Missing playing music

It is quite amazing how quickly time passes and how one can realize it has been ages since picking up a guitar or hitting a drum or even singing a single note. It is also equally amazing how just picking up an instrument and pouring out your heart into song can heal the lethargic soul.  It can make you believe in the power of yourself and help you trust your instincts. Not to mention it can simply make you smile. And a smile can be a powerful thing in a world filled with indifference.

Sammy is opening for Bri-anne Swan at the Supermarket

For one night in Toronto Sammy is playing some tunes.
Our good friend Bri-anne Swan is gearing up to record her new cd and is having a party to kick off the process.
Sammy loves recording so partaking making it happen for someone else is just wicked.
Tuesday May 13th at the Supermarket. The music will start at 9:30.

Ellen was just in A Christmas Carol. Check out the review


December 2013
A Spirited Production
A Christmas Carol
Mini-review by Sean McQuaid

Homburg Theatre, Confederation Centre of the Arts


Charles Dickens’ evergreen 1843 novella A Christmas Carol has been adapted endlessly in various media, including this stage musical penned by revered Charlottetown Festival founder Mavor Moore for Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre in 1988.


Mean, miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Wade Lynch) despises mankind in general and Christmas in particular until the ghost of his dead partner Jacob Marley (Justin Simard) gives him an overdue crash course in human decency, aided by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (played by Renae Perry, Bruce Cummins and Connor Sharpe, respectively).


Lynch portrays the darker aspects of Scrooge’s character capably enough but shines whenever he finds the humour in the role, sometimes in unexpected places; lines that might read less than hilarious on paper become side-splittingly comical courtesy of Lynch’s expert delivery.

Simard is great undead fun as Marley, but the whiplash-inducing tonal shifts of Perry’s Past ghost feel like two entirely different characters stapled together, while Cummins’ Present ghost is a more coherent but also more pedestrian take on that particular spirit, not especially distinctive.

Other notables include a winningly sympathetic Stephen MacDougall as Scrooge’s long-suffering employee Cratchit, a charming Cameron Cassidy as Scrooge’s lost love Belle, and adroit comedic duo Olivia Barnes & Ellen Carol as cynical servants Dilber & Dobbs.


Limitations of time and space mean I literally can’t say enough good things about Charles Dickens’ original story – wise, funny, spooky, clever, inventive and imbued with a timeless sense of social conscience that makes this classic as invaluably instructive as it is entertaining – and Moore’s adaptation preserves most of the tale’s essentials. The original songs are pleasant albeit seldom memorable, and generally well-executed by director Liz Gilroy and her cast.


For every sequence that soars (like Simard’s bravura fireplace entrance), there are others that land with a thud (like the almost comically anticlimactic revelation of Ignorance and Want huddled beneath Cummins’ robe) or fall tantalizingly short of full success (the Ghost of Christmas Future’s gliding, mist-shrouded entrance works wonderfully until the fog lifts just enough to reveal the wheeled dolly beneath his feet). It all adds up to a spirited and appealing but ultimately uneven take on the Dickens classic.


Ye olde reviewer’s songbird sister Monica Rafuse appears here as Mrs. Fezziwig (and quite effectively at that), so this review is obviously haunted by The Ghost of Christmas Conflict. Factor that into your reading accordingly.



Analogue to Digital: a new kind of event at Cafe Mây featuring the amazing Sammy in Toronto!

the amazing sammy cd release party in Toronto

May Cafe in Toronto, Live Music & Electronic Events

Facebook event
Advance tickets

Live bands to electronic artists, DJ’s to visuals and you! Come early for the pretty, stay late for the sublime.

blueVenus – Alternative Pop/Rock with Jazz and Latin influences

Sammy – The Official Toronto CD release performance!

Tricky Mouse – Music by computers, for computers.

DJ Chrisal1n – Electronologue Acoustifunk

Visuals by Tyler McDermott – Something old and something new.

Spanning the gap of vocal driven melodic bands to acoustic-inspired electronic music, or electronologue acoustifunk – with no breaks in between, we are taking that trip.

You can choose from watching, chilling, activating, dancing, being in live visuals, a full bar and more!

Hooping is allowed!
Costumes are encouraged!
Fun is always welcome!

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Sammy tour details for Fall 2013 in eastern Canada

sammy band winter picnic

Sep 23, 2013: Grumpy’s bar
9:30 pm
1242 Bishop Street
Montreal, QC H3G 1S6
(514) 866-9010
Sep 24, 2013: The Celtic Fox
7:00 PM
Woodstock, NB, CA
37 Clark St, Woodstock, New Brunswick E7N 1A5
(506) 328-6207
Sep 25, 2013: Plan B
9:00 pm
Moncton, NB, CA
212 St. George St. , Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 1V7
(506) 384-2019
Sep 26, 2013: The Company House
2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA
A night you don’t want to miss, featuring the amazing Toronto indie-rock outfit The Cheap Speakers, along with This Ship, Adam Mowery and the amazing Sammy!
Doors at 8:30pm
Music at 9pm
Sep 27, 2013:Bing’s Eatery & Socialhouse
6:30 pm
Maitland, NS, CA
8913 Hwy 215, Maitland, Nova Scotia B0N1T0
902-261-3287 (EATS)
Sep 30, 2013:Baba’s Lounge
9:30 pm
Charlottetown, PE, CA
81 University Avenue, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4L1
(902) 892-7377
Oct 2, 2013: James Joyce Irish Pub
8:00 pm
Fredericton, NB, CA
659 Queen Street, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A6
(506) 450-9820
Oct 3, 2013: Avant Grande Bar
Ottawa, ON, CA
135½ Besserer St.
Oct 5, 2013: The May
Analogue to Digital
9:00 pm featuring:
blueVenus - Alternative Pop/Rock with Jazz and Latin influences
Sammy - The Official Toronto CD release performance!
Tricky Mouse - Music by computers, for computers.
DJ Chrisal1n - Electronologue Acoustifunk
87 Dundas West
Toronto, ON, CA

Sammy is gearing up to tour Toronto to Charlottetown. Come join the party.

The excitement is building for “The Amazing” is almost ready for the press. We three Sammy’s are now getting into tour mode. Wantta come with us? Or even join us for part of the journey. All are welcome to experience the release of  ”The Amazing” Sammy’s debut cd.

Here is where you can find us serving up melodies for heros. Come be a hero.

Music, money & creativity in the age of the internet!

Can’t say that I’m familiar with Amanda Palmer’s music, but I find her approach to getting paid for it interesting.

We’ve been struggling a little with that these days. As one of the members of our band who is also known as Tricky Mouse was recently asked for licensing information regarding some songs being placed in film. Having been previously burned before by a publishing/licensing company and having recently delved into software and internet art “creative commons” licensing and how effective and creatively dynamic it can be, we find ourselves with more questions than answers… but exciting questions!!!

What, if anything, should we be selling? Historically it was never the physical copies of the music that made a musician money, it was the touring, the t-shirts, the Victorian Age sugar daddies… Some interesting insights all over the place. downloading music?

We will keep you posted!

The Members of Sammy Enjoy a Winter Picnic Somewhere in Canada

sammy band winter picnic

MMMMM, donuts… tea and expounding…  What more can one ask for in an outing, other than sunshine, warmth and green grass?  Oh well!  Maybe in July.  Passing through Toronto, Sammy managed to squeeze in a photoshoot with the talanted and imaginary Teri Quinn.

Actually, I meant imaginative! Artist and photographer T. Quinn, who is known primarily for landscapes, agreed to shoot us as long as we just inserted ourselves into a scene she was already pointed at.  A few (dozen) donuts and a story later and we left feeling full of sugar and good intentions.   We crashed an hour later and had to sleep them off.

Winter picnic advice:


  • hot water, tea and coffee
  • protein !
  • checkered blanket or water proof tablecloth
  • change of clothes for your wet ass
  • climbing gear


  • your cat
  • your computer
  • a sarcastic photographer
  • anyone, really


The music keeps pouring out

We three have been on a writing and recording bender in the past 8 months. It has been an interesting process as quite a bit of it was done online. But being this is a new age driven by techknowledgey we jumped on that band wagon willingly. Trying on new tunes and restyling a few oldies but goodies we have come to pick out the best 13 of the bunch. The result you ask… is our new cd that is scheduled to be released in September 2013. Keith currently has the mixing reins and is reeling in the wild horses a little. (but not too much) We are extremely excited to share with you all the product of our musical mayhem.

Sammy at the Railway Club this Saturday

Internet down and rain pouring, but look! I can still blog… Ahh, 21st century.
So Sammy is playing a show at the Railway this Saturday. I call us “Sammy V3″ because we are sans Ellen and avec Ferdy and Erin. We will be playing around 10 pm so come early! Erin will be showing off her guest voice with a Neil Young cover and we will be doing the short sweet set version of our peppy tunes. Ferdy is on guitar and Joel is on the bass, and yes, we like to force people off their instrument of choice…
Ask me about V2.