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Background: Murray Foster

Background: Murray Foster

Murray FosterThe Toronto Songwriting School is led by Juno-nominated songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Murray Foster, best known for his work in two legendary Canadian bands: Moxy Früvous and Great Big Sea.

In Moxy Früvous, Murray released several gold and platinum records (selling half a million copies), opened for songwriting greats like Bob Dylan, played over two thousand shows around the world and appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

In 2002, Murray joined Great Big Sea, and has since recorded five albums, written songs for the band (including the critically-acclaimed “Safe Upon the Shore”) and toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.

In January 2012, Murray was asked to take part in the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s DARE Campaign. As his ‘dare,’ Murray decided to write and record 30 songs in 30 days. These songs raised almost $6,000 to fight AIDS in Africa.

More recently, Murray wrote, directed and scored his first feature film The Cocksure Lads Movie. It premiered in December 2014 at the Whistler Film Festival and a theatrical release is planned for Summer 2015.

Murray began teaching songwriting at the Trebas Institute of Music in Toronto in 2012. He was recently selected to be one of only two songwriting instructors at Seneca’s new Independent Performing Songwriter program, where he teaches songwriting, lyrics writing and ear training.

In addition to writing in his own bands, Murray has collaborated with many up-and-coming performers including co-writing with 2015 East Coast Music Award nominees Rocket Rocket Ship and the well-regarded Newfoundland duo Andrew James O’Brien and Catherine Allan who perform as Fortunate Ones. Their latest release The Bliss features three songs written with Murray.

Whether it’s helping a new songwriter find their voice or working on already existing material, Murray has a gift for nurturing the talent of others and pinpointing exactly how a song can be refined.

Songwriting/Co-writing

Fortunate OnesThe Bliss – “Lay Me Down”, “Solitary Sparks”, “Someday Love”

Great Big SeaSafe Upon The Shore – “Safe Upon The Shore”

Cocksure LadsMad Lad Plan, The Greatest Hits of The Cocksure Lads 1963-1968

Séan McCannSon of a Sailor – “Back To You”

Moxy FrüvousC Album, Thornhill, Live Noise, You Will Go To The Moon, B Album, Wood, Bargainville

Producer

Laura Tremblay – coming soon…

Cocksure LadsMad Lad Plan, The Greatest Hits of The Cocksure Lads 1963-1968

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case – The Sun in Your Eyes

Performer (partial list)

Cocksure LadsMad Lad Plan, The Greatest Hits of The Cocksure Lads 1963-1968

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case – The Sun in Your Eyes

Great Big SeaSafe Upon The Shore, Fortune’s Favour, Courage and Patience and Grit (In Concert), The Hard and The Easy, Something Beautiful

Moxy FrüvousC Album, Thornhill, Live Noise, You Will Go To The Moon, B Album, Wood, Bargainville

Mike Ford – Flames Across The Border: The 1812 Music Project

The Klezmatics Jews with Horns, Possessed

Martina SorbaraThe Cure for Bad Deeds

Mary Bennett flying

Teal & Joyce – Has It All Been Said

Asetha PowerChild of Rhyme

Shawna CapsiSkyline

Dan ByrkLover’s Leap

Da Vinci’s NotebookBendy’s Law

Barenaked LadiesGordon

Kris Kristofferson/Various Artists The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson

Various ArtistsGarth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band

Various Artists – If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

Various Artists Clearwater Live!

Various Artists – Main Stage Live: The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Album

 

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