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Sexy Laundry - Thousand Island Playhouse

Made a quick trip out to do music and sound design for Sexy Laundry at the Thousand Island Playhouse.
With Director Krista Jackson we had a lot of fun creating a world for this show. Including making a fake radio rock tune called 'Jello Baby' for the show and the excellent Sarah Dodd and Shawn Wright.

Switched - Theatre Panik

Director Paul Lambert created an audio podcast version of Anna Chatterton's play, Switched. I worked to record, edit, mix and produce the podcast/show. Using binaural foley and effects the piece has a lovely, fun feel.

Have a listen!

Serving Elizabeth - Stratford Festival

Produced in a tent in the parking lot of the unused as yet, brand new, Tom Patterson theatre, Serving Elizabeth was a lovely experience. Under the direction of Kimberely Rampersad and composer Deb Sinha, we created a lovely show about colonialism and the Queen.

Onward Ho! - Julia Aplin

Wrote three songs for the dance piece and film for Dusk Dances. With Patrician O'Callaghan and Rick Hyslop on voice. Such a fun piece!

Sherlock Holmes and The Raven's Curse - Shaw

We somehow managed to get the second Sherlock Holmes show up and running at the Shaw Festival!
With director Craig Hall and a great design team we rehearsed mostly on zoom until we were allowed full rehearsals outside at the Shaw Festival. The show was presented inside, and we teched the show with a couple of hundred sound cues without seeing a full run. The show was great, it ran under half capacity to good audiences and we hit a window in the pandemic when this was possible.

Composer and sound designer


Life in Limbo - Julia Aplin

My partner created a lovely little piece for Porch View Dances' online series and I got to play some guitar and do a little sound design for the video.


there she was - Alison McKinney

I wrote some music for Alison McKinney's strong solo, there she was. This piece was presented as part of the Citadel + Compagnie's livestreaming series.

Covid Videos!

Created a few little videos to up my skills and try out a few things, they're all on the Covid videos page here. I'm not quitting my day job but its fun to branch out a bit.

ATG Bound

I mixed and edited a video for Against The Grain opera, mixing home recorded videos sonically and doing the video edit for the piece as well. Its a beautiful little excerpt of a lovely opera.

Everything stopped

Pandemic, eh? Everything stopped and we all stay and hope things come back.
Thanks to our government for taking care of us through this.


Well, that was close. We rehearsed, teched and previewed Room at the Grand Theatre in London, ON before it was supposed to head to Mirvish. Then the virus hit and we shut it down. A beautiful show that will hopefully live again one day.

Jesus Hopped the A Train - Soulpepper

I had the pleasure to work on this production under the direction of Weyni Mengesha, the play was set in a prison and we used contact pickups on the bars, live mics and reverb to make the space bigger on occasion and one of my large outdoor speakers as a functioning set piece. Great piece and team, with a lot of subtle sounds as well as so much banging on metal prison bars.

Now review

The Front Page - Stratford Festival

Had the pleasure to work with Graham Abbey on Michael Healey's excellent adaptation of The Front Page. For this piece I had the pleasure of writing for an 8 piece jazz band, to set the play in its 1928 period. Such a luxury these days, and such fun to do an old school recording session with a live band.
John Gzowski · The Front Page

The Front Page

Audio Boots - Common Boots Theatre

What an excellent project! I worked with the folks at Common Boots theatre to do sound design for 6 short audio plays based around site specific ideas at Scadding Court. We recorded all the pieces in binaural sound, using my new dummy head, binaural microphone to create really effective 3d spatialization for all the pieces.

Rope - Shaw Festival

Wrote some creepy chamber music to support the Shaw Festival production of Rope, directed by the excellent Jani Lauzon. A gripping play with some excellent work on stage.
Now Magazine review

World After Dark

Shannon Litzenberger's beautiful dance show, based on the book of the same name. This was a lovely full length dance piece that allowed me to really stretch out to support a varied and challenging show. I was honoured to be nominated for best sound/music for Dance at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards for this show.

World After Dark

The Mules - DVxT

Worked on a new play, The Mules with Vikki Anderson's DVxT company. This one was a great show about drug mules gone wrong with really strong performances by the cast. Not a busy sound show, but a fun one to be part of.

Its a Wonderful Life @ RMTC

Back in Winnipeg to do live foley and sound design for Its a Wonderful Life, set as a 1940's radio play. Lots of great press, good houses and a lovely cast.
Its a wonderful gig - Winnipeg Free Press article
CBC review
CBC radio/tv feature

The Children @ CanStage

Eda Holmes directed this intriguing work with three great actors at CanStage. A lovely production that was a co-production with the Centaur Theatre in Montreal.

The Children

Theory @ Tarragon

Had the pleasure of work on Norman Yeung's new play, Theory, at the Tarragon Theatre. A smart work nicely directed by Esther Jun. Lots of cellphones and fun with tech on this one.


Bed and Breakfast at Soulpepper

Bed and Breakfast keeps on rocking! This time a new production directed by Ann-Marie Kerr for Soulpepper. Its a great production with around 250 cues, lots and lots of sound really well integrated with the actors.
Bed and Breakfast

Now Magazine review

The Hound of Baskervilles

First mystery for me, a really great production at the Shaw Festival, directed by Craig Hall. Over 250 cues with about 60 cues with a string quartet of sorts that I recorded with my gear in one amazing session. Here's a few tracks from the show.

The Hound of Baskerville

The Baroness and the Pig

Very interesting two hander for the Shaw Festival in their studio theatre. Lots of music and sound, really great performances and a slightly challenging but interesting show.
The Baroness and the Pig

Orphée +

Had the pleasure of sound designing Opera Columbus and Against the Grain's Orphée +. First time sound designing for opera and it was quite an epic project. After a workshop in Banff, where I played guitar, ran and programmed a mainstage rig, sampled choruses and played live for the showcase, we took the show to Columbus Ohio where it premiered. I worked with the director, conductor and arranger to rework the opera, adding electric guitar and a keyboard mainstage rig. We had 3 'virtual choirs', choirs of youtube singers singing to a conductor and piano video. This was mixed and edited into a single chorus and then triggered by the keyboard player in the pit. We also sampled some chorus parts so that they could be played word by word by the keyboard player, added some synthesizer parts and reworked the arrangement for a smaller band. The team was really great, the challenges immense and very rewarding.
Winner of 5 Dora awards and nominated for 4 other Doras.
Orpheé +