Monarch show + Long Winter

ivy and teen ravine

Two great shows coming up this weekend and next ! Friday Jan 27th I will be doing a proper set with a proper band at the Monarch Tavern – we’ve got some new songs to share! Splitting the bill with us are one of my new fav Toronto bands, Teen Ravine. And then an afterparty with Hemingway! More info here.

On Feb 4th I’ll be making my solo debut at Long Winter (I’ve been a backup singer at this event probably 10 times over the past few years) – this edition is being held at The Theatre Centre, and for the show Matt Bailey and I will do a duo set of new and old songs. More info on that one here.

It’s been a very busy few months, but the winter/spring are gonna see me slow down and working on new music — exciting things to come !

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sofar / DIANA / kith&kin

Lots of fun shows happening for me, as always seems to be the case around this time of year!

I had a great time performing as part of Sofar Sounds Toronto on November 20th. The show took place at the storied Toronto show/party house 159 Manning. A new live video of that performance is on the way, stay tuned for that! Thanks to the whole Sofar Toronto crew for having me !

My family trio kith&kin has our two annual holiday concerts coming up. We’ll bring our Holiday Wassail to the the Music Gallery for the 9th (!!) year in a row on December 17th. Info on that show is here. And we are excited to return to Burdock on December 22nd to present a night of music and a shadow puppet show by Kristine White. More info is here.

I’ve been singing backup with one of my favourite Toronto bands DIANA on their tour for the past couple weeks and it has been a total blast, and a total honour. The big release party for their new record Familiar Touch is tonight at the Great Hall. It will be amazing! You can stream Familiar Touch below.

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Tim video / Island Cafe

It’s full-on summer now, and I’ll be singing with my good friend Tim Moxam at the Island Cafe this Wed June 29. We’ll be in trio-formation with Raffa Weyman aka Ralph also in tow. Expect some harmonies and a laid-back evening. Music from 7-9 and details here. This is a video that we made at Joshua Van Tassel’s Dream Date studio awhile back with Tim’s band. Shot and dreamed-up by Gaelle Legrand, with some cool analogue recording by Josh !

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Martha’s Singing Bird :::: Tom Petty night

I’m excited to be part of some great shows in the next couple of weeks…

On Saturday June 4th, many of my Toronto Island neighbours will be gathering to celebrate the 21st birthday of local theatre troupe Shadowland Theatre. To mark the occasion, a multi-generational group of Shadowland’s youth program alumni (including me!) will be putting on a show in the historic Ward’s Island Clubhouse. The evening will start with a parade from the ferry docks, and I will cap the night off with a short solo set of music. In the throwback spirit of the evening, I’ll be pulling some old songs out of the suitcase. Details are here on facebook.

Then on June 5th, my sister Martha will be releasing her beautiful new album My Singing Bird at St. Andrew-by-the-Lake church near Centre Island. The album was recorded at St. Andrew-by-the-Lake, and is a collection of a capella celtic songs. This is Martha’s first solo album and we are all so proud of this beautiful thing she has made! Various kith&kin members, and also our friends GREX will be joining us for the concert. Details here. You can stream the album at the bottom of this post.

I’ve also joined a great cast of musicians set to pay tribute to Tom Petty at Hugh’s Room on June 17th. The show is the brainchild of A Man Called Wrycraft — his shows are always a really great time! I recorded a version of the Petty tune Only A Broken Heart last year as part of the Latent Recordings Under Cover series – you can listen to it here. All the details for the Hugh’s Room show are here.

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All Around Me

Over the past little while I’ve been working on a new single, and it is now out in the world! The song, All Around Me, is a bit of a departure for me musically — but the old ivy is still in there, singing ! I’m so happy with how it turned out. I created it with the help of amazing producer Kieran Adams (of DIANA among others) and engineer/mixer Marcel Ramagnano – two immensely talented and fun people to work with! I’m celebrating the release with a show at Burdock on Sunday May 15th (details here), and will be playing with a full band. Some new songs will be in the mix as well! It will be special night.  Stream the song via soundcloud below.

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two shows !

I’ve got a couple of great shows coming up! The first is going to be very special. This Saturday April 16th I will be opening for the American guitar pioneer Peter Walker, as part of the very first Quiet Quiet Annex Lights Festival being put on by Invocation TO at the Tranzac. I didn’t know a whole lot about Peter’s music before being asked to perform at this show, but I have been a longtime fan of his contemporaries John Fahey and Robbie Basho, so it has been a beautiful experience to explore his music. Ian Russell, formerly of the great 100 Dollars, will also be playing. All the details are here.

And I finally get to announce my next big solo show! I will be premiering a bunch of new songs and playing in full-band form at Burdock on Sunday May 15th! I will be joined by my friend Blunt Chunks for the show. There are some exciting details that will be announced soon, but in the meantime all the pertinent info is here on Facebook. Also, I have recently started making my own show posters – the one below is simple, but it does the job quite nicely I think 🙂

burdock may poster

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all that you do

Tomorrow night I’ll be playing a set of my own music at the Dakota Tavern! I’ll be joined by my good bud Matthew Bailey for the evening – it’s been almost a year since we played as a duo, so I’m really looking forward.

We’ll be sharing the night with the wonderful Jenny Berkel. Jenny has a new record called Pale Moon Kid coming out soon and I have heard it and it is BEAUTIFUL !! Really a special recording.

I’m so thrilled to be doing such a special show! Details are here. Special thanks to Sparrow Tree Productions for helping out with this show !

Watch this beautiful video of All That You Do, one of the songs from Pale Moon Kid….

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Last spring I was privileged to do some singing on Soft Summer, the forthcoming album by my good friend Tim Moxam. Tim has been busy gearing up for it’s April release via Roaring Girl Records, and a few days ago he released a video for his song Bones. The video features a beautiful dance by Benjamin Kamino and Jolyane Langlois !

It is one of my favourite songs on the record, the feel we got on the recording is so amazing, and it heavily features myself and one of my favourite singing sisters Raffa Weyman, aka RALPH.

I went to visit the day they filmed the video and the vibes were heavy! And funny thing – the arts centre where they shot the video used to be a school, and I was a student there. The room where they shot this video was my 4th grade classroom !

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j a n u a r y

Fall-winter 2015 was a pretty crazy season for me, so for the next few months I’m taking some time to hibernate and write and create new things. Expect me to reemerge with a solo Ivy show sometime in the Spring!

I do still have a couple things to share though…Tonight I’ll be singing a couple of songs from the beautiful catalog of Sade with my pals in April Snow at our collective clubhouse – the Holy Oak. There will be lots of other amazing singers taking part, it’s going to be beautiful ! Complete info on the show is here.

kith&kin will be performing as part of IMBOLC on Toronto Island next Saturday Jan 30. The event is an annual fundraiser for Artscape Gibraltar Point. There will be lots of crazy and beautiful stuff going on all day, including a performance by one of my Toronto favs, Bernice. All the details are here.

Finally, I meant to post this awhile back, but there was so much going on! In December I did a little guest interview with my longtime collaborator Rene LaVice on his radio show. You can listen to us talk about the making of our song The Calling. Click here to listen. It’s pretty cute 🙂

i’m gonna sing this song – the video is amazing …..

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tis the season of so much !

December is always a busy month for me, and this year is no different! I’ve got a bunch of recent/upcoming shows and things to share…

This past weekend was one of back-to-back awesome shows. Saturday night I joined Isla Craig and her amazing band (featuring a Soul Sisters revival of sorts – 4 out of the 5 were there!) at the Great Hall for the December edition of Long Winter. LW is an amazing local series that mashes up all kinds of cool music, art and experiences. And it’s all ages – something that Toronto needs so badly since most of the downtown all-ages venues of my high school days have closed.

On Sunday kith&kin celebrated the 8th anniversary of our annual Holiday Wassail at the Music Gallery. As always, it was a beautiful show, and the building was jammed with friends and good feelings.

I’ve got a couple more shows coming up in the next week as well. On Dec 16th I’ll do some singing with my friend Tim Moxam at Burdock. He is celebrating the release of the video for his new single Meant to Be, which I had the pleasure of singing on (check it out below). And on December 22nd I’ll be back at Burdock with kith&kin and friends for a special seasonal tribute to two of our  favourite folk singers: Jean Ritchie and Leadbelly. There’s more info on that show here.

Another fun thing to share: my friend and collaborator Rene LaVice (who put out his new record Play With Fire recently) has a new podcast, and on the 2nd episode he called me up to talk about how we made our song The Calling. Take a listen here !

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