friend things

i'm playing a few times tomorrow - as you can see in the side bar. that's a lot of shows for a tuesday. there are quite a few shows in the works actually, with static in action, billie yvette's band and with my group, but nothing is confirmed yet.

i want to show you some things. first, i mentioned that awesome kyle evans song "break my back", but i forgot there's a video from that show. so watch it already.

and also, too hilarious not to mention, my pals from moncton, the motorleague are raising money for cyctic fibrosis. and the way they are doing it is awesome. they are doing videos of heritage moments, where they use the script for the heritage moment as lyrics for original songs. here are the first three:

the heritage moments have always been my jam, so these are delighful to me. and this puts me in mind of another excellent thing, so i will leave you with a true canadian gem:

Posted: 2012-03-05 23:04:38 UTC by ap

winter is long

well i am happy to say i was able to sing after all. it was a close call but i was happy i pulled through. it was very lovely. carolyn and kyle are two of my faves - we used to play together all the time at the maple leaf lounge on charlotte street.

that bar was like "cheers" to me, if there was a show going on (or even if there wasn't), i could just show up and be sure that i would run into a friend there. my pal aaron corbett (lead singer of airport and ranger dan in the legend of the psychotic forest ranger - an awesome b horror movie made in cape breton) and i once spent a summer of tuesdays drinking beer there when we were often the only people in the bar. i saw and played some of my favorite shows at the leaf.

and the show on saturday really brought me back there. i even thought i could smell the old sofas and tables for a second. the upstairs is a wonderful venue, and the atmosphere and sound and crowd and the people who work there, it just beats anything else in sydney at the moment. i guess nostalgia always wins in these fights though.

there were only a few people at the show but i prefer that to a bunch of yelling drunks. carolyn played some old songs like jane's song, and sang so beautifully - her voice is like being wrapped in a silk blanket, it's so smooth and warm. she's captivating to say the least. kyle also played some old ones. i miss hearing him play, since he lives away now. he has a song called "break my back" that is about a minute long, and it's the nicest love song i've ever heard. there's some songs of his here, i'd suggest listening to "gone gone gone".

anyway. i just wanted to mention that the show happened as planned and everything was great. now i should be studying for midterm #2 - i'll take a moment to brag and tell you i got 100 on my last three tests (it's my website, i'm allowed), though i will certainly not get 100 on this one. and check it out, i'm on the internet elsewhere too! 1111 views! should i make a wish or something?

Posted: 2012-02-14 17:56:47 UTC by ap


sorry i haven't been posting. i was busy with school and then i got really sick for a week. next week is going to suck: i have 2 midterms and i have to make up a bunch of stuff that i missed this week. to top it all off, i don't think i can sing at the show tomorrow! i've been looking forward to it for ages! luckily, i have friends who are amazing at music and if i can't make it, the incomparable billie yvette rogers will fill in for me. phew. that's such a good line up i might just refuse to sing anyway, haha.

anyway, i hope you like the video. i really like it. i love playing with those guys. and i recommend checking out caper radio's youtube channel. there's a new video up by breagh mackinnon that is excellent, also by jenni welsh. another good one is this video by sprag session, previously known as the colin grant band.

and i will leave you with this video, which is a trailer for a show about my home town. it really warms my heart to see this, it seems like it's caught the things i love about whitney pier and shows them in the kind of warm light that i see when i think about the place.

welp, it seems that they took it down. anyway the pier is awesome.

Posted: 2012-02-10 19:26:17 UTC by ap


here it is folks!

i'll have it up in the music section pronto! my thanks to carolyn lionais, ben furey, steven wilton and of course jenni welsh and stefan macneil.

Posted: 2012-02-08 16:10:51 UTC by ap


i thought it would take longer for me to become a slacker about updating. well, i've kind of been waiting for some stuff to happen which hasn't happened yet. that's partly why i haven't updated the site, and also i will blame school a little bit.

but i should let you know, it was really nice playing with the billie yvette quartet / quintet. that lady has the prettiest voice and the awesomest lyrics. she puts things in a unique way, and i find it delighful. i can't wait til we get some more jams under our belts and start working out some nice three part harms (i bet you saw where i was going with that).

anyhow, for now there's not much on the go so i will just let you see the poster for the feb 11th show, which i am looking forward to immensely:

Posted: 2012-01-30 20:36:24 UTC by ap

multi-show day

so tonight i am playing at flavor 19 at 6:30 with my friend chris poirrier (aka summers on vacation) and then again at the upstairs with heartwood slacks and bob & mal (bob destroys the guitar in black tooth grinn, and there's a video of me and mal singing a sarah harmer song in the music tab).

i was also asked to play with the billie yvette quartet (making it a quintet) today on cbc radio one at 5:30pm. I'm playing with them tomorrow too at the cape breton fudge co. at 3pm. this is awesome because yvette writes some of my very favorite songs, and i can't wait to sing harmonies.

i was going to record a few demos last weekend but i caught a bad cold, so i'll have them done soon (and of course you'll be the first to know).

Posted: 2012-01-20 19:16:54 UTC by ap

a note

by the way, i took the christmas songs out of the player, but they are still available in the archive. also, i'm gonna get adam to change the way events are displayed. i might as well display any time i am playing on here - no sense in keeping static in action shows separate.

anyhow, carry on. check back soon! happy new year.

Posted: 2011-12-30 19:20:22 UTC by ap

the new year approaches

despite having a bit of a cold and being really tired for much of it, so far this holiday season has been great. it's been filled with friends from away (and ones that have been here the whole time who are also awesome), family, and food. i'm thrilled to have time off school but also really looking forward to getting back and starting a new program. next term is 100% biology - my inner nerd-self is quivering with anticipation.

a few gigs coming up - tomorrow static in action is doing a benefit for attawapiskat. also playing is mortality work (an awesome band featuring my roomie jason burke who i also play with in the novemberists) and our buddies black tooth grinn.

then on the 14th i'm doing a live at caper radio with my pals carolyn lionais and ben furey. this will be particularly great because we can sing pretty harmonies together. you can listen to this live online at but it would be even better if you stopped by the station and listened in real life for free.

ALSO that video that we filmed that i was telling you about? or raving about, i guess. i am told it will be ready to go by the time that show rolls around, so i am crossing my fingers!

anyway, i hope you all had lots of time off from work and school or whatever you do, and i hope that time was as awesome as mine has been.

Posted: 2011-12-29 16:48:44 UTC by ap


well. i love this holiday. there is no school. there are presents. and tofurkys. friends home from away. music galore. trees. sparkly lights.

i made a christmas album! and it is available for you to download for free! just click here or visit the music tab. i put some of the tunes up in the music player as well.

i recorded this by myself earlier this month at my friend harry's place, aka small studios. i had to keep it relatively hush hush because it was a present for my parents. however, i gave them a copy tonight so now i am free to spread the xmas cheer.

notable features include: an a capella version of white christmas, a whistling solo by harry (fun fact: i can't whistle a note), and a special guest appearance by my boyfriend (duets are adorable). if you would like a hard copy, i have about 15 of them and i will be selling them for 5 bucks at stoked for the holidays (see events section). if you can't make it and still want a real copy, get in touch with me and we'll figure something out!

enjoy, and happy holidays. get real drunk!

Posted: 2011-12-20 02:25:29 UTC by ap

holiday shows

since the holidays are always a bit hectic, i'm gonna put all my shows in the sidebar, even ones for static in action and (cross your fingers) the novemberists. this year might not be too crazy, actually, i haven't been really on the ball with booking stuff. but anyway i'll still do that. check back soon for more updates.
Posted: 2011-12-13 13:47:56 UTC by ap