2012 Thanks and Highlights....

First I’d like to share a few highlights of 2012… -Travelling in Guatamala with Sarah and friends across volcanos, jungles and waterfalls -Playing jazz for a week in Basel Switzerland and visiting London, UK for the first time -Getting to see Tool, Sting (w Vinnie), Gotye, Aerosmith and KD Lang at awesome shows that rocked Toronto -Watching Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rosanne Cash and other greats from backstage @ Havelock -Meeting talented artists as diverse as Warrant and Arturo Sandoval on PRB backline gigs -Hearing monumental speeches from the likes of David Suzuki, Conrad Black and Bob Rae on VVC gigs -The epic Murder-mystery Halloween Bash at my pad where we staged a death -The week when I played at least 7 gigs in a row with all different bands including 3 weeknight jams in different genres -Michael Schatte’s critically acclaimed CD release concert at Aeolian Hall in London ON -Playing in a Big Band again for the first time in 9 years -The last ever Harlem jam ever that ran over 5 hours -Being in the right place at the right time to take over hosting the Wed Unicorn Jam and creating Live Animals -Bringing in the New Year at Roc’n’docs with Covered in Paint (very loudly and with a flying cymbal)

I'd now like to acknowledge some of the great musicians and friends who have helped me along in the last year, either by hiring me to play or lending their talents to one or more of my gigs. Many of the names on this list I consider Toronto’s finest and I never dreamed I'd get a chance to play with you!

Thank you: Matt Sprague, Michael Schatte, Carolyn Thompson, John Scheel, Eric Gilson, Dave Barnes, Mike Meusel, Andrew Healy, Rob Brown, Scott Kemp, Scott Metcalf, Shirantha Beddage, Jordana Talsky, Patrice Barbanchon, Liz Tanzey, Tetiana OW, Gina P, Jeff Hewer, Ed Sweetman, Carol Oya, Anthony Rice, Bernie Wexler, Sharon Bieck, Dragan Petrovich, Al Maksymiw, Ted Quinlan, Jon Challoner, Kelly Jefferson, Dave Restivo, Sundar Viswanathan, Ori Dagan, Todd Petney, Nick Czarnogorski, Ross McIntyre, Gareth Parry, Dan Fortin, Ben Payne, Ryan Spratt, Meg Parnell, Leah Allyce Canali, Peter Telford … sorry if I’ve missed you on this list I'm sure there's more!

Thanks to everyone that supported my Jazz Jam at The Gallery Studio while it lasted- an amazing experience which enabled me to play more jazz in 2012 than all my post-Humber years combined!

Thanks to my new friends that frequent the Wed Unicorn Jam…

Also…special thanks to Devin Gasteiger, Lisa Sullivan and my friends at VVC, Bruce Moffet @ PRB, Christian Anderson @ Cerebral Studio and my ever supportive girlfriend Sarah Bowie! Being a freelance drummer and A/V guy ain’t so bad when you get to hang with such great people on and off the gig…

CHHEEEERRRRZZZZZ