VANCOUVER tonight!!!!

TONIGHT! A SPECIAL EARLY SHOW AT THE BILTMORE IN VANCOUVER!! Olenka and the Autumn Lovers are playing too! This show is PAY WHAT YOU CAN! Please tell your friends. It might be a little while before I’m out this way again. It would be wonderful to see you. Thanks!


Hey Buddies.
Donkeys are beautiful creatures. As proof, my friends Colin Medley and Maya Bankovic made a music video for my song, Prove Me Wrong, which features some of the most wonderful moving images of donkeys that you will ever see. It was filmed at one of my favourite places in the Guelph area, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. Big thanks to Maya for her brilliant cinematography, Colin for his vision, and everyone at the DSC for helping this happen. I hope you like it. It’s premiering at The Onion’s AV Club site!



The “Sorry, Goodnight” Tour resumes this week with The Providers: Anna RuddickAaron GoldsteinRich Burnett and Nathan Lawr. I’m very much looking forward to playing BC for the first time in my soft-rock incarnation. I’ll be playing with some old friends and long-time idols. Here are the dates:

Monday, June 16th - Kelowna, BC at Fernando’s with Jon-Rae Fletcher 
Tuesday, June 17th - Victoria, BC at Copper Owl with Katherine Calder and Rugged Uncle 
Wednesday, June 18th - Vancouver, BC at Biltmore Cabaret with Strength of Materials
Thursday, June 19th - Jasper, AB at Jasper Legion with Jeremy Fischer
Friday, June 20th - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Music Fest with Neko Case and Blitzen Trapper 
Saturday, June 21 - Montreal, QC - Festival sur le Canal

Tell your friends! 
See you out there!!



Hey all,
Today is the release day for my new record, Free Will. Long time coming. We’re out here in Cincinnati, just over mid point in the US tour. It has been a blast. I just wanted to let you know that if you’re interested in picking this thing up, you can head down to your local independent record store and get the LP or CD, or find the download on iTunes.

Big thanks to Katie Ewald for getting me over another pre-release anxiety mountain.

Hope you like it.

Here’s a stripped down version of one of the songs for Exclaim…



May 14 - BOSTON, MA - TT The Bear’s w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 15 - BROOKLYN, NY -  The Bell House w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 16 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - Milkboy w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 17 - WASHINGTON, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 18 - PITTSBURGH, PA  - Brillobox w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 19 - CINCINNATI, OH - MOTR Pub w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 20 - COLUMBUS, OH - The Basement w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 21 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Do317 Lounge w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 22 - CHICAGO, IL - Empty Bottle w/ Chad VanGaalen

May 31 - TORONTO, ON - Massey Hall w/Coeur de Pirate 

June 7 - HAMILTON, ON - Hamilton Blues & Roots Festival

June 17 - VICTORIA, BC - Copper Owl

June 18 - VANCOUVER, BC - The Biltmore 

June 20 - CALGARY, AB - Sled Island Festival w/ Neko Case

June 21 - MONTRÉAL, QC - Montréal Folk Festival on the Canal 

July 9 - SASKATOON, SK - Amigo’s

July 10 - REGINA, SK - The Exchange

July 11-13 - WINNIPEG, MB - Winnipeg Folk Festival 

July 18 - SUDBURY, ON - River & Sky Festival

July 19-20 - LONDON, ON - Home County Music and Art Festival

July 26-27 - GUELPH, ON - Hillside Festival 

Aug 2,3 - SACKVILLE, NB - Sappyfest

Aug 8 - OWEN SOUND, ON - Mudtown Music & Arts Festival

Aug 9 - KINGSTON, ON - Wolfe Island Festival  


June 7-8 - TORONTO, ON - Fort York (Field Trip) 

Aug 3 - SACKVILLE, NB - SappyFest

Aug 22 - PETERBOROUGH, ON - Peterborough Folk Festival

Aug 23 - OTTAWA, ON - Arboretum Festival




My new album, FREE WILL, is now streaming into the internet exclusively from The New York Times website!

It will be officially out and about on Tuesday May 20th.  The dynamos at Idee Fixe Records made it happen, and it’s a beautiful thing, if we do say so ourselves.  Gold and Silver marble! CLICK HERE to pre-order it from them right now!!  Here’s the track list:


AM Blues

Positive People

Prove Me Wrong

Let’s Get Through Today

What Part Of You



Big Smoke

Free Will

PLUS, the LP comes with a bonus 45 featuring two additional songs:

Receive Me

Someplace I’m Supposed To Be

…The latter is the song I wrote for This American Life last year.  These additional songs are also available with downloads of the album.

The album features the expert work of The Providers:  

Rich Burnett - Lap Steel, Guitar, Vocals

Aaron Goldstein - Pedal Steel

Nathan Lawr - Drums

Anna Ruddick - Upright Bass, Vocals

and also features Jennifer Castle on vocals, Thomas Hammerton on piano and mellotron, and Ben Grossman on Hurdy Gurdy.  

I’m so grateful for the contributions of these beautiful players, and I’m in love with Alex and Jeff from Idee Fixe who convinced me to record music again.  Thank yous!





In like a lion, folks!  March will have The Providers and I playing all around Southwestern Ontario.  Most of these shows will also feature the transfixing Jennifer Castle, playing solo, which is one of my favourite things in the world!  

Incidentally, Jennifer Castle is also currently involved in a mind blowing contemporary dance collaboration with Ame Henderson and the Toronto Dance Theatre.  It`s showing at the Winchester Theatre in Toronto this week (Feb 26 to Mar 1) and you should go see it if you`re in the area.  An amazing collaborative work by some of the most inspiring people I know.  For a great interview with Ame and Jennifer, check this out.

Here are our upcoming shows:

Saturday, March 1 ­ St. Catherines, ON ­ Niagara Arts Center ­with Grey Kingdom and Brittany Brooks of Creature Speak // tickets // FB event

Friday, March 14 ­ Kingston, ON ­ The Grad Club ­with Jennifer Castle  // tickets //  FB event

Saturday, March 15 ­ Orangeville, ON ­ with Jennifer Castle ­ Shinn Institute For The Arts // FB event  //  tickets available at Aardvark Music & Culture

Friday, March 21 ­ Ottawa, ON ­ Zaphods ­ with Jennifer Castle and Jonathan Pearse (of Winchester Warm)  //  tickets  //  FB event

Saturday, March 22 ­ Peterborough, ON ­ Gordon Best Theatre ­with Jennifer Castle and Nick Ferrio  //  tickets //  FB event

Sunday, March 23 ­ Kitchener/Waterloo, ON ­ Jane Bond ­with Jennifer Castle  //  FB event 

Friday, April 11 ­ Guelph, ON ­ Dublin St. United Church ­opening for Destroyer (Kazoo!fest 2014)  //


It has been a while.  2013 required me to drop out of the game a bit, as us dad-folk dudes will tend to do now and then, but let me assure you, it’s all going to pay off in 2014.  We played some wonderful shows in the last year, including a lovely summer-ender among the flora and fauna of the Toronto Botanical Gardens.  Not sure how I got so lucky.

The majority of my time, though, was spent securing a place to live, building a nice little studio (!), and recording a new full length album with a group of lovely players, old friends and new, in the Summer and Fall.  More info on the album, and many upcoming shows to announce, in due time.  Please enjoy these “classic” studio pictures by the wonderful Colin Medley, who really reminds me of Jared Gilman in Moonrise Kingdom in the best way.  

Happy New Year!


As I head out of Milan, the sun is coming up. It’s about 4 hours South to Perugia, and in the first hour the weather is lovely. I stop at an auto grille rest stop full of commuters and truck drivers for espresso and a sandwich. This is one of the more surreal moments on any tour: when the late nightlife of a musician collides, unassuming, with the purposeful, unflinching morning routine of the workaday world. This is exponentially more strange because I’m in Italy, trying to imagine myself on the way to work in a place I only know by its bar and restaurant culture.

People drive faster on the motorways of Italy than I’ve ever seen anyone drive. Two hundred kilometres an hour, at 7 in the morning. My mind cannot get a handle on this, and I stay in the slow lane. When I begin the drive upward into the mountains, the fog gets thick, then the rain, and, eventually, the snow. After a few hours of navigating winding mountain roads and tunnels in wet snow, I pull off at a rest stop and fall asleep in the car for two hours.

I get my bearings and roll on to Perugia. The venue is a fantastic bar/cafe/record store called T-trane. Within half an hour I’ve had an espresso, a local beer and bought a Bevis Frond album and the Kinks’ Lola vs power man on vinyl. While making the espresso, the bartender asks me, “who do you think is beautiful?” And before I can answer, tells me she thinks Charlize Theron is the most beautiful person in the world.

I check in to a room at a great little hotel up the street from the venue. At 8pm, I set up in the record store, and play to a nice crowd. Afterwards, people are very enthusiastic about the set. There’s also a great lost in translation thing in italy where people say “congratulations” to performers after a show. Makes me feel good.

I meet an artist and harmonica player named Jason Johnson from Atlanta, Georgia who now lives in Perugia with his family. After the show, I’m offered another incredible meal at the restaurant next door. Jason and I sit an talk for a good long while about Perugia, Atlanta, and Guelph, Ontario. He speaks of contemporary American politics as an ex-pat artist who is still very invested in the subject. He’s currently working on a vinyl-themed art show which will launch at T-trane in the coming weeks.

Jason explains to me that Perugia was the site of the Salt War of 1540, wherein Perugians resisted Pope Paul III’s salt tax and defied papal control. As protest, Perugians stopped putting salt in their bread. This has become the customary way of preparing bread in Perugia, and the result tastes distinctly bitter and a bit sweet at the same time.

I bid farewell to Jason and Damiano, the excellent promoter, and hike through the old arch to my hotel.