In a few weeks I’ll be back in two of my favourite countries to play, Iceland & Germany! Below you can find the dates and FB pages, please let your German & Icelandic friends know! (PS, how amazing is this poster of the Iceland shows by Lóaboratoríum?!)
In recent years, I’ve had the chance to hang out with visionary director Mike Philper, and I’m honoured to have him put together this music video for my song The Tourists (from 2017’s TOPAZ). It’s pretty trippy, and super cool. Check it out!
There’s a really great music conference happening in Montreal, and I’m excited to be playing two Private Showcases! This is my first time at FAI, and apparently it’s madness. Music happening everywhere, in hotel rooms, hallways, stair cases…. sounds like a dream (except I won’t be sleeping). Shows are as follows:
Thurs Feb 14th
1am, The CampsiteRoom, 465
Split show with The Young Novelists
Sat Feb 16th
2:30am, The Mountain Room, 546
See all you music friends there! You can find out more about the conference by visiting their website
Another year, another list! (people still like lists right?!)
Here were my favourite albums of the year, plus two playlists! My favourite albums and favourite songs. Give them a listen, follow, whatever! Happy New Year folks!
1. Little kid - might as well with my soul
2. Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
3. Adrianne Lenker - Abysskiss
4. Kamasi Washington - heaven and earth
5. Noname - room 25
6. Hayley Heynderickx - I need to start a garden
7. Snorri Hallgrimsson - Orbit
8. Dana Sipos - Trick Of The Light
9. Shad - a short story about war
10. Free cake for every creature - the bluest star
The Next 5
11. The internet - hive mind
12. Doug paisley - Starter Home
13. Corey Gulkin - All The Things I’ll Forget
15. JFDR - White Sun Live Part 1: String
My Favourite Songs Playlist!
I’m excited to be going back to Reykjavik this November for a few shows around Iceland Airwaves! I’ve been dreaming about this festival for a long time, so it seems crazy that I’m not only going, I’ll be playing an off-venue show as well! 6 years ago, when I first visited the country as a tourist, I bought a couple records from a guy named Snorri Helgason and this week I’ll be opening for him. Life is strange. Anyways, here are the dates, tell your Icelandic / Airwaves friends!
Tuesday November 6th, 9pm
Dillon Whiskey Bar (Airwaves Off Venue)
With Petur Ben & Snorri Helgason
Saturday November 10th, 4pm
with Svavar Knutur
Saturday November 10th, 6pm
Alllll byyyyy myseeeeeellf
And I get to play with my friend Svavar! Man, that guy is a real delight. So maybe I’ll see you there Iceland!
Hey friends, I wanted to take a moment to talk about this years Folk Music Ontario conference, if you got a sec, read along!
I've been coming to this function for 5 years, and finally I was able to officially showcase, which is a huge honour and the most scared I've been for a gig in a long time. It's an audience full of my peers, so I knew I'd receive lots of love and support, but it just felt so important to put on a good show. With the help of my wonderful band, Michael McDonnell, Kristian Noel Pedersen, new comer Bill Simms & special guest and my musical sister Abigail Lapell, I feel like I might have accomplished that.
I couldn't possibly thank everyone who made this weekend special. But I’d like to quickly Thank the judges who saw fit to award Bellwoods Park the best Instrumental for this years Songs From The Heart awards (AHI, Noosa Al-Sarraj & Emma Julian). It’s really such a wonderful honour.
Emotionally, So many new and old friends kept me in working order, but special thanks to the The Campsite & The Lifers crew who managed to always be around when I needed moments of calm, and my Songwriters In The Round friends when I needed moments of chaos.
I’d just like to end this note with something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, and was hoping to talk about more this weekend. I guess this is a call for thoughtfulness. To my songwriter friends who identify as male, I have a question, and maybe we can think think about this for a little while and come back to next years conference and try to have an open and honest discussion about it. My question is this;
In the songs that you write, and the songs that you cover, how are the women treated? What is their purpose?
These questions have already helped me learn a few things about myself, and I think it’s making me a stronger songwriter, and maybe you’ll find the same results. But I’d love to hear what you think.
See you on the road!
Folkie friends! This weekend is the Folk Music Ontario conference and yours truly has his first OFFICIAL SHOWCASE!! AAaaaaghhHHhh!! And I won an award (whaaaaaaaa???) Below you can find more info about those and two amazing private showcases I’ll be taking part in. Hope you can make it. Find out more about FMO at their website
Sat Sept 29th // York Room (Full band) // 9pm
This is the big one! I’ve been coming to FMO for the last 4 years and this has been the goal! I have a full band featuring my longtime keyboard player Kristian Pedersen, drummer Mike McDonnell and new face on the bass, Bill Simms! With special guest Abigail Lapell joining for a couple songs.
Fri Sept 28th // LAMApalooza Room 233 // 12:30pm
My good friend Preetam Sengupta puts on this room every year, and I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to be a part on a couple occasions. This year he’s doing something different, having a series of songwriter rounds. I’ll be joining two very talented songwriters Rachel Beck and Gabrielle Papillon!
Sat Sept 29th // Songwriters in The Round Room 229 // 11:30pm
This will be a new room for me. Gillian Nicola has been putting on this songwriters in the round series at Painted Lady for some time, and now she’s bringing it to FMO! This Saturday I’ll be joining friends Shawna Caspi and Sarah Hiltz to play share some tunes!
Bellwoods Park wins Songs From The Heart Best Instrumental Award!
Bellwoods Park seems to be the song that keeps on giving. Not only is it my highest played song on Spotify (over 1 million plays!), but it just won me my first songwriting award! The Folk Music Ontario Songs From The Heart Award for best instrumental. This was such a surprise. I submitted a bunch of my new songs to a few different categories, and threw this one in at the last minute… and here we are. Award Winning Songwriter Shawn William Clarke. Very nice. I’ll post a pic of my award later (will it be a statue? A nice piece of paper? A firm handshake?! We will soon find out!)
So see you at FMO 2018 folk lovers!
I'm excited to report that I'll be heading back to Europe in a couple weeks, with stops in Iceland, Germany & Denmark! Tell your friends!
August 24th - 26th: Melodica Festival. Reykjavik Iceland
August 28th - Kulturcafe Lichtung - Koln Germany
August 29th - Iva's Croatian Grill & Bar - Bad Soden Germany
August 31st - Madame Claude - Berlin German (with Drunk At Your Wedding)
September 3rd - Mojo Juke Joint - Copenhagen Denmark
September 5th - Altes Stellwerk - Solingen Germany
Friends in the East Coast! Fun stuff coming up. First off, VIA rail has the wonderful program called VIA On Board, where they have a Canadian musician play on one of their trips East or West. I'm excited to say that I'll be taking the train & playing my tunes from Montreal to Halifax! Should be a blast.
While I'm in the East, I'm going to play some shows! The schedule is above in the photo, but here's a little more info below. Please tell your friends!
April 21st: Syndey NS, house show (DM me for details!)
April 22nd: Halifax NS, Gus Pub with Cameron Nickerson
April 23rd: Digby NS, Sydney Street Pub
April 25th: Moncton NB, Plan B with Richard Laviolette
April 26th: Fredericton NB, Capital Theatre
April 27th: St. John NB, Taco Pica for Quality Block Party Festival, with Falling Leaves & East Coast Ragamuffins
April 28th: Breadalbane PEI, The Dunk with Richard Laviolette
April 29th: Sackville NB, Thunder & Lightning with Richard Laviolette
Hope you're all doing well! See you soon
Hello friends! I'd like to quickly thank a few of the collaborators who made "TOPAZ" with me. I can't tell you how much better this album is because of their contributions. (Please visit their websites, to check out all the amazing art they're creating!)
Thanks to the visual artists Laura Proctor who captured an appropriate moment of calmness for the album photo, and Jessica Rae Gordon (my longest running collaborator, working on all my albums since the very beginning), whose artwork perfectly captured the themes and ideas found in the music.
I tried my best to sustain a gender equality on the production of this album, and while I think it was successful, I know I can and will do better on making an inclusive team for future SWC projects.
Happy International Woman's Day! #IWD2018
Hey friends, it's still snowy & cold, so I'm still in a hibernation mode. I'll have some fun news for you soon re: touring, so all is not lost. In the meantime, I've had the absolute pleasure to appear on two very different music podcasts, that you can listen to below. If you have the time, check out some of the other episodes on each of these, they're both a blast. (Click the titles to listen!)
No Sleep Til Sudbury has a simple but fun concept. Host Brent Jensen walks a different artist each week through a few songs of their choice that "makes their skin vibrate". I go through a quick chronology of my influences, from Supertramp to Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, The Blue Nile and ending on Land of Talk.
Further Listening: check the episodes featuring Stephen Stanley & Dave Bidini
Michael McDonnell is a wonderful musician (has played bass with me over the last couple months), and a very thoughtful interviewer. Like myself, he favours the long form interview, where you can really dig deep into a musicians background & feelings. We cover A LOT of ground on this interview, from my early high school days up to today. I play 3 songs on this podcast, including a new song that you can't hear anywhere else!
Further Listening: Check out the episodes featuring Sean Mendes drummer Mike Sleath, and Parallel's songwriter Holly Dodson
Hope you're well! Keep in touch.