I’m playing at the Satin Laser Spa Port Moody Anniversary Celebration and Cancer Fundraiser this Saturday, February 24th (11AM – 3PM). 50% of all service proceeds and 10% of all product sold this day will be donated to Leukemia & Lymphoma Blood Cancer Research. I’ll also be selling my CDs for $10 each and donating $5 from each sale. If you’re in the area on Saturday, please drop by the event and say hi!

So here we are approaching the end of 2012 and it’s once again that time of year for resolutions.  Like just about everyone I know, I have the same kinds of resolutions: eat healthier; work out more; be a “better” person.  But seeing as I’m a musician, I thought I would share my musical resolutions, or better yet, goals for 2013.  So here we go…

1. Practice. Not only practice more, but more consistently and with greater focus and intent.  Practice is a hurdle for any working musician, but without it you won’t be working for long.

2. Related to #1, practice all of the things that make me a stronger player.  In particular, I want to work on balancing out picked notes with slurs, so that my playing is more fluid.

3. Singing. When singing harmony with Sixteen Different Minds, I’d like to be able to consistently sing something approaching a known, recognizable interval.  There’s nothing wrong with micro-tonal singing, except when it’s unintended!

4. Memorize 20-30 more Celtic/Irish tunes on the mandolin so I can sit in on a jam session at the Dora Keogh.

Of course, I also have more directed career goals. I’d like to record one or two more records this year. And gig more. And I have some tech goals like working on my own custom synth/sample patches for Logic and Omnisphere. And updating the hardware in my studio… Lots of things to shoot for in 2013 — it’s going to be a great year!

Sixteen Different Minds will be performing at a benefit concert for the charity Make Music Matter this coming Monday (July 30 – 8:30 doors) at Hugh’s Room in Toronto.  To learn more about Make Music Matter and about the event, please check out the press release attached below.

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On Monday July 30, 2012 at 8:30pm, the Event Production and Management class T-316 at Metalworks Institute is hosting a benefit concert. The concert will be taking place at Hugh’s Room in Toronto and is in support of the charity Make Music Matter (formerly Song for Africa).

Make Music Matter’s current goal’s deal with the hardships and devastation brought to the children of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and other African countries. They work with HIV/AIDS orphans, child soldiers, and women and children who are survivors of sexual violence. Make Music Matter brings music and education into the lives of these people as well as joy and hope for a brighter, safer future.

There will be many different musical artists playing at the event featuring Grammy & Juno award winning singer/songwriter Dan Hill, Tim Edwards of Crash Parallel, Luke McMaster, the band Menage, Jesse Labelle, Odario Williams of Grand Analog, Julie C, Mark Christiano and Sixteen Different Minds and the host for the evening, Canada’s Queen of hip-hop, Michie Mee.

Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at the door. To reserve your tickets, go to the Hugh’s Room website http://hughsroom.com/reservations/?performance=Metalworks+Institute+presents+A+Night+to+Make+Music+Matter&pdate=July+30%2C+2012

There will also be a silent auction at the event as well. If you have an item or a service you can donate, please contact us by email at: mwieventsteam@gmail.com.

You can support the event by buying tickets for you and your friends or donating something to the silent auction. This is a excellent opportunity to attend a great night of entertainment, while helping out a great cause at the same time.

You can also help by sharing the event on social media. Visit the events Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/events/259987297447341/  and invite your friends!

Reminder that Hugh’s Room serves an amazing dinner so plan to come early and enjoy the evening.

I will be performing at the upcoming Sunshine Foundation of Canada “Bright Night, Big Dreams” fundraiser on Tuesday, March 20th (6:30-8:30 PM). The event takes place here in Toronto at the Miller Tavern (3885 Yonge Street) and you can purchase tickets online here.

The Sunshine Foundation is the only national Canadian charity to provide individual dreams to children with severe physical disabilities (such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy) as well as life-threatening illnesses. This year, Sunshine is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Before this year is out, Sunshine will have fulfilled dreams for more than 7,000 children with severe physical disabilities and life-threatening illnesses.

Hope to see you at “Bright Night, Big Dreams”!

Thanks,
Jamie

Sixteen Different Minds is having a Toronto CD release party for Dancing Castles this Sunday (June 26, 2011 – 8 PM) at the Blue Moon.  We have the fantastic Henry Heillig (bassist and co-founder of Manteca) on this date.  We also have some pretty darn cool t-shirts (and fridge magnets) for sale.  If you’re in the Toronto area, please come on out and say hi!

Thanks and bye for now,

Jamie