Am enjoying a new aspect to my music career – writing music profiles, articles and music reviews. 

Quinte Arts Council ‘Cultivating Creativity’ 

Suzanne Pasternak
“Suzanne Pasternak … is a singer, songwriter, performing and recording artist, author, producer, storyteller, lecturer, folklorist, marine historian, writer and documentary filmmaker.”

 LINK: Suzanne Pasternak Profile

The Commodores Orchestra
“The longest running orchestra in North America (over 90 years).  Read all about in Andy Sparling’s fabulous book *Dance Of The Decade* – contact information is in the article.”

LINK: The Commodores Orchestra Profile

 Joe Callahan
“Singer/songwriter and generous to other musicians – both professional and amateur – by tirelessly organizing venues for them to perform at.”

  LINK: Joe Callahan Profile

Tony Vani
“Almost as well known for generously encouraging/showcasing fellow musicians as he is for his versatility as a musician in his own right.”

LINK: Tony Vani Profile

Sebastian Sallans
“Violinist as well as Artistic Director of The Quinte Society for Chamber Music, Sallans has a lofty goal to make classical music accessible to all; especially in rural areas.”

LINK: Sebastian Sallans Profile

Class Act Trio
“His love for jazz goes back as far back as he can remember”

LINK: Class Act Trio Profile

Matt Smith
“It’s not just his playing that catches your ear, it’s also his unique singing voice in a wide range of genres including rock, country, bluegrass, ragtime, traditional blues, roots and contemporary songs.”

LINK: Matt Smith Profile

Spencer Evans
“Self described keyboardist/clarinetist/accordion player/singer/band leader/entertainer/music director/recording artist/composer/arranger/ham (sic), Evans’ eclectic musical taste ranges from jazz to funk, salsa to blues, soul to klezmer and celtic to swing.”

LINK: Spencer Evans Profile


“The Birth of A Song”

“The Early Years”

“The Olympic Years”

“The Little Song that Could” has garnered over 342,000 views on YouTube (as at May 28,2020) and features artists with a combined 6 Juno & 13 Grammy Awards:  David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Liberty Silver, Wilfred LeBouthillier, The Good Brothers, Jeanette Arsenault, Don Coleman and Young Singers conducted by Anna Lynn Murphy

LINK to song This Is My Canada/Mon cher Canada

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 The Calls:  Fall Inside

“What I am hearing in *Fall Inside* is a ‘60s sounding psychedelic guitar riff with a ‘70s sounding drum & bass groove”

Fall Inside Review

Dictator:  Anthem for a Doomed Youth

“There is a spunk & drive in the upcoming generation.  They see a broken world and they are determined to make it better.  Yes they are angry at what they see we’ve done with our turn at running the world”

Anthem For A Doomed Youth Review

Pretoria:  Skinny Dip

Which leads to another rule Pretoria breaks with “Skinny Dip” – they stop their infectious gotta-dance groove right in the middle of the song!  Who does that?

Skinny Dip Review

Nick Byrne:  Houses

“Had me at the opening guitar intro.  And then I heard his voice.  Can a person be hooked that quickly?”

Houses Review

Kleopatra:  Ukiyo

Shades of Sonny John Moore (aka Skrillex) juxtaposed with Japanese pop with a taste of Triphop and elements of Electronic Pop”

Ukiyo Review

Plastic Barricades:  Optimist

“Something I look for in a song – insightful, clever lyrics that bring you right into the heart of the song.”

Optimist Review

Virtues:  You are Alive

“Virtues make their songs on “You’re Alive” sound retro and neo rock at the same time”

E.P REVIEW: Virtues – You’re Alive

Tom Joshua: Knock On A Hollow

And now the voice comes in – great vocals.  The harmonies are so subtle that I didn’t notice them the first time through because Joshua’s voice is so compelling, I just focussed on him”

SONG REVIEW: Tom Joshua – Knock On A Hollow

Connor Fyfe:  Album – Don’t

Never mind focussing on his age – his huge talent holds its own. “

ALBUM REVIEW: Connor Fyfe – Don’t

The Deep Shining Sea:  Girl There’s Something You Should Know

They are only 3 musicians but their sound is BIG and round and full. “

Song Review: The Deep Shining Sea – Girl There Is Something You Should Know

Broken Harmony:  Charlie

“If you love funk, then you will want to be a part of the fabulous funk fandom of Broken Harmony or as they describe it “The Super Funk Band of Awesome”.”

SONG REVIEW: Broken Harmony – Charlie


Thumper:  Ad Nauseam

“My first impression of Thumper came from looking at their website – WOW! This is innovative, different and quite a stand-out  – the most interesting homepage I have seen so far”

Matthew Barton:  Fag & Glass Swan

“But I also think that just like other artists who are different and carving out their own path, Barton will find his following and his fans who are ready for something different but still want to hear good talent”

Peco:  Some Folk

“The song opens with a sing-along “oooooo….ahhhhhhh” then goes right into a bouncy clap-your-hands catch your attention rhythm.  I’m intrigued.  The song makes me happy”

Catholic Action:  Yr Old Dad

“I want to hear this again’, I said as soon as the song was over.  What did I just listen to?  Whatever it was, play it again NOW!”