Tribute shows? Sure, why not!

Hey kids, how ya been?  Just thought I'd check in, and let you know about some upcoming shows, including a couple tribute nights!

First thing first, I'm so excited to be performing at a legendary venue, The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield!  I'll be opening a really great band, who I shared the stage with at NXNE this year, Beams! That's on Friday September 11th!

Next up, you know who I love?  Tom Petty.  I really started rediscovering his work on my last tour with Sarah Beatty.  I picked up two of his albums for the road trip, 1995's Wildflowers, and the 96' soundtrack "She's the One".  Aaaaanyways, his music has become my new obsession, so on Friday October 23rd, I'll be performing a Tom Petty tribute at Burdock here in Toronto!  I'm lucky to have backing band The Bad Apples (Graydon James, Myke Mazzie, Noel DiTesto, Jason Lapidus and special guest on the keys, Alli Sunshine!)  Come share some great music with us!

And finally, another tribute night, actually 2 nights!  It's going to be a joint Toronto/Barrie tribute to Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson!  It will feature performances by myself, Jerry Leger, Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose, and Stonetrotter!  First night in Barrie, December 4th at the Fox.  Second night in Toronto, December 5th, again at Burdock! 

In between, I'll be going to this year Folk Music Ontario conference, if you're attending, let me know!  It's a great time for anyone who wants to see what's up in Canadian folk music!

Hope you're all good.  Talk soon!


Nick Lowe cover, tour dates!

When I was in Orillia for the inaugural Roots North Festival, I was asked to film a video with Tyler Knight.  I decided to perform this wonderful Nick Lowe song that I just started covering recently.  This is off his 2011 album "This Old Magic".  I hope you enjoy it!  Below you can find a list of upcoming shows as well!

Upcoming shows:
May 28th: Free Times Cafe in Toronto, a solo set, opening for Chris Thompson's album release party (also featuring a favourite of mine, Little Kid!)

June 19th: NXNE!  Playing at the Cameron House, full band!  11pm Sharp.  Great lineup that night with Birds of Bellwoods, Sarah Burton and Beams

June 26th: Guelph, playing at Silence, a double release show with good friends The Young Novelists!

July 4th: Gravenhurst, for Curries Church Sessions, opening for Gavin Gardener of The Wooden Sky!  Very excited for this.

July 10: Orillia, at the brownstone opening  for The Key Frames!!  Should be a blast.

July 18th: Back in Toronto, with the wonderful Olenka and the Autumn Lovers!  Live at a great new venue, Burdock


Exclaim video plus a couple shows for April!


Not long ago I played a great show for Wavelengths pop up series.  The good folks at Exclaim magazine were there and recorded us performing "Sound of Ticking and Tocking".  We had some problems and ended up recording this without the use of monitors.  It's a testament to my bandmates Sarah, Sean and David that we were able to put it together so well! 

If you're looking to see me perform over the next month, you can check out these 2 events
First up, on April 17th, I'll be heading up to Bruce Wine Bar in Thornbury
Next, I'm really excited to be part of this great new festival Roots North in Orillia.  April 25th I'll be playing at the COC on a bill with Jerry Leger and Mo Kenney!  Very cool.  Check out the poster below. 


February Shows, Interviews!

Hello friends!  I hope you're all staying warm.  I had a quiet January, and now I'm back into the swing of things for February.  Here's some upcoming shows:

Feb 6: Toronto, Hunt Club Studio (709 College St), 8pm

Really excited to be a part of the Wavelength Pop Up series!  This show is a Steam Whistle Unsigned event as well!  Steam Whistle, Wavelength, Exclaim... this is a serious Toronto show!  Here's an interview I just did with Steam Whistle concerning the show on the 6th: http://www.steamwhistle.ca/blog/2015/02/02/shawn-william-clarke-interviews/

Feb 14: Orillia, Apple Annies (109 Mississauga St E), 1-4pm

Home town show!  Yessssssss.  Playing 3 short sets here with my trio, drop in for some great food, coffee and music!  Oh it's Valentines day, so um... bring a date.... or don't....

Feb 18th: Hamilton, Artword Artbar (15 Colborne St) 8pm

Folk Roots Stew.  Like, I think there will actually be stew!!  Mmmmm.....

Feb 19th: Kitchener, Cafe Pyrus (16 Charles St W) 7pm

Another Folk Roots Stew show, so conceivably, you can have me and stew 2 nights in a row.  That's amazing. 

Thanks all, hope to see you soon!  


Top 10 albums of 2014

Welcome to 2015 folks!  As usual, I've assembled my top 10 albums from the last year!  Keeping in mind that I didn't listen to many new albums this year... Whatever! So here we go, click on the band names to have a listen:


Reviews! Southern Souls video! And where to get "William"

Hey there guys!  It's been a few weeks since my last entry.   My album release party went swimmingly!  I believe we were over capacity.  Full house.  Graydon and Laura of the Young Novelists opened and were fantastic as usual.  We also managed to raise $300 for the Regent Park School of Music!  I'd call that a success.

More recently, this has been a fantastic week.  First, on Sunday, my Southern Souls video was debuted!  Me and my friend (and former Wilderness of Manitoba vocalist) Melissa Dalton sang "Ten Years Ago" in a really cool yurt!  The restaurant in which the yurt resides is called Ceili Cottage, on Queen Street East.  Check it out below!

This week also saw a couple really wonderful reviews.  First was from a really nice blog called Gray Owl Point.  You can read the whole thing here :


Then today I was absolutely shocked to see a review in NOW Magazine!  You can read that in print, or on their website here


So all in all the critics have been very good to me. 

Finally, It's probably a good idea to tell you where you can grab a copy of this critically acclaimed album!  If you're a bricks and mortar kind of person, check out these places

Soundscapes (572 College St)
Sonic Boom (215 Spadina Ave)
Likely General (389 Roncesvalles Ave)
June Records (662 College St)

Grooves Records (353 Clarence St)

Moncton NB
Spin It Records (467A Main St)

And since we live in a digital world, how about checking out these places:

Bandcamp (Digital, CD and Vinyl orders)

OK, that's it!  I'm playing at the Dakota Tavern tomorrow night with my good friend Jerry Leger!  I'll be on early, 7pm sharp, so come on out.  Until next time!


Now Best of TO, and (finally) an album release party!

Hey folks!  I was absolutely delighted to get the word last night that I'd placed as runner up in NOW magazine's best of Toronto readers poll for Best Songwriter!  I received notice the night before it debuted from the Lonely Vagabond (because he always knows what's happening in Toronto before anyone else does!)
Thank you so much everyone who voted for me!  I truly had no idea I'd even be nominated for this thing, so to come in second ahead of such great songwriters as Ron Sexsmith, Justin Rutledge and Donovan Woods, is really... well, I'm speechless!  Thanks thanks thanks!!

So where can you see me perform, Toronto?  Well, I've finally booked an official album release party!  It will be on Saturday November 29th at a lovely space called Array Studio!  This is a ticketed event and they can be purchased right here:


I'll have a full band with some familiar faces, plus I'm happy to announce that my good friends Graydon James and Laura Spink from Graydon James and the Young Novelists, will be opening!  They sound like this:

So block off that date!   Byeeeeeee.