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10.27.2014

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS TOUR - NOTES FROM THE FIELD - HOUSE CONCERT MINI-TOUR

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS TOUR // NOTES FROM THE FIELD
& HOUSE CONCERT MINI-TOUR


This September / October, I had the honour of touring Europe with a good friend of mine and inspiring artist, Owen Steel.  It was the first tour that I organized under the banner of the FWBCE - the Friends With Benefits Card Exchange - and certainly not the last!  Thanks to all the amazing people we met along the way.  You're support and encouragement is the reason we keep on going.

Some of you may remember that I started this project a number of months ago to help independent artists work together as things get harder.  The project encourages artists (and music-lovers too!) to distribute download cards for the artists / friends they would like to support the most.

In May, I did a tour of Sweden armed with a few pockets full of Friends With Benefits download cards for Owen Steel.  Shortly afterwards, when contacting some of the venues for setting up another tour in October, and they all wanted to know if I could bring Owen with me.

For more info and also more photos from the tour, visit the blog: fwbce.tumblr.com
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For more photos and basically no info, visit my new photo blog: davidsimard.tumblr.com


After a little more than a week off, I'm going back on the rails this weekend to start a four show house concert tour in Germany.

Check my Show Page or join the Facebook Event for dates!  These shows are by reservation only, so if you want to come you have to e-mail a request to the contact listed for that date.  And quick, because they almost always sell-out!

That's all for now.
Be good to each other,
D.

9.10.2014

EUROPEAN TOUR - SUMMER REFLECTIONS

EUROPEAN TOUR - SUMMER REFLECTIONS

Photo by Victoria Boels at Pete the Monkey Festival

Well hello again, Europe!  Happy to be back on the old continent after a summer full of visiting friends and family and playing some good shows for lovely people across Canada.  It's always so good for me to get my dose of the open spaces, to ramble around a bit, and to put some highway under me.  And this summer, I did exactly that. 

Photo by Anne Vegnaduzzo
It started with a wedding and the Calgary Folk Festival, then hitchhiking through the rocky mountains, arriving just in time to perform and then enjoy at Artswells Festival.  After that, I drove down Hwy 99 to Vancouver, and then over to the islands for a couple shows, ocean swims, visits, and to pick up a little farm work.  The highlight of the western Canada part of the trip was to swim with orcas in the day, some dazzling phosphorescence at night, and then watch a blazing meteorite rip through the sky above us - and yes, this was all in one day.
Photo by Anne Vegnaduzzo
Shortly after this ridiculously rare experience, I flew to Montreal to meet my band.  And so starts the eastern Canada highlight.  After a year of not playing together, my band and I regrouped for a few rehearsals and then spent two days in the studio to start preproduction for the next album!

I have to say that this was, by far, my most inspiring studio experience.  Once called the Petite Eglise, the famed converted church where Arcade Fire recorded their album Neon Bible, the Grand Lodge No. 24 has held on to this charged charm and a delicious natural reverb.

All said, the record is still going to take a while to reach your sweet little ears, so why not see a live show?  Here it comes - my next round of European tour dates is updated on my "Shows" page and the Facebook Event is awaiting your confirmations. 

See you soon,



Photo by Anne Vegnaduzzo

7.21.2014

CANADIAN TOUR // FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS // RECORDING NEW ALBUM

CANADIAN RELEASE TOUR  //  FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
&  RECORDING NEW ALBUM !!


I bought a jean jacket a few months ago at a second hand store in Paris.  Please trust me that I'm going somewhere with this...

I surprised myself with this choice.  I certainly needed a new jacket, but with all the options you can find in Paris, the fact that a faded blue denim jacket was what won my forty euros left me regarding myself strangely in shop windows.

How is it that a Canadian finds himself donning the infamous "Canadian tuxedo" for the first time at 26 years old - and in Paris of all possible places?  Am I that homesick?  Maybe ...

But the truth is that you learn a lot more about where you come from and how you continue to carry that within you when you spend time away from home.  This opportunity for objectivity can allow you to claim it in a more conscious way ... and apparently, in my case, a more external way.

Photo by Gabriel Fizer

That said, it's now time to announce that I'm bringing this re-found Canadian character back to where it started for a number of very special shows this August - and with Lilies, my latest release on vinyl, finally pressed, printed, and ready for your analog feelers!


Try to focus more on the dates and the cities than the mustache and attitude.

Photo and layout by Anne Vegnaduzzo



I honestly can't imagine a better way to start the tour than with a stop at my favourite happening of the year - the Artswells Festival of All Things Art!  Hoorah!!!  Along with performing, I'll be leading a showcase / workshop to let people know a bit more about my recent project - Friends With Benefits Card Exchange - an independent artists solidarity initiative!  If you're not already savvy, you can read more about it at http://fwbce.tumblr.com.


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Finally, I'm so incredibly happy to tell you that the plans are coming together to record a new album!  At the end of August, I'll be testing out the potential studio with my dream-team rhythm section (whom you can hear on Lilies) Patrick Latreille and Evan Tighe.  And speaking of dreams - the place we will be recording has previously housed the sounds of musical heavy-weights Timber TimbreBeirutFinal Fantasy, and Feral & Stray.

Yes, it's the notorious Petite Église - a church that was bought and transformed into an idyllic studio by Arcade Fire and the place where they recorded their album Neon Bible.  And again, yes - on top of all this ... they've got a disco ball.

Photo courtesy of louisegoudreault.com


That wraps things up for now.  I hope that the Spring and early summer has treated you all well and that we'll be crossing paths soon.

Thanks for listening.  As my mother used to say, "You're all my favourites."

4.01.2014

TOUR // VINYL // FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

TOUR  //  VINYL  //  FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS !


Hello everyone!  There are some exciting things happening these days - three of which have my particular attention right now, and I think they will earn yours as well!

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NUMBER ONE  -  TOUR !


What better way to welcome the true start of Spring than with five shows through France and Switzerland?  Driving through the sprouting fields, watching the trees blossom and the snow recede up the alps!  This is a photo that I took of some fine friends enjoying dinner together from my last tour in Swiss-land (also in this most beautiful of seasons).  Also, this is going to be my first tour in Europe with a band!!  Excited to show you what we've been working out -

Visit my Shows page for details!

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NUMBER TWO  -  VINYL !!


Now available on merch-tables at your local David Simard shows and also through Bandcamp!!

It has been a long time in the making, but they're finally here and they're absolutely gorgeous.  Thanks to Daniel Gelinas, Dimitri Condax, and Jean-Bruno Pinard for making it audible - Patrick Latreille, Jenny Berkel and Evan Tighe for making it listenable - Le Bateau for making it possible - and to Sara from All Sorts Press for making it palpable!!

But most of all, thank you to the lovely people who pre-ordered the record and who have been waiting ever-so-patiently for us to get our ducks in a row.  By the way, they're being sent to your generous hands today!

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LAST BUT NOT LEAST  -  THE "FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS" CARD EXCHANGE !!!




I’ve spent a good many years touring as an independent musician, dropping friends’ names into sympathetic ears, playing covers of others’ songs and, in general, trying to communicate the beauty and relevancy of the musical community that I’ve personally drawn so much inspiration from.

In this modern age, I’ve noticed that the spoken word doesn’t linger in the mind as long as it used to.

There has to be a better way to sufficiently promote artists whose music I profoundly respect and whose friendships I greatly enjoy!
Therefore, I’d like to propose something that is at once more concrete and symbolic…

To learn more about this little-big side project I've just launched, visit 
http://fwbce.tumblr.com/ and follow, share, and like.  Artists are joining the project as we speak and I'll be announcing the new FWB card holders soon!

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That's all for now, but I'll leave you with a little photo that basically sums it all up in three little suitcases.   Bisous, and see you soon.



2.19.2014

Bienheureux à Paris + Sustainable Music Farmers

Bienheureux à Paris    +    Sustainable Music Farmers

Very happy to be back in Paris.  It's just so exciting here - so full of energy and new (to me) things - some of which are thankfully becoming much more familiar after some time well spent.  The artistic climate is stimulating, and of course, the change of pace always energizes and provides some new perspective.

I spent December and January back in Canada, traveling around for a couple great shows, delectable holiday time with my family, visits with friends, and then some time for myself.  I've spent a lot of energy in the last few months discussing and thinking about the ethics of music consumption and the role that we, the producers of music, play in it.  Last week I checked in on a musician and artist that I've grown to have a great respect for since stumbling into his show at my friendly neighbourhood bookstore, Shakespeare & Co.  He's a fellow ex-pat of sorts, and I would love to share a recent post of his, called "Why Music is Food".  It's a humble, yet heavily on-point description of how to remain (or to become) an ethical consumer on the music front.  And, of course, this is also a chance to share his music with you.  His new LP Between Dogs and Wolves has been spinning steady here at the house and if you're a fan of my music, I'm sure he'll strike a chord with you as well.  Bonus info for those of you in Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City - if you're quick on the draw you just might be able to catch him play in your city this Wednesday (tonight), Thursday, and Friday, respectively.  You can check his tour details after reading this:
I hope you enjoy the read, and speaking of which, I should let you know that I'll be launching a blog soon.  It will feature some of my photos and words which have a hard time finding their place elsewhere.

That's all for now, but I'll be back within the next week to announce my first concert in Paris and my tour schedule around Europe.  I hope you're all well, and to see you very soon!

Bisous,




12.09.2013

Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri

"Malgré tout on rit à Saint-Henri"



Back in Montreal, hanging with a slightly more modern version of "Les enfants de Saint-Henri".  It's always great to come back here - seeing old friends, old neighbourhoods, new shows.  The cold has been a bit of a shock, so I've been hiding from the Winter by spending good time rehearsing with the two dapper young men who will perform with me at my show this week.


I started going to Bar de Courcelle years ago when I lived here in Saint-Henri.  It was a grungy old country bar that had live bands and line-dancing every Friday and Saturday.  Big old wagon wheel on the front of the stage - gold tinsel curtain at the back.  When I heard it was being sold, I worried about TV screens everywhere and Molson endorsements hanging from the ceiling.  Thankfully, they chose to hang on to the rustic side of things instead and to continue the folk and country music programming.  It's a little more classy but, aside from the missing wagon wheel, the charm has remained intact.

Also, I should mention that at this very moment, while writing this little update for you, the lacquers for my 10" vinyl EP are being cut.  Very exciting.  If you'd like to be the first to receive one of these darlings in January, then come down to the show and buy an EP pre-order download card or visit my Bandcamp.


See you this Wednesday at Bar de Courcelle!  Show runs from 9:30 to 11:30 or so.  Two sets and a piano.
Click here for the Facebook Event

Very excited for this show and this venue.  Hope you can come and celebrate with us - I won't be back in Montreal for a long long while. 

Smooches,

david.

PS - Did you notice the new background image?  Thanks Antoine Corriveau!

11.22.2013

LAST CONCERT IN PARIS - NEXT CONCERT IN MONTREAL

LAST CONCERT IN PARIS - NEXT CONCERT IN MONTREAL



With rumors of snow hanging in the air around Paris this week, I feel two worlds crossing and calling to each other.  Leaving the rainy city for a snowy one very soon and, as always, I'm experiencing a mix of excited emotions between leaving and arriving.  In this case, the two feel quite balanced, and I'm announcing two events that symbolize this.

First - my last show in Paris is tonight (Vendredi, le 22) at Les Voutes.  I'll be accompanied by the band that I've brought together over the last two months I've been here and enjoying one last soirée before hopping on a plane back to Canada.
Facebook Event for tonight's show.

Second - This plane will be bringing me back to the beloved city of Montréal to taste a little of the cold and the culture that I missed this last year.  I'll be playing a show back in my old neighbourhood of Saint-Henri at the fantastic Bar de Courcelle on December 11th.  Might even have some special guests performing with me - have to wait and see!

Looking forward to seeing so many people I love in these next few weeks - some for "à bientôt" and some for "it's been a while".  I hope to see your face there too ; )

bisous,

david.

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