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Post Show w/Rae Spoon

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

For a Sunday night and with the Grey Cup to compete with, we had a surprisingly good show. The place was packed and with no seating room left to spare, people made full use of whatever standing room could be found.

The crowd was very receptive and oddly quiet and attentive but not that I’m complaining! Rae Spoon’s charming and quirky candor was a pleasure to watch on stage and had the audience cheering for two encores by the end of the night.

Being that it was my last show in a while, I decided it was high time to just finally let go and be myself. I know it sounds ridiculously cliché but it’s an issue that I’ve been struggling with for as long as I have been a performer. I always thought that it would be safer to censor myself rather than just say and do what came naturally for fear of offending or being perceived the wrong way.

I have to admit it felt really good. People are free to think what they please but at least this way I have first say on what that definition is going to be by staying true to myself.

Just the other day I heard a great quote recited by Nigella Lawson while in an interview on CBC’s Q with Jihan Gomeshi that speaks volumes on the subject of self perception and how we sometimes allow others to define us:

“What other people think of you is really none of your business”

I suddenly feel the weight start to lift off my shoulders.

Show w/ Rae Spoon!

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Tomorrow’s going to be the last time that I’ll be playing for a little while. I’m working on putting together an album which is both exciting and stressful – gotta love those conflicting emotions! Well, at least it’s more of a good stress than a bad kind of stress. I’ll keep you updated on how things go and maybe post some videos of some of the songs in progress.

I hope you can join me for the show, it would be great to see all of your sunny faces especially now with the winter darkness approaching. So here are the details:

Sun, Nov 28 at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent) at 8pm. $6 at the door and we’ll be on second. Headlining the night will be the all terrific Rae Spoon and opening the show will be the ever engaging duo Rice & Barley.

Also, I’m going to be playing a couple of new songs – Hope I don’t screw up!


Crunch Time!

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Last week I met with the band for our usual practice. We had a very constructive session dedicating most of our time to working on musical arrangements for a couple of my new songs. We want to have all our material down solid so that we can have all the instrumental tracks recorded for our debut album by the end of this year. The goal is to have the album completed and ready to launch by early 2011. Exciting!

However, before all of that gets done we still have to work on preparing for our upcoming show with Rae Spoon on Sun, Nov 28 at Casa del Popolo. And from the looks of it we don’t have many rehearsal days left with the entire band. Seems like this month is the month of scheduling conflicts! Oh well, we’ll just have to make the most out of the time we do have together.

Muscle Memory

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

So you’ve heard me whining about not being able to play with the band for the last little while but last Saturday finally marked the end of that!

Chris, Andy and I went over our set and worked on a new song. It’s amazing how much the songs stick in your muscle memory. We were surprised by how smooth everything went despite our lapse in practice.

We’re excited to be back in rehearsal mode and look forward to returning to the stage soon. Our next show will be at Casa del Popolo on Sunday, Nov. 28 with the incredible Rae Spoon. Be sure to save the date!

Vidya & the Band at Club Soda

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Hello friends,

I’m really excited to report that the band and I will be playing at Club Soda this Saturday, April 3rd.

We’ll be opening for UK artists The Webb Sisters. A musical phenomenon all on their own, The Webb Sisters also backed up Leonard Cohen as his Singing Angels during his 2008 tour. You can check out more details about them and the show at:

Show starts at 8pm and tickets are $19.50 taxes included.

Thanks again for all your continued support.

: )


Shaika March 27 w/Rosanna Tomiuk

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Hi friends,

I’ll be playing another free show this Saturday, March 27th at Shaika, 5526 Sherbrooke O, this time with the lovely and very talented Rosanna Tomiuk. Show starts at 9pm.

Rosie and I will be performing many of our originals along with some brand new material as well. To top off the night Rosie and I will be collaborating on a piece, something that I wrote a few years ago and decided to reintroduce into my repertoire. It’s going to sound awesome! Back when I first wrote it I always envisioned cello on the track but being that I didn’t know anyone who could play cello at the time I had to settle for a digital track. With Christina, I finally get a taste of the real deal and boy is it ever good!

Anyways, it’s exciting! Do come by and check out the show if you can and as always please spread the word :)



Vernissage & Music w/Lisa Hoffman

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

A few weeks ago I got a message on my fan page from local artist Lisa Hoffman. She was hanging her art work up when she saw me at my monthly solo acoustic show at Burritoville and invited me to play at her upcoming vernissage.

The opening of Lisa’s art exhibit will take place this Thursday, March 18th on the second floor of Burritoville, 2055 Bishop. Live music will be provided by Lisa Hoffman herself, followed by me and the band and ending with The Fruiting Bodies. The fun starts at 8pm and it’s free.

Hope to see you there! And as always please spread the word :)