Lots of excitement for 2013!


Well, it’s been a while since I posted, but there are so many exciting things coming up that I just had to provide an update.

It’s now a NEW YEAR, so it’s time for lots of new things!!  How about a couple of great shows to start with!


Saturday April 13th at Habits,

and a huge one at Musideum on Wednesday, May 22.

Both will be with a full band, and the Musideum show is going to be featuring a beautiful Bechstein grand piano (fifth member of the band, perhaps?), and it will also be filmed and recorded live!  I’ll also be introducing a very special guest – the lovely and talented Holly Cheng on violin!

But wait!  That’s not all!  😉


I have four brand new songs that I will be showcasing along with material from my most recent album “Great Expectations”!  I have been a very busy, busy little songwriter the last couple of months . . . those who know me well can tell you it often takes me 6 months to finish a song.  So this is a big deal for me!

And last, but certainly not least . . .


I’m going on an East Coast tour!  Yes, plans are already underway with a great amount of help from a wonderful East Coast songwriter by the name of Jenny MacDonald.  Jenny has been a terrific help with setting up a series of shows in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for me, and the details will be coming very soon!  In the meantime, don’t forget to check out her CMW show at the Cameron House on March 22nd (7 pm).  She really deserves the support!

You can read about the new shows at my website here:


And I will be posting some new videos featuring some of the new songs soon!  You can always check out my latest videos here:


Thanks, as always, for your wonderful support, and I hope to see you all at my upcoming shows in Toronto or out east!




“Great Expectations” is now out!

Thanks so much to everyone for coming out to the CD Release at C’est What!

It was a fantastic show with a *lot* of talented performers and a wonderful audience!

Here’s a little sample:

The CD is now officially released!  Available at all CD retailers as well as all of the regular websites!  Enjoy!  Let me know what you think!  Would love to have some feedback.


All the best,



Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s been a busy holiday season and it’s starting with a busy 2012!  The CD is now 95% done (just waiting on the final mix!), and the promotional plan is just starting to come together.  Things are looking good for a spring/early summer CD release!

I’m making sure this is being done properly this time ’round, and I’m currently looking for promotion and distribution while finalizing the artwork and manufacturing.  It’s an exciting time, and there’s a heck of a lot to do!  This is uncharted territory for me, as the last two recordings I made were never released or marketed properly.  This was for good reason, as they sucked. 😉

Seriously, I was not 100% happy with the final product, so nothing happened with it.  It was a learning experience.  🙂

This time, though, it’s full steam ahead.  Pulling out all of the stops!  I have had some fantastic tracking with Harrison Fine and Jason LaPrade, some wonderful musical performances from too many musicians to mention, playing a great variety of instruments.  There’s a string quartet, a vocal choir, a real 9 foot Yamaha CF III Grand, Rhodes and Hammond organ, killer bass and drums, and a lot of love.  Add some killer editing and mixing from Mark Zubek, simmer, and voila!  One finished EP (almost)!

It’s been a long process, that actually started with bed tracks for two of the songs at Humber College in 2007.  So I am immensely happy that the recording phase is finally coming to a close, and I can get it out there!

Please help get the word out if you like the music, and there is an album trailer here for your listening pleasure:


Stay tuned for a video trailer, and a definite CD release date to be announced soon!

All the best for 2012!




Almost at the finish line . . .

Hey folks,

Just a quick update inbetween major studio sessions!

Finished most of the tracking now for most of the songs on the EP.  There’s going to be a surprise cover song in there now – a last minute frenzied arrangement of a famous 80s song (think of a successful Australian band from that time period and you might guess it!) that has come together beautifully, complete with a string quartet.  Many thanks to the talented Soohyun Nam and Roslyn Green on cello & violin!

Most of it was recorded at Jason LaPrade’s new studio (Crystal Clear Productions), with bed tracks recorded at Point Blank Productions with Harrison Fine.  The majority of the tracks are now at Studio Z with the incomparable Mark Zubek doing final editing, mixing and mastering duties.

Because of the late completion date, we’re going to set a battle plan to release the whole thing in early 2012, so it doesn’t get lost in the Christmas rush!  This will also leave time to get some really good artwork, design and fabrication, as well as time to plan an awesome CD release.

Stay tuned for more updates!  Coming soon – a “trailer” for the new EP, featuring clips of some of the new songs!!




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:

The new website is up!  Visit it at:


Let me know what you think, sign up to become a fan and get free stuff!

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!

Cai.ro (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,