On set for 'Finding The Nature'

in 1993, the Kennedy River Bridge entrance to logging operations on Clayoquot Sound became the site of one of the largest civil disobedience campaigns in Canadian history. The action followed the B.C. government’s decision to allow a harvesting plan that would see the eventual cutting of another 51 percent of the area’s old-growth forest. 

To press for that reversal, a peace camp was set up by the Friends of Clayoquot Sound (FOCS), a Tofino-based environmental group which has fought for the protection of the forests for fourteen years. The camp served as a base for protesters, who blockaded the Kennedy River Bridge. 9,000 people participated in demonstrations, and more than 800 people were arrested to protect the remaining old-growth forest.

Kennedy River Bridge

I'm standing on the bridge during a live sound session for 'Finding the Nature',  a project that captures moments that create a shared sense of place and feeling, a tender strength that has the power to bring us back to our roots, out of the mind and into the moment. Featuring local artists and filmmakers who share a respect for music and the environment, the FTN story is the journey to wide-open vistas and secluded wilderness, sun-soaked beaches and rocky caves, from urban to outdoors, suburban to the remote. Finding the Nature records music in the best sound session studio we have: Mother Nature. Carbon-neutral, all-organic, uninhibited, unselfconscious. Stay tuned for the release later this summer!

Singing with Saritah at the Media Club

Well this was all kinds of fun. I am coming across more & more opportunities to support artists and musicians in doing what they are lit up in life by doing, and loving it more and more all the time. Saritah is a sparkling jewel of a being, and I look forward to the next time the universe brings this sister & I together. Her album 'Dig Deep' (the synchronicity did not go unnoticed, believe me) is available at Saritah.com. 

Thanks to Rod Matheson & his 'Every Day Music' project for the footage, where he records & posts 1000 live music performances in 1000 days - This show was #834. You can follow the project on his YouTube channel, EveryDayMusicTV. 

Will Ross' 'Freeloader'

A while back, Will took a leap of faith and asked me to come and sing a part of a duo track on his album, after hearing me back up Leah Barley on a tune or two at a show at Displace in Vancouver. 

I had such a good time such a good time with 'Freeloader' that I ended up singing on a whole handful of tunes on his upcoming album. Here's a sneak peek of one of the songs I lent my voice to, 'Eastbound and Down'.

Will and I will also happen to be on the east side of Turtle Island later this summer, and will be playing a show together - find more info on the 'shows' page. 

In case you missed us the Media Club...

The show last week with Saritah, Buckman Coe & Jeff Child at the Media Club was unbelievably fun - In case you missed it, here's some footage of the songs, the string-busting goodness, and the sweet support from Tim Parent, spontaneous guitar tech extraordinaire (seriously, thanks!).

Thanks to Adrian Armstrong for the footage, and for being such an incredible supporter of local & independent music in Vancouver. 

Interview with Michael Averill on 'Music for Everyone'

Musician Michael Averill and I have been in a deeply-appreciative wide-orbit relationship for a long time now. We finally had the chance to sit down and talk (in my bathroom) as a part of his ongoing web series, 'music for everyone'. You can listen to our conversation at