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6 tracks in 7 months 

Well 2020 was fun, I recorded, mixed, released and promoted 6 tracks from June - December. It was a ton of work but very rewarding, as I received lots of fan feedback and engagement. My latest track is out now, working with the lovely and amazing duo of Ben Plotnick & Kaitlyn Raitz. Ben used to play shows with me in Toronto before setting up shop with Kaitlyn in Nashville. He still works with Fretless, the Juno-award winning Canadian strings group. Those guys can play their instruments, to say the least. The cover for our track is right here, and the song is up on all the platforms and will be on the website soon!

Happy 2021!

Mastering work 

Other than chipping away at my own record and performing, this year I have been doing a little what you might call pro bono mastering work. I had the great pleasure of mastering the latest record from Wichita Trip, one of Vancouver’s best country bands (check out some of the tracks here). Congrats on a great record WT! 

I’ve also had the great pleasure of mastering a track for my good buddies Normal For Once (check it out here) -- this is a track I have known for years and have played live many times, so it was fun to hear the mix and to apply the spit and polish. Thanks for thinking of me dudes!

Original post date: September 3, 2012

The news of my death has been greatly... 

Played a fun show with Ramblin’ Rose on Sunday night, they were awesome and are going in the right direction. It was fun to sing with Sue, and hear her play the saw. Next for me is a summer vacation, and then I’ll be back in August to try to assess the situation. The apparent demise of International Turpentine means I won’t have access to Yawn or Marcus anymore, so I’ll have to figure out what to do next. But even if I’m not playing shows anymore, you can bet I’ll be chipping away at my various projects in the studio, and putting stuff out there on the web. I ain’t dead yet!

Original post date: July 14, 2009

Saw a show/played a show 

Friday, May 1, my buddy Ezra and I saw Laura Repo @ The Local. Great show! Two sets, lots of fun, met some nice people. Her band was great, although the bass player had some cable problems early on. I had an absolute blast that night. So glad I went. 

Then Saturday, Yawn and I hosted Penultimate Saturday @ the Renaissance Cafe, featuring Ramblin’ Rose, Kyp Harness, The Marquis De Amberfish, and Ruth Jenkins. Yawn and I each played a brief set, and Soo Joyce accompanied me with backing vocals and (lucky me) played the saw!!! Yes! We said one last goodbye to the Renaissance, and Randy and Keelan cracked open the bubbly! Thanks guys.

Original post date: May 6, 2009

Final Flammable Friday 

Tonight marks the end of a great relationship between Randy aka the Renaissance Cafe and International Turpentine. It’s been a good run, from Yawn and I playing open mics in early 2008 to the Dented Bentley shows later last year and finally the four Flammable Fridays in early 2009. We will miss the Renaissance!! Tonight Edo Peled and TC Folkpunk (Tim Cameron) will help us out, but our set to close out the night will definitely be bittersweet. Hope to catch you there.

Original post date: April 24, 2009

Introducing: Dented Bentley (with bass) 

We have a bass player! Dented Bentley is: Yawn Temiseva (guitar, vocals), Bo Green (guitar, vocals), Vaughn Passmore (aka Red Robertson, bass) and Ian Esquivel (aka Flynch Dakota, drums). We had our first full kit rehearsal the other night, and Friday we rocked the Renaissance Cafe. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the lineup of The Rensons, Adi, Marquis de Amberfish, and Dented Bentley! And thanks to Randy and Ryan for their usual Renaissance charm. We had a great time.

Original post date: July 11, 2008

The week that was 

I got to do two fun things last week: number one was going to Vancouver and watching a Wichita Trip rehearsal (I even played a couple of tunes with the band, it was way cool). They were hot! I mixed a couple of tracks for these guys last year, but having never met them, it was great to finally see them in action. I'm hoping I can work out a gig with them sometime when I'm in lotus land, it would be fun to open for them. 
Number two was a gig at Graffiti's. Tanya Philipovich opened the night, and was amazing. Great voice, great playing, great songwriting. What else can you say? I did a set with Ian on percussion, Yawn did the same, then Soo Joyce and her pal Greg did three songs -- that was a treat too. They had two guys from the audience sub in on drums, which was cool. Then finally Ian (drums), Adam (bass), Yawn and I did a band set for the first time together. It was a fun-filled and action-packed night. Thanks to everyone who participated and everyone who came out!

Original post date: May 1, 2008

Upcoming Show - April 26th, 2008 @ Graffiti's 

In the second installment of our series of shows, Yawn Temiseva and I are appearing at Graffiti's Bar and Grill (170 Baldwin St.) on Saturday, April 26th at 9:00 pm. This time we are adding an electric set to our acoustic sets, so we can rock out a bit. Gifted songwriter and old friend Tanya Philipovich will be joining us on the bill, and we are hoping Soo Joyce will make an appearance too, so it should be a full and entertaining evening. See you there!

Original post date: April 15, 2008

Not My Dog Show 

Not My Dog -- a really nice little venue in Parkdale with an awesome vibe. Daniel, one of the managers there, gave us a helluva warm welcome. Ben Sures stopped by while we were eating dinner, and must have been shocked that he sold about 6 cds as soon as he walked in. What happened was that Daniel had played the cd just before he showed up, and we were all impressed and had our wallets ready. Anyway, definitely a nice vibe. 
As for the show, Kyp Harness was great, he played some new tunes for us all and they were amazing. Hopefully we'll be joining him again at another show. Yawn was kicking as usual, I knew when I heard the guitar intro to River Of Water we were in for a fun night, and I tried to keep up as best I could. Yawn and I traded short sets back and forth, a format we are toying with for now. I think it worked. People had fun, we were very loose... couldn't have asked for a better opening show on the comeback trail. Thanks to Kyp, and all of the folks who came out to see us!

Original post date: February 12, 2008

Upcoming Show - Feb. 9, 2008 @ Not My Dog 

Yawn Temiseva and I are teaming up for a show at Not My Dog (1510 Queen St. W.) on Saturday, February 9th. We are madly working on material, using the open mic at the Renaissance Cafe (Woodbine/Danforth) as a practice range, and are rehearsing some songs together to make it even more fun. Ian Esquivel has agreed to provide percussion, so it's shaping up to be an interesting night. Of course, Not My Dog has a 20 person capacity, but hey, you can't have everything. Yawn and I are hoping that this is the first of many gigs together. That would be great! 

Update: great news -- it looks like Kyp Harness will be joining the lineup at Not My Dog! It's going to be crowded in there I think.

Original post date: January 29, 2008

Finally, Green Party Entry 

That's how busy my fall was. October 5th at the Savannah Room -- the Green Party -- was three months ago, and I'm just writing about it now. Anyway, it was a night to remember for the musicians involved, and for Ellie and I, who scrambled to put it all together. I got to play with guys I haven't played with in decades (no guff!), in front of friends from every part of our lives. Dan played with every musician who hit the stage. 

Rich Challenger started things off with 2 a cappella numbers, and finished with Dan and Ian Esquivel on bass and drums for a rousing rendition of Bill Withers' "Usin' Me". 

I played a mix of Green Achers tunes and various other stuff, all backed by Dan, Ian, Andy Bentley (guitar) and Frank Barth (dobro & mandolin). It was just like riding a bike, we rocked out as hard as we could, and finished with Sunday Drivin'. Encore? You must be joking. No, not joking, and we played Cigarette Smoke. Wow. Somebody (Andy) was so excited they wrote "Jiks" on the bathroom wall. 

Next up was Yawn Temiseva playing solo, and he was great, playing "Fuque The Government" and some delicious tunes from his latest album. Then he got up again with Paul Shikata, Marcus Temiseva, and Adam Khedheri and they did two Baggage Handlers songs: "Crane Shot" and "Intrusive Bag". First time ever the BHs have played live I think. Historic. 

Finally it was Lung Slug, playing all of the tunes I love so much. Dave McKellar and I were calling for "Bulk Eraser", even after they played it. I decided I will always remember the evening as Lungstock, and I thank all of the friends and musicians, and the folks at the Savannah. It's a night we won't soon forget. (Aside: and in one of many amazing subplots, Marcus got to play "Stupid Guy" live with his brother -- a song he first heard when he was just a kid and Yawn was writing for Lung Slug.)

Original post date: Jan 18, 2008

Princes of Pot 

I'm diggin' on the fine sounds of the Tall Brothers these days. Tom Small has written and recorded a bunch of tunes in support of legalizing medicinal marijuana (and other types of use too) on a CD that can only be described as "political swing", although beware that that description is my own invention. With Bill Small singing lead, and Tommy playing bass and singing backup, not to mention the fine work of the supporting cast, the songs flow like melted butter. And you know what kind of butter I'm talking about! Check them out at if you can. Great tunes boys!

Original post date: August 28, 2007

Finding Dyad on MySpace 

Got back from Vancouver last week; while I was there saw Dan Small (one-take Dan), and we recorded a couple of things. He told me Shiho (the violinist from Green Achers) just had a baby! So I'm tracking her down to see what's up. I found her band's page on MySpace, and their home page They are great! Kori and Shiho (I don't know Leah, but she's great too) had something good going on right from the start, and I guess they are making waves at folk festivals. Cool!

Original post date: July 24, 2007