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Made in Toronto Showcase at Free Times Cafe

Presents

A Made in Toronto Showcase

Sunday, June 28th 7:30 PM at

320 College Street, Toronto

(2 blocks west of Spadina)

Featuring

Glen Alan Trio

Chris Birkett

Taylor & Bryn

Ivana Popovic & Perry Maher

7:30pm Chris Brikett

Chris Birkett is a multi talented music producer, sound engineer, musician, lyric writer and composer…a unique, visionary artist…

His journey as an artist and his life are intimately connected and bear witness to his vision of a better world to come. His music productions and collaborations have sold more than one hundred million records and earned him three Grammy Awards for excellence in the music business.

8:15pm Glen Alan Trio

* Glen Alan is an professional pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, recording producer and a passionate music educator. Glen graduated with his Grade 8 Piano Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music and his Vocal Performance Diploma from Humber College with First Class Honours. Glen has recorded 2 CDs to date and  has been playing and recording music professionally in numerous bands and vocal groups for well over 25 years.

A committed humanitarian and environmentalist, Glen’s original material spans a wide range of styles and influences exploring the gamut of human emotion from separation, loss, love, humour, hope and inspiration. Glen Alan’s ‘singing and songwriting style has been compared to Steely Dan, Ben Folds, Queen, the Beatles and Brian Wilson.

Glen Alan has performed and recorded with locally and internationally recognized artists such as Brian Dickinson, Dylan Bell, Tony Nesbitt-Larking, Suba Sankaran, Christopher Plock, Max Senitt, Natalie McMaster, Mark Dubois, Tim Bovaconti, Chris Birkett, Lenny Soloman, Steve Hunter, Jackie Richardson and many others…

For samples of Glen’s music, please visit his reverbnation profile at http://www.reverbnation.com/glenalan

9pm: Taylor & Bryn

How far will 2 guitars and 20 harmonicas take you? Taylor Abrahamse and Bryn Scott-Grimes are on a journey to find out.

Taylor’s earliest memories are of stage and screen – he’s been a professional actor since the age of 6, in addition to his successful solo music career. Bryn’s first recordings were spun out in the attic of the big old house where he was born, resulting in 4 solo albums, and a self-operated & thriving harmonica school.

They became friends while pursuing their BAs in music at York University, Toronto, and soon discovered their mutual fascination for any song brimming with pure imagination. In 2014, after working successfully as solo artists in the city, they decided to combine their distinctive song-writing styles and musical energies to create something altogether new.

The Taylor & Bryn sound is a distinctive blend of innovation and musicianship that evokes jazz standards, 70′s pop, folk, rock, soul, hip hop, show tunes and beyond—a bright, bold sound that’s equal parts distinct, refreshing, and accessible. Taylor & Bryn’s live shows are high-energy infusions of melody, wit, soaring harmonies, sophisticated guitar parts, and beat-boxing harmonica.

9:45 pm Ivana Popovic and Perry Maher

* Ivana Popovic is an established violinist, composer, chamber music coach and a violin teacher. She completed her studies in Violin Performance at the University of Veljko Vlahovic, Podgorica, Montenegro and later studied at University of Toronto. Ivana is passionate about chamber music – she is the founding member of the Sunrise String Quartet and has played with various chamber ensembles in Toronto.  She served as the concertmaster with Velvet Curtain Productions and Art Rage and played with Celebrity Symphony and Euphonia.

Ivana has recorded with many local artists such as Charlie Ringas, Chris Birkett and Sean Kelly and appeared in several theatre productions. Having appeared at the Toronto Fringe Festival in #Wedding Musical in 2014, she is now a cast member of the ancient rock musical “Inanna”, where she rocks on an electric 5-string violin. Ivana recorded her demo at Mint Music Studio and is currently working on writing and recording her debut album. She teaches violin at Mint Music School as well as privately and writes CD reviews for the WholeNote Magazine.

Find A Way Records Audio for Emily Hunter’s Activism 2.0

Emily Hunter was in the studio recently finishing the voice over for her short documentary, Activism 2.0. The film had its world premiere at the Planet In Focus Film Festival in November of 2014.

Activism 2.0 is an ongoing documentary series focusing on a new wave of environmental activists that use digital and technological tools to defend in the Digital Age. The first episode features the European-based group The Black Fish as they go underground to investigate illegal driftnet fishing in the Mediterranean Sea, using controversial drones to expose criminal operations. In the episodes to come, Emily continues to develop stories that examine the intersection of environmentalism with innovative technologies as an evolution of activism. To learn more, visit: www.Activism2.net

Emily Hunter is an environmental writer and filmmaker. Born into the environmental movement, her father was the late Robert Hunter, first president of Greenpeace and her mother, Bobbi Hunter, was the first woman to save a whale by blocking a harpoonist at sea. For nearly a decade Emily has documented from the frontlines of global environmental campaigns, from the the high seas of Antarctica saving whales on the vessels of Sea Shepherd to the rainforest of Borneo putting a spotlight on destructive palm oil plantations.

Emily uses media as her tools for change. She hosted and produced four TV-documentaries on MTV News Canada’s IMPACT and published her first book in 2011 titled The Next Eco-Warriors, an insider’s look at the new wave of environmental activism. She is a sought-after speaker, including a talk on TEDx and a character in Rob Stewart’s documentary Revolution and the upcoming film “How to Change the World” on the Greenpeace story. In recent years, she has developed powerful social media campaigns for numerous non-profits, including Toronto Tool Library, 350.org and others.

Find A Way Music School Voted #1

The results are in and Find A Way Music School has been voted number 1 in the Music School category by East York Mirror Readers in August 2014. A big shout out to all our satisfied clients and over 30 music teachers who work hard every day to inspire and help our students attain their musical goals and dreams. Click here to view the award. Find A Way is listed as winning the music instruction category.

Find A Way’s Music School offers individual music lessons in bass, cello, clarinet, drums, flute, french horn, electronic keyboard, guitar (acoustic and electric), kora, piano, saxophone (alto, soprano and tenor), trumpet, trombone, ukelele, violin, viola and voice. Find A Way’s Recording Studio offers individual music lessons in Ableton, Cakewalk, Cubase, studio engineering, FL Studio, Logic, mixing, Protools and much more. Classes and Workshops are also offered in live sound, microphone technique, mixing, music theory, songwriting, studio production techniques and voice. Find A Way’s instructors are musicians actively engaged in the music industry who hold a degree or diploma in music and hold a minimum of 10 years teaching experience.

Find A Way Music School Voted Number One by East York Mirror Readers

Now Accepting Guitar and Violin Students At Danforth Music School Location

Fall lessons have resumed for our second season at Lucsculpture located at 663 Greenwood Avenue on the corner of Greenwood and Danforth. Our guitar instructor Mike Butler and violin instructor Leena Athparia are both accepting new students. For more information on our rates and teachers please visit the following link http://www.findaway.ca/school or call 416-707-1077.

BNI Danforth Visitor’s Day – Sept 18th 2013

Title: BNI Danforth Visitor’s Day
Location: 535 Danforth Ave Toronto, ON M4K 1P7
Link out: Click here
Description: If you are an entrepreneur looking to grow your business join a roomful of successful peers at a special breakfast meeting and learn how BNI Danforth can help you generate more client/customer referrals for your business. Find A Way Founder Glen Alan is the President of the BNI Danforth networking group. For more information please visit http://www.bnidanforth.com
Start Time: 06:45
Date: 2013-09-18
End Time: 08:30

New Greenwood and Danforth Studio Location!

Find A Way is pleased to announce a new studio location in the Greenwood and Danforth area. Both vocal and piano lessons will be offered at this location. To book a lesson or to inquire about availability please call 416-707-1077

New Downtown Recording Studio Location!

Find A Way is pleased to announce our new Recording Studio Location. The studio has been relocated to 75 Sherbourne Street, Suite 323 (corner of Sherbourne St. and Adelaide St. E.) Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2P9. Our new location includes a separate video editing suite and a larger multi-room recording studio space designed by the world renowned studio designer Martin Pilchner. Haydain Neale, Daniel Lanois, Katheleen Edwards, Colin Linden, Mike Bullard, Chris Rouse & Lorraine Reid, Mark Jordan, Nick Blagona, Rik Emmett, Jeff Healy and Jim Cuddy are just a few of the clients that have recorded there over the years. We will be updating our website with photos of the new studio space soon.

Ken Sproul Releases New Video for “Paradise Blues”

Find A Way Client Ken Sproul released a new video for his song “Paradise Blues”. The video was completed through a joint partnership between Cinefocus Canada and Find A Way Studios. The script was written by Ken Sproul and the video was directed by Glen Alan. The recording of “Paradise Blues” was produced by Glen Alan and recorded at Find A Way Studios by Greg Kolchinsky in December of 2011 and features Ken Sproul (vocals), Glen Alan (backing vocals and programmed bass), Steve Hunter (keyboards) Tim Bovaconti (guitars) and Paul Delong (drums).

Find A Way is Moving!

As of July 1st 2012 Find A Way has moved to 7 Watson Avenue near Jane and Bloor. Although lessons will continue over the summer at our Jane and Bloor location the recording studio will reopen in the fall of 2012 at a downtown location yet to be determined. We’d like to thank our clients for their patience during this time of transition and wish everyone a happy and relaxing summer.

Find A Way Now Offers Complete Video Services

Find A Way now offers complete, state of the art video production services. If you are thinking about recording a song and doing a music video Find A Way is your one stop solution to make your video and audio dreams come true!

Glen Alan’s song “Sun’s Up” Recieves Honourable Mention

Glen Alan’s song “Sun’s Up” received an honourable mention in the Sixth Annual Great Lakes Songwriting Competition on Nov 23rd 2009.  The Great Lakes Songwriting Competition was established in 2003 and has been running for over 5 years.  The Great Lakes Songwriting Society provides workshops and supports songwriters in the development and recognition of their craft.  The competition is run by songwriters for songwriters and they guarantee that every song will be heard at least twice from beginning to end.  The except below was taken from the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest website (www.greatlakessongs.com)

We, the Michigan Songwriters, are dedicated to running a fair, unbiased contest in which each song is judged on its own merits, whether you’re a well-known songwriter or a talented amateur who’s never performed in public. Our judges are chosen with musical diversity and experience in mind.

To find out more about The Great Lakes Songwriting Society and the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest go to http://www.greatlakessongs.com/index.htm

To hear more of Glen Alan’s music go to http://www.sonicbids.com/glenalan or visit http://www.reverbnation.com/glenalan

Glen Alan releases 6 song EP on June 27th 2009

On Saturday June 27th Glen Alan released a limited edition 6 song EP entitled “The Many Faces Of Glen Alan”. The CD features 6 original compositions by Glen Alan and retails for $12.00 and if purchased at the Toronto Dollar booth at the St. Lawrence Market (South Building on Saturdays only from 9 am -2 pm) a portion of the proceeds goes to the Toronto Dollar – an organization that sells a local currency that is accepted by vendors in the south building of the St. Lawrence Market and at other participating locally based merchants throughout Toronto including Find A Way and Eternal Spring Organics The CD will soon be available for purchase on Find A Way’s website.  To order your copy now please call (416) 707-1077 or email info@findaway.ca

This special compilation entitled “The Many Faces Of Glen Alan” features Glen Alan on lead vocals, background vocals, and keyboards with Find A Way voice student Fenton Fong singing lead on Sun’s Up.  Additional background singers include Gail Berry, Nicholas Komiotis and Mike Rocha.  Paul Donat plays fretted and fretless electric bass, Larry Crowe plays drums with additional percussion and string programming by Glen Alan.  Lead electric and acoustic guitar playing was done by Tim Bovaconti and additional electric guitar by Devrim Eldelekli and Andrew Frost.  On Subway Bandit Danny McErlain plays piano and Ka-Cheong Liu plays acoustic bass.

All songs except Subway Bandit’s bass, piano and lead vocal tracks were recorded at Find A Way Studios by engineers Sebastien Chorney, Kevin A Cameron and Mike Rocha.  The “Subway Bandit” bedtracks were done a Kinck Sound Studios in 2002.  The freshly released EP “The Many Faces Of Glen Alan” was produced by Glen Alan and mixed by senior engineer Sebastien Chorney.  The track order of the EP is as follows:  1. Sun’s Up  2.  Nearest Star  3.  Free Another Heart  4.  Shattered World  5. Virtual Paradise  6. Subway Bandit.

No Nonsense performs at J D’s Bar and Grill

No Nonsense A Cappella Quartet sings in Collingwood June 4th 2009

No Nonsense performs at J D’s Bar and Grill in Collingwood, Ontario for Dennis McAndrew
No Nonsense members from left to right:  Glen Alan, Mike Hughes, Trevor Hanley and James Carson.

Glen Alan performed with the Acappella Quartet No Nonsense on June 4th 2009 at J D’s Bar and Grill in Collingwood to a standing room only crowd at Dennis McAndrew’s retirement party.  Dennis McAndrew was the quartet’s vocal music high school teacher that helped nurture the acappella quartet when it began.  The Quartet is well known in the area for its tight harmonies and unrivaled sound and has been together for over 15 years.  The members are Trevor Hanley, James Carson, Mike Hughes and Glen Alan.  Dennis McAndrew made an impromptu saxophone solo on “One Fine Day” which added to the excitement of crowd seeing No Nonsense perform once again in their local stomping ground.

Dennis McAndrew when asked about his role in shaping the quartet’s sound commented,  “I really did nothing.  These guys already had it.”   Glen and his band mates know that this dynamic music teacher actually played a large roll in nurturing and encouraging their passion for music.  “I still remember bringing in the first acappella song I ever wrote aptly entitled “Finding The Way” and Dennis taking the time outside of class to listen to it”, says Glen.   “I remember Dennis saying “I like it Glen – very cool, but I think you need a bridge here.”  I was back in no time with a newly written bridge.”

MR Quartet Masters CD at Find A Way Studios

MR Quartet and Richard Fortin along with Senior Engineer Alan Hardiman and Glen Alan master MR Quartet’s debut CD at Find A Way Studios. This Jazz CD features original tunes written and arranged by MR Quartet.

John Amos to record “Train Song” at Find A Way Studios

Former CPR Engineer John Amos was in the studio today working on his song “C.P.R. Fast Freight 901” a song that John wrote in 1962 the celebrates the legacy of the steam engine and is a snap shot of the railroad culture of that era. John now 87 wrote this song in 1962 and will be recording it at Find A Way Studios on June 7th 2008. Produced by John this song will feature Devrim Eldelekli on guitars, John Amos on vocals and violin, Glen Alan on piano and backing vocals and will be engineered by Sebastien Chorney.

Devrim Edelekli records at Find A Way Studios

Devrim Edelekli was in the studio for acoustic guitar overdubs on the Bruce Thompson composition “Sun’s Up”. The session was produced by Glen Alan and engineered by senior engineer Sebastien Chorney.

Find A Way Celebrates “April Fool’s Day”

Find A Way president Glen Alan was hard at work the evening before April Fool’s Day concocting a Cycle Related April Fool’s joke for the Find A Way Website.

Find A Way Makes World’s Most Advanced Quinticycle!

Find A Way has found a way to build the world’s most advanced quinticycle. Designed by Glen Alan and senior engineers Sebastien Chorney and Alan Hardiman, the quinticycle exceeds the standard width of a Hummer while employing advanced features such triple titanium bicycle rims, air brakes and an advanced emergency peddle powered anti-gravity propulsion system. The Find A Way quinticycle employs a proprietary system of gears, pulleys and electro-magnets to achieve blistering speeds in excess of 120 km/hr. Production of the quinticycle will commence in the summer of 2008 pending CSA approval.
Also in development and possibly being launched next April Fool’s Day is the deca-bicyclette. Often referred to as the “DB Limo” this French-inspired oversize luxury version is designed specifically for the environmentally conscious rock star and want to be celebrity. The Deca-bicyclette is more than 3 car lengths long and comes equipped with silver platted water bottles, dual gold plated bike bells, 10 triple titanium forged bike U-locks, 9 sets of Dolby Surround Audio CD Players with Headphones, a bread pantry and an over sized rear carriage for luggage. The Deca-bicyclette is an easy way to gain status within environmentally conscious social circles and is produced and assembled with care at Find A Way studios.

MP3 Teaser released for Bruce Thomson’s song “Cycle Mania’

Cycle Mania is the latest offering from Find A Way Artist – Bruce Thompson.  Bruce hopes this will help promote cycling and help raise awareness towards cycling related issues.

“With the growing concern over the negative impact human activities are having on the environment cycling makes more sense than ever.  The bicycle is a affordable, clean, and healthy alternate to fossil fuel driven vehicles.  We need to support this great mode of transportation by putting pressure on our elected leaders to put the bike at the fore-front of government transportation initatives.” – Bruce Thompson.

Almost a year and a half in the making, Cycle Mania promises to the most exciting Bruce Thompson recording to date.  Cycle Mania features Bruce Thompson (keys and vocals) Tim Bovaconti (Guitars), Andrew Frost (Guitars), Richard Fortin (Guitars) Peter Fuscoe (Bass) and Sony Recording Artist DB Clifford (Drums).

Tim Bovaconti Records at Find A Way Studios

Tim Bovaconti was in the studio to work on the Glen Alan composition “I Am”. Tim Bovaconti has toured and recorded with Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith for many years and more recently with rock legend Randy Bachman.

Glen Alan records “Half A World Away” at Find A Way Studios

Prior to his departure to Korea Glen Alan records “Half A World” which is an eloquent anthem for the modern international relationship. The rough mix of this session will be available in the summer of 2008.

Richard Fortin Records at Find A Way Studios

Richard Fortin was in the studio to record guitar for the Bruce Thompson composition “Cycle Mania”. The session was produced by Glen Alan and engineered by Sebastien Chorney. The complete version of Cycle Mania will be released in the summer of 2008 and features Sony recording artist “DB Clifford” on the drums.

Glen Alan’s “Free Another Heart” Short MP3 Released

Senior Engineer Sebastien Chorney finishes a Teaser mix of Free Another Heart. This new Glen Alan composition will be released in the summer of 2008. Free Another Heart features Glen Alan – vocals and keys, Paul Donat – bass, Andrew Frost and Tim Bovaconti – Guitars, and Larry Crow – Drums.

Find A Way Supports Environmental Initiatives

Glen Alan meets with Environmental Communicator Martina Rowley to design a new environmental section to be added to the Find A Way website. This proposed addition will inform site visitors of key environmental issues and provide links to other environmental organizations.

Andrew Frost Records at Find A Way Studios

Session Guitarist Andrew Frost records at Find A Way Studios on the John Story composition “Virtual Paradise”. Andrew is a Toronto-based musician and music teacher for Find A Way.

Glen Alan’s Song “Nearest Star” is Completed

Find A Way Studios artist Glen Alan finishes “Nearest Star”. “Nearest Star” features Glen Alan (keyboards and vocals), Tim Bovaconti (guitars), Larry Crowe (drums), Andrew Frost (guitars), and Paul Donat (bass). Nearest Star was produced by Glen Alan, engineered by Kevin A Cameron, Mike Rocha, and Alex Punzalan Jr. and mixed by Glen Alan and Mike Rocha.