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Nick Sherman

Go, Tell It On The Mountain

Dining Room Studios and I have a new fun project: every year we’ll record a holiday song that I’ll arrange, produce and coordinate a guest performer to join us. You may remember last year we had Mark Potvin and the Potvin Horns join me for “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”.

This year we went with an old spiritual song “Go, Tell It On The Mountain”, but took a folk approach that quickly turned into folk rock! Of course, it just made sense to get Nick Sherman in as a guest vocalist. We even included a little “Oh Susanna”, which quickly turned into our own recounting of the evening’s events. Have a listen, and enjoy the free download. It’s the season of giving! On behalf of myself, Dave at Dining Room Studios and Nick Sherman; happy holidays and all the best in 2014!

6 shows in 8 days

It’s a Thunder Bay regional tour! I’ve been grounded in TBay for the past few months, coordinating great events for the public, so I haven’t been able to venture out as far as I’d like. That being said, I figured I’d take the opportunity to book myself quite heavily in August!

Here’s the schedule:

August 16th @ Black Pirates Pub –  “It’s Always Sunny in PA”
     Will I be doing a cover of “Dayman”? We shall see. 

August 17th @ Tumblestone 3rd Annual Pig Roast – Lappe, ON – email me@jeanpaulderoover.com for directions
     Honestly, it’s a pig roast out in the bush with a whole bunch of rad bands. These are the kinds of strange gigs I love. 

August 18th @ Chippewa Park
     Part of the “Sundays in the Park” outdoor concert series (matinee)

August 23rd @ Ribfest – Downton Port Arthur
     Another meat-themed event. No complaints!

August 24th @ The Loopin-store matinee
     Some of my biggest supporters are bringing me in for a special matinee show, where I’ll be doing live-looping improv all afternoon.

August 24th @ The Foundry – “Music Video Fundraiser”
     I’ve got another music video in the works, and it’s going to be hilarious. What’s not hilarious is the cost. I’ll also be doing three different sets throughout the night: acoustic [“unplugged” material], electric [the rocking, live looping that you’ve all come to know and love!] and eccentric [loop-based instrumental improv, who knows where it might take us!].

Check the Tour Dates page for more info, Facebook links etc. 


Beyond that, I’m also going to be at the Live From The Rock – Red Rock Folk Festival from August 9th – 11th, performing with Nick Sherman & The Winterdark as well as filling in with some acoustic material here and there during workshops. Check their website for full schedule details coming up. I’ll be announcing more shows in a few weeks!

New album ‘Complexity in Simplicity’ out March 23rd

The new album comes out on March 23rd! I’m having a special CD release party at The Foundry in Thunder Bay, and I hope you can join me.

Even cooler, is the fact that I’m going to be joined by a backing band! I’ll be posting some cool photos and lots of other stuff over on Facebook, but here’s the press release about the CD release show, including all the specifics toward the bottom. Mark your calendar!

Jean-Paul De Roover to release new album ‘Complexity in Simplicity’

March 2013

“The mad scientist of the Thunder Bay music scene” [Exclaim! magazine] has been hard at work since his last full-length album was released in 2009. After touring North America incessantly, with music videos featured on MuchMusic, showcases at international music festivals, two EP’s and several award nominations later, De Roover is ready to unveil his newest work.

Written over the past four years, Complexity in Simplicity was produced by Juno-nominated Ben Leggett of Corbeil, ON and De Roover himself.

“Having a producer come in was a big step for me,” De Roover admits, “I’ve self-produced everything before this, but the collaborative production process between Ben and I resulted in some of my strongest writing. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.”

The new album was recorded in Thunder Bay, ON at Dining Room Studios, and takes a minimalist approach, musically and visually. Although the recordings still hearken back to his earlier work in terms of complexity, the structures of the various songs emphasize his newfound appreciation of simple yet well-constructed pop songs. To back up De Roover’s signature post-pop sound, the record features live drums and bass in addition to his guitar, vocals and added keys and synths. The album’s 10 songs were funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council and his fans through a crowd-funding campaign.

Complexity in Simplicity will be launched at a special CD release event at The Foundry on March 23rd, and will feature De Roover and his backing band with Dennis Dumphy on drums and Chris Dorota on bass guitar. De Roover will then tour solo across Canada tour for the remainder of March and April.

CD Release Event details:

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Live at The Foundry (242 Red River Rd)

10:00 PM – 19+ – $5 at the door

Featuring, for the first time ever, Jean-Paul De Roover and his band (pop/rock/a cappella/electro)

With opening performance by Nick Sherman (folk-rock)

Click here for the Facebook event link.

*CD’s will be available at the show for $15, and through online digital retailers on March 23rd.


Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards 2012

As some of you may have heard, some of my work was recognized at the 2012 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards at the end of April.

Performing at the music showcase at The Townehouse

I had a hell of a time, driving down to Sudbury with my good friend Nick Sherman, playing the showcase, the awards, and bringing home the nomination plaques! Not to mention hanging out with some of my new/old friends like Faraway Neighbours, Kalle Mattson, Faye Blais and many, MANY more.

I was nominated for the ‘Best Vocal Performance of the Year’ category for the song Fix from my a cappella EP. You can still download it for free on my soundcloud! I was up against Faye Blais (who took the award) as well as Cindy Doire, two wonderful and deserving singers – they’re touring Canada if not now then soon, so check them out!

'Best Vocal Performance of the Year' 2012 Nominee

Also nominated was Chris Dorota of Dining Studios for engineering my ‘Pitch Pipes’ EP and Piotr Skowronski for editing the ‘You’ music video (he couldn’t make it, unfortunately). Chris is always a classy man, but still the life of the party.

'Best Engineer of the Year' 2012 Nominee - Chris Dorota of Dining Room Studios for 'Pitch Pipes'

Here are some other photos of the festivities, my performance at the Great Hall as part of the Awards ceremony and a collection of others. A big thanks to everyone at Music and Film in Motion, and I’m looking forward to attending again next year!

Drinking water with Nick Sherman after the music showcase
Performing at the Awards Ceremony at the Great Hall
Realizing Damien Gilbert and I both have very bright shoes
Performing at the Awards Ceremony at the Great Hall
All the 2012 Award winners and Nominees

You can check out the final list of winners, etc here.

More Nick Sherman CD goodness!

Yep, it’s been busy here at the Nick Sherman camp – it really feels like I haven’t even touched my own material because I’ve been working so closely with him. However, this stuff is wicked fun to be a part of!

We’ve had 2 packed CD release shows (Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout), with still one more to come in Fort Frances, and people are loving the disc and the full band live show.

Here are some photos:

CD Release show in Thunder Bay - photo by Shannon Lepere
CD Release show in Sioux Lookout - photo by Rob Cantin

You can now download the album on iTunes!

Nick Sherman – “Drag Your Words Through” CD Release show

It’s been all over my facebook and twitter pages throughout the past year pretty much, but I’ve been producing a full length album for my good friend Nick Sherman, called ‘Drag Your Words Through’.

Album cover

The album has been completed, and the band is all rehearsed (I finally get to play electric guitar again!), and the release party is this upcoming Friday, January 20th. We’re all stoked about the way that the album came together, with tons of guest performers playing everything from pots and pans to accordions, banjos, and horns.

Check out the poster, and if you’re in Thunder Bay, make sure you drop by the BPP this Friday. If not, ‘like’ Nick on Facebook and he’ll keep you updated on where his CD will be available from. Click through for the TBshows listing.

Nick Sherman CD Release Show

Have a listen to track 9, “Winterdark” – also the heaviest song on the disc!