So I finally did it 😄 #graduated
Happy to announce the release of my single "Open Sky"!
Now available on Spotify, Itunes, and most other music download/streaming services.
Creating this really was a labour of love and I couldn't have done it without help from my amazing and wonderful sound engineer and co-producer David Tallarico.
Also shout out to the talented Gert Taberner for contributing to the harmonies, as well as Theras and Olivia Seneshen for their videography skills and help in putting together the music video.
Look forward to sharing some more singles and upcoming projects with you all in the near future!
So I finally did it 😄 #graduated
So easy to forget how much nature nourishes and heals the soul.
Spending more time outside lately has brought with it a renewed appreciation for going back to the roots of what I love to do and why its meaningful to me.
Dreams, aspirations, and the effort to turn them into some form of reality has it's own kind of struggle, magic and meaning. But sometimes it's nice to be reminded to simply let go and breathe in the miracle of being part of it all.
We all start off there.. now looking forward to returning to that state of being and reigniting that wonder and appreciation in all the little ways, day by day.
Happy New Year friends! I wish you all fresh perspective, motivation, purposeful energy, and optimism as we enter a new decade.
On that note I feel a new sense of purpose and rejuvenation to reconnect, rekindle, and fully actualize a meaningful part of my life and who I am as I move into this next chapter and have finally created an adventure vlog called Journey to the Heart on Youtube.
As some of you may know, over the last 8 years I've gone on some human powered adventures across North America to discover more meaning and greater connection in my life and the world around me. In the process, I captured a bunch of grassroots videos along the way.
I also met some amazing people from all walks of life and ages and asked them questions about what has brought them meaning, what they love about where they live, what are some of the greatest lessons life has taught them so far, etc.
Inso, I plan to re-release and complete my grassroots mini-series about a canoe journey I did down the Mississippi a few lifetimes ago and have this lay the foundation for more adventures and videos on this channel in the seasons to come.
It's starts with part one of the Mississippi series below. Each video will about 5-10 minutes long and have customized subtitles included. While it's good to start at the beginning, you can also jump into the series at anytime as many of the videos tap into the thoughts and experiences of new people and places along the journey and can stand alone.
I'll be posting new videos on Mondays and Thursdays at 5 PT until the project is done.
Hope you enjoy them and all the best,
Merry Christmas from the Yukon to my friends and family at large : ) Here is a shameless photo with my dad's not so small puppy Walker 😄
Wish everyone a lot of love, laughter, understanding, forgiveness, peace, happiness, kindness, and fresh perspective over the holidays and into the new year/decade to come 😊☃️❄
I am here to announce that unfortunately my canoe trip across America has been postponed until next summer. Over the last year, my focus had been to finish my upcoming album and graduate university while working as a social worker for a homeless shelter/emergency aid society in Vancouver.
Saving up and properly preparing for the considerable amount of effort and resources canoeing across America will entail, while also being able to do justice to my dream of capturing meaningful stories and insights about what community means to people across the country at a grassroots level, became unrealistic to actualize this season.
As I've now learned a few times in my relatively short amount of time on this planet, many endevours, that really mean something to you, take about 10 times more effort and time to nurture into being then what initially seems to make sense. I have been juggling a couple very important dreams and goals and each richly deserve and need the right amount of attention and effort to truly do justice to them.
The most important thing is to not give up, or to let setbacks stop you from ultimately doing what you are passionate about. That is why I am here to tell you that regardless of how embarrassing it is to not do what I had initially planned and told everyone about this summer, I am not giving up. People can doubt me, or be disappointed, and my dreams may not happen when I had hoped or planned for, but one way or another, I will never give up, and no matter how long it takes, or what I have to do, I will find a way.
Thank you for understanding.
On another note, the picture above is from a shorter 100 mile canoe trip I did with my friend Nolan this last week from the top of Baker Lake to Bellingham, Washington. Regardless of scale, it's always good to get outside and spend time doing something you love.
More adventures, dreams, and the release of my upcoming album are in the works this winter, so stay tuned : )
All the best to everyone this fall and lots of love,
Appreciated the unexpected tranquillity of a summer Sunday morning in Gastown while walking to work.
The little moments of beautiful stillness found in the daily places we tread are what so much of the true magic of life is about.
I am pleased to announce the release of my latest single, "Ice Age", which is now available through my website and all platforms : )
I wrote this song about the melting of an internal ice age. In many ways, it is about transcending old feelings and the opening of new doors into what is possible to feel and experience.
"Ice Age" will also be on my upcoming album, "In This Place" which I plan to release near the end of this summer 🎶🍃🌞
The Hoh Rain Forest, one of four rain forests on the Olympic Penninsula, is a world heritage site and biosphere reserve that has remained largely unchanged for thousands of years.
Vancouver, Canada, where I am currently based, is known for its rain and receives about 40 inches a year, the Hoh Rain Forest, in comparison, recieves a staggering 14 feet, with the prevalent mist and fog contributing an additional 30 inches of moisture per year, resulting in one of the world's lushest, biodiverse rainforests that has trees regularly growing over 300 ft tall.
Felt so lucky to spend some time marveling these giants and was filled with gratitude to those past and present that had/have the forsight to protect a few of the wild and wonderful places like this that are left in the world 🙌🌿🌲🌦💛
One of my most recent singles "Open Sky" is on track for hitting 30,000 streams on Spotify! It will also be included on my new upcoming album "In This Place" which I hope to release sometime this coming summer : )
Thank you all for the incredible love and support. A few years back I couldn't have imagined so many people listening and connecting with my music, it means a lot!
If you would like to be among the first to hear my new upcoming releases you can consider following me on Spotify through the link below ❤
I am pleased to announce that starting at the beginning of August, my plan is to start paddling a canoe across America from Pacific to Atlantic filming a documentary, recording a podcast, and writing a new collection of songs about community.
At a time dominated by news headlines, I’d like to delve deeper into what is happening in America at a grassroots level. Here are some of the questions I have: What do people love about where they live? What are the challenges? What are some of the challenges communities face in regards to the local natural environment? What is connecting/disconnecting people to nature in their local area? And what is being done in different communities large and small to help people of all ages do/learn/find what they love to do?
While retracing in the footsteps of the iconic explorers Louis and Clarke for a significant portion of the journey, I also would like to trace the changes seen and experienced at socio-cultural, environmental, and historical levels from then until now; connecting with the land, communities, and people I meet along the way through the timeless arts of storytelling and music.
In addition to this announcement, I am keen to have paddling partners to join me for sections of the river on an adventure of a lifetime. This year I will be paddling up the Columbia, portaging over the Rockies and paddling down to the headwaters of the Missouri and its tributaries from the beginning of August to October. Next year will be paddling down the Missouri and then hopefully paddling up the length of the Ohio River, portaging over the Appalachians and paddling the Potomac River to Chesapeake Bay.
Currently finding someone willing to paddle the first 492 miles up the Columbia and Snake Rivers and then portage the 283 miles with me through the Rockies would be ideal, of course you can join me for sections on the downstream side as well. This will be a sometimes grueling but potentially incredibly rewarding journey, I hope to find people who can embrace adversity and beyond paddling and portaging hundreds to thousands of miles, would be fascinated and keen to connect with people across the country and delve deeper into what community means in America.
If you or someone you know may be interested please message or email me for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.