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Frank Horvat's Album #ReleaseWeek - Sept 18-22

What’s Happening Next Week on #ReleaseWeek?

Starting this Monday, Sept 18, I’ll be doing something a little “different” in the world of music…I’ll be releasing 4 new albums of my compositions on 4 consecutive days! The stars seemed to align for me to get all these projects off the ground at the same time. But more than fate, everything culminating to […]

Melissa Hui - And blue sparks burn

Reliving 9/11 Through Beautiful Music

This week, I’m guest blogging for the Canadian Music Centre. It’s the first in a series of blogs where I explore compositions by my colleagues that are on social justice themes or impactful contemporary events. As we now recognize the 16th Anniversary of 9/11, it’s only fitting to consider Melissa Hui’s poignant work, And blue […]

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No More Football For Me!

As many of you might know, I’m a huge sports fan – always have been for as long as I can remember. In fact, one of my earliest memories in life is watching a hockey game between the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks at a family friend’s home when I was just 3 years old. […]

Love Again - Photo by Kayle Kaupanger on Unsplash

Dear Hater

Dear Hater, There’s been a lot of talk about you lately. You feel courageous to speak out, to share your thoughts, to have your voice heard. You want your white skin to be respected and revered. You want things to be the way they used to, you want “America to be great again”. There’s no […]

1 week, 1 composer, 4 albums - life, love, war

Mark Your Calendars – New Albums Sept 18-21

This crazy musical odyssey of releasing 4 different albums of music all at once has been 2 years in the making. In my world, 24 months is a long time for these types of projects to be lingering. And while I’ll admit that working on the 4 albums was a very fulfilling experience (especially because […]

Meryl Streep as Florence Foster Jenkins

The Worst Singer Is Still A Great Musician

“Some may say that I couldn’t sing, but no one can say that I didn’t sing.” – Florence Foster Jenkins This is my 2nd blog post in a row where watching a film has prompted me to think about life. Last week, it was A Man Called Ove and this week it’s Florence Foster Jenkins. […]

The fear of being alone

The Fear of Being Alone

This week I watched a Swedish film on Netflix called A Man Called Ove. It is absolutely fantastic – I highly recommend it! Ove’s a loner and a curmudgeon to the outside world, but inside, is in complete emotional agony over the recent passing of his wife. So much so that he attempts suicide. I […]

Album Art - Frank Horvat

Album Art – Four at a Time!

With 4 albums coming out this Fall, there’s lots of music and lots of album art! Here’s a sneak peek at the artwork… Me to We Takes you on a heartfelt journey from solitude to joyous love. The Current Agenda Powerful, brutal, heartfelt electro-chamber social justice music. You Haven’t Been Introspective piano music – beautifully […]

Music & Beyond Festival - July Earth Concerts - Frank Horvat

Music & Beyond Concerts in Pictures

Last week I performed at the wonderful Music & Beyond Festival in Ottawa. The festival had a day to celebrate the environment and I opened it with a 10am concert putting the ‘Earth in the Light‘ and closed the day with a 10pm concert ‘Earth at Night‘ where I performed my always-fun-to-play-in-the-dark, 60-minute piano piece, […]

Ottawa Park

Should I Move Back to Ottawa?

It was a little under 24 years ago when I left my childhood nest in Ottawa and moved to the hustle and bustle of Toronto. Having lived in Toronto for this many years now, I definitely think of the city as my “hometown”. But there’s a draw that keeps pulling me back to Ottawa. For […]

Music on my mind - Photo by Valentino Funghi on Unsplash

Nothing But Music On My Mind

I’m sitting here trying to write my weekly blog post. I often think to myself, ‘you should write about some non-musical topic for a change. Nobody wants to ALWAYS read about your musical hijinks!’ So, I listen to that little voice in my head and I start brainstorming something else I should write about. Something […]

Canada 150

Mixed Feelings About Canada150

When Lisa and I used to live in a house, I would hang a Canadian flag from the front porch every July 1st. I would do it because I felt a sense of pride to be a citizen of a country which gives me the ability to lead my life the way I see fit […]

Love in 6 Stages - Producer through the eye of the composer

Many Months for 6 Stages

When I work with Jean, I have two spots I like to sit: either on the couch behind him so I can hear the bigger sound, or directly to his left at the board in an old black chair that looks like it was salvaged from the set of Little House on the Prairie. I […]

Celebrate Pride Month

Straight People Don’t Need a Pride Day!

June is Pride Month and there are many exciting events where I live in Toronto and other cities around the world to celebrate this most important month. One such event takes place on Sunday, June 18 at Lula Lounge in Toronto, where my composition, diskriminatsiya, will be performed by Christopher Lee and Vincenzo Volpe at […]