Trenton EP Completed !

Well, that’s it. The recording of EP is now completed. Boy, looking back at the start of the recording, what a journey. I have different versions of each song. From my demo version recorded on my phone to a full studio sound. Seems like miles apart. It’s like layers on a cake. One sound on top of another. And now I stand back and look at the recording. It’s a step. A BIG step, but a step. There’s a lot of work to be done between today and the actual release date of the EP. I made the EP, now i have to sell the EP. Marketing, press releases and more. It can be daunting. So, for now, i sit on the recording and pay for mixing, mastering, CD duplication, artwork, and think about all the other things that need attention. I’m already thinking of the next recording project and some other ideas percolating in my head, but that’s for another day.


PS Don’t forget about the Trenton Project Indiegogo Campaign. It’s still rolling on.


What Is The Word (aka Blog) – Trenton Project Edition – October 11, 2012

Well, what can i say. I launched my Trenton Project Indiegogo campaign 8 days ago and it has truly surprised me. A lot of work went into the campaign and it started with a vision and a plan. This was months of work. Coming up with an idea, finding artists that could help create artwork, shooting a short film, setting up an on-line payment account, setting up a website. To see it live is one thing, but to see friends, strangers want to support this project, support me, actually invest money in this or any project is humbling. I also appreciate the social media help. Posting the link to your Facebook page, re-tweeting the link and more. Any and all help is welcomed.


I worked hard to get to this point but I didn’t get here on my own. I had friends who helped me write press releases, correct my grammar, took time out of their schedule to meet with me to discuss this project and much, much more. To these folks, I say ‘Thank You’.


I know most of you who are not familiar with these crowdfunding campaigns, it would seem that the campaign is over. This is not the case. My goal was to raise $1000 during the length of the campaign. I have raised this and I am fortunate but the campaign still rolls on. The campaign runs for 30 days. I will still push forward for the entirety of the campaign to tell people about the campaign, about the project, the perks and more. My goal is still to sell artwork, CD’s, haircuts and more. It’s still my job to tell as many people as possible about the project. It’s still my goal to tell as many people as possible about myself, my music, everything. No one should ever say ‘Well, I’ve made it to Point X, I should stop’. This project and goal is not a destination. It’s part of the journey. It’s one step in the journey. To be a full-time musician, or an artist, or a business, you have to sell, promote yourself 24/7. It doesn’t stop. It will never stop. It may become annoying seeing me promote myself on social media or in person, but it’s what I have to do.


I’ve learned a lot about myself in the making of this project. I have more learning ahead of me……







Trenton Project Crowdfunding Campaign

The Trenton Project Indiegogo campaign is underway. You can find the campaign here. There is a short film from Andrew Fleming (his website) to accompany the campaign. Watch the film, have a look at the perks, tell your friends, share on your social media feeds. The campaign will run for 30 days. I hope you can be a part of it.

I’ve added a page to this site called Trenton Project Crowdfunding Perks which will show you all the artwork associated with the campaign.


I’d like to thank all the artists, musicians, friends who have helped me get this far with the project. No one makes it on their own without help. I am very fortunate. Thank you.



What Is The Word (aka Blog) Update – September 16, 2012

Well, what has been going on at Heartbreak A Stranger? A lot. Let me fill you in…..


I have been prepping the crowdfunding campaign, which is going to be launched in early October. I’ve decided to use the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. They will host the campaign. I’ve been working on some of the rewards you will receive for giving money on the campaign. Here’s a sample :


Trenton EP Poster

Trenton EP 11×17 Poster


There are other rewards but you’ll have to wait until October to see the entire list of perks.

There is also a video to be uploaded to the crowdfunding site. IT was filmed by local filmmaker Andrew Fleming. We made a road trip to Trenton and shot some footage. I have not seen the footage yet.

I have been making some headway in the recording studio. In the past week I have been in the studio with local musician Julia Feltham recording some cello parts.


Julia Feltham in the studio



I’ve also been recording drum tracks with singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kev Corbett. Drum tracks were laid down at Codapop Studios in Halifax. Really enjoyed working at Codapop. Here’s a taste of Kevin laying down drums :




I can see the finish line in the recording process. One instrument left to record, then it is on to mixing and CD duplication.


I am also a volunteer at the Music And Image portion of the Atlantic Film Festival. I was looking after some social media duties for the music and image part of the festival. Attend shows and use social media. I was born to play this role. I have been attending some local shows and it has been a lot of fun.


Feels good to be motivated and getting tasks accomplished.






Show – Halifax Record Fair – Sat., June 2, 2012

Good news! I’ll be playing an acoustic set at the next Halifax Record Fair on Saturday,  June 2 at the Halifax Forum Maritime Hall. Local band Bloody Diamonds (formerly Eliza And The Strange) will also be performing. There are some more details to be worked out but, hey!, live music and vinyl! Sounds good to me.



Radio Show on CKDU – May 3, 2011

Hey Everyone,

I’ll be co-hosting a fill-in show with pal Russell Gragg on local college radio station CKDU (88.1FM or listen on-line) in Halifax. Thursday, May 3, 2011. 9-10:30PM AST. It’s an open format so we’ll be playing whatever we want *rubbing hands together*, and we’ll be talking music. Hopefully I’ll carry the torch of Sound Opinions and The Strombo Show. Tune in.