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Concert Hall (Photo by Radek Grzybowski on Unsplash)

Stop Celebrating Composition Premieres!

I recently attended the opening night of the Royal Conservatory’s 21C New Music Festival. It was a great evening of music by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and featured compositions by the likes of Terry Riley (who was present) and several amazing and dynamic Canadian composers. Before the concert began, RCM’s Executive Director of Performing Arts, […]

Fasting Week 2 - Frank Horvat

New Year. New Gut. New Resolve – PART 2

Follow-up to last week’s post…week 2 of the intense fast/cleanse is complete and since I’m physically able to type this post, I guess I survived:)! After a week 1 that featured just water and plain soup broth, week 2 felt like such a delight since I was able to eat one different green vegetable per […]

My 7-day Fast (Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash)

New Year. New Gut. New Resolve

I spent a 7-day transition from 2018 to 2019 executing an intense fast/cleanse. The one and only time I had fasted was 20 years ago but I did not last a full week. This time I did, living off of water and soup broth. To say that this was an incredibly demanding physical and mental […]

Piano Christmas

‘Tis the Season to Reflect, Celebrate and Give Thanks

As I write this, I’m sitting at my kitchen table looking at the Christmas tree that my wife and I lovingly decorate every year and a nice little red poinsettia that a friend brought over to our condo earlier this week. Yes, it’s official…I’m in the Christmas spirit! Whoever decided that Christmas should take place […]

Beverley Johnston and Frank Horvat at the What Goes Around recording session

What Goes Around… Sticks Edition

On Thursday we recorded piece #3 on my upcoming album, What Goes Around… This piece is appropriately named Wood and Metal Bars. Here’s the Wood… marimba: vibraphone: And, the metal… xylophone: glockenspiel: What do they all have in common? Sticks, lots and lots of different kinds of hitting instruments made from yarn, rubber and who […]

#music4HRDs - For Those Who Died Trying

What an Album Release!

On November 16th, we released Frank’s 9th album, For Those Who Died Trying… and what a release it has been (and continues to be)! In just two weeks, almost 30,000 people have listened to the album… and that’s just on Spotify! Frank’s done three radio interviews (The Classical Underground, Song Talk Radio, The David Dalle […]

For Those Who Died Trying album by Frank Horvat, performed by the Mivos Quartet

At the finish line, something new begins

One can expect that the week leading up to an album release would be hectic. I should know since I’ve done it 8 previous times. But releasing For Those Who Died Trying was the mother of all hectics! But in a good way. These past 8 days, I don’t think I had more than 4-5 […]

Som Hompornma and Tongnuan Kamjen (photo credit Luke Duggleby / Protection International)

#music4HRDs

Ever start working on something that started off all “normal” and under control but then started to get crazy exciting and borderline-out-of-control?!? That might be what I’m feeling right now. With the new album, For Those Who Died Trying, soon to be released on November 16, it quickly became apparent that the subject matter was […]

Toronto Bucket List

Toronto Bucket List

I’ve lived in Toronto for 25 years and I feel like I’ve experienced everything that this city has to offer. But after giving it some thought, there’s definitely some places and events I would so very much like to experience… 1. Leafs Game @ Scotiabank Arena – Back in the 1990s, I was fortunate to […]

Light thru the trees (Photo by Philipp Pilz on Unsplash)

Various Things I’m Telling Myself…

…this week in order to keep my spirits up: When I reach out to others asking for something, it’s not begging, it’s providing information. Even though I don’t think there’s hope in my future, there actually is…as long as I tell myself that there is. If a friend unfriends me on social media, it’s not […]

What Goes Around album by Frank Horvat

Introducing What Goes Around

One of the cool parts of my musical life is the cycles. Projects are ending and others are beginning all at the same time. And each are at various stages of development. It keeps life fresh and exciting. As we gear up to have For Those Who Died Trying released next month, we’re already starting […]

Condo Rules

Don’t Urinate On My Building!

The Toronto condo in which I live is overseen by a very thorough and competent property manager and staff. Our condo board has bylaws in place and the property manager is like a focussed, stone-faced sheriff from a Western enforcing the law. At times, if any resident strays off course in respecting the rules, they […]

Frank Horvat Facebook Chat

Music, Mental Health and Life

In anticipation of my Piano Therapy Concert in Toronto this coming Wednesday Oct 10, I decided to chat with friends on Facebook this past week about my experiences of conquering depression and leading a happy and healthy life…

Talking with kids about depression (Photo by Alex Guillaume on Unsplash)

Talking with Kids About Depression

Last weekend, I was teaching one of my piano students. At the end of their lesson, my student’s mom came in to ask me about my upcoming piano concert here in Toronto on October 10. She expressed their interest but wanted to ask me if the concert would be appropriate for my student to attend? […]

Vegetables I Eat (photo by Anna Pelzer)

Vegetables I Eat Everyday

I don’t consider myself a foodie. However, I do consider food to be one of the most essential facets to my health & well-being. Battling Crohns and other auto-immune issues means that I follow a VERY strict diet. I’m “-free” everything: gluten, dairy, grain, legumes, alcohol, caffeine, pork, fish, and probably more things I can’t […]