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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 […]

Frank Horvat with flutist Jamie Thompson

4 Albums 1 Week is Over…THANK YOU!

Usually when I write my blog posts, I very rarely struggle to find the right words to express what I’m feeling. But on this occasion, it’s different. In a nutshell, I’m overwhelmed! I’m overwhelmed by all the kind words and sharing of emotions on how the new music from the 4 new albums has made […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anniversary Rose

Happy Anniversary to Us!

This week, Lisa and I are celebrating our 25th ‘being-together’ anniversary and our 20th wedding anniversary (May 17 & 18 respectively). When it comes to this time of year each year, everyone is always shocked by how long we’ve been together. And it is true, being in our early 40s, we have been together for […]

Artwork by Chris Perez

I Love Modern Visual Art

Last week, Lisa joined me in Peterborough for a couple of days as I was there adjudicating at a music festival. She made the effort to make the trip as I was celebrating my birthday while there. Normally, we don’t exchange gifts for birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas, but she felt compelled to surprise me by […]

homophobic world

Around a Homophobic World

Being a straight, married guy, I might not fit the traditional mould of what you’d expect as an LGBTQ activist. But I’m proud to wear that label! For me, the persecution of the LGBTQ community anywhere in this vast world is a clear violation of basic, universal human rights. Anyone who espouses this persecution is […]

What would you do for love?

What Would I Do For Love?

I’m thinking a lot about love today as it’s Valentine’s Day. Also, I just added a new composition for trumpet and piano appropriately entitled, What Would You Do For Love?, to my online portfolio. So it got me to thinking about my own personal answer to that question. For the sake of simplicity, I will […]

American Flag

Oh America

Oh America, You’re scared You don’t eat well Your TV box is littered with ads that kill you You’re paranoid You’re drowning in stuff as you demand more Cancer is your holocaust and you do nothing about it You listen to people who make you hate others You’re sad You don’t exercise You don’t feel […]

“River” Runs Through My iTunes

I visited the folks last week and it just hit me like I bolt of lightening that I did not get a chance to go for a walk beside the beautiful Ottawa River…drat!! So to ease my pain over that lost opportunity, here’s my “River” playlist within my iTunes (in no particular order): • Wide […]

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 […]

Horvat Family

Meet the Parents…from afar!

This past easter weekend, I celebrated my 41st birthday. It was great to have that fall on the long weekend so Lisa and I could have my parents visit us from Ottawa for the first time in the new condo. This visit was nice and special like most of our visits since we don’t get […]

Frank Horvat & Jean Martin in the recording studio for the album I Can See You

Back to the Studio!

This week, producer, Jean Martin and I are back to work on the 2nd album for The Frank Horvat Band. I know, not much rest since the first album just came out in January, but the creative juices were pumping this spring and I have a lot of new and exciting musical ideas I’d like […]