2017 Highlights

Travel by plane



Proudest Moment

Helping my wife Jenny Ambrose move The Makehouse into its new location and seeing it do so well. Honourable mention: getting to know Shane Kelly and learning how to take better photos with him.


Funnest Gig (witnessing)

The single best gig I was at was Eugene Chadbourne at Logan’s Pub, Victoria BC. Honourable mentions include:

MonoNeon, Lucy Woodward, and GhostNote at Hermann’s, Victoria BC

Paul Brady, Andy Irvine, Kevin Burke, Donal Lunny at Ulster Hall, Belfast NI

Tanya Tagaq, Christine Duncan, Jesse Zubot, Jean Martin at Sugar, Victoria BC

Molly, Jane, and Cara Walls at Cross Keys, Antrim NI

John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, Toronto ON


Funnest Gig (playing)

Colony of Unrequited Dreams, National Arts Centre, Ottawa ON. I didn’t play at this gig, but I wrote and recorded the score with Bill Brennan, Heather Kao, Frank Fusari, and Don Ellis and was there opening night. Honourable mentions:

George McFetridge, James Young, UVic School of Music and Martin Batchelor Gallery, Victoria BC

Tony Genge, Kelby MacNayr and Phil Dwyer, UVic School of Music

Element Choir led by Christine Duncan for Tanya Tagaq at Vogue Theatre, Vancouver BC

Several nights with Florian Hoefner, Josh Ward, and Andrew McCarthy at the Black Sheep, St. John’s NL

Bill Brennan at the Ship, St. John’s NL

Curtis Andrews at Vancouver Jazz Festival and Curtis Andrews, Jared Burrows, Vidyasagar Vankayala at Capilano University, Vancouver BC

Accompanying beat poet Micheal McClure with Carol Sokoloff, The Roxy, Victoria BC

UVic Jazz Ensemble live score to The General


Best Record 

Celebrate Ornette boxed set.


Funnest Comedy Show

Ivan Decker and Graham Clark, both shows at Hecklers, Victoria BC. Honourable mentions: Ali Hassan at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.


Best Meal

Belfast, NI https://www.hadskis.co.uk/ Honourable mention: Bruce Alcock’s house


Best Pint

Bath, UK https://www.thebellinnbath.co.uk/ Honourable mention: Erin’s Pub, especially when Craig Young is playing.


Weirdest Moment

Doing a live spot on CBC News Network about the passing of Stuart McLean and the parallel passing of Hulk Stuart McLean


Plans for 2018

Release the album I’ve been sitting on forever

Finish recording my Christmas record

Continue learning Logic

Study Irish

Skate more/be more active

Make lists that are more interesting