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March 31, 2011

Innisfil Art Show

On March 26th I was honoured to be the musical guest at an art show hosted by my daughter Jessica.

The evening was a great success and a number of paintings were sold to raise funds for Gilda’s Club in Barrie; an organization that provides support for cancer patients and their families.

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November 14, 2010

Rebecca's Casual Fine Dining

I played a surprise birthday party with Stuart Zaltz for Rebecca at Rebecca's Casual Fine Dining in Muskoka last night.  She was genuinely surprised!  The place was full and everyone has a blast!
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November 14, 2010

Hamilton Music Festival Gig - Nov 19th

Looking forward to play upstairs at the Corktown on Friday, November19th at 10:00 pm.  This is a forty minute spot featuring most of the tunes from my CD, No Other Way.  I will be joined by Rob Davidson - Drums, Stuart Zaltz - keys, and Luc Grenier - Bass.
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October 28, 2010

Hamilton Music Awards

Just announced today, 'No Other Way' is nominated for a Hamilton Music Award in the 'Male Adult Alternative Recording of the Year ' category. I am thrilled and honoured  to be nominated amongst a group of extremely talented artists. Congratulations to all of the nominees. visit www.hamiltonmusicawards.com for more information.

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August 04, 2010

Dominic Ashworth

Dominic Ashworth will be a featured guest of mine at Faloney's of Ancaster this Saturday, August 7th at 7:00 pm.  Dominic has arrived here with his family from London, England and will be playing his only gig in Canada with me and Stuart.  This will be a great night!
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February 10, 2010

Recording MLC at the Coach

We had the opportunity to record MLC (Mid Life Crisis) at the Coach and Lantern in Ancaster, Ontario, Feb. 6th, 2010.  Ann Higgins and her band did a great job.  We will be producing a "live" CD for them over the next few months.
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December 08, 2009

New CD!

The new CD No Other Way is complete and has safely arrived from duplication. I am very excited about promoting this at a fund raising event for the Good Shepherd of Hamilton. We are expecting a sold out venue at the Downtown Arts Centre on Rebecca Street. I am told by Cathy Wellwood of the Good Shepherd that this has been the toughest year ever for looking after those in need. Here is what they need:

• Baby Formula (0-9 months)
• Diapers (size 3-6 & Pull-ups)
• Canned juice & powdered milk
• Canned Soup (chicken & vegetable)
• Cookies & granola Bars
• Olive oil
• Powdered Milk
• Canned pork & beans
• Canned meats & fish
• Canned stew & chili
• Instant coffee & tea
• Pancake mix & syrup
• Rice• Canned Fruit & vegetables
• Canned Pasta & Sauce
• Cereal & Kraft Dinner
• Dry pasta & Soups
• Mr. Noodles
• Peanut Butter & Jam

I am encouraging everyone who can attend to bring some of the items listed above to the event on January 28th. We will be donating the proceeds from the CD release performance to the Good Shepherd Center.
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November 16, 2009

So close...

Just a few more days of mixing to complete the Album.  It should be ready by the third week in December!
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September 10, 2009

New music added to website play list

The latest tracks have been added to the play list under the Music tab on my website.  This is going to be a great album. Have a listen and let me know what you think!
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August 25, 2009

Finishing new album - Wishbone Studios

I had the great fortune of recording with some of the most sought after session players in the US.  Early August, 2009, I recorded three songs with Larry Byrom, Bob Wray and Mark Beckett at Wishbone Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Recording with these guys was a real pleasure.  The New CD will be available very shortly and features original songs written over the past five years.
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August 06, 2009

recording date

Next week will be recording with some great musicians at Wishbone Studio in Alabama.  I'm on the home stretch to finishing my next CD.  This one has taken a while but I'm really happy with the sound, quality and production.  I hope to release it by the end of September.
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July 08, 2009

West Town gig

Friday, July third was a great night.  I was joined by Stuart Zaltz, Mike Lumsden and Rob Davidson at the West Town.  Charlie Courchesne did flawless performance of Lean On Me.  Later, Joe Rhodes did a nice tribute to Jackie Washington while singing some Wilson Pickett songs.  Standing room only - everyone had fun.
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June 15, 2009

Muscle Shoals, Alabama

"Chris, wow! I'm impressed I love your music it's very different and refreshing!"

Robin Mitchell,  Big River Broadcasting

Q-107 WQLT FM,  Florence, Alabama

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June 08, 2009

West Town

I've been rehearsing and writing new music for the gig at the West Town on the 19th of June.  There will be some surprise musical guest appearances getting up to do a few tunes.  It should be a great evening.
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May 25, 2009

Gig at the "Brassie"

Saturday night, May 23rd at the Brassie was fantastic.  I was joined by Stuart Zaltz (Keys & vocals), Rob Davidson (drums & percussion), and Mike Lumsden (Bass & vocals).  We celebrated a few significant birthdays thanks to Marg Politi - mine included!  Arash (owner of the Brassie) thought it might be dead, due to the "lobster fest" the same evening...the place was packed.  Charlie Courchesne got up and belted out a few tunes - blew the place away.
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May 11, 2009

Hamilton Music Scene

It’s funny that when times are tough economically the music culture in the Hamilton area explodes. I have seen so much talent in our city in the past few months. We are very fortunate to see many different genres of music supported by our local music lovers – everything from jazz and rock to folk and ska. Get out to experience a new venue, or listen to a band that you know nothing about.
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May 03, 2009

Hamilton All Star Jazz Band 25 year Alumni Concert

The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band just celebrated their 25 year anniversary. I was honoured to have been asked to be the M.C. for the Alumni Concert at Hamilton Place on May the 2nd, 2009. We had musicians who came from all over Canada and the US to play in the Alumni Orchestra – It was amazing. Russ Weil has been the driving artistic force behind the organization which was started when he was the musical director at Westmount High School many years ago. It was an amazing concert from the current All Stars followed by the Alumni Orchestra. Hamilton Place was the best venue to feature such a great Hamilton iconic organization. www.hamiltonallstarjazz.org
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