Archive | May, 2015

Kids, you get too much time off!

Kids do not need a 2 1/2 month summer break! Let me start by saying that I am not a parent so I don’t know the value of having extended periods of time with my kids. And I also teach piano so you could say that I have a bias in wanting kids not to […]

SKI Club Musical at Big Ideas Festival

The (Fun) Long and Winding Road

In the Fall 2014, I was invited to a networking event organized by the Playwrights Guild of Canada. The goal of the gathering was to connect playwrights and composers. Other than a short musical that I had composed as a student, my musical life had not really connected to the theatre world so I was […]

The Agenda guest Smudge Swann

Smudge & James

I know Smudge Swann as a talented singer-songwriter and composer of film/tv music here in Toronto. At one point or another, all of us creative music types eventually meet here in Toronto. But what I’ve also learned recently is that she has a Ph.D in Economics, and most importantly she has dedicated a huge part […]

Evergreen Brickworks

Love Meets Musical Life

If you could arrange that you and your spouse die together at the same time, would you like that to happen? I’m not talking about some murder-suicide thing. Either die naturally or even in an accident. I often think about this. I have been with my life partner since we were kids and I just […]

photo courtesy of Ingrid Taheri

5 Ways Music Festivals Need to Change

Let me start by saying that this blog post is not about the type of music festival where you go and listen to 100 bands in a farmer’s field one weekend, pay $20 for a beer and wear a tie dyed t-shirt. Instead, it’s about music festivals that take place in countless cities and towns […]