Summertime Fun!

For a music student, I have the perfect summertime gig at the Oh Canada Eh dinner show in Niagara Falls. I have had a lot of fun playing in this high-energy show, and have enjoyed learning about performing in a musical theatre-like setting.

It has been a real pleasure working with high caliber entertainers – actors and musicians, both instrumentalists and vocalists alike, who are responsible for putting on such a great show.

Come out this summer and laugh through an evening of entertainment! I would look forward to seeing you, eh!  

You can order your tickets here: Oh Canada Eh!

 

Another Great Experience

I have been very fortunate to yet again be invited to play in an auxiliary string section with Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, and their band.

This latest performance was at the theatre in Casino Rama in front of an audience of 4000 people. I performed in a few numbers, playing string pads under Donnell Leahy and a few tunes in a jam-like setting.

While I have performed many gigs in my life, it is incredible to see the work and effort put into a show of that caliber. I am extremely blessed to have opportunities like this, and it is incredibly humbling to be in the presence of such great talent and musicianship.

Many thanks for the opportunity

Check this website: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy

PHOTO CREDIT: From the Natalie and Donnell website photo gallery – https://www.natalieanddonnell.com/gallery/

Video: Shallow

I have been fortunate in my first year at Humber to not only learn a lot from my professors, but also to make great music with my friends. I had a blast at the many impromptu jam sessions – some lasting well past midnight. Most of the great music created with my friends was not captured on video. Thankfully, my good friend Harrison produces terrific YouTube videos. He took it upon himself to orchestrate projects, some of which I played a part in. You can check out some of his great work here: Harrison King Music.

I am accompanist in the rendition of Shallow from A Star is Born.

 

The National Musicfest and Casino Rama

I am really looking forward to this week!

On Tuesday night I will be performing with musicians from Humber College as the Humber music program is featured at the National Musicfest Finals. This year the national music showcase and contest is being hosted in Ottawa. The Humber Experience is taking place at the Bronson Centre and the performances begin at 8 p.m. I am performing with the Humber Strings under the direction of Drew Jurecka.  More information on this event is here.

On Saturday afternoon I am performing in the Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy show at Casino Rama.  What a thrill this will be to again be included in a show with these exceptional fiddlers. Show time is 1 p.m. at the casino and you can buy your tickets here.

So, this week it is going to be travelling from Ottawa to Orillia – with a special 25th anniversary Oh Canada Eh! show on Friday in Niagara Falls. Great opportunities – great fun.

An award winning show — Oh Canada Eh!

I am thrilled to be part of a dinner show that has been running for more than two decades! This week Oh Canada Eh Dinner Show appeared at the Attractions Ontario Awards Ceremony to accept its 2018 Top Performing Arts attraction. Congratulations! This recognition is a wonderful tribute to the actors and musicians who have made this show so much fun and entertaining night after night.

It was surprising to see that when the show producers were accepting the award, I was used in the show’s promotional piece.

I hope you can join this year’s cast to enjoy the show’s 25th anniversary. Come see the show through October 26th as we celebrate “All Things Canadian.” For the new 25th Anniversary production, the show features 30 minutes of new material. There are new costumes, a new set — and some new faces for a wonderful night out.

Here the link to the Oh Canada Eh website where you can order your tickets:

http://www.ohcanadaeh.com/

Honoured with Humber Award

It was an honour to be the recipient of the Scott Henshaw Memorial Award, given to me by the Humber Faculty of Music for both my academic standing and music performance. It was especially gratifying to be recognized for my improvisation, which is something I have only picked up entering my music program this year. I have worked hard at this element of my music and the recognition means a lot to me. What a great year!
I was pleased to receive the award by none other than Ted Quinlan.
Thank you to Seraphic Entertainment Ltd for establishing and sponsoring this award. Thank you to Drew Jurecka and the Bachelor of Music program for such a wonderful experience in my first year at Humber. And thank you to the Humber Faculty for selecting me as the recipient for this honour.

Joining Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show This Summer

I am very excited to have been selected to join the cast of Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show in Niagara Falls this summer! I am the show’s fiddler entertaining more than 100 audiences through my summer break, from the beginning of May to Labour Day! 

It is super to be performing at this premier tourist attraction. Here is what the dinner show website – OhCanadaEh.com – says about the show. 

Canada’s Longest Running Dinner Musical!

Join is for our 26th season! This two-hour show features all-Canadian music; from maritime folk songs to modern pop. Come meet our singing Mountie, Hockey Player, Anne of Green Gables, Klondike Kitty and more. This high-energy production features over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists including music from Paul Anka, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, the Bare Naked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and many, MANY more. While you’re enjoying the show, our performers serve our famous all-Canadian, family-style meal; at what other restaurant are you served your dinner by a singing Mountie?

I will post more on the show and my summer in the weeks ahead. Rehearsals start later this month! 

This summer I hope you might plan a trip to Niagara to take in the show!  I would love to see you! 

 

 

A Great Surprise

 

To end the summer and to celebrate my going to college, this week my parents held a surprise fiddle jam for me with many friends who I played with through the years. I was very surprised to see everyone who came out to the party! A big thank you for making this jam such a fun time! 

 

My greatest thrill was having my three teachers at the jam. It was a thrill to play with them and so nice to have a chance to talk and share some laughs with them before I head out to Toronto. In this picture below, good friends Karoly Sziladi, Cindy Thompson, and Denis Lanctot.