battle of the SADS

Has the weather gotten you down? Feeling stressed about world politics? You don't have a date for Valentine's Day? You would probably feel better after a good cry.

On February 17th, 14 of the finest singer / songwriters from Cape Breton Island will gather in a lacrimose celebration of sad songs. Their aim is to wrench your heart and make you weep.

You will have the opportunity to vote for the most wail-worthy offering of the night, and cheer up these morose musicians with a prize for saddest song.

After you shed all of your tears into your lattes and hot chocolates, you can leave feeling happy once again, knowing that you have contributed to a wonderful fundraiser for our local campus and community radio station, Caper Radio!

is this the best or worst idea i've ever had for a show? only one way to find out!

Posted: 2017-02-03 14:12:44 UTC by ap

caper radio needs you

something you might not know about me is that for the past few years i have sat on the board of directors for caper radio. caper is an amazing institution. i think is has done more to grow and nourish the local music scene than any other group or organization. it's had a long history of being a web-only station, but in the last few years things have finally come together to make it possible for the station to be broadcast on FM! this was a lengthy and expensive process, and required tons of work by dedicated people. it's done now (check it out on 107.3 FM), but the station had to put out some unexpected costs right in the home stretch. so they need a little help.

click here to get to caper radio's go fund me page where you can donate.

Posted: 2017-01-18 18:14:41 UTC by ap


i recorded a new demo yesterday. check it out below!

Posted: 2017-01-10 14:41:16 UTC by ap

3 generations

i had a lovely holiday this year, the cake of which was iced by this lovely show on dec 27th. 4 of my favorite musicians played a songwriter's circle, and then i got to play with 3 of my favorite musicians in tamarack. and in between, carolyn, sean and I rehashed a great christmas cover which we first did together 13 years ago (i think!).

since there are a few days left in december, you can listen to team powerhaus below! i've posted some playlists of the amazing artists we shared the stage with for the holiday shows below that.

december 21 with justin vallis and heartwood slacks:

december 27th with carolyn lionais, kyle evans, scott boudreau and sean macgillivray:

Posted: 2016-12-29 15:53:43 UTC by ap

annual xmas album reminder

here is the reminder that i have xmas music available. this year i've also made a soundcloud account for ease of use.

Posted: 2016-11-30 16:49:27 UTC by ap

the holiday approaches

this is the time of year when everyone starts planning their holiday shows, and have we got a doozy for you! i had a semiconscious half-dream about a show which featured my favorite musicians and then when i woke up i sent them all messages and they have all agreed to play with tamarack on dec 27th at doktor luke's! there are a few more things in the works as well, so check back for updates in the coming weeks, and don't forget to download my christmas album for your mum.

Posted: 2016-11-21 17:50:02 UTC by ap

tamarack at gobblefest 2016

hey this was our set at gfest this year! we missed our angel-voiced cellist, mallery, who is off in a tropical paradise teaching music to children. hopefully it won't be too long before she returns to us. in the meantime, please enjoy these cello-less tunes.

Posted: 2016-10-09 00:28:09 UTC by ap

gobble gobble

alysha jessome took some video of us at the upstairs this weekend. here it is:

it was a really great show - got a chance to hang out with my old pals from the motorleague, and alright already are one of my favorite bands of all time. being able to guest star on backup vocs is always a special time.

gobblefest is coming up this weekend, 5 awesome shows and i am playing two of them - with static in action and also tamarack. very excited!

keep an eye on for more details.

Posted: 2016-10-02 16:19:40 UTC by ap

it runs in the family

i made a country / old timey traditional record with my dad. this was his first time recording AND he played mandolins that he made himself. i think it's pretty awesome. click the album title to go to the full track listing.

Posted: 2016-06-07 18:13:19 UTC by ap

protest song

here is my protest song about the sydney steel plant. it was written by john "slim" mcinnis in 1943.

for more info go to

Posted: 2016-04-16 11:34:00 UTC by ap