set on Wednesday June 17 at 8pm to help my friends at Beaus raise money for Ovarian Cancer Canada.

You can tune in live on Wednesday evening as we'll be streaming from the Beaus FB page:

I'm on just after 8 and Jim will follow me with a live stream about 8:45.

The 5K run goes on July 5th this year, albeit with a bit more social distancing and less post-race hugs. :)

To sign up for the run, or to donate to help raise funds, go here:

Isolation Sessions: (No, I won't) Quit While I'm Behind 

Hey everyone, I hope you're all doing well. 

I haven't posted much lately because I needed to (and still do) spend time listening, reflecting and learning. Listening to Black leaders. Listening to Indigenous leaders. Listening to marginalized people who've had enough. 

Though I've got lots to learn, I do have hope things will get better for everyone. 

I recognize music helps and heals, so here's an old song of mine centered around hope. It's about being empathetic and showing support when it's needed. 

Let's keep doing that. 

Let's all keep positive and keep looking out for each other. 

Stay safe everyone.

Isolation sessions: Brighter Days 

I love covering this song. I've played it live for many years now. I wanted to share it here because I think the lyrics are incredibly pertinent at the moment.

There's a line that says "All the birds will sing their songs inside my cell". If you listen carefully at the beginning and ending of the video, you can hear a robin outside the window singing along, which I thought was pretty sweet. 

Brighter Days is written by a now defunct band called Parts & Labor, who were absolutely brilliant.

I love their album Mapmaker which is the LP this song came from.

Have a listen to the original here:

Check out Parts & Labor live:

Here's me playing Brighter Days in 2011 in Halifax:

Stay safe friends. Reach out to each other. Support your local businesses and food banks if you can.

Brighter days ahead.

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