EP Construction time . . .


Construction has started!

It’s taken about 4 or 5 years to get to this point, but I’m finally putting the finishing touches on the EP!

If you’ve been keeping score, you know that I have 3 singles already done (Eye For An Eye, No More Hellos and Cavalry).  But I wanted more than that for a finished album.  So I’m heading back into the studio at the end of September to record 3 more, two of which (at least) will also make it to the EP.  I’m excited because I have two brand new songs, in addition to the older material, and a cover song as well.

I’m currently rehearsing with two other top-notch musicians, Aaron Spink (drums) and Alex St. Kitts (bass).  Both of them have played with me on and off for my live shows over the last couple of years, and things are sounding really good!

Here’s the battle plan:

End of September – bed tracks at Point Blank productions with Harrison Fine

Overdubs and vocals at Point Blank/Crystal Clear Sound with Harrison and Jason La Prade

Final mixing with Mark Zubek at Studio Z.

Not sure where to get the CDs pressed yet, and I’m trying to organize some graphic design/artwork as well.

Crossing my fingers that I can pull it all off inbetween work, sleep and life in general! 🙂

Until next time,

j.a.g. out!


Awesome August!

Live at Graffiti’s, Toronto Aug 2011

Hey folks!This is my first blog update in a very, very long time.

Here’s the quick rundown:

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Some great stuff has been happening over the last couple of months:

I just finished sitting in on piano with the internationally-renowned flutist and composer Ron Korb, which was a lot of fun.  He played two intimate shows at Donald Quan‘s studio in toronto, Q Music, and I had a chance to play some instrumental world music in a fantastic setting, for a rather big change! (formerly Nate Daniels band) has finished their first EP, which I played keyboards on.  A unique band with a great atmospheric sound, look for their CD release (which I am playing in) at the Horseshoe on Aug. 10!  I have played keys with these guys for 3 years now.  Frontman Nate Daniels is a captivating performer, and I really get a chance to experiment with synth sounds and atmospherics as well as the traditional keyboard sounds.

I’ve got 2 other exciting things coming up in August –

#1 – my own EP, many years in the making (but not completing!).  Various setbacks have continuously pushed the completion date back, but it now looks like the recording & mixing should be done by October.  Release date not too far afterwards!  I’m excited to be working with some great musicians and studio people, including Mark Zubek (who was responsible for mixing my 3 current singles).  There will be at least 5 songs, and I’m really excited about finally getting it finished!

#2 – the infamous Toronto music stalwart Marcus Walker has asked me to record some piano & hammond for him on his upcoming album.  If you haven’t heard of Marcus, he is a very talented singer, songwriter and guitarist who is *always* playing somewhere in Toronto.  I met him at the Free Times Cafe many years ago and offered to sit in with him – since then we have played about 6 shows together.

I’m keeping a low profile for the next little while as I gear up for all of these things and focus on getting some really good tracks recorded, but look for me again to be playing some live shows in the fall!

All the best,