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October 17 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Eradicate Poverty

Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a day that aims to promote understanding and dialogue between people living in poverty and the wider society. We are living in unprecedented times in that our place on this planet is fraught with turmoil and unease. We are battling climate emergencies more frequently, we […]

Iceberg off the coast of Svalbard

Arctic Circle Expedition Recap

To say that my Arctic Circle Expedition/Residency was a life-changing experience feels like an understatement. As my fellow artists and I returned to Longyearbyen from our odyssey aboard the tall-ship, Antigua, I have been struggling to find the right words to write this post. Visiting the top of the Earth is something that goes beyond […]

Post-Concert Chat

FRACTURES World Premiere

People often ask me, what is it like to listen to your music being performed? Honestly, it’s always this wonderful out-of-body experience. This was the case x 10 as I sat with such a great audience to experience the magic of vocalist, Meredith Hall, and pianist, Brahm Goldhamer, presenting the world premiere of my large-scale […]

With The Sun painting by Billy Rae Busby

With The Sun

Happy New Year, Friends! Lisa and I put away our Christmas decorations earlier this week. It’s a nice annual tradition to clean up and make everything tidy. It’s like a renewal, starting the new year with a clean slate. Rather than jump back into work at our desks, we decided to sit on the couch […]

Seasons Greetings!

Happy Holidays!

Tis the Season for goodwill and joy, spending time with loved ones, and reflecting on all that we have accomplished this past year. I’m also taking time this Holiday Season to hold close to my heart and be grateful towards all my creative partners and to you, the supporters of my musical endeavours. It means […]

Intro by composer Frank Horvat for Vancouver Bach Choir Premiere

Memories of Self-Isolation Premiere

One day when I look back at my blessed life, the week I just spent in Vancouver will certainly be part of that reflection. My collaboration with Leslie Dala and the Vancouver Bach Choir on the premiere of my cantata, Memories of Self-Isolation, culminated on Saturday with a spectacular dress rehearsal and performance at St. […]

Music for the Planet Spotify Playlist (Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash)

Music for the Planet Playlist

In celebration of Earth Month, I need your help…I’m on a mission to compile and curate the biggest and most diverse Spotify playlist dedicated to music which celebrates and/or stands up for the environment. I’m inviting you to provide your suggestions to add to the playlist…it could be songs or instrumentals, pop, classical, any and […]

Peace (photo by Stoica Ionela on Unsplash)

Let’s Stop War

Let’s get the Geneva Convention updated to make any and all war illegal. Let’s make a commitment that improving each human’s mental health is of paramount importance in order to help avoid the irrational and easy tendency to solve problems or disputes through violence. Let’s learn the power of patience and trust. Even when we […]


Is Money Evil?

I used to think so. But in the past few years, I have grown to think of money in a more positive way. How can processed metal and paper be evil? As humans, I think we like to look at physical inanimate objects as symbols and think of them as being either good or evil. […]

Christmas 2021

Holiday Message

As 2021 comes to a close and we celebrate the holidays, I can’t help but reflect on how grateful I am for all the wonderful musical experiences that came my way this past year. When the pandemic started last year and projects were postponed or cancelled, I gave myself the goal to focus on working […]

Mental Health at Christmas

Mental Health at Christmas

I love Christmas! It’s in these weeks leading up to the holiday season that I start to look forward to it a lot. Because I have a small family, I usually spend the holidays very quietly. It’s usually a time for rest and reflection. It’s been a busy year, so it’s something that I will […]

Bow River, Banff, Alberta

Banff – Final Week Recap

What an amazing 4 weeks it’s been in Banff! From Week 1’s physical intensity to Week 2 and 3’s beautiful and inspiring views, it’s culminated so nicely in this final week of intense composing…with just a bit more hiking thrown in there… Hike #8 – In Town You actually don’t have to leave the town […]

Lake Agnes

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 […]


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 […]