Excited to announce that I will be the Host for the 2021 OMA Nominee Announcement, proudly presented by the Durham Region Economic Development and Tourism (@durhamtourism@investdurham).

The 2021 OMA Nominee Announcement event will be a virtual broadcast available to watch on the OMAs’ YouTube channel on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 11 am EST. Viewers can head over to the official Facebook event page for full updates, links, and exclusive sneak peaks before the announcement.

photo credit: Tracy Walker @tracywalkerphoto

So grateful for all of the support the kind folks at Eat North have shown to all of the new music so far! Check out the write up and save the playlist on Spotify to enjoy homegrown talent in the comfort of your home!

“Produced by Hill Kourkoutis, the ballad commands your attention from the get-go and leaves you hypnotized by Joy’s vocals paired with a cinematic and dramatic sound.” – Eat North

Michel and Barbara’s moVirtual House Concert with Jeff Eager and Tania Joy
April 25, 2021 8 PM – 9 PM ET

Each of us will perform 3 songs, and there is a tip jar which will be shared amongst the performers. Read more about the lineup below, and click here to sign up for the Zoom code: https://forms.gle/8aGDHhSnfT1b6KdQ9

Our Host: MICHEL NERAY
is 1/5th of Jacques Russell Trio. JRT is always a bunch of fun, with eclectic mix of blues, jump blues, trucker blues, jazz and pop, and some quirky originals thrown in for good measure. As a solo artist, he writes singer-songwriter songs full of angst, emotional conflict, evocative imagery, and all kinds of good things.

JEFF EAGER
Jeff has performed on stage with rock icon Lenny Kravitz, accompanied The Voice France winner Yoann Freejay on tour, and worked with Canadian stars like Jully Black and Arkells. He’s toured the continent from Hollywood to Halifax, and did a European tour opening for Rick Astley. He’s also performed his original music at the TD Jazz Festival, Burlington Sound of Music Festival. Versatile through soul, rock, jazz, pop, funk and more… he’s one of Toronto’s most dynamic musicians.

This is the unreleased demo video for ‘Blink’. Guitar and vocals were recorded in a dorm room circa 2015, and producer Allister Bradley took those tracks away and worked his magic on them.

Fast forward to 2018 – I’d never made a music video before, and thought it might be fun to give it a go with the demo recording, and videographer Luke Camozzi. We shot two different versions in a friend’s Heritage home in downtown Uxbridge, and this version was done in one seamless take at the end of a long shoot day! If you haven’t seen the original demo video you can check it out here.

The official release of ‘Blink’ is coming 04.29.21 on all streaming services along with a rad new music video. Can’t wait to share!

For a song with a central storyline around life changing in an instant, ‘Blink’ sure took a long time to be fully realized. I first put pen to paper after a period of writer’s block, and willed it into existence after giving myself permission to write a song that sucked. That song (about losing a dirty sock in the the dryer) cleared the cobwebs for what was to become ‘Blink’.

Once the first draft was in decent shape I brought it into a writing session with songwriter James Linderman, where we discovered the walking baseline that grounds the song. Next up… the demo.

Blink will be released on all streaming platforms April 29! Presave here: https://show.co/TVjBs4o

Back in early March, food blog Eat North gave me the opportunity to shout out a few of the local businesses I love so much in my hometown of Uxbridge, Ontario. Now that we are once again in a state of ‘lockdown’ in this province, I encourage you to support these businesses by ordering take out, or curb-side pick up during this challenging time. Our local establishments need us more than ever! Check out the write up here

A rare opportunity to play live music on the stunning garden patio at Banjo Cider in Uxbridge.

Thank you to ‘Just Us Folk’ for including ‘Planks and Marietta’ in last weeks show.

FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Hour One: In this hour we talk with Erin Leahy

Bob Jensen | Pastures Of Plenty | self release
Bridin | Floating | self release
David Picco | Waiting’ For The Summertime | self release
Don McLean | Vincent | Acoustic Rainbow
Leahy | Tears | self release
Mark J. Nyvlt | Dreams | self release
Solas | A Girl In The War | Compass Records
Dan Hill | On The Other Side Of Here | Sun And Sky Records
Eric Andersen | It Starts With A Lie | Gold Castle Records
Tania Joy | Planks And Marietta | self
The High Bar Gang | Long Lonesome Highway Blues | True North Records
Leahy | Good Water | self release
Denis Ryan | Mist Covered Mountains Of Home | self release
Preetam Sengupta | Patience | self release