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Concert Warm-Up - Frank Horvat

What’s the Use of Playing Live Anymore?

I’m presently contemplating whether or not I should do another piano concert tour. Perhaps not such a large scale one like the Green Keys Tour, but still something substantive that would take up a lot of time to organize, rehearse and execute. While my personal enthusiasm to share my music first-hand remains very strong, I […]

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They Weren’t the Greatest Generation… We Are!

Recently, I watch a documentary on Netflix called Mission Blue. It chronicles the life work of Dr. Sylvia Earle, acclaimed marine biologist who has worked ceaselessly to research and advocate for the protection of the world’s oceans. If you are a Netflix subscriber, I can’t recommend enough that you watch this documentary. It gave me […]

Mr. Christie Cookie Factory Demolition

Mr. Christie’s, You’d Make Good Music!

The big debate in my South Etobicoke neighbourhood in Toronto is what should be done development-wise with the HUGE swath of land that was formerly the Mr. Christie’s cookie plant. I know it’s huge because I can see it out my condo window. Demolition crews have been tearing down the buildings for months now, and […]

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Impressions of San Francisco

It’s been a week since Lisa and I returned from our mini-vacation to San Francisco. As I get back into the regular routine of life this week, the trip seems to be well back in the rear view mirror. But there’s still wonderful memories of a wonderful week. First off, why San Francisco? Well, at […]

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My Hopes for 2018

A New Year is upon us. I’m not much for resolutions but I do often use this time of year to be forward thinking about what I want to happen in the upcoming new year. And this Holiday Season is no different. Sometimes it’s easy be to pessimistic about the future. But because of my […]

Christmas Tree

What Christmas Means To Me

So here we are…another Christmas Season and it never get’s mundane. Even though I’m not religious and I was born and raised in a super small family (only child and no extended family), Christmas has always been a special time for me. Growing up in Ottawa with my parents, the home would always be a […]

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5 Quotes That Shape What I Believe

“The future will either be green or not at all.” – Bob Brown “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Gandhi “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle “To deny people their human rights is […]

Montreal Massacre

Sound Reaction to Violence Against Women

This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s my fourth and final blog post in a series where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. This month, I’m exploring Hildegard Westerkamp’s École Polytechnique, a riveting and emotionally jarring composition that takes us back […]

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Your Parents are Hypocrites…Who Cares!

I talk to my mom and dad twice per week just to chat and see how they’re doing. We don’t live in the same city, maybe see each other in person 2-4 times per year for short visits, so talking on the phone is sort of an essential thing for us in being close. Earlier […]

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Climate Change – One Note at a Time

I was curious to know what other musicians are addressing climate change. After doing a call-out for suggestions on social media plus doing some googling of my own, I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of great songs and compositions out there. So I compiled the Spotify playlist below. Warning, there’s a lot of […]

Adam Hill's Oilblood - CMC

I Harp. You Harp. We (All Should) Harp … to Fight Climate Change

This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s the third in a series of blogs where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. This month, I’m exploring Adam Hill’s Oilblood, a chamber work with a fresh take on Handel while making an important […]

Climate Change COP out (Photo by Wilco Van Meppelen on Unsplash)

What a COP Out!

The world is coming together in Bonn, Germany from November 6-17 to talk climate change. This is COP 23 as it has become known. Looking at the Conference’s web site, you’d think that all the smiling faces and pleasant disposition of those featured would give us, the citizens of the world, the feeling that the […]

Crisp Fall Leaves (photo by Chris Lawton)

Best Time of the Year

It’s late October where I live in Toronto and the weather is absolutely beautiful! Many might disagree with that statement. Many might prefer the summer heat or the freshness of spring, but the crispness in the air of fall has always been a big boost. Not to mention a warm sun mixed with that fresh […]

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10 Thoughts on Gord Downie

1. I only own one Tragically Hip album – Up to Here, released in 1989. It was the Hip’s debut album. I was in high school working part-time at a music store in Ottawa. CHEZ 106 radio was pumping out the rock through the speakers at the store. Downie’s voice was infectious, the band was […]

Turmoil in the Homeland Inspires Beautiful Music

This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s the second in a series of blogs where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. The composition that caught my ear this month is Iman Habibi’s, Colour of Freedom. A beautiful choral work inspired by […]