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Live Looping

Live on BRBR

When I was getting ready for the European tour in November, I was pretty stressed with things to do, but when the TFO television show BRBR reached out about participating in an interview and some live performances, I couldn’t help but say yes! Naturally, everything would have to be done in French. Everyone already assumes that I’m francophone because of my first name, so my first thoughts were “great, now EVERYone will assume I’m francophone.” Not that that’s a bad thing! But there are only so many times that I want to get asked “parlez vous francais?” after introducing myself. Fun fact: I’ve even had people say that they heard a French accent when I sing!

The crew showed up on Thanksgiving weekend to film two songs in my living room, and they were incredibly professional and fun! Above is a live version of my song “Blue”, while below is the full episode, cued to a performance of my newest song “An Ode To This City.” Enjoy!

If you want to hear my speak poorly in French and give shoutouts to some TBay bands and venues, check out this quick little interview:

To see and read more about the BRBR team’s experiences in TBay, check out their blog entry.

Eastern “Get Up and Get Out” North American tour dates announced


De Roover announces Eastern “Get Up and Get Out” North American Tour Dates

JPDR - NAT2014 EAST Listing (small)November 18th, 2014

“The mad scientist of the Thunder Bay music scene” [Exclaim! magazine] is heading back out on the road, taking his music beyond the southern border… again. After recently completing a 50-day tour of Western Canada and the US, De Roover hasn’t quite had enough of the continent.

Beginning on November 29th, De Roover will be headed Eastward, moving around the southern side of the Great Lakes, before entering southern Ontario for a string of shows, eventually returning via the American Midwest by December 20th. While the first set of dates of the international tour included stops at various live-looping festivals, the Eastern dates will include several co-headlining shows with artists like Jack Campbell (Chicago, IL) [4 shows], The Living Satellites (Toronto, ON) [2 shows] and fellow loop festival alumni Mike Why (Pittsburgh, PA) (1 show). This tour will still see De Roover performing solo, but adding to his existing live looping arsenal by incorporating elements from the newest album through samples as he performs at various types of venues with material that is sure to impress, whatever the setting.

De Roover’s professional career has seen him spending less time on the road this past year. After working on a film score for an IMAX documentary over the Fall and Winter of 2013/2014, De Roover temporarily relocated to Toronto to work with the team at Coalition Music, known for their commitment to artist development and education (as well as managing Our Lady Peace and Simple Plan to name a few). His personal life has also seen changes, having bought a house promptly after returning from Southern Ontario and getting married to Shannon Lepere, his partner of almost 7 years. In fact, the upcoming tour’s name comes from a lyric in the song “Hope” (from his 2013 album “Complexity in Simplicity”), whose acoustic music video will feature Lepere on guest vocals. The video was released in October in conjunction with the beginning of the Western portion of the tour.

Despite taking these considerable personal and professional strides this year, De Roover is excited to go back to the drawing board for some new recording projects. But before that happens, he’s heading out on the road one last time before the year is over.

Born in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, De Roover was raised overseas in Africa, Asia and South America before returning to Canada in 2001. Since starting his career as a solo artist in 2007 he has had opportunities to perform at big festivals like Canadian Music Week, NXNE, as well as share stages with artists like the Beach Boys, Goo Goo Dolls, Beardyman and many, many more.

For more information on Jean-Paul De Roover or tour dates please visit www.jeanpaulderoover.com

RSVP to the tour on Facebook.


11/21 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub
11/27 – Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks ****
11/28 – Thunder Bay, ON – The Outpost

11/29 – Duluth, MN – Red Star *
12/01 – Milwaukee, WI – Nick’s House 12/02 – Madison, WI – The Frequency *
12/03 – Chicago, IL – The Burlington *
12/04 – Dayton, OH – South Park Tavern *
12/05 – Pittsburgh, PA – Hambone ***

12/07 – Barrie, ON – Private House Show
12/09 – Kingston, ON – Musiikki Cafe
12/10 – Ottawa, ON – The Daily Grind
12/11 – Toronto, ON – The Central **
12/12 – London, ON – The Blackshire Pub **

12/13 – Hamtramck, MI – Paychecks Lounge
12/14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Quad
12/15 – Chicago, IL – Uncommon Ground
12/16 – Muncie, IN – Be Here Now
12/17 – Burlington, IA – The Washington
12/18 – Minneapolis, MN – Acadia Cafe
12/19 – Duluth, MN – Beaner’s Concert Coffee Lounge

12/23 – Thunder Bay, ON – Black Pirates Pub

* with Jack Campbell (Chicago, IL)
** with The Living Satellites (Toronto, ON)
*** with Mike Why (Pittsburgh, PA)
**** with USS (Toronto, ON)

Fall US Tour in photos

Now that I’m back in the swing of things, I figured I’d share some of the photos that Shannon Lepere took while with me on the last US tour, as well as some of my iPhone “photography”. This includes the trek from Thunder Bay to Victoria, BC, then south to Santa Cruz, CA, back up to Portland, OR, then east to Duluth, MN before coming back home. Of course you can always look through my instagram (@jeanpaulderoover) feed to find some other random gems.

Scroll towards the end for some shots from the Y2KX+2 International Live Looping Festival in Santa Cruz, CA.

A big thank you to everyone I met on this leg of the tour, and the random friends we made while you let us sleep on your floors. Cheers, until we meet again in the Fall!


Live at the CB Booking Fest in Victoria, BC (Lindsey Blaine)

Greg Rekus representing Canada in Napa, CA

Live at the ArtLab in Fort Collins, CO (Shannon Lepere)

Live at Side Door Lounge in Omaha, NE (Shannon Lepere)

Alicia of The Love Technicians at the Side Door Lounge in Omaha, NE (Shannon Lepere)

Live at the NorthWest LoopFest in Portland, OR (Shannon Lepere)

Live at the NorthWest LoopFest in Portland, OR (Shannon Lepere)

Live at The Greater Good in Sonora, CA (Shannon Lepere)

Jumping near Big Sur, CA (Shannon Lepere)

Shannon jumping near Big Sur, CA

Admiring the view near Big Sur, CA (Shannon Lepere)

Watching over the shore near Wolf Point, CA

Live at Tycoon’s in Duluth, MN (Shannon Lepere)

Jellyfish display in the Monterey Aquarium, CA (Shannon Lepere)

Belated birthday dinner in San Francisco



With over 55 artists from 7 different countries, I certainly felt at home and in my element performing at this festival for the first time.

Jean-Paul De Roover (Canada)

Stanosaur (US) – didn’t actually use a looping device, but had three separate amps that created feedback loops. Had to leave the building it was so loud!

Whoolilicious (US) – think Cuban/Latin dance music with a looper and a live drummer

Bill Walker (US) & Mandoman (Japan) – a definite highlight! Bill plays guitar and Mandoman plays mandolin, but Mandoman built both instruments, so this was the first time that these two ‘brother’ instruments performed together!

Krispen Hartung & Aaron Davis (US) – Krispen runs the improvised music festival in Boise, ID, but this was live looping dance music to the extreme.

Laurie Amat & Rick Walker (US) – Rick runs the whole festival every year, so for the final performance he and Laurie did an experimental performance, incorporating not one but two vibrators (used musically) into the performance!