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In Montevideo, Uruguay, the sidewalk tiles break away at the bases of huge trees lining the streets.  The first thing I notice every time I come is that all walls are covered with messages:  tributes, poetry, murals, urgent political scribbles. As Eduardo Galeano wrote, “the walls speak”.  It's been ten years of visiting to spend time with my new family and friends - playing music, stepping into the world of earthy Tango revival, Spanish guitars carrying the songs, Candombe rumbling through the streets. And so, creative process starts to happen, bringing together the parallels and tensions of South and North with a cathartic theatricality.

This past December I brought bare unfinished song ideas to the table with Fernando Rosa as my main collaborator and link to musical communities of Montevideo. Through him I met guitarist Federico Brann. We found ourselves playing with everything from Tango and Jazz Manouche to Pink Floydian walls of sound.  Heading back to Toronto I was inspired to connect to young Gypsy Jazz guitarist Debi Botos and others. Divergences and commonalities, deep roots and jarring displacements, pasts and presents interweave in this cross-continental collaboration. I am deeply grateful to the Canada Council For the Arts for generously supporting this creation in process and to FACTOR who will support the album and media that emerges.

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Festival Highlights

Mariposa Folk Festival, Orillia, ON

Celtic Connections. Glasgow, Scotland

Canada Pride. Montreal, QC

Blue Skies Festival, Clarendon Stn, ON

Folk Fest Sur Le Canal, Montreal, QC.

Winterfolk. Toronto, ON.

Hobofest, Saranac Lake, NY

Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Lyons, CO

Stan Rogers Folk Festival, NS

Brampton Live Festival, England

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Awards

Juno nominee. Best Roots and Traditional Album, Solo. 2013

Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee – Contemporary Album of the Year. 2013

Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee – Contemporary Album of the Year. 2009

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COLLABOR

ATION HIGHLIGHTS

Member of the Wailin’ Jennys, 2004-07

Co-wrote songs with Bruce Cockburn on Juno-winning album “Small Source of Comfort” (2011).

Choral Leader. 'Takin' it to the Streets: A Protest Music Workshop' @ Trinity St. Paul, Toronto, 2018.

Conductor. Flash Mob Choir for 'I Can't Keep Quiet Day' @ Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, 2017.

Conductor/Performer. Echo Women's Choir @ Unite To Stop Racism event, Toronto City Hall 2017/18.