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Fishkiss, Alive

Last night, Victor Swift asked me to play a set at the first Hart House Open Stage event of the year at the U of T. As far as songwriting goes, I’ve been performing mostly solo lately, but last night was different: My good friend and co-writer, Alex Palmer, joined me. We used to play together in our band, Fishkiss, but we’ve been on indefinite hiatus since our last gig in June 2007.

Hiatus, no longer!

We have video of two songs: Cedars and Stars, and Bancroft County.

Expect to hear more soon… (I hope!).

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UofT Graduation Photos

Yesterday, I graduated from the University of Toronto, officially completing my Bachelors in Science. I took a computer science major, and English and philosophy minors. My family was on hand and they took a lot of great photos, so I thought I’d share them here.

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Video: Last Kelly’s Korner

Almost every month for the past four years, I’ve performed at the St. Michael’s College open mic. at the University of Toronto. It has an extremely friendly atmosphere courtesy of the supportive community of friends, musicians and music lovers. It’s a great place to try something new, or to goof around. For my last performance, I played two songs: one of my own (The Limit) and an Emilaise + JP Diddy medley.

The Limit

Beyonce, Jay-Z, Vitamin C Medley (honestly, not sure why I’ve uploaded this… I think I left my dignity at the door…)

Thanks Kelly’s Korner!

Almost every month for the past four years, I’ve performed at the St. Michael’s College open mic. at the University of Toronto. It has an extremely friendly atmosphere courtesy of…

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Singers, Songs and Strings

Hart House Chamber Strings Pops Concert Poster

If I’ve been MIA over the past month, it’s because of a huge concert I have coming up next weekend. I play double bass with the Hart House Chamber Strings (HHCS) and for the past three years, we’ve done a pops concert in March with independent songwriters. The concert was started by Paul McCulloch, who was conductor when I was in first year. I played bass for the concert and talked to Paul afterwards about performing as a “guest” artist, so at the next concert in March 2007, I wrote out arrangements for my band (which, I think, may have recently slid from “coma” into “permanent vegetative state”) and we had the privilege of performing with the ensemble.

Last year, Paul left the group and I took over the pops concert. I was cautious about writing arrangements for songs I wasn’t terribly familiar with, so I only took on three artists — Robyn Dell’Unto, Jadea Kelly and myself. (I was playing violin with both Jadea and Robyn, so I was pretty familiar with their music.) We filled out the rest of the night with music from popular films. Like previous years, it was a lot of fun and a great success.

We have seven artists on the bill for next Saturday, March 14th — Mandippal (@mandippal), Dave Borins (@daveborins), Lucky Fonz III (all the way from the Netherlands, in town for Canadian Music Week), Robyn Dell’Unto, Pat Robitaille (@patrobitaille) and Peter Katz and myself. I play violin with Mandippal, Dave and Robyn regularly and am excited to write for them, and I’m thrilled to be working with Peter, Pat and Lucky Fonz. As always, I’m honoured to have the chamber strings play my arrangements, especially for my own songs. I’ll be on bass with the ensemble for all of the other artists.

So, if you’re in the Toronto area, this is going down Saturday, March 14th at 7pm in the Hart House Great Hall (Facebook event). Admission is free, and I promise it’ll be epic.

If you’re not in Toronto (or if you can’t make it), I’m hoping to get the video camera out… so, with any luck, I’ll have something to upload afterwards.

I promise to come back to life March 15th.

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Video: Cuba and The Patient at Kelly’s Korner

My sister was kind enough to film my set at January’s Kelly’s Korner, a monthly open mic. at St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. I played two covers. The first is a song written by a friend and inspiration of mine, Robyn Dell’Unto (a local singer/songwriter I usually accompany on violin). She didn’t know I was covering the song, but another friend texted her during the performance, so my secret didn’t last too long. I played her the video last Thursday and she didn’t hate it! The next video is the third acoustic Tool cover I’ve done, but the first to be recorded/filmed. There are a few rough spots as this was the debut of the cover, but it turned out fairly well.

Cuba (Robyn Dell’Unto cover)

The Patient (Tool acoustic cover)

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Anaximander

At the end of every month, there’s an open mic at St. Mike’s College (U of T) called Kelly’s Korner. Last week, I performed a new song (just before tearing things up with Emilie and JP) and I was able to salvage some audio from a broken video camera (you may need to click through if you’re reading this on Facebook or in a feed reader).

It’s tentatively titled Anaximander, but I’m sure someone will tell me that’s way too geeky or inaccessible or something. Lyrics are below. It’s all CC BY-SA, as always.

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Stay where you are, eastward from here.
I will find you, even if it takes years.
I can see you ’til I open my eyes;
There was a time when we stood side by side…

And all the stars aligned when you stepped outside
And I could see for miles into the past.
Who knows which stars still shine?
All we have are signs they’ve left us, their protests against the night.

In a garden, at the edge of the town,
Ancient trees know the secrets around.
In your image, the likeness of light;
Anaximander had something right.

And all the holes aligned on the firmament’s divide
And I could catch a glimpse into the fire,
To see the other side…
Holes to Heaven guide us through the night;
I’m focused on your eyes.

And all the stars aligned as you stepped outside
And I could see for miles into the past.
Who knows which stars still shine?
All we have are signs they’ve left us, their protests against the night.

Amidst all these stars, I see what you are…

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Low Paper Planes

The latest Emilaise + JP Diddy cover: Low Paper Planes

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Soulja Boy (Emilaise ft. JP Diddy)

The latest collaboration from Emilaise and JP Diddy:

(Video on Youtube)

See also The Way I Are.

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The Way I Are

I recently performed at an open mic. at St. Mike’s College (University of Toronto). Below is a video that my girlfriend kindly took of our last song.

The Way I Are (Emilaise ft. JP Diddy)

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