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Why Bands Work

Why Bands Work

Some bands just click. When that group of musicians get together, it’s greater than the sum of their parts. When they play music, the effect can be an overwhelmingly direct feeling – a force multiplier for an emotion with each musician adding momentum. It can also be a wide open feeling, like seeing (hearing…) multiple...
Let The World See You Truly.

Let The World See You Truly.

I chatted with a close and dear friend of mine today, and he told me that he thought that doing some performing would help him deconstruct the barriers he’s put up around himself from being too self conscious. As the day went on, I kept thinking about it; being self conscious and erecting walls. My friend...

Urges Don’t Matter, Actions Do.

A major part of western culture wants your attention badly, and right now. Constant stimulations in the form of advertisements, social media posts (likely how you ended up here…), notifications and text messages are inescapable if you live the average life in western culture. They’re also very, very distracting. Furthermore, an overarching message of our times...
Discovering the pleasure in tackling impossible tasks: A Devising Workshop with Jessie Fraser

Discovering the pleasure in tackling impossible tasks: A Devising Workshop with Jessie Fraser

My good friend Jessie Fraser is coming to Lethbridge and together we’re offering a workshop exploring methods of collaborative devising on March 12/13 2016. The workshop is open to anyone with an interest in artistic creation, team dynamics and creative exploration, and would be of particular interest to theatre and performance students. Discovering the pleasure...
A Quick Tip for Better Sleep

A Quick Tip for Better Sleep

I recently discovered a little app called F.lux. This handy piece of work will gradually reduce the amount of blue light emitted from your computer screen throughout the evening, and this is a really important thing. The light emitted from devices with screens (televisions, computers, phones, tablets etc) as well as from certain led and...
If You Want Rights, Believe In Them.

If You Want Rights, Believe In Them.

I am a sexist and a racist. This is true. I have had no choice in this. The status quo propagates sexism and racism where I live and was raised. Canada, North America, “The Western World”, although this is not the only place or time in history it’s been this way. There’s a lot of...
Be A Better Musician and Music Lover

Be A Better Musician and Music Lover

Whether you’re playing solo, in a duo, in a band or in an orchestra, music performance is a powerful event that centres on connection. It has the power to unite and transport people unlike any other art form. Music is one of the most important and beloved aspects of my own life, and it’s something I’ve...
Beard Oil Test Run: The Mod Cabin

Beard Oil Test Run: The Mod Cabin

My brother Chris sent Richie and I a box of tester vials of The Mod Cabin Beard Oil and a couple tins of their Beard Balm too. Chris is typically a very beardy fellow – not sure if he uses the stuff himself but I have to say the stuff is great! A light texture...
My Morning Ritual

My Morning Ritual

If you ask around or flip through some historical autobiographies, you’d find that a common practice of the doers, makers and thinkers of the world is a guarded morning ritual. Not guarded as in secret, but as protected from the disruptions and distractions of public life. The morning (or whenever you first wake up) is...
5 Things That Help Me Thrive With Depression

5 Things That Help Me Thrive With Depression

This is a very personal post for me. If you’re a close friend of mine or part of my family, you should know that you’ll likely find out some things about me in detail you find unpleasant. That being said, the only reason I can write this now is because I’m stronger, clearer, happier and...
Performing Live with Ableton Drum Racks

Performing Live with Ableton Drum Racks

A few weeks ago I made an excellent discovery: ABLETON DRUM RACKS ARE AMAZING. They’re super versatile and very easy on your CPU, meaning you can load up tons of them into an instrument rack for a whole set of joyous, live, pad-mashing action. In a nutshell, here’s what I do: I load up a...

Avoid the Dreaded “H”s of Digital Recording

Hoarding, Haste, and Hot Levels – falling victim to any one of these could take hours of precious time away from your main focus – making your best music at the best quality possible. Here are some tips to stay safe! Hoarding. We’ve all done it, or been part of a project that has fallen...