I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful June so far, wherever you are. I am pleased and honoured to announce that a song that I collaborated with Mosi Dorbayani & WAALM Academy has been nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award in the R&B/Soul category! It was also produced by Nelson Sobral of The Celebration Army! Thank you for the opportunity, HMMAwards!
Check out the lyric video that was created for us:
My company, Let’s Make Good Productions, had an incredible WonderFest West event in Mississauga this past weekend! So many talents were showcased and we hope those that attended were inspired and empowered. You can view our photo album on Facebookbelow!
I will be playing with The Cool Ones this Tuesday June 7th at 120 Diner (120 Church St, Toronto). Wayne Sobers will be on bass and Greg Noguera joins me on percussion. The lovely Heather Christine will be singing a few of her own tunes and a cover as well! We’re going to have a great time!
June 9th, I’ll be turning another year older and my company is putting on another WonderFest Music Series at 120 Diner from 9pm-12am. Come celebrate with me and see performances by, Leandro Motta, John Orpheus, Stacey Dowswell, Nelson Sobral, and Claire Coupland!
My company, Let’s Make Good Productions, is bringing WONDERFEST WEST back to Mississauga this June 4th! Kat Leonard (Artistic Director) and I are thrilled to have Marcelino “Frost” DaCosta lead a dance workshop at 4pm – 5:30pm! We are also excited for the amazing concert with many talents at 7pm.
Thank you to Chris Clay of the Mississauga News for writing a story about it! Click on the photo for the article online! (Photo credit: Chuck Marave, instagram photo credit: Matt Zaddy)
I’m proud to announce that I’ll be co-hosting this year’s MACArts Festivalon Saturday May 21st at the Mississauga Celebration Square! I will also be performing a song around 4:30pm so please come out and join the festivities! The event takes place from 1pm – 11pm.
I’m also performing at some really awesome places around Toronto this month – check out my TOUR section!
Thank you to all those that voted for me during the CBC Searchlight contest – although I didn’t make it through this year, I really appreciate all your amazing support!
Also, I’m happy to announce the winners for my “I’m Worth It” T-shirt contest! Congratulations to Shaun Bloom, Mileena Sobreira, and Cindy Bray! They were able to name all the songs in my mash up – including my original song, Sing Your Heart Out!
Want to see it again? Here it is:
Thank you for stopping by! I have a favour to ask of you. Can you please help me advance into the Semi-Finals for the CBC Searchlight Contest in the Greater Toronto Area Region? I’m so very thankful for your amazing support! Last year, with your help, I was able to get into the Top 10 Regional Finals! Please feel free to share the info and you can vote everyday until April 20th at 2:59 ET.
Click on the Searchlight photo below to vote:
You also get to see a video of me performing the song in the contest, “I’m Worth It” with Nelson Sobral ofThe Celebration Army and Wayne Sobers who frequents my TV Show,NightTime on Rogers TV Peel.
I had fun this past Tuesday March 29th! Special thanks to Kelly Kubik from Museums of Mississauga for the opportunity to perform at Margaret Atwood and Charles Pachter‘s lecture today at the Noel Ryan Auditorium in Mississauga! They were speaking about their book, The Journals of Susanna Moodie. The event was part of an exhibition at the Bradley Museum on until April 17.
After I gave both of them my album (gotta share the love!) I asked Margaret to sign my lyric book. She held the line up to draw me a cute photo of herself and Charles. What a special treat!
I learned so much from these incredible Canadian artists. When asked about the artist’s struggle, Margaret answered “I tried struggling and I don’t like it.” This is one of the reasons I call us striving artists! She is so witty and funny. They both are! She went on to speak about wanting to raise the bar in Canada, which is why she returned back here after studying in the US. They both talked about how destruction is part of the creative process and how we should always represent our country by being ordinarily kind to visitors and each other. When asked what she does when she has writer’s block, Margaret’s repsonse was “I don’t get writer’s block.” She explained that you have to find another mode of writing. To express Margaret’s cleverness even more, she said at one point “if you’re not annoying someone, you’re not alive!”
Margaret read one of her poems from her book, “The Journals of Susanna Moodie”
Check out my TOUR page for more information about new shows coming up! *For the month of April, I will not be at dunk ‘n dip due to some changes happening at the venue – I will be back either May or June! *
I’m sad to say that Folly Brewpub will no longer have any live entertainment starting April so that means this Friday March 25th will be my last show at the wonderful venue with my band The Cool Ones. I want to send Folly my many thanks for an incredible 2 years that I’ve been booking WonderFest Series, the Jazz Fest, and my monthly residency gigs. I’m excited for what Folly Brewpub has heading their way in their successful future though!!
Michelle and Luis, you have forever changed my journey as an artist in this music industry and have given me an incredible space to share my music. I love you both and the staff so so much!
Now let’s party and send Folly into the brewery world with a big celebration with music this Friday! Maybe Refuge and Graham Ko join me at 9pm! $5 cover! Try Folly’s delicious beers, especially the Imposter Syndrome and their Flemish Cap! You’ll have a chance to purchase them and take them home in the near future!
Mill St. Lights Out
As part of Earth Hour, Mill Street (yes, the brewery!) has partnered with over 100 venues to showcase live music from 8:30pm – 9:30pm on Saturday March 19th. I’ll be performing at Jakes on Main 202 Main St., Unionville! I hope you can come!
Super Men w/Arlene Paculan
I hope you’re planning on heading over to Hirut Restaurant (2050 Danforth Ave) this Friday to see some beautiful visual art by Kevin Hunt and hear some wonderful music by me, along with Joseph Bencic, Shaun Bloom, and Sammy Duke!
Hello my wonderful fans! You are a winner already – YOU are worth it! However, I’m running a fun contest where you can win an awesome prize pack! 1st prize: House Concert/Dedicated live show in your area, T-Shirt, limited EP of three new songs 2nd prize: T-Shirt, limited EP of three new songs 3rd prize: T-Shirt
Click on the video for more information: