Muse or Monster Showcase

Muse or Monster Showcase

“Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It’s like being possessed.” – John Lennon

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017 – 8PM

1184 Bloor St W – Toronto, ON M6H 1N2
Tickets – $12 in advance, $15 day of show.

Toronto Songwriting School presents Muse or Monster V – an evening of song and songcraft. Hosted by Murray Foster, Muse or Monster will include two sets of music.

The first set will showcase talented up-and-coming performers from Toronto Songwriting School and Seneca College‘s Independent Music Production and Independent Songwriting programs including: Yvanne Dandan, Connor Duncan, Cory Feigan, Matthew Kelly, and Taylor Moore.

The second set will feature four established songwriters performing songs in the round and discussing their influences and craft including:

Lori Cullen
Identified by jazz giant Kurt Elling as one of his favourite new vocalists, Lori Cullen is celebrating the release of her latest CD Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs, a collaboration with the well-respected Kurt Swinghammer and Ron Sexsmith. Ron, who has been a huge fan of Lori’s for years, suggested to Kurt that they co-write an album of material specifically for Lori to sing. The inspired results are sure to draw attention, as always, to her remarkable voice.

Mike Evin
The joyous spirit of piano-pop songwriter Mike Evin pulses through his music, uplifting and soulful. He’s earned a devoted following throughout North America, and among some of Canada’s most renowned musicians – like Barenaked Ladies and Ron Sexsmith. In 2015, CBC Radio 2 called Evin the “next big thing”, and the lead single “Have I Ever Loved?” was among the Top 20 most played songs of 2015 on CBC Sonica. “Al Green” reached #1 on Sirius XM’s The Verge. The video for “Have I Ever Loved?” won hearts with its cast of seniors.

Julian Taylor
Persistence and a never-give-up, hard-working ethic are at the core of Toronto native Julian Taylor’s accomplishments. Julian is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter who began his music career as a teenager playing at open stages around the greater Toronto area. Those humble beginnings have led him down a storied path that includes the release of seven albums and 10 top-forty hit singles.

The Young Novelists
Johnny & June meets Shovels & Rope – Toronto based americana husband and wife duo The Young Novelists are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their second full-length album made us strangers, they’ve been touring Canada and the US relentlessly, earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and were recently named finalists at the NewSong Music Competition.



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Past Muse or Monster Songwriter Showcase Events

Muse or Monster IV

muse or monster songwriter showcasePerformers

Barry Canning
Christ Patterson
Shawna Caspi
Annabelle Chvostek

Yvanne Dandan
Connor Duncan
Cory Feigan
Matthew Kelly
John Mahler




Muse or Monster III


Blair Packham
Ben Kunder
Laura Tremblay
Adam Warner

Kevin Bresser
Kyle Fraser
Jamie Gabbani
Molly Roach
Steve Tustin


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Devin Cuddy
Jory Nash
Michelle Rumball
Mike Ford

Emily Bridle
Matt Hersack
Monica Graham
Blake Le Von
Josh Luftspring

Muse or Monster I

Tory Cassis, Dave Matheson, Brock Simpson, and Erika Werry
Matt Bentley, Missy Bauman, Amber Bosi, Cole Hermer, and Ryan Shimizu