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The album release at the Fox Cabaret was a massive success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us. You guys were loud, attentive and amazing. A big shout out to the Fox and our sound tech Q! Excellent work!

JA getting comfortable pre-show. Animal of the land where it belongs. JA and BLM holding it down!Holy Toledo, look at this golden stare. Here's the set list for the Fox Cabaret, April 21st, 2018.


It's been a couple of weeks, but we had a helluva good time playing up in Kelowna at Doc Willoughby's and Nelson at the Royal. Here's some proof:

On the way to Kelowna!

The boys cuddling up at Milk Crate Records in Kelowna, pre-show.

Milk Crate's all stocked with JA's full discography!

Snowing in Nelson after a frickin' blizzard on the Kootenay Pass!

One night only at the Royal!

JA and the sauce bag, AJG, gettin' ready to rip in Nelson.

On the way home, at the gas station that I wrote my tune 'On the Radio' about.



Friday, April 6th - Kelowna @ Doc Willoughby's (buy tickets!!)
Saturday, April 7th - Nelson @ The Royal on Baker (buy tickets!!)
Saturday, April 21st - Vancouver @ Fox Cabaret (buy tickets!!)
Saturday, May 26th - Squamish @ Howe Sound Brewing (duo show) 
Saturday, June 9th - Vernon @ Record City (duo show) 
Sunday, June 10th - TBD 
Satuday, June 22nd - Langley @ The Water Shed Arts Cafe (duo show)

Partial proceeds of all shows will go to support the fight against the ongoing opioid crisis.

Dinghy Dock show with Daniel Wesley 

Had an awesome time playing a sold out Dinghy Dock Pub on Protection Island in Nanaimo with my buddy Daniel Wesley this weekend. My old man came over on the ferry with me and it was great to catch up with him and DW. Best moments were when I swore I heard someone in the crowd singing the backups for my Tom Petty cover, but it was actually just Daniel warming up outside, ripping my Christmas tune even though I hadn't played it in a year and Dan's impression of my dad (his high school guitar teacher): "Boys, you can play all the rock n roll you want, but you gotta have a ballad. The girls love the ballads." It was spot on. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to support and to Andrew from Got Pop for putting on a great show. More announcements to come soon!


Biltmore Video 

Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Biltmore on Friday night! We had an amazing time and raised a whole thwack of cash for the Overdose Prevention Society (full total TBA). In the meantime, check out a clip from the show! 



I'll be playing with the full band live at The Biltmore Cabaret with the amazing Skyote on Friday, March 24th. 

Proceeds from this show will go to support the fight against the opioid overdose crisis affecting our friends, family and neighbours across Metro Vancouver. Too many people have died from what is a real and deadly epidemic. The new numbers will be out next week and the year will almost certainly end with more than 800 people having died. That number is staggering and more needs to be done. This will be our small way of trying to help out. So, let's try to address this mega-serious issue by having a bit of fun, a few beers and some rock 'n roll. Come on out and support a good and pressing cause! 


JA LIVE at Persephone Brewing Co. on the Sunshine Coast 

Josh and I had an awesome time playing the Persephone Brewing Company on the Sunshine Coast this past Sunday. It was raining like crazy, but the place was packed with beer drinkers of all ages as well as a bunch of awesome kids. Really outstanding crowd...standing room only for pretty much the entire set. Thanks to my buddy Angie who came out despite being 38 weeks pregnant and to everyone who took it in. We neglected to get a live shot, but here are a couple from the trip. Note to selves: reserve ferry spots on the Sunday of a long weekend. We waited 5.5 hours to get on the boat! All in good fun though.

Slickity Jim's LIVE featuring JDKK 

Josh and I had an outstanding show down at Slickity Jim's. Love the speakeasy feel of the back room. It only holds about 30-35, but we packed 40+ in there. Thanks so much to everyone for cramming in and listening so intently. We hear there isn't going to be live music at Slickity's much longer, which is a cryin' shame because it's a great room. Bittersweet to be one of the last few to play it.

Little pitch and catch pre-show

Here are the set lists from the intimate Slickity's set:

Set 1

Zamboni Man
Wasted Too Long
Better Days
Peaceful Easy Feeling (Eagles cover)
Carry On (Factories & Alleyways)
Black & Blue
Teenage Autumn Nights

Set 2

Find Love
Sing To Me (Factories & Alleyways)
My Brother (Factories & Alleyways)
Flying Over Water (Jason Isbell cover)
Restless Fool
Come and Go
The Boxer (Simon and Garfunkel cover)
1000 Beers (Factories & Alleyways with MDK)
Right Now (Factories & Alleyways with MDK)


JA LIVE at Slickity Jim's 

Looking forward to a night of soft hits, with my boy Josh Denny-Keys on piano. Mega harmonies and a bunch of covers to boot. Look forward to seeing you out! FREE COVER!

FVMA Showcase and the VIP Fan 

Had the good pleasure of playing an intimate, solo acoustic show out at Old Abbey Ales in a showcase of Fraser Valley Music Award nominees a couple of weekends back. It was a beautiful day at a great little brewery and a bunch of kind folks were out to support. But most importantly for me, was getting to play for my little buddy, Maliyah. My girl came out in a tie-dye shirt, got into the free popcorn, made a couple of friends and danced her ass off. 

She and I play guitar and sing and dance around the house all the time, but getting to see her see me performing live was a thrill. She saw me play once before live on CBC Radio when she was about 8-months-old, but obviously that doesn't really count.

When the show started, she began by sitting quietly, but then as the performance went on and she recognized the songs more and more, the dance party began. At one point she came roasting out of the venue with a massively excited smile on her face and she turned and seemed to be headed straight for the parking lot (I was playing outside facing into the venue through a large garage door). I nearly panicked and dropped the guitar, but then my mom (grandma!) grabbed her and everything was fine. Somehow the song that I was playing was still on the rails and seemed to have been progressing nicely. Auto pilot!! Ha!

Also, playing Factories & Alleyways' '1000 Beers' at brewery was highly satisfying. Stay tuned for July 16th to find out if I take home a Fraser Valley Music Award for best Roots/Folk artist. 

Old Abbey Ales acoustic set list:

Teenage Autumn Nights
Atlantic City (Springsteen cover)
1000 Beers
Long Shadows (as yet unrecorded)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
Find Love

The Fabulous Commodore Ballroom 

Back when I was way younger, maybe eight or nine years old, I remember listening to CFOX with my old man in the car. And for some reason, the concert listings always grabbed my attention. I was super interested, not only in who the bands were coming to town, but what these amazing sounding venues were all about. Firstly, the announcers always used to call Richard's on Richard's "Dick's on Dick's", and for that reason, I thought it was a gay bar that hosted rock shows until I was at least 15 or 16-years-old. You can laugh, but it makes sense, does it not?!

The other place that they would always mention was the FABULOUS COMMODORE BALLROOM. They almost always added the "fabulous" and that messed with my mind so deeply. What was this place? How could it be so incredible that radio DJs casually added the word "fabulous" to the title? Not only did I want to find out more, but I wanted to visit this place, and eventually perform there. (I had just started taking bass guitar lessons around that age.) Before even truly knowing what it was, the lore had been planted inside my brain and the personal gauntlet had been laid. 

Once I turned 19, I found out what the hype was all about. The room, the sound, the bouncy floor, that feeling you get that you're at the only event that matters in the city. I went to the Ballroom at every possible opportunity. I've been fortunate enough to see  The White Stripes, Matthew Good, Buck 65, Jurassic 5, Bad Religion, The Casualties, Lagwagon, Pennywise, The Gaslight Anthem, Glasvegas, Andrew WK, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ryan Adams, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and many more. 

Even more importantly, The Commodore is where I was able to see two of my most crucial musical idols perform on stage. I saw Jim James and My Morning Jacket perform to a half-empty (WTF?!) Commodore with my pal Julia and I saw the incomparable JJ Cale play there with my old man. Those nights were legendary and magical and only made me want to play that stage even more.

When my great friend Daniel Wesley asked me to play the Commodore with him, I was blown away. I was buzzing for weeks and weeks, but it didn't seem real. There were moments when it sunk in a bit -- when tickets went on sale on Ticketmaster, when CFOX called me for an interview about the show, when the Live Nation promoter asked what kind of beer I wanted in my dressing room, when we loaded our gear into the back alley elevator -- but the moment it really sunk in is when I saw my name on the dressing room door. That was wild. 

The feeling I had right before I stepped on stage was "holy fuck, think of the legends who have played this stage and room before you, it's time to prove you belong up there". So I went up there and tried to do just that.

When you're performing, it's super difficult to truly take stock of what's happening and enjoy the moment, but I know we played great and left it all on that vaunted stage. The sound was spectacular and the room was packed. It was one of the best nights of my musical life and I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to achieve a life-long goal.

And as if the night hadn't been extraordinary enough, I also had the opportunity to join Daniel Wesley on stage during the show to perform our old high school band's song 'Can't Find A Way' which was a "huge hit" back when General Mayhem used to play sold out shows at the Ocean Beach Hotel when we were in the process of winning the XFM battle of the bands! We hadn't played that tune with a full band in 15 years and it was a huge rush to do it in front of such a massive crowd. I could hear plenty of our old Brookswood friends singing along too! 

Big thanks to Daniel for having me and to the band (Alex, Josh, Mike, Kyle) for ripping a beauty set. Let's keep this thing going!

You can see a full set of photos of the show at 604 NOW. 

Sunshine Coast show (May 13th) 

The night before the Commodore show, Josh (JDK) and I headed out on the ferry to the Sunshine Coast to play a show at the Roberts Creek legion. It's always great to settle into a nice, long stripped-down set with my boy. We really focus on the harmonies and squeeze the emotion out of the songs. Huge thanks to our friends on the Sunshine Coast who came out and made this an awesome experience. We met tonnes of great new people. Special shout out to the crowd for the massive singalong to our cover of Simon and Garfunkel's 'The Boxer', and for the dance party to 'Right Now', a Factories & Alleyways classic.

JA plays live on CIVL radio (May 7th) 

I was happy to head out to my old stomping ground at the University of the Fraser Valley (graduated with a diploma in Liberal Arts - 2002!) for a live performance on CIVL Radio's 'Waves and Valleys' hosted by James Kasper. James is also the man behind the Fraser Valley Music Awards and I'm excited to be nominated for one of those puppies in the Roots/Folk category. 

I performed three live songs including Wasted Too Long, On the Radio and a cover of Springsteen's Atlantic City. My request for another Fraser Valley artist was Fort Langley rock gods We Hunt Buffalo!

Thanks a lot to James and everyone at CIVL!

Huge thank you for the Biltmore album release 

Family, friends, fans, etc... 

Thank you so, so much for coming out and supporting me so thoroughly and enthusiastically on Friday night. It was the culmination of more than a year of hard work and dedication to the creation of 'Memory Electric' and your energy, dancing and big smiles made it totally worth it. I was proud of the music, proud of the band, and most importantly, proud to know each and every one of you. There was a buzz reverberating throughout the Biltmore on Friday night and it felt a lot like love to me. 

You're all the absolute best and I am deeply humbled. More big news coming up soon. 



Tickets available now for Album Release Show 

Tickets are now available for the big album release show at the Biltmore Cabaret - Friday, March 18th. Very excited to finally be sharing my new album "Memory Electric" with you. It was recorded between January 2nd and Easter (select days of course, what do you think, Im filthy rich??) of last year at Raincity Recorders (inside legendary Greenhouse Studios) with my main man Jesse Gander engineering and co-producing. I've poured my heart and soul into this one and am super proud of what we accomplished.

You can buy tickets online right now!!

Or, wait just a couple of days and grab a hard copy ticket. They'll be in all of Vancouver's finer record stores. You can also hit me up in person - no service charge. See you there. We'll be bustin' out tunes from the record, some beauty covers and some special guests.


Propagandhi LIVE @ The Rickshaw 

Propagandhi absolutely ripped it up at the Rickshaw last Friday (Feb5). My good friend Dan Rossnagel (aka Daniel Wesley) and I were primed for a good one. After a couple of crisp Coors Lights (my choice not his) at my place, we headed to the Downtown Eastside. Our nostalgic teenage-punk-rock memory-fueled excitement was curtailed, only briefly when we had to wait a half hour to get into the venue! WTF!? The lineup was for ticket holders. Harsh. Anyway, all good.

We were a bit bummed to miss our buddy Cam Strudwick who had opened with his band Burning Ghats . That must've been amazing to open for the greatest Canadian punk rock band of all-time. Needless to say, we were beyond STOKED!

Once we finally got inside, the night really took off. We hustled and muscled through the crowd and down to the beer line on the floor stage left and things were shaping up nicely. Dan and I used to play in a high school band called General Mayhem, and before that, we played in a punk rock cover band in our drummer Daryl's garage in Langley. We used to play covers of Pennywise, Lagwagon, The Vandals, NOFX (all of that good California shit)...never any Propagandhi (that I can remember -- probably too advanced technically!), but of course at the show, lo and behold, we run into our old guitarist Joey Placek. Wicked high school punk band reunion. Mega laughs and high fives had by all.

The Rickshaw was absolutely buzzing with energy. The only other times I can remember an energy like that was seeing Japandroids in Toronto at The Phoenix and Refused on their comeback tour at The Vogue.

Propagandhi was relentless and incredibly impressive musically. I forgot how technical they are. New guitarist, Sulynn Hago was outstanding and passionate. Chris Hannah's speed and accuracy was mind-blowing. Bassist Todd Kowalski rocked amazing style going with cloth cargo shorts, runners, a shirt that read "Let's Hug It Out". He looked like a dad (on copious caffeine) who was ready to mow the lawn on a Sunday afternoon. Let's just say, too, that Kowalski leads the league in fist pumps. Drummer Jord Samolesky was devastating and locked in on tempos, laying the bed for the guitar shreddage. 

The show could've easily been awesome fueled by nostalgia alone, but it was so, so much more. So happy to have been there and experience the Canadian punk rock legends.

(Photo Credit: Timbre Concerts)