BUFFALO AND HAMILTON THIS WEEKEND JUNE 21,22


Hi Guys,

The Elkas Band will be opening for TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY on Saturday June 21. We are beyond thrilled to share the stage with these monsters.

We will be in Hamilton, ON the next afternoon, June 22, performing a good-times summer kick-off gig at the West Town Bar and grill on Locke street. This is a late-afternoon gig for those requiring hair-of-the-dog or some rock to fend-off Monday. 1634_612873228797152_3790357297076967571_n

Check the shows page for details!



LIGHT OF DAY HAMILTON 2104! SUCCESS!!!!


Light Of Day Hamilton was a total success!

I am beyond proud to say that we raised over $23,000 towards the fight against Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses at Hamilton Place on Saturday night. My co-coordinator and friend Andrea Rehill deserves a mountain of gratitude for doing a ton of ACTUAL work to ensure this thing went smoothly. Thank you Andrea! You rule. Thank you to the musicians: New Jersey’s Anthony D’Amato came up to show us how singer-songwritin’ is done, the Dinner Belles brought their kitchen party to the stage with joy and humour, my bandmates Jeff Heisholt, Gavin Maguire, and Jeremy Little rocked excellently as usual, and Sam Roberts Band performed incredibly as they only ever do. Sam’s team: Jack Ross, Dave Spencer, and Denton Fraser truly made this happen and did it with generous spirit and heart. Their performance was FULLY DONATED, and 50% of their merchandise sales went to Light Of Day.

Sam is a magical and inspiring guy who does not know the meaning of phoning-it-in. During my set I told a story where he and I were “studying” at his downtown apartment (I still lived at home in the burbs) for an exam back at McGill where, due to his nintendo, we didn’t get any work done. Bleary-eyed and looking for solace in solidarity, I crashed on the futon saying, “we’re both getting zero, right?” I hit the beer-stained hay and drifted off to sleep knowing that at least Sam and I would fail together. I woke up a little later to see him studying his ass off in the armchair. When Sam took the stage on Saturday, he clarified saying that he never agreed to the pact and added, “who would agree to a zero?”

I see now that zero is something Sam doesn’t accept from himself or anyone else.

My takeaway from Saturday night: never agree to a zero.

Thank you, Sam. You are the best.

Please spread the word, we are just around the corner.
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ST CATHARINES! MERCHANT ALE HOUSE TOMORROW SUN APRIL 6


Hey St Catharines friends, reminder that Elkas Band is doing an intimate set atThe Merchant Ale House tomorrow night, Sunday April 6. Should go on around 10pm. Mondays are better hung over, so come on out! st catharines POSTER 2014



NIGHT 1 OF 5 AT THE DAKOTA TAVERN IN TORONTO. MAGIC.


I’m continually blown away by the talents of my friends and bandmates let alone the fact that they continue to lend their gifts to my songs and help spin them into magic. Last night at The Dakota Tavern was a fine example of this. Thank you so much to Don Kerr, Doug Friesen, Jeff HeisholtAlanna Bonjay StuartGavin Maguire, Jeremy Little, Joseph Shabason, and Ryan Ryan Mathew Fields for helping me execute the Party Of One Album in it’s entirety followed by one of my favorite Elkas Band sets in recent memory. Jailmate closed, ensuring that anyone who was still there would have to go to the doctor today for a blown mind.

Now we set our sights to Guelph at the EBar on Thursday night with Harlan Pepper

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TORONTO DAKOTA TAVERN RESIDENCY BEINGS TONIGHT APRIL 1!


The wax arrived this morning! talk about getting in under the wire. I am excited to share this with you tonight. Looking forward to sharing the stage again with Don Kerr and Doug Friesen. The album set starts at 9:45pm SHARP. Hope to see you out tonight. We gonna wreck this city…
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ELKAS BAND ONTARIO SPRING TOUR 2014


The Elkas Band are excited to announce a run of shows in April 2014 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of my first solo record PARTY OF ONE. There will be LIMITED EDITION PARTY OF ONE VINYL available at the shows! Come find us and get yours!

If you are in Toronto, you can find us at the Dakota Tavern every Tuesday night in April with Special guests.

On April 1st, we will perform Party Of One in it’s entirety with Don Kerr and Doug Friesen, the Original Elkas Band.

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APRIL 2014 RUN OF SHOWS SURROUNDING SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


The Elkas Band will be doing a run of shows throughout April 2014, including a special residency at the DAKOTA TAVERN TUESDAY NIGHTS in Toronto.

This run of shows will be mostly in Ontario and will be to celebrate something special. Find out more soon!

 



LIGHT OF DAY HAMILTON WITH SAM ROBERTS BAND


I am beyond thrilled to announce that the most excellent SAM ROBERTS BAND will be headlining LIGHT OF DAY HAMILTON this year on April 12 at Hamilton Place, along with ELKAS BAND and Hamilton’s The Dinner Belles. Sam, James, Dave, Eric, and Josh have joined us in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease by generously donating their time. You should too! This is going to be a very special event in a wonderful venue. I can’t wait.

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LIGHT OF DAY ASBURY PARK, NJ 2014 in a NUTSHELL


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Hey Everyone,

Here is a look at my time at this year’s Light Of Day Asbury Park, NJ. You may already be aware of my involvement in Light Of Day Canada and our fight against Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses. The LOD Asbury trip usually includes the appearance of Bruce Springsteen, who is a great friend of the charity and as you probably know, my favourite artist.  It was insanely fun as usual. This year, the Elkas Band donated their time as well to partake in the weekend and rock with me at the Legendary Stone Pony.

PLEASE NOTE – CLICK ON IMAGES TO READ CAPTIONS AND DESCRIPTIONS.

I CAN’T SEEM TO GET THEM TO BE IN ORDER. NO MATTER HOW I TRY THEY COME OUT IN A RANDOM ORDER.



LIGHT OF DAY 2014 ASBURY PARK, NEW JERSEY!


Hi Friends!

Friday January 17, the Elkas Band will perform at the Legendary STONE PONY in Asbury Park, NJ as part of LIGHT OF DAY ASBURY PARK 2014 in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease. It’s the ASBURY ANGELS induction night, and we are on at 7:25pm.
Playing The Stone Pony has been a dream since day one.
Saturday January 18, I will be playing a couple of tunes solo right before the legendary Willie Nile at the Paramount Theatre. You may remember what went down 2 years ago…
Sunday January 19, I will be at McCloones Super Club sitting in the ever-casual Songwriters-by-the-Sea song circle with many other talented and generous artists.
These events are all charitable Light Of Day events, with ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE FIGHT AGAINS PARKINSON’S DISEASE.
Thanks so much to my band for donating their time along with me to this important cause. It’s going to be a great weekend in a magical place. XOX