Discography: Bunny – Bunny

  • Bunny
  • Bunny
  • lap steel
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I love Drew Smith’s music. There are so many catchy hooks and beautiful melodies on this album! Perfect pop.

I played lap steel on two tracks:

Aloo Lemmi Noyoo

Jay Anderson: drums
Jordan Howard: lead guitar
Peter Chapman: vibraphone
Alex Samaras: backing vocals
Christine Bougie: lap steel
Dan Werb: Fender Rhodes
Drew Smith: bass, guitar, vocal, keys, percussion


Chris Sandes: piano, lead guitar, synths
Christine Bougie: lap steel
Brent Rendall: bass
Tom Richards: trombone
Randy Lee: violin
Drew Smith: acoustic guitar, vocals

There’s also a great video for Aloo Lemmi Noyoo

Two Back-to-Back Performances of Pet Sounds

It’s time for our annual Pet Sounds show!

This time, on October 12th, we’re doing it at Burdock, which is my new favourite place to play in Toronto. I think we’ve outgrown the front room at The Tranzac, but we still want to stick to a small venue. The music works best that way. So we’re going to keep it intimate and do two back to back performances at Burdock.

Buy tickets for EARLY SHOW 6:30pm 
Buy tickets for LATE SHOW 9:00pm 


Discography: Sarah Slean – Metaphysics

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  • Metaphysics
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I played lap steel on two tracks for Sarah Slean’s latest album. It was one of those sessions where I didn’t hear any of the music beforehand. I like that way of working – especially when Jean Martin is at the helm. I trust his ear and his instincts. The only thing with not knowing the music beforehand is that you need to learn the roadmap of the tunes quickly, on the spot. Lucky for me, before I was called in to record my parts, Andrew Downing had been recording upright bass, and he left the charts he wrote out for both tunes on the music stand 🙂

Full recording credits:

Holy Ground

Bass – Andrew Downing
Drums – Joshua Van Tassel
Engineer – Jean Martin
Guitar – Dean Drouillard
Lap Steel Guitar – Christine Bougie
Percussion – Jean Martin
Producer – Jean Martin, Sarah Slean
Vocals, Piano – Sarah Slean

The Gypsy

Bass – Andrew Downing
Drums – Jean Martin
Engineer – Jean Martin
Guitar – Dean Drouillard
Lap Steel Guitar – Christine Bougie
Producer – Jean Martin, Sarah Slean
Violin – Leslie Ting
Vocals, Electric Piano – Sarah Slean

Original Music for Pet Sounds Project

Our Pet Sounds project evolved naturally. At first it was just me, Dafydd Hughes, and Julia Hambleton. Guitar, Wurlitzer and clarinet. We performed the album in it’s entirety, in order, instrumentally.

For our next performance we added Andrew Downing on cello, and it became an annual tradition for the four of us to perform the album together.

We added percussion one year, but as fun as that was, the core of the band agreed that the thing we do as a four-piece is super special. So we went back to the guitar-wurli-clarinet-cello arrangement.

The thing is, Pet Sounds is a short album! It’s only about 37 minutes long. So I decided to write some original music for us to play. Something to add to our Pet Sounds set. Inspired by Pet Sounds – something complimentary, but not derivative.

I also wanted to challenge myself to write longer pieces of music. I imagined us playing two long-form pieces of music – one to supplement each set (we play Side A, then Side B). Once I had this concept in my head, I applied for a Toronto Arts Council grant. And I got it! The TAC has been so good to me. They even allowed me an extension to finish up the project. And that’s where I am now…in the final days of my extension, putting the finishing touches on this music.

Here’s a little sample from one of the pieces:

(If you don’t see the track above, click here)