Hey everyone. I am stoked to let you all know that my new 2-song EP “Yonge” was released last week by Little Rocket Records. We had a great first week! Thank you to everyone who’s checked it out. It’s available on all of your streaming platforms like Spotify, and YouTube. It’s also available to download on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Equally exciting is the release of my new music video for the track “Ship Wreck”. The video was directed by Dominique Girouard (who also directed my video for “Touch The Ground”), and was shot in my tool shed. We shot during the peak of COVID-19 and locations weren’t an option. Neither was having a crew. Dom handled all of the production duties himself. The video was a lot of fun to film and I think it shows in the final edit. Our friends at Punknews.org premiered the video last Friday on their site.

I was recently interviewed on the Apologue Podcast hosted by my old friend Simon Head. It was a great interview as Simon and I have some history together. I was one of the first artists to record in Simon’s studio back in 1997. We talk about that and many other things. The podcast is available everywhere you would fins all of your favorites at. Or click here to check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey everyone, it’s been a while. I hope everyone is staying safe during this pandemic.

It’s with great pleasure that I can finally announce that Little Rocket Records will be releasing my be digital single this week! I’ve been a big fan of LRR since day one, and I am beyond stoked to be a part of their family.

The two songs will be “Ship Wreck” and an OCMS cover “I Hear Them All”. The songs were reocrded in my home studio last year and feature back up vocals from Jesse LeBaurdais and Boxcar Shawn. I also shot a music video for “Ship Wreck” with the same director who shot my previous video for “Touch The Ground”.

As per the usual, I’ve been doing some promo work in anticipation of the release. I was recently the guest on the Backstage With K3nn3dy Podcast. You can check it out right here. I went straight to the barbershop after watching this interview and proceeded to have my beard trimmed. More links and news to follow soon. Take care friends.


Good day everyone/ I played a fun little gig this past weekend and my good pal JDM was there to capture some of it. Check out this video of Boxcar Shawn and myself covering Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Cruel World”.

I recently got Sailin’ On and Cactus Sings Springsteen back on streaming platforms. Both recordings can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Instagram/Facebook, Anghami, MediaNet, Deezer, ClaroMusica, KKBox, Napster, Saavn, Tidal, TikTok.

And finally, my new two song single for “Ship Wreck” b/w “I Hear The All” will hopefully be available this December. I’m just waiting on the guest back up vocals to be completed. Stay tuned for more details.

BACK IN THE SADDLE

October 24, 2019

IMG_4758Hey everyone, I’m back! I took a little time off from performing to focus on fatherhood and work. But of course I started getting that old familiar itch, and it’s time to start rocking some gigs again.

It took a little coaxing from my good friend Chris McDonald of the LeBarons. He’s been offering me shows for the last year and if I didn’t take him up on an offer sooner than later those offers would surely stop coming in. So my next gig is Friday November 15th in Toronto at the Junction City Music Hall with the LeBarons. I’ve had a few rehearsals in the last couple of weeks, and I plan to get 3 or 4 more in before the gig. It’s mostly just shaking off some rust, getting my stage legs under me again, and getting my vocals back in some form respectable shape.

I’ve been recording whenever time allows. I have a couple of songs ready to go. Just waiting to get a few guest vocal spots recorded before I release them. I also have a bunch of half finished songs in the bag. Something else exciting is that I recently discovered an entire recording session from 2007 that was I thought was lost. It was recorded during many late nights/early mornings at my rehearsal space. It’s going to take some work to get a decent mix out of it, but hopefully it will see the light of day and become available sometime soon.

Today is the day we release the log-awaited Play 37 debut CD titled “Say Goodbye”. The CD is available through My Fingers My Brain Records here for your listening pleasure.

“Say Goodbye” was recorded by producer Jon Drew at Taurus Recording Studio in Toronto during the winter of 2015. Jon has worked with such bands as Fucked Up and Alexison Fire.

The album  features artwork by St. John’s designer Mike Feehan, who’s been behind the art on recent records from Brutal Youth and Farler’s Fury. But he’s probably more recognized for his awesome Stranger Things fan art as of lately.

Thanks to Punknews.org for picking up on our stream today. Also thanks to Less Blog More Rock for this great review.

We’ll be celebrating the release of the CD this weekend (Sept 23rd) at The Bovine Sex Club in Toronto. The event page can be found here. 

POST-POUZZA BLUES

June 6, 2017

Pouzza Fest 7 was everything that is  great about Punk Rock Fests! It’s awesome bands, good people, great beer, a variety of food and all happening in a wicked city.

I was fortunate enough to once again get to play twice this year. First on the Friday night with Plan 37. We played to a packed Foufs 2.0. It was only my second gig back with the band and it felt awesome. We had a few minor challenges with the back-line that was provided but like true punk soldiers we locked in on our sound and groove and delivered a solid 30 minute set. My first gig back with Plan 37 took place a few days earlier in Toronto when we supported Off With Their Heads at The Bovine Sex Club.

Saturday at Pouzza was mostly Megan and I hopping around from venue to venue catching some great bands including a stellar set from Iron Chic with guest vocals from RVIVR.  I was also interviewed by the great people at Bucketlist Music Reviews.

Sunday afternoon I performed my solo set at the Foufs BBQ and Merch Tent. I had a nice crowd come out and got to perform a Leatherface cover for Graeme from Leatherface. No pressure there of course… After my set Seth Anderson did his thing. Seth was amazing as always.

By the end of the weekend Megan and I caught roughly 25 performances, ate several slices of pizza and crushed a ton of PBRs. As always its a great so amazing to get to perform at these kinds of events for such passionate people. Montreal is a beautiful and I can’t wait to return.

HBD EJV

 

POUZZA FEST 2017

January 10, 2017

01-cactus-vella-pouzza7Happy New Year! It’s been a while since my last update. I’ve been on a paternity leave from Plan 37 for the past 7 months and am due to return back soon. How soon? I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be performing at this years Pouzza Fest (May 19-21) in Montreal with Plan 37, as well as solo. This years headliners include Lagwagon, The Flatliners and The Slackers. They should be announcing more names soon. More details about the event will be released in time but for now visit pouzzafest.com for ticket info.

Montreal has always been one of my favorite cities to play. Whether it was 2-Pump Louie, Sinkin’ Ships, The Class Assassins or The Dogs, I’ve always had a blast in Montreal. Pouzza Fest is no exception as it’s constantly been one of the greatest Punk Fests to play. 

01-plan-37-pouzza7The new Plan 37 record is in the final stages. We’ve recently completed the mastering & sequencing and are about to begin on the art work. No word yet on a release date. Things are moving slow but believe me it will be worth the wait. While I’ve been on my Paternity leave from the band Chris from Talk Show Host has been filling on on guitar and dong a great job. Thanks Chris!

I’ve been recording some new solo songs in my home studio and I’ve very excited for everyone to hear them. The process is rather slow as It’s been tough to make time to record. I manage to get a guitar or vocal track in here or there.