Archive for the ‘Other Artists’ Category

Ainsley McNeaney

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

A lovely lady and very talented musician named Ainsley McNeaney will be performing with her band on Wednesday, Nov 23 at Cabaret Mile End (5420 Parc). If you haven’t yet discovered her music then this is your chance! Visit her website to learn more and keep up to date with future show dates.

Return from the Dead

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

My week-long hibernation has finally come to a halt. Although, the word “hibernation” makes the flu sound more like I underwent a peaceful and cozy sojourn when it was really more like being dragged up from the dead!

My slow recovery seems to be setting the overall pace of my music schedule these days too. However, I have to admit that so far, I’ve been pretty fortunate in that respect. All of the musicians who agreed to contribute to this project have done so with efficiency, great heart and formidable talent to match. Right now I’m pretty excited as I wait for an old Refrain Side Project alumnus, Dumb Blonde, Dead. to record the lead guitar for four of the songs on my album. I’m usually the first to complain about technology but in this situation I’m actually quite revered by it – Thanks to the internet Dumb Blonde, Dead. and I are able to collaborate regardless of the fact that I’m in Montreal and he’s in Mississippi! Ah the magic of the world wide web!

Tomorrow, I’m set to record my guitar tracks – hopefully I’ll be able to get it done without any disturbance from my noisy neighbours! So far Sundays have proven to be my best bet to get my recordings done because the people with their roadrunner kid downstairs are usually out for the morning. This should afford me just enough time to get my recordings down. Tricky business recording at home! Can’t wait to leave this apartment and move into my house when noise will no longer be a hindrance.

Violin Done!

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I just finished a day, well, more like a few hours to be exact of recording with Aliza – That’s how efficient it is to work with that little wonder lady! I first met Aliza at a show that I did last winter on her first gig playing with a band called The Belle Game. At the time the idea of having violin on any of my songs never crossed my mind simply due to the fact that it’s nearly impossible to find a good violinist who isn’t already involved in a band or two.

However, now that I’ve moved on from the idea of a band and have decided to tackle my music on more of a project to project basis, I’m able to collaborate with talented artists who I otherwise wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work with.

Last week Aliza came over and we finalized the arrangements on violin for all the songs. I hummed out the tunes for her that I’d hear in my head and like magic she’d reproduce it to a tee! If I knew it was going to be that easy I would have had all the equipment set up so that we could record her tracks that same day. Regardless, there was no time lost.

It was an absolute pleasure to record with Aliza, everything went so smoothly and with breathtaking efficiency. After having the privilege of working with such a skilled musician I now have a new saying:
When preparation meets professionalism you’re that much closer to perfection.

Cooper Thomson

Monday, April 26th, 2010

An old friend of mine who happens to be a wonderfully talented musician will soon be launching his new album. You can check out Cooper Thomson’s sample tracks on his facebook page.

Miranda Lee Richards

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

KCRW radio in Santa Monica is one of my favourite resources for discovering new emerging talent. One of my latest finds is a beautiful voice who goes by the name of Miranda Lee Richards. Her song Breathless has easily become one of my top ten tunes to listen to these days. Wish I had written this song!

Check out her latest album Light of X.


The Belle Game

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

I had the pleasure of playing with a great band in January at Shaika called The Belle Game. Their sound pulls inspiration from the back and forth duet stylings often featured in the music of Canadian indie band Stars along with delicate musical arrangements that include the violin and the trumpet.

I was very impressed by how true they stay to their recordings when playing live which as most musicians know is no easy feat.

Check out their myspace page to find out where they’re playing next and support them by buying their wonderfully crafted EP Inventing Letters from their website.

Erin Lang

Monday, February 1st, 2010

I’ve decided I want to start telling you guys about cool music (other than mine ;) that I think you might enjoy.

Today, I just came across this artist called Erin Lang and if you’re looking for someone to listen to after a long day’s work or being stuck in traffic, this is it. Soft and pretty.