BIOGRAPHY

LONDON

In a modest home in London Ontario, in his teens, Sam was inventing melodies and songs on his mother's old, and unfortunately out-of-tune piano. A dozen music lessons later, he was playing Fur Elise and Hungarian Dance #5, quite unlike his rock idols. It wasn't until he got ahold of his sister's neglected birthday present, strumming his first chords on a plastic guitar-in-a-box that something truly clicked.

 

The year after high school, Sam's older brother and sister had moved out, suddenly a basement room was liberated, moving quickly, he made sure it transformed into a practice space. This is when he started writing dozens of songs while studying his favourite songwriters. He borrowed a drum kit from a friend, a bass guitar from a cousin, and bought his first "pro" electric guitar, a used and beat-up and chipped fender strat in cream. The digital folders from this period hold 50+ songs, almost all of them unreleased. 

 

Soon, Sam recorded and released his first EP, Moving So Slow, although he was unable to find a footing in the cultural scene of his hometown. It was time to move on. Sam was relatively fluent in French due to an earlier cultural exchange on the coast of France, and so the cheapest culturally dense Canadian city was calling his name...

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“In 2016, I had spent enough time working the over-night shift at McDonalds. I took a 4-day trip from my hometown of London to Montreal. The short trip was enough to convince me to move there the next month. With some clothes and an acoustic guitar, I quit my job and left – landing by chance, a literal spiral staircase away from my new musical neighbours in a locally famous band. It wasn’t long that I started to release some of those songs that I wrote over that filthy McDonalds grill.”

MONTRÉAL

Since then, Sam has played shows around Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver. He has played in bars, in living rooms, on the tops of busses, in cafes, in laundrymats, and in magic festivals in the forest.

 

In 2018, Sam released his first single and music video. Baby Don't Worry, a doo-wop 50's/60's pop-inspired song written over the grill years prior. It was followed up with his EP "All Sick Again" and a string of full band shows.

In January of 2022, his next single, an Otis Redding cover: These Arms of Mine, which feature the vocal talents of his own mother.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, he has found a renewed passion for folk fingerpicking. Armed with dozens of new nostalgic, roots and folk inspired songs and his first grant win (TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship - Socan Foundation), 2023 is set to be filled with many releases and performances.