Wild Life Sketches Continues: Long Way From Home Edition

Well, I'm happy to report that all of the planned shows on the Wild Life Sketches Way Out West (tour) are back behind in the realm of fond memories and today I'm heading out to Ucluelet, BC to dip my toes in the Pacific Ocean! After 9000km of driving and 40+ concerts getting here, I'm taking a break for a couple weeks to let Mildred rest her road weary tires and then starting to make my way back to Ontario. Thanks to all the people I met on the way out west, I get to see some familiar faces on the way back, too! And even if I'm on holiday, I can't imagine I'll spend it any other way but hunting for concerts and dropping in on places at the last minute with a guitar and a song to sing :)

Upcoming gigs and the LONG WAY FROM HOME tour:
(more dates to be announced but these are all confirmed so far)

Sunday, April 28th
The Prophouse
Vancouver, BC

Friday, May 10th
The Grateful Fed
Kelowna, BC

Monday and Tuesday, May 13th-14th
The Elk and Oarsman
Banff, AB

Friday, May 17th
Edmonton, AB

Saturday, May 18th
Saskatoon, SK

Wednesday, May 22nd
The Mondragon Cafe
Winnipeg, MB

Thursday, May 23rd
The Bijou
Kenora, ON

Saturday, May 25th
The Apollo
Thunder Bay, ON

Wednesday, May 29th
Acoustic Concert in a 12 Sided Barn
(Dodecagonical Barn Concert)
Iron Bridge, ON

Thursday, May 30th
The Anchor Inn
Little Current, ON

Friday, May 31st
The Old Station
Bracebridge, ON

Saturday, June 1st
Algonquin Park Stewardship Clean-UP Day
The Wolf Den
Oxtongue Lake, ON

Sunday, June 2nd
Kemptville Farmer's Market
Kemptville, ON

Thursday, June 13th
Milk Coffee Bar
Windsor, ON

Friday, June 14th
London Music Club
London, ON

Saturday, June 15th
Evergreen Farmer's Market
Toronton, ON

Thursday, June 20th
The Griffin Pub
Bracebridge, ON

Friday, June 21st
Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life
Goderich, ON!!!!!!

...and of course every where on the road in between here and home, songs, stories and CDs will be swapped for beers, beds, and a bite to eat.

Stay tuned for more news and maybe some recordings of new songs!

The Luxury of a Moment

WOW! At long last, I'm sitting in the rocky mountains and have a moment to post some pictures of the trip so far. I left Ottawa 3 and a half weeks ago to head west for my first time in 18 years. It's brought back lots of hazy memories and even some that were clear beyond expectations. The trip has hit me with truckloads of inspiration and I'll do my best to turn all these ideas into songs that tell the story properly. For now, enjoy the photo version of the story and I apologize if it takes a while to load:

Mildred moments after I bought her.
1983 BMW 320i
125,617 km on the broken odometer and I don't care because she's mine


Heading West!

Flying High !

A ballpark Figure

First sighting: Northern Shield. Somewhere near Bancroft, ON

Minden, ON

 Minden, ON

Turkey Parade, Minden, ON

Minden, ON

Cougars in America 2 day Tshirt business
Bracebridge, ON

No trains comin' from the North

On the way to Little Current
No trains comin' from the South. 

 Dude on the road

Ice Bridge to Picnic Island, Little Current, ON

Nat and I, Little Current, ON

Little Current, ON

The Anchor Inn, Little Current, ON

North side of Georgian Bay, ON 

North Side of Georgian Bay, ON

Somewhere along the endless stretches of Northern Ontario 

 Clarence's Smoked Fish! South of Elliot Lake, ON

The Auld Kirk, Thessalon, ON

Thessalon, ON

Auld Kirk, Thessalon, ON

Tobogganing , Sault Ste Marie, ON

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Sault Ste Marie, ON

Ice Fishing on Lake Superior, ON

The Road to Wawa, ON

CLEAN ACROSS CANADA, Trans-Canada Highway, ON

Wawa Goose, Wawa, ON

Thunder Bay, ON 
 Vermillion Bay, ON?

The Endless Prairies, Manitoba

Best lasagna in Winnipeg, the Mondragon, Winnipeg, MB

Winnipeg, MB

Winnnipeg, MB

Bobby Bilan rocks this jam inside out. The Belgian Club, Winnipeg, MB

Alanadale outside Brandon, MB

Outside Brandon, MB

Sintaluta, SK

Sintaluta, SK

Sintaluta, SK

Sintaluta, SK

Sintaluta, SK

Sintaluta, SK

Sintaluta, SK

Somewhere outside Strasbourg, SK heading west

Still heading West Highway 9 driving towards Kindersley 

 Highway 9 on the way to Kindersley

Drumheller, AB

Drumheller, AB

Outside Calgary, AB

Still outside Calgary, AB 

The Man With The Hat and no Face joins the adventure
Somewhere between Drumheller, AB and Saskatoon, SK

Same place between Drumheller and Saskatoon

 First sight of the rockies! Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park, AB

Athabasca Hotel Lobby, Jasper, AB

 Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park

Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park

Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park

Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park

Columbia Icefields, Jasper National Park

Lake Louise, AB

Lake Louise, AB

 Canmore, AB

Canmore, AB

 Canmore, AB

Canmore, AB