I am happy to say my son Patrick and I are heading out soon on our annual Quebec/Eastern Ontario tour. He is just finishing his school term and this is always a nice chance for us to spend some time together, play some music and see old friends along the way.
On Friday, April 28th, my buddy Susan Sweeney-Hermon is hosting us for a house concert in her new Ottawa home. Here are all the details: Showtime is 7.30 p.m. at 185 Crichton Street, New Edinburgh. Tickets are $20. As seating is limited, kindly email Susan ASAP to reserve a spot or call 613-749-2519.
On Saturday, April 29th, we play at The Calabogie Lodge, 729 Mill St, Calabogie, ON K0J 1H0. Calabogie is a stunning little hamlet in the Ottawa Valley. The stage is set right into a granite bluff. This is a wonderful spot for dinner. Call the Valley Food and Drink Company to reserve at (613) 752-2006 ext. 311. Showtime is 8:00 pm. I do believe it is lobster night. Be sure to call for prices and reservations.
On Sunday, April 30, Patrick and I return to Casa del Popolo on The Plateau in Montreal. Doors open at 7:30 pm and show time is 8:00 pm. We have a special guest: harpist/singer Marie Hamilton opening for us. The address is 4873 St. Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2T 1R6. The little theatre is in a room at the back. Walk through the pub to the back and the door is on the left. It is a sweet little venue. Phone: (514) 284-3804.
Here at home I have another kirtan concert coming up at Dynamic Fitness at 99 Pownel St., Charlottetown on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. A big thank you to all the folks who came out to my kirtan concert and chanting workshop in Moncton. Look for up coming events in Fredericton, Halifax and at Fortune Bridge Yoga Studio in Souris, PEI on Sunday. May 21.
I am really enjoying sharing the music I learned in my Mastery of Mantra course that I took with Russill Paul in early winter in India. Although I’ve been studying with him for more than a decade online and in weekend workshops, there is nothing like an intense 30-day retreat to really get to the heart of the mantra tradition. This kind of training is critical to hone in on pronunciation, understand the history and philosophy of chant and learn to hold space for students with the powerful energy generated by these ancient songs. It is a rich and deep tradition that I will, no doubt, continue to study for the rest of my life.
Heads up: my singing camp at Rock Barra Retreat here in Prince Edward Island will be August 4–6 this year. The focus will be chanting with a bit of vocal technique thrown in for good measure. Mantras are always more powerful when sung from the core of the body. Space is limited so book soon. The cost is $175.
Happy Spring, folks. We will see you on tour, in the garden or perhaps at Rock Barra Retreat.