Tonight I board the westbound “Canadian” VIA Rail train out of Toronto. I’ll be playing music for passengers all the way to Saskatoon. From there, it’s a Greyhound bus tour with stops in Saskatoon and Lloydminster, and a final hurrah in Calgary, opening for Martin Simpson at The Nickelodeon Music Club.

Please be kind, November weather!

14-10-23 Rocky Mountains from train, AB



Folk Music Ontario

October 15, 2014

Leaves fall as folksingers are ushered through the doors of the Westin Bristol Place for four days of music, collaboration, networking, learning, and celebrating. It’s the yearly convergence of my community at Folk Music Ontario‘s conference, which takes place in Toronto this year.

I’ll be speaking on two panels, running the board elections, participating in the Export Development Program, and performing in three private showcases. If you’ve got a delegate pass, I hope you’ll stop by for some late-night songs:

2:00am-2:30am – room 356 – Heaven’s Radio Social Club

12:40am–1:00am – room 347 – Folk Music Canada Blue Room

2:30am-3:00am – room 360 – LAMApalooza

In the chaos and sleep deprivation of it all, it’s important to remember the bottom line – and it looks something like this:

Pete Seeger finale

This great shot, courtesy of Bruce Dienes, is from the finale of the Pete Seeger Tribute workshop at the Deep Roots Music Festival in September. Songs of peace, joy, community, strength, and social change with Kim Barlow, James Keelaghan, The Bombadils, and the Ruth Moody Band. More photos from the festival can be found here.

Ringing in October in Newfoundland

October 2, 2014

Seems like September flew by as I drove around eastern Ontario and then hopped a train to Nova Scotia. I was graced with beautiful weather all through that province and took in these blazing fall colours: The Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville was a dream come true. It was a honour to share the […]

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Leaves turning, wheels turning

September 18, 2014

The fall colours are starting to sweep through eastern Ontario. I’m in my hometown of Ottawa, getting ready for the big CD release show tomorrow at Raw Sugar. Here’s Arthur McGregor, proprietor of the greatest music store on earth, the Ottawa Folklore Centre, showing off the poster for the show. Thanks to Canada’s longest-running folk […]

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Pass the breath mints

September 6, 2014

I hear that garlic has all kinds of medicinal properties – it’s an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, a very good source of vitamin C, and a good source of selenium. I’ll be surrounded by garlic on Sunday when I play the Stratford Garlic Festival at 11:45am. I’m hoping its anti-viral benefits will […]

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Point this vessel north

August 24, 2014

Even a rainy Saturday couldn’t bring down the audience at Summerfolk last weekend. The hearty crowd in Owen Sound was rewarded with a festival-perfect day on Sunday. Here’s a photo from the dynamic “Six Strings and Truth” workshop on Sunday afternoon with Adam Crossman, Olivier Rondeau, and Tim Edey. Next week, I make my way […]

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