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!