Monday, May 11, 2020

Driftwood - Remembering Sandy Stubbert

I had the great honour and privilege to work as producer on what would be Sandy Stubbert's final work. It has taken some time since Sandy's passing to complete the project, but it is now finally here. Sandy poured her heart and soul into this album, and this music deserves to be heard!

We had planned to have an album release/memorial concert at The Mansion in Kingston for April 10th, but due to COVID-19, that proved impossible. The plan was to raise money from the album release for community mental health and musician support organizations. Seeing as the need for financial support is greater than ever, we've decided to go ahead with the GoFundMe release.

Contributors to the campaign who give $20 or more will receive a CD or digital copy of Sandy's album.

Please honour Sandy's memory by contributing to the GoFundMe.

Proceeds from the sales of this album will be donated to two different organizations, AMHS-KFLA (Addiction and Mental Health Services, Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington) and MIKES (Music Industry Kingston Emergency Support).

We miss you Sandy. May your music live on.

Driftwood marks the fourth and final album from Sandy Stubbert.

Sandy was a gifted musician and songwriter who readily left a lasting imprint on those she met.

Her friend John MacDonald aptly describes Sandy's personality, "I worked with Sandy at Pakwash Junior Camp and reconnected with her on Facebook a couple of years ago. Then, as now, I was appreciative of her extraordinary passion for life which came through not only in her music, but in her genuine caring of those with whom she came in touch with. Her lasting friendship with her junior ranger sisters is a testament to the love she had for life."

As many know, Sandy struggled from bipolar depression for many years. The "black dogs" as she called them, continually nipping at her heels. Although her mental illness had a profound effect on every area of her life, it did not define who she was; she soldiered on despite it.
Most storms Sandy endured valiantly, however, the last storm overcame her. This album represents her new sunrise. A lasting legacy to her brilliant life.

"I'll be thrown by these storms into a new sunrise" - Driftwood

Proceeds from the sales of this album will be donated to two different organizations, AMHS-KFLA (Addiction and Mental Health Services, Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington) and MIKES (Music Industry Kingston Emergency Support).

What is MIKES?

MIKES is an organization made up of Kingston and area
community members passionate about creating a support
system for music industry workers in the region.

We are primarily for, but not limited to, providing support
(financial and other) in emergency scenarios where the
worker needs to sub out of a gig or cancel a performance
due to personal illness or injury, illness or injury of a
loved one, death in the family, etc.

MIKES also aims to create a community and list of individuals and businesses who provide
services pro bono or at a discounted rate to assist music industry workers in a number of
challenges or emergency situations (i.e.: instrument repair and lending, vehicle repair,
meals, physiotherapy, dental work, etc.).


Addiction and Mental Health Services – Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (AMHS-KFLA) is a non-profit organization that delivers community-based mental health, addiction and housing services to more than 7,000 individuals in the City of Kingston and the counties of Frontenac and Lennox and Addington.

Services offered include a 24/7 Crisis Line, Addiction Services including specialized supports for people pregnant or parenting young children, Problem Gambling services, 24/7 Housing programs, support groups and more. Services are free, confidential and non-judgmental. Learn more about AMHS-KFLA programs and services at

Driftwood (04:20)
Circle of Friends (03:21)
In My Secret Life(04:37)
Cotton Candy Sunrise (05:53)
Fascist Architecture (03:35)
All I Want (04:27)
Red Sky (04:47)
Three Hours Difference (06:03)
Obsession (04:51)
Promises (04:51)
With Me (04:19)


Sandy Stubbert - guitar, vocals, banjo, dulcimer
Seamus Cowan - upright bass on 1,3,4,8,10,11
Bonz Bowering - drums on 1,3,4,8,10
Tony Silvestri - organ, piano, rhodes
Dan Chalmers - congas on 13
Tracie Morgan - backing vocals
Kathryn Vilela - backing vocals
Sandra Bouza - backing vocals on 7
Tom Savage - electric guitar on 1,3,4,8,10,11
Michelle Monette - electric guitar on 5,7,9
Saskia Tomkins - violin, viola, cello, neckelharpe
Rodney St. Amand - backing vocals on 2, bass on 2,6
Jim Tomlinson - backing vocals on 2, lead vocal and acoustic guitar on 6
Frank Baraczka - drums on 5,7,9
Attila Baraczka - bass on 5,7,9
Gary Barratt - Percussion on 2,6

Recorded at North of Princess Studio in Kingston, ON
Recording & Mixed by Zane Whitfield
Assistant Engineer - Dylan Lodge
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova
Art direction, design, and layout by A Man Called Wrycraft
Produced By Tom Savage

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Staying at Home = Staying Creative

I hope you are doing as well as can be expected under these unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in. After the initial shock, and coming to terms with the fact that I may not be able to perform live for several weeks or months, I've settled into a fairly productive creative time.

Still hoping the government relief is simple and straightforward to access for everyone who needs it(basically the entire service industry, which the live music business falls under), but aside from that I'm finding multiple projects to keep me busy. In addition to music, I've been cooking and baking, and with nicer weather on its way, I look forward to getting out to work on the back garden.

Being a DIY musician for many years, I've often imagined what it would be like to be able to focus solely on the art of making music, and not have to worry about booking and promoting shows, and the additional tasks that come with the job. COVID-19 has provided artists such as myself the opportunity to do just that. 

Check out my girlfriend  @kritchiephoto on instagram to see her beautiful isolation creations -

Before capitalist society came to a grinding halt, my friend and neighbour Kevin Bowers and I had begun to work on a recording project, so we dove right in when the self-isolation guidelines kicked in, and plan to record remotely with collaborators Jason Mercer, Chris Brown, and Pete Bowers to finish up the works.

Have a listen to Alcatraz:

This time of self-isolation also gave me the opportunity to go back and take another look at the song, and see where I could take it. Have a listen and share it around.

The song is called "Beach Blanket Bingo Bottle Toke". One of my favourite titles of all time! -

The guitar and vocal for this song were tracked during sessions for my 2014 record "History of a Common Man". Same day as the opening track for that album, "Skinny Kid", and played on the same $40 flea market nylon string guitar (an El Degas for those who are curious). The song didn't quite fit with the mood of that album, at least from a production standpoint. I envisioned something different than the Country Folk sounds on "History". More like Space Folk or something...Blade Runner Folk?

I also worked on this cool video project with Tony Silvestri - He's raising funds for his long-awaited and soon-to-be-released album!

Stay creative,