Saturday, September 26, 2015


In every direction

I write a poem today for the fallen warriors
The one's whose contributions are still felt
Their efforts linger on
They are part of the fabric...
Of my life
I think of you all
And hope that you feel the same
I am still here...
As I know you are...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Thanks to Dennis, Nicole, Trevor, and the rest of my family and friends.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Willie Thrasher - Spirit Child (Future Days Recordings/Light in the Attic)

 Available: October 30th, 2015

Spirit Child is the debut LP from Inuk singer-songwriter Willie Thrasher. Thrasher was born in Aklavik, a hamlet located in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories, Canada, in 1948. At five years of age, Thrasher was taken from his family and sent to a residential school where he was forbidden to practice his Inuvialuit culture, a shameful initiative by the Canadian government to assimilate Indigenous people into mainstream society. Music was a way for Thrasher to escape the pain and longing. In the mid-1960s, Thrasher drummed for The Cordells, one of the first Inuit rock bands. One evening, a stranger recommended that the group tap into their Aboriginal roots instead of the charts for inspiration. This prompted Thrasher to take up the guitar and write songs about his life, people, and the environment. Despite losing a portion of his left middle finger in a work accident, Thrasher became a musical vagabond, travelling across Canada and the United States throughout the 1970s and well into the 1980s meeting many other First Nations, Métis, and Inuit musicians. Spirit Child was released by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1981 and provided a further opportunity for Thrasher to reconnect with his Native heritage and share this love and understanding with people from other cultures. “Silent Inuit” became a northern hit for Thrasher, but with limited commercial support and little promotion outside of northern communities, the album eventually fell to the wayside. Today, Thrasher lives in the town of Nanaimo, B.C., where he performs as a city sanctioned busker with his partner Linda Saddleback. The global attention garnered by Light In The Attic’s Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985 has led to recent performances at the Austin Psych Fest and Levitation Vancouver. Wherever he may be, Willie Thrasher is a trailblazing troubadour with an Indigenous heartbeat sound. Let Spirit Child open your ears, heart, and mind to a new folk-rock reality.
  • Officially licensed reissue
  • Featured on Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985
  • Expanded gatefold edition with full lyrics
  • Newly re-mastered pre-order edition:
- “Burnt Orange” Wax limited to 200 copies (2 per customer)

More info and pre-order links at

Monday, September 14, 2015


*Please note: Neil NOT in attendance!!!
**Super stoked to have David Alain Binette (Shit La Merde) as guest DJ!!!

wild wood (live at muchmusic)

*I remember catching this live on TV back in the early 1990s. Such a nice combo w/ the solo electric guitar and voice. PEACE


"True, it's a dream, mixed w/ nostalgia. But it's a dream that I'll always hang on to."
- Paul Weller (The Jam)
*See below...
**Paul Weller is playing the Commodore September 29

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Dr. Duke Redbird

Through the NNA V1 project, I was able to connect w/ the legendary Dr. Duke Redbird. Like all of the artists featured on the compilation, he is an inspiration to me. It's been a honour to spend some quality time w/ Duke in person over the last couple of years. Listening to his poetry and words give me hope and a greater understanding of the world in which we live. Below is one of Duke's poems, written three years ago during a tenure at OCAD in Toronto. It contains a universal message for all! PEACE


by Duke Redbird

In every Nation, in every Clan,
The Elders to a person.
Whether woman or a man,
Shared a common truth,
One Truth to understand,
The Spirit of the People
Is Equal
To the Power of the Land.

The Mother of us all
The sacred Mother Earth,
Is constant in her giving,
And perpetual in her birth,
In meadows and in fields,
Where weeds and flowers grow,
She conceives the summer showers,
And spawns the winter snows.
In forests and in mountains,
She gives the birds that fly,
Every type of wing,
Then coaxes the wind to join,
In harmony, when they begin to sing.
In brooks and streams,
And rivers as they flow,
She generates the dreams
And makes the fires glow.
And in every creature,
Whether large or small
She buries gems of wisdom
In them all,
And in every grain of sand,
She plants the knowledge,
Of the Power of The Land.
And those that honour,
Her creations,
And acknowledge her grand design,
She gives the templates,
Of the sacred,
And the patterns of the divine.
And then with certain knowledge,
This to understand,
That the spirit of the people,
Is equal,
To the Power of the Land.


Today is Thursday
Today is a worry day...
Today is a no hurry day.
Today is a let's dance the night away...
Catch me chillin' in my sweatpants