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When I was 8 years old, my grandfather strong-armed a Montreal piano teacher into calling my parents to insist on them sending me for lessons.
Ever since, I’ve been making music and writing songs. I’ve been seduced by Dave Brubeck, Paul Simon, Library of Congress field recordings, Billy Joel, Baaba Maal and Dr. John. I’ve released five studio recordings of piano pop. I’ve learned first-hand about songwriting, recording and performing from friends like Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith. And I’ve performed with my piano in just about any place you could imagine: coffeehouses, backyards, churches, theatres, festivals, rock clubs, radio stations & cruise ships.
For me, the best songwriting moments are when I become an active spectator to the creation of the song, kind of like being in a dream that’s unfolding. The best performing moments are when I stop thinking and yet I feel the audience is still with me. The best moments making a record usually have to do with becoming lasting friends with my collaborators. All magical moments. All mystifying, challenging and rewarding.
These days I’m based in Toronto and working on my new album with producer Howie Beck. The first single will be released in Fall 2013 and is called “Al Green”.
Oh yeah, I also love traveling, playing squash and documentary films.