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Feliz Navidad – New Christmas song

Or should I say Feliz Skavidad?

What happens when you do a Christmas song with The Seaside Villains? You end up with a super fun punk/ska/reggae version of Feliz Navidad. Odd fact: this is the longest Xmas song we’ve done so far, yet it contains the least lyrics. How does that happen? Serious guitar solos, that’s how. This is part of Dining Room Studios and I’s annual project to record a holiday song with a featured guest.

Enjoy the free download and Happy Holidays from Jean-Paul, The Seaside Villains, and Dave at Dining Room Studios!


Originally written by Jose Feliciano

Produced by Jean-Paul De Roover and Dave Angell
Arranged by Jean-Paul De Roover
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Dave Angell at Dining Room Studios

Jean-Paul De Roover: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Organ, Aux Percussion
Eric Westelaken: Vocals, Electric Guitar
Dave Angell: Bass Guitar
Josh Hogan: Drums
Paula DiGiuseppe: Vocals
Justin Sillman: Electric Guitar
Deidra Ferguson: Trumpet

The Great Gig in the Sky – August 31

Well, not quite in the sky, but the show is at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, a truly wonderful spot.

But let  me start at the beginning:

Last year, I attended OCFF in Niagara Falls, an incredible conference with showcases all over the place. I wasn’t playing, but rather just there to soak it all up. I managed to meet a fellow by the name of Michael Wrycraft. He’s won too many awards for album design and packaging, yet I still managed to impress him with the 3D house version of Windows and Doors! He also really enjoyed the music, so he invited me to join this one-of-a-kind show in Toronto. It’s called “The Great Gig in the Sky – a tribute to Pink Floyd“.

I’ll be part of it all, alongside 7 other performers:

Ridley Bent, Elizabeth Shepherd & Michael Occhipinti, Dominic Mancuso, LAL, Paul Neufeld and friends, Andrea Koziol, and Retrocity [a 7 piece a cappella group!].

The format is unique, with each artist performing 2 Pink Floyd tunes with their own twist on them. Which ones am I doing? You’ll have to come to Toronto on Friday, August 31st to find out!

Tickets can be purchased via www.hughsroom.com.


While I was in Edmonton, I shot a segment on BalconyTV, which is a pretty neat concept for live performances. You play on a balcony. That’s it. So I was the first person to ever bring in some electronic elements to the Edmonton edition of the show, which meant that the few people standing nearby had no idea what I was doing since they couldn’t hear any of the loops! That, and if you look carefully, you’ll see my breath (it was freezing)!

on the Balcony! - photo by Shannon Lepere (www.shannonlepere.com)

I decided to do Walk, but an a cappella version, as I’d done it live quite a few times, and some of you have been requesting a recording of it. Here you go!

Anyway, if you want to learn more about the concept and the videos, here’s the link to my particular segment. Otherwise head to www.balconytv.com where you can see that I’m one of the Editor’s picks!

Big news!

If you’ve been following my facebook/twitter/etc accounts, you’ll know that I’ve been talking about announcing some big news for a while.

Well, I can finally announce it! But, since so much time has passed, there are now 4 things to announce:

1. ‘Pitch Pipes’ EP Release Party at The Study on February 11th, it’s coming up fast.
Facebook event link here.

2. Teaser video for the ‘Pitch Pipes’ EP is now up, watch the creative process of the album artwork!

3. Canadian Music Fest in Toronto (Moose FM showcase) confirmed at Mitzi’s Sister on March 10th, midnight!
All wristbands will be accepted, but there’s more info on their website.

And last but not least…

4. Opening for the Goo Goo Dolls at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on February 22nd. Amazing!

Tour dates and more will be coming soon.

“Pitch Pipes” A Cappella EP release party!

Finally the A Cappella EP known as “Pitch Pipes” will be ready to launch on February 11th!

It’s going to be a helluva party, with the Greenbank Trio opening the show, followed by The Greasy Creases. Both acts have a bluegrass-y sound, which works well with this show, as the theme is vocals and harmony (and the Creases have 8 members!).

But on top of that, right before I hit the stage, there will be a very special performance from some old friends of mine, The Noteables. They’re a barbershop quartet from the Gentlemen of Harmony, who I used to sing with a few years ago, and that definitely encouraged a love of 4-part harmony.

Here are some of the details:

Friday, February 11th
The Study
(955 Oliver Rd – inside Lakehead University – up the stairs from Security near the Agora Circle entrance)

All Ages / Licensed
Doors at 7:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM
$8 at the door (also includes a free copy of the new ‘Pitch Pipes’ EP)

Sponsored by:
Dining Room Studios
Gentlemen of Harmony
LU Radio 102.7fm
Shannon Lepere Photography

‘Pitch Pipes’ artwork

The Christmas holidays were productive this year! Not that they haven’t been in other years, but this time was particularly exciting!

Greg Dubeau and I hashed out some ideas and started work on the cover artwork for my new A Cappella EP ‘Pitch Pipes’.
Here’s a shot of him sketching it out before we combined ink, paint, and collage techniques to make a mural.

Greg Dubeau sketching out the artwork for 'Pitch Pipes'

You may remember Greg, because he did the artwork for Windows And Doors, which had a little stop animation video for it. Not to be outdone, we are also in the process of cutting together a time lapse of the project, mixed with other footage to make the ‘Making Of’ which should be done in the next few weeks.

So stay tuned, because the EP drops in February!