Hi everyone, sorry for the long absence. I have about as rock-solid an excuse as it gets: becoming a parent. Only days after the release of our “Pam Pam” single and our Toronto show this fall, our son came into our lives and we have had our hands pretty full ever since.

Of course how this will impact the WP is not yet clear. All I can say is that I am still actively writing songs and scheming up plans for the future. Then there’s the small matter of the batch of songs we recorded last year. We worked again with producer Murray Lightburn, who endeavoured to combine the classic WP sound (if you missed the synths on the last record, they’re back in full force) with more refined song structure befitting our veteran status in the pursuit of pop perfection.

The tunes are all mixed, mastered and ready to go, and I’m very happy with them. It’s just a matter of figuring out what makes the most sense as far as a release format and strategy. Not so simple these days. But I’m working on it.

I don’t have a list of favourite shows from 2014, as I have in previous years. Shonen Knife at Pop Montreal was pretty much the best hands down, with a special nod to Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars in the category of “shows I never thought I’d see.”

We also did a few WP shows that were very fun and memorable, and where we got to play with some inspiring artists. So to Blake Hargreaves, the folks at Passovah and Wavelength, and all the bands we played with: thank you. You gave us a much-needed and much-appreciated renewal of musical faith.

And if you’re reading this, thanks for caring. I appreciate that a lot too. Stay tuned for more updates.




I Have a Book

I don’t normally like to use this space to talk about my “other life” as a writer—much like Clark Kent, I like to keep my superheroic identity separate from my mild-mannered everyday persona—but I hope you’ll allow me to make an exception for the publication of my first book. It’s tangentially related to the WP, anyway.


Halifax-based Invisible Publishing has a series of books on Canadian music called Bibliophonic, and they’ve granted me the great privilege of writing something about one of my all-time favourite bands, Ottawa indie-rock legends the Wooden Stars.

The book tells the story of the band: their music, their career and their influence on the Canadian indie scene. All the members of the band, along with a number of their colleagues including Julie Doiron and Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury and Jeremy Gara, were kind enough to share their stories with me.

You can buy the book on Amazon, Chapters/Indigo, McNally Robinson, or—my personal preference—order it from your local independent bookstore. I’m told that an e-book version will be available soon.

***UPDATE: Here is a list of the indie stores across Canada where you can buy the book. It may also be available at your local big-box bookstore. You can get it in e-book format here.

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
Dépanneur Le Pick Up

University of Toronto Bookstore

Octopus Books


Novel Idea


Librairie Pantoute

Shelf Life Books
Univ. Of Calgary Bookstore

McNally Robinson

McNally Robinson


I’m also going to be doing some launch events for the book in November. The dates are as follows:


Thursday November 14

Montreal – Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 211 Bernard W., 7 p.m.

Facebook event page


Saturday November 16

Toronto – Belljar Café, 2072 Dundas W., 5 p.m.

Facebook event page


Sunday November 17

Ottawa – Raw Sugar Café, 692 Somerset W., 5 p.m.

Facebook event page


You might not hear a direct thread from the Wooden Stars to the WP at first listen, but their melodies, harmonies, phrasing and lyrics have been greatly influential on me over the years. They are a great band, and if you haven’t heard them I strongly recommend checking out their music (it can be found and purchased online through the usual channels).

In conclusion: buy my book! Stay tuned for more specifically WP-related news soon.