To Give Thanks

IMG_8097What an incredible weekend. I know it’s gonna be cliche to write about gratitude. It has trended on Facebook and Twitter far too many times, and I am not usually one to hop on board the trend-wagon, but I think at this point in time it may be in order.

Recently I’ve dramatically changed the way I live. I stopped working a day job full-time and started doing things the way I want them to be. It’s truly incredible and so different than any way of living I have ever tried before. It’s a little scary because I have no idea what’s next, but I guess that’s where the risk comes in. I often find myself pausing to think ‘This is my life..’ Read more →

TRUST

CP24There’s so much involved with putting together an album. As all other artists and musicians know, the list of tasks just keeps growing every time you check one thing off and accomplish it. I would be lying if I told you this was an easy journey for me as it hasn’t been. This last year in general has been one of great discomfort and massive change. I didn’t think I would get to a feeling of accomplishment, but I finally am feeling the warm sensation creep in.

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Happy September…may you be forever changed…

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  1. Try To Remember

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I remember every year my mum would take a picture of us as we headed out for our first day of school. This was always how my Septembers started. And what a nice memory to have. September and it’s looming quality will often illicit various feelings and emotional states. 

I am lucky I have many fond memories in September to look back upon. The fall has always been my season…I love the smells, the cool air…the feeling that although change can be scary, September is the month to take it on. 

This September is the launch of my very first studio recording ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like…’. If you’re reading this and don’t know where and when, it is September 18th at the Piston (937 Bloor St. W).

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The story behind the picture (last blog)…my stint with Canadian Idol

If you made it to the end of my last blog you would have have read where the photo at the top was from. If you ever watched Canadian idol you may have recognized the familiar number placement.

I said it was a story for another time, so here goes…

Back in 2007 I decided to audition for Canadian Idol, can’t for the life of me remember why now. I wasn’t doing much performing at the time as I was still very much training and racing as a competitive athlete. But off I went to the auditions. I remember waiting in a big long line at Dundas square and running into someone I had gone to high school with, who’d also been in the musical theatre program at Wexford School for the Arts. Read more →

Wanting For Action

canadianidolIt’s funny as this phrase has been recognizable to me from a young age. Growing up I knew what rolling, action and, background meant before I could speak. I never was a ‘child star’ or anything like that, in fact I remember having to beg my parents one time to let me play background as a mouse in Nora Ephron’s This Is My Life. My dad worked in the business as a stills photographer however, and I grew up completed fascinated with simply being on set. 

Others often have a glorified idea of what working on a film set is, only to find out later how boring it is. They think it’s beautiful people, doing incredible things, and somehow being part of it all makes you a more sophisticated person. Then they get on set and it’s something completely opposite. The actors are normal, the days are looooooonggggg and it takes 5 hours to set up a shot. 

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The story behind…’Love Song’

IMG_6937It was about two years ago when Love Song popped into my head. I was riding home from a day at work and its familiar and catchy melody found its way into my consciousness. As soon as it came to me I knew it was a keeper, so I whipped out my phone and started recording what was later to be released as my first single. 

I have a habit of being in strange places when melodies or lyrics come to me, and it is not uncommon for me to be riding my bike or off in dream land when I decide to grab my recording device and start singing into it.

That year I had been working at Variety Village (VV), an all abilities centre in the east end of Toronto. I normally worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at the pool there, but when camps were in order I was sometimes asked to fill in as a sub. If I was free I would most often accept the offer as who doesn’t love running around playing games with kids all day, especially when those games include the likes of wheelchair basketball.

One day in mid March I was asked to help out for the day, and am I ever glad I accepted. That day became one of the biggest eyeopeners for me and a lasting memory of why I do what I do. It shifted me into another state of being entirely. 

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