Agent, Promoter, Artistic Director, Self described Libertarian, Humorist,
Occasional Impressionist, Cook, Husband, Father, Pet owner, Impresario,
37, Aquarian, 'Husky', Handy, Self Directed, Self taught, Far from perfect,
Self effacing, Critical thinker, Older than his years but still a kid.
This might read as a bit of a hap-hazard resume', but since you are
reading this, the chances are that it is by my own invitation. Time
is valuable (Yes, yours as well!) and I don't want to beat around the
bush...so..please dig in and get acquainted :)
- bio -
grew up in a small town called Hubbards on the South Shore of Nova Scotia
but have resided in Ontario since 1990. Currently I live in a small
hamlet near Kingston known as Odessa where my wife and I have firmly
planted our flags. We are renovating a century old limestone house that
is constantly crying for attention but we are near completion. The house
was purported by many of the town residents to be haunted. We've seen
no real evidence that might substantiate this rumour, but life has been
too busy for us to notice.
I released my debut CD titled 'Paradigm' in 1999. It was a culmination
of instrumental guitar tunes written over the course of a decade.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Some folks seemed to really
like it... in the tune of a quarter million or so, as streams and
download stats would suggest from the now defunct Mp3.com. Anyway...it
certainly got me thinking of marrying what was once a solitary hobby
into a new career direction. That same year I discovered and met guitarist
Don Ross. After I retrieved my jaw from the floor I offered to promote a
concert for him. Marketing was something I was doing at the time, both as
a consultant which saw me traveling to Europe and as an owner of a small
niche software company, so I figured it wouldn't be that much of a stretch.
The show was a huge success, Don was between agents, the stars were aligned,
Seth had completed breast feeding, Pam had rarely seen me happier so what
was I waiting for? Right! On with the show!
My second album 'Irregular Pulse'(released in May 04) is now behind me and
I'm soon heading back into the studio for the third. This past summer was a
memorable one for me career wise; I performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival
on the GM Carre Four stage and organized Canada's first guitar festival right
here in Odessa. This will of course be an annual event that will showcase some
amazing talent and aid the efforts of a growing movement of players and fans alike.
So there I is...I'll update this page from time to time as the wheels keep
rolling ahead. Oh yeah, many say that I do the best 'Stuart MacLean' in all
the land...some of them even work at the CBC :-) It can get pretty unpredictable
when I do it in concert as I improvise a narrative based on audience suggestions,
so whatever happens, at least they are partly responsible for the experience ;)