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Banff – Week 1 Recap

Yes, I am presently in Banff! And as a Canadian musician, all I can say is FINALLY! It’s been my lifelong dream to come here and make music, and my dream has come true. I was actually supposed to be here August 2020 but the pandemic delayed it until now. The Banff Centre campus is […]

Trees

shinrin yoku

One the simple pleasures for me this summer has been to sit under trees in our neighbourhood park. Their shade coupled with the breeze off Lake Ontario has been truly refreshing, cleansing and therapeutic. I recently discovered that there’s a name for such a thing…forest bathing! Known as shinrin yoku, it’s an accepted part of […]

Berry Coconut Cheesecake

Berry Berry Fun & Yummy

It being summer, Lisa and I felt compelled to make our berry torte this week. It tastes SO GOOD!! It’s just the right balance of tart and sweet. It’s got a nice thin crust made from dates and the top part is this amazing taste explosion of berries. We also like to sprinkle some coconut […]

Pristine Urban Nature

Pristine Urban Nature

Each morning, I take a walk along a remote gravel path surrounded by an endless lake, flowers, trees (some of which grow fruit), birds and various other furry creatures. You might think that I live in a rural area, but this park is actually in my home city (and busy metropolis) of Toronto. I’ve often […]

The Long Point Biosphere Reserve

The Importance of Being Uncomfortable

The actor, Ashton Kutcher, once said, “I’m continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” This sentiment particularly resonates with me. I tend to strive on having everything exactly the way I want it. I’m very particular. I function best with […]

Nourished Roots with Haley and Paddy at the farmer's market

Shout-Out to the Farmers!

One of the wonderful initiatives in my Toronto community is the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market. From May to October, a good chunk of our vegetables come from Haley and Paddy and their Nourished Roots organic farm. Their stand at the market is brimming with the most colourful, nutritious, and yummy produce you can get. They’ve […]

Summer 2021

5 Things I’m Looking Forward to This Summer

1. Scoring. I just blinked and have realized that many of my compositions for acoustic instruments need their score (aka sheet music) to be updated. In the past, I have had a love-hate relationship in prepping the score and parts for my compositions. But I’m feeling excited about getting these revisions done. I’m proud of […]

Last Teaching Weekend Before Summer

The Joy of Teaching

Today is my final day teaching piano for this school year. That feels more poignant than past years as I have spent most of 20-21 only being able to see my students online. We all survived thanks to technology. But, also thanks to our collective enjoyment of music. I can’t remember a past time where […]

Spotify Playlist - Limitless Music Discoveries

Coming Together on Spotify

One of my favourite daily rituals is listening to music. These days, I’m using Spotify as my main source to listen and discover new music. I recently went out of my way to see how many of my own personal connections and music colleagues have their music on Spotify. I was surprised to see many […]

Good Friday Isolation

Today’s Outlook

I look out the window and everything is quiet. Toronto remains in lockdown but it’s also a holiday…Good Friday. It’s also 1 week before the new album comes out. Something that started as a reaction to the pandemic and it’s become one of my most special musical and life experiences. Normally, such an experience would […]

What Goes Around Film Fest

What Goes Around Film Fest

When my album of minimalist / loop-oriented music, What Goes Around, came out in October 2019, on the Centrediscs label, I had a vision that it would be a wonderful experience to have filmmakers and video artists interpret the “loopy” nature of the music through moving visuals. So I commissioned 6 Canadian artists to do […]

Last 5 Books

Last 5 Books I’ve Read

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason It’s basically a self-help book on managing your personal finances but the messaging is told through a variety of short parables set in ancient Babylon. The book was written in the 1920s so its tone seems a bit not up to par for what would be […]

Am I Good Enough? (photo by Hello I'm Nik 🎞 on Unsplash)

I Am (Not Good) Enough

When I’m feeling depressed, the words “I Am Not Good Enough” can easily roll through my mind. As a musician and composer, it’s easy to feel that way when someone says no to you or you get a rejection letter. What’s interesting about the phrase, “I Am Not Good Enough”, is that if you remove […]

Happy

How to be Happy in a Troubled World

It’s been a month since I released my latest album, Happiness in a Troubled World. And while I have been appreciative of the positive and heartfelt feedback the album has received, having it “out there” has gotten me to think more deeply about specific practical things I’m doing to stay happy in these troubling times. […]