Music to Warm the Winter

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Happy 2016!  2015 was a fantastic year of music, and 2016 promises to be even better!

The past year was busy with great jams, fun gigs and new songs; and it ended on a high note, with a December show by Moving to Montreal (Laura Reid and myself) at Market Collective.  It was wonderful to be a part of this excellent music series, which was lined up by Welcome to the West.  Here are some photos (by Mike Tan) of Laura and I performing on the beautiful Market Collective stage:

Laura Reid and Ethan Cole (Moving to Montreal) at Market Collective. Photo by Mike Tan. 

Laura Reid and Ethan Cole (Moving to Montreal) at Market Collective. Photo by Mike Tan. 

Photo by Mike Tan.

Photo by Mike Tan.

I am very excited about the upcoming shows I have booked (both solo, and with Royal Cannonball), so I thought I would share some of the details with you here.  I hope you can come out and enjoy some live music.

First up - and sorry for the short notice on this one - Royal Cannonball plays Wine-Ohs this Saturday January 16th.  James, Sarah and I are super excited.  Opening for us is the stunningly talented Chris Gheran.  The show starts at 9pm.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

Poster design by Jackie Bourgaize

Poster design by Jackie Bourgaize

Speaking of Royal Cannonball - we did a photo shoot a few months back with Yolande Cole.  She captured some wonderful shots of us playing in Confederation Park on a sunny autumn day.  Here are a couple of highlights from that set:

Royal Cannonball in Confederation Park.  Photo by Yolande Cole

Royal Cannonball in Confederation Park.  Photo by Yolande Cole

Photo by Yolande Cole

Photo by Yolande Cole

Royal Cannonball's following engagement will be opening for Lucky Sonne at the Palomino on Friday January 29th at 9pm.  We are excited to be playing at the Palomino, and this promises to be a great show!

In February, I am thrilled to be opening for my friend Rae Spoon.  Rae will be launching their brand new album Armour.  Rae is one of the best songwriters and singers in this country, and I am very excited to be opening for them.  For my set, I will be joined by guest stars Lawrence Nasen, Laura Reid and Ella Haggis. 

Rae Spoon launches Armour at Ironwood on Tuesday February 16th at 8pm.  Please join us!  Tickets are $15.  You can call 403-269-5581 to reserve.

Poster design by Rae Spoon.  Art by Jamie Q.

Poster design by Rae Spoon.  Art by Jamie Q.

Finally - I have been working on some new songs!  While I don't quite have a new album ready to go quite yet - I do have a sneak peak of an early demo for you.  Here is your exclusive first listen to a song that is so new, it doesn't even have a finalized name yet!  For now, I'm calling it Wind.

I hope you have enjoyed this update, and I hope you enjoy the music!







Coffee, Searchlight and Gigs Aplenty!

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Hello Everyone!

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who listened and voted for me in the CBC Searchlight Competition.  Although I did not make the National Shortlist, I am pleased as punch for have made it as far as the third round - thanks to your lovely support.  The Searchlight Competition continues on, with many talented artists still in the running, so stay tuned, and keep up the support for independent musicians in Canada!

In other news, I wanted to share with you this short film - written and directed by the incredibly talented Miranda Wolfe, and starring Miranda and myself.

If you like the music in the film, you can listen to the full track here.  You can also check out Miranda's amazing photography website here.

I have some exciting gigs coming up, and I hope you can come out and enjoy the music! Here's a rundown of the next few shows:

*Ralph Boyd Johnson with Ethan Cole    Friday May 8th    9pm    Wine-Ohs    Cover $10

*Ethan Cole live at Kawa     Friday May 29th   8pm     Kawa Espresso Bar    No Cover

*Book Launch - Still No Word by Shannon Webb-Campbell.  Special Guest Ethan Cole.    Saturday May 30th    8pm     Loft 112    Cover $5




March Music

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I am back from a productive songwriting retreat in the mountains and ready to play some fun shows!  All the details can be found below this great picture of Laura Reid (amazingly talented violinist, and member of the awesome band Northwest Passage) and I playing at Cafe Koi.

With Laura Reid at Cafe Koi.  Photo by Steven Begrand.

With Laura Reid at Cafe Koi.  Photo by Steven Begrand.

I just got back from the inspiring environs of Canmore, where I wrote three news songs for my next album.  Thanks to the Smiths for the wonderful accommodation, and thanks to Puma for being a great feline roommate during my mountain sojourn.

Now I'm excited to get back to playing live music!  Here is what's coming up this week and beyond:

At Wine-Ohs this Thursday March 19th at 8pm, it's a songwriters circle with Amelie Patterson and Karen Romanchuk.  I am very excited to be sharing the stage with these two amazing Alberta-based songwriters!  Come on down and enjoy some great original tunes from Amelie, Karen and myself. Cover is $10.

Then on Friday, I'm absolutely stoked to be the musical guest on Past Your Bed Time with Renee Amber and Andrew Phung.  Come down to Loose Moose for this 10:30pm show - hilarity will definitely ensue with Andrew and Renee, two of the funniest, most engaging performers in Calgary.  Tickets are $10 - available at or at the door.

On Tuesday March 24th at 8pm, I am delighted to be back at the Ironwood with Lawrence Nasen.  Cover is $15, and reservations can be made by calling (403)269-5581.  Rumour has it there will be piano and lap steel and banjo and covers of the Velvet Underground!  

If you are in the mood for some theatre, the Good Fences Community Tour begins tomorrow.  This play, created by the Downstage Ensemble (of which I am a member), is a compelling exploration of the relationship between the Agriculture and Energy sectors in Alberta.  I wholeheartedly recommend catching one of these performances if you can.  For tickets and details, visit

On Saturday April 11th, I hope you will join Royal Cannonball as we crank up the tunes at Mugs Pub (1330 15 Ave SW).  The show will begin at 8pm and go all night.  It will be an absolute blast!  James, Sarah and I hope you can join us.

Thanks for reading my blog, and be sure to check back here soon for more upcoming events and shows.

Best regards,


new year, new gigs

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Here is the lowdown on my upcoming live shows in Calgary!  Hope you can make it out!

Royal Cannonball.   Photo by Rhon De Real.

Royal Cannonball.  Photo by Rhon De Real.

I am thrilled to be starting off 2015 with a stripped-down acoustic set at the Ironwood Stage & Grill - Tuesday January 13th at 8:00pm.  Come on down, have a beverage, and enjoy the show, at one of Calgary's best live music venues!  Featuring James Dangerous and Sarah Sinclair ($10).  To make a reservation: 403-269-5581 /

Then on Monday January 26th, I'll be playing a special set at the wonderfully intimate Cafe Koi, with awesome ambiance and amazing Asian-fusion dishes. The show will begin at 8:00pm. (Voluntary Cover).  Due to the smaller size of the venue, you might wish to make a reservation with Cafe Koi - 403.206.1564. 

On Friday February 20th, it's an 8:00pm show at Kawa Espresso Bar, featuring incredible coffee and one of the best beer selections in town. 

The following Friday, February 27th, finds Royal Cannonball (pictured above) playing a 6:30pm supper-time show at Cafe Koi.  Come and enjoy some fantastic live music - performed by James Dangerous, Sarah Sinclair and myself.  We will serenade you with our original compositions, as well as some classics, played on banjo, mandolin, clarinet, glockenspiel and guitar.  

Check back here for regular updates on further upcoming shows!  This promises to be a plentiful year of music from yours truly.  You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Hazlewood Pines CDs will be available at all live shows.

Hope to see you out there!


Music Video for Cocoa On The Sideboard!

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Check out my new music video, Produced and Directed by the amazing Elaine Graham!

From my new album Hazlewood Pines, now available on CD and Digital Download!

Thanks to the brilliant artists who helped Elaine and I in this endeavour:

Camera Operator: Esa Haataja
Camera/Production Assistant: Micky Desjardins
Editor: Andrew Hlad
Music Produced and Recorded by Lorrie Matheson
Played by: Ethan Cole, Lawrence Nasen, Laura Reid and Chris Dadge.

Album Release on August 16th!

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I am very excited to announce the official launch of my new album Hazlewood Pines!  Come and join me, and some very special guests, on Saturday August 16th for a fantastic evening of music.

The show starts @ 8:00PM (Doors @ 7:30PM), at the Unitarian Church of Calgary - 1703 1st Street N.W.  Tickets are $10 and CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

This launch will be the culmination of an extensive creative process.  The seeds of this record were sown in May of 2013, when I discovered I was the recipient of a 10k20 grant from local radio station UP! 97.7. I spent the summer and fall writing and rehearsing new material, and then recorded for two weeks in January with Lorrie Matheson (at his Arch Audio studio.)  Working with Lorrie was a great experience– I learned a lot, and the intensive recording schedule was a really positive challenge for me as a singer and a musician.

I was fortunate to have a fantastic cast of supporting players on this album – in addition to myself and Lorrie, the record features Chris Dadge, Laura Reid, Lawrence Nasen, James Dangerous, Dolly Sillito, Nathan Dorozio and Evan Rothery.  All of them are great musicians and fantastic people, and all contributed wonderful textures to the album.

The final phase of the process was figuring out how the album would look – and once again, I was lucky to receive help from a highly skilled artist, my friend Mia Rushton, who designed the album art.  I am also grateful for the assistance of my pal Eric Moschopedis, who helped me to put together the very website you are now reading.

A shout-out goes to my friend and roommate Steven Begrand – who put up with my moments of craziness throughout the process, and whose support proved invaluable along the way.  And of course huge thanks to my family, who always inspire and help me in all creative endeavours. 

I am very proud of Hazlewood Pines, and very happy to be able to share it with you.  I hope you can make it on August 16th, but if not, you can pre-order the album right here on my website!