News and Announcements

New Residuals Album in the Works

After four years of introspection and staff changes, The Residuals have figured out what they’re all about, and they’re ready to share more music with the world. Plug thine ears, lest the resounding “woot” deafen thee.

The album will seek to define our genre, Prairie Celtic, and I’m proud to say that we plan to include several compositions of mine: the songs “The Maple Tree”, “My Town”, “Way Down Here”, and “A Long Time Gone”. There will also be a few tunes I’ve written: “The Missing Head”, “Get That Cat Outta Here”, and “Brene Brown’s Hornpipe.”

More updates to come!

The Playford Suite to be performed at Dimensions with Free Flow Dance

After nearly two years, The Playford Suite, a composition of mine, is ready to be performed in its entirety, with dancers, at a Free Flow show. The show is called “Dimensions”, and for three excellent performances, Jennifer Bezaire and Kyle Severson will be dancing to my music. With me onstage will be an incarnation of Mac Talla Quartet. I am thrilled to see so much talent – musicianship, dancing, choreography, and love – applied to my music. Our performances will be the culmination of all our effort. Come see!

November 23 & 24, 8:00 PM

November 25, 7:00 PM

The Refinery, 609 Dufferin Avenue, Saskatoon, SK

New Patreon Rewards Unveiled

I have newer, better rewards to offer for my patrons on Patreon. They include:

Sneak-peeks at new music and fiction before it is published.

Gift certificates for other prairie creators.

House concerts

Personalized verse.

Hit the support tab to see my new Patreon page!

Changes coming to my Patreon Page

I’ll be changing up my Patreon rewards next month. Keep an eye out for better rewards, including chances to have home concerts with my bands!

Listen to Mac Talla Quartet in Concert May 20th!

May 20th at 2:30 at Grace-Westminster Church in Saskatoon, Mac Talla will be putting on a show. We love to do shows like this, because it gives us a chance to play the music we truly love. My favourites on our programme will be the 2nd movement of Beethoven quartet that always yanks my heartstrings, our arrangement of “The Rains of Castamere” from Game of Thrones, and of course the three Playford dance pieces I’ve been telling you about for months.

I have heard a few concerts at Grace-Westminster before, and I’m also looking forward to playing with the beautiful acoustics. This will be a memorable event! 505 10th Street East, Saskatoon.

For more on this event, send me an email, or visit our Facebook page. Click here!

“The Unhonoured Dead” and “A Lofty Mind” are posted on Patreon

Mac Talla Quartet and I have been hard at work making recordings of my latest string quartet pieces, “The Unhonoured Dead”, and “A Lofty Mind”. I am very proud of them, and my compatriots have played them beautifully.

You can listen to “The Unhonoured Dead” here. on Patreon.

You can listen to “A Lofty Mind” here, but you have to be my patron first. Hint hint.

Something Big’s in the Works

I’m working on something important… I don’t want to say exactly what it is yet because I want to build up suspense. Mwah hah hah. Suffice to say that it is a way for me to finally help people directly, and to usher more art and expression into the world. More news later!

Conduit – A Contemporary Dance Show


Free Flow Dance is having their big shows November 17th and 18th at Persephone Theatre, and my piece, The Bohemian’s Progress, is being played by amazing peeps, Mac Talla Quartet. It’s on at 8 PM both nights.

For the first time, live music will be combined with Jennifer Bezaire’s dancing. We rehearsed together for the first time yesterday and it was energizing. It will be a thrill to be there onstage with an audience. Hope to see you there!

Bohemian’s Progress to be performed at FreeFlow Dance Centre

The long-awaited moment has arrived: I will at last get to see the dance routine that has been set to my piece, The Bohemian’s Progress.  This is a privilege that most people will never get to enjoy in their lifetimes, and I intend to savour it.  I’ll get to see it on September 23rd, 2017, at the FreeFlow Dance Centre at 8:00 PM, and I think you should attend as well!

Patreon! Patreon!

I have just launched my Patreon page. My fingers are actually shaking a little as I type this, because I have so much riding on the success of Patreon. My goal is to make enough money to support my family, modestly. That’s all I’ve wanted for so long. Isn’t it reasonable to think that a man should be able to do that? Support the people he loves by doing what he loves?

Here’s the link to Patreon. Visit, and contribute.

Gateway Festival 2016

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My and my little adventuring buddy, Kara, visited Bengough, Saskatchewan for the Gateway Festival. Establishing base camp in our trusty tent in the overflow parking, we experienced a weekend of music, swimming, and exploring the Big Muddy valley.

I loved Rosie and the Riveters, Fred Penner, Kirby Criddle and Shotgun Jimmie. However, the artist I most wished to see was Corb Lund, Alberta’s modern-day troubadour. He was scheduled to play at 11:00 PM on the Friday, but a thunderstorm rolled in and I had to whisk Kara away to our tent. There, she fell asleep, and I didn’t have the heart to wake her when the band started playing at 1:00 AM. So I had to listen to my favourite songs echo throughout the campsite. It sounded like a really good show (droopy face).

Canadian Writers’ Summit 2016

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I have returned from Toronto from the Canadian Writers’ Summit. It has been 22 years since I visited Toronto, when I was with the National Youth Orchestra. It has been great to explore this quirky, progressive city. It also feels good to be with other writers. I met some new friends, learned a lot, and had some of my opinions challenged.

I don’t want to go from Toronto! I don’t want to go!!!

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