I spent 4 days in late September shooting a new music video for my song “I wanna go back there” from my latest album ‘North Star Falling’. The shoot was up in the faaaaaaar north of Saskatchewan on Reindeer Lake. We stayed at Nordic Lodge – well known from the reality TV show of the same name that is shot there. My music video shoot will feature in an episode of Nordic Lodge as well which is pretty cool! Working with directors Chris Triffo & Steve Allen (+ an amazing crew) we got some incredible shots including an EPIC shot of me playing an old upright piano out in the MIDDLE OF A LAKE! It’s attached as a sneak peek – I still can’t believe we managed that. More to come on this, including the release date.
I attended my elementary and high school years at Punnichy High School, in the Horizon School Division in Saskatchewan (Canada). A few weeks ago, in late August, they inducted me into their “Wall of Fame” in the ‘fine arts’ category. It was a real honour to be able to be there in person for the ceremony, and to address the 1000 teachers and staff who were on hand. They also served some great snacks and my hollow leg was happy. I took all of my music lessons from piano teachers outside the school system since small town schools rarely have music programs built-in. But within the school what I did have were some amazing teachers, who were incredibly motivating and somehow led me to believe that I could do whatever it was, that I set my mind to. Maybe they were right, maybe they were wrong. But it’s sure fun trying and I love working full time in the Canadian music industry. Thank-you to all my teachers and thank-you to the Horizon School Division!
I had one heck of a good time taking part in the Regina Folk Festival this past weekend. It was great performing with and meeting so many new musicians, meeting new people around the festival site and getting caught up in the magic of all that music & joy in the air! Just amazing. I have a series of small house concerts over the next few wks and look forward to sharing my songs with new folks. (Thanks to the kind gal who sent me this pic of our mainstage performance on the Sat night of the festival)
We had a great time touring in beautiful British Columbia over the last few wks. The shows
& audiences were great and I got to visit some spots I’ve long wanted to see: TOFINO & GIBSONS LANDING! Coming up we have 2 shows just outside Saskatoon Wed + Thurs this week at Solar Gardens (dinner + show) as well as some private shows around the prairies. I’m playing the Borealis Festival in Prince Albert SK Aug 2 and the Regina Folk Fest Aug 7-8-9. Big thanks goes out to Creative Saskatchewan for supporting these recent tour dates.
After a nice 10 day break to catch my breath, I’m starting back into a run of shows in Canada. July 12 I’m performing a private show in the Athlete’s Village of the PanAm games in Toronto. I head out to the west coast of BC for shows on Vancouver Island in Port Alberni (July 17), Parksville (July 18), & Victoria (July 19). Then off to Vancouver (July 22) & Abbotsford (July 24). We also have 2 nights near Saskatoon SK (July 29 + 30). Early August I’m at the Borealis Festival (Aug 2) and then the Regina Folk Festival (Aug 7-8-9). Come and say hi if you’re able to make it to a show! cheers js
I wanted to write a BIG heartfelt thanks from me to you!—to everyone who checked out a show over the last 3 months while I toured across Canada & into the USA. Thanks to everyone who ordered a CD, bought some music on iTunes or supported what I do in any way: it means a LOT. My recent shows across the maritimes, into Indianapolis Indiana (photo), and then Alberta and Saskatchewan in Canada have been great and audiences have been so appreciative. I feel so revved up about touring this new album of mine. After a few private shows in Toronto over the next few weeks, I’ll head out to the West Coast mid-July. Check the calendar on this site to see if I’ll be performing close to you (Vancouver, Abbotsford, Port Alberni, Parksville, Victoria). cheers! Jeffery
I’m looking forward to the upcoming shows in Nova Scotia, PEI and New Brunswick. Last time I was on the east coast, when I wasn’t making music I was eating seafood – so. much. seafood. Glorious stuff! I’m looking forward to a repeat of that. If you’re in the maritimes I hope to see you at a show: June 5-Antigonish NS (with Jenny MacDonald), June 6-Hunter River PEI (with Jenny MacDonald & Brian Dunn), June 7-Fredericton NB, June 10-Halifax NS (with Jenny MacDonald). Details and ticketing are on the UPCOMING SHOWS PAGE of this site. I took the attached photo when on tour in Ottawa last week (did a show there with Glenn Nuotio). I stumbled upon 1000 people doing yoga on parliament hill – pretty cool!!
I’m on the go with shows, singing songs from the new album and clocking up some miles!! I’ve met so many people and look forward to these upcoming dates too. May 27 in Ottawa (with Glenn Nuotio on the bill), and May 29 in St Catharines (with Matthew de Zoete on the bill). I head to the East Coast from June 5-11 stopping in Antigonish NS, Hunter River PEI, Fredericton NB, and Halifax NS & perform with the lovely songbird Jenny Macdonald on some of those dates. All the show details/dates/times are on the calendar on this site using the tabs above OR CLICK HERE Hope to see you at a show. And don’t forget to take a listen to a tune in the player on the right hand side of the site here. The full new album is there for you to hear.
Hello to you – and thanks for visiting the website! Touring the new songs from North Star Falling has been a treat, with such good audiences. We’ve met so many great new people. Some upcoming shows to mention to you include: May 7-Regina SK: Gala for the Canadian Diabetes Association, May 9-Birch Hills SK, May 15-a showcase/festival in beautiful PEI, May 21-outdoor stage-Regina SK-with the Cathedral Village Arts Fest & the 100th B-day for Holy Rosary School, May 22-Calgary AB the Ironwood, May 27-Ottawa ON! Phew…. We’re covering a lot of ground but really enjoying the momentum. In early June we tour the East coast (NS, PEI & NB) and in July we hit the West coast with several shows in BC. The tour calendar on this site has all the info and ticketing. I’ll leave you with a tune from “North Star Falling” – this is RUN.
The big show with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra this past weekend was great! What a mountain of talent on that stage – wow. And the audience was amazing. The next stop is this week’s CD release show for “North Star Falling” at Toronto’s Hugh’s Room Apr 22 (830pm). Ticket info is in my web calendar on this site or CLICK HERE for the Hugh’s Room reservation web-page (You can book in for dinner + the show or just for the show). April 28 we hit Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre (8pm). For ticketing info CLICK HERE. I’m also sharing a brand new live acoustic in-studio version of “THESE BONES” – a tune from the new album: hope you enjoy. see you at a show, soon. cheers js