Wednesday, September 02, 2015

a new recording!

If I scrolled back through my old blog posts we would have to go pretty far to find one where I was working on a new record of my own.

Today put that little issue to rest as I spent the day editing with my good friend Anthony Michelli (also a great drummer as most of you know). This is the debut record of our group called So Long Seven. It is actually not my group but a collective.

I really just wanted to talk about what a weird little thing that editing is. If someone didnt know much about music, recording etc. they would think we were the weirdest people on the planet. I mean, to sit there looking at a computer screen for hours on end trying to get the banjo to line up with the violin in a perfectly rhythmic unison with a dynamic blend that is aesthetically pleasing....bored yet?

Anyways, all that to say; I really like editing. I like most things about making a new record. You really have to like it as there is rarely a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I am really happy to be recording and mixing with people who are friends too. Just makes sense, but it doesnt always turn out that way.

Last week I was recording with another friend named Shannon Hoff. Her quirky country band full of jazz musicians is always fun and we finally put it to some zeros and ones.

I guess I will have some music for you to hear in the not too distant future. Stay tuned. Go Jays Go. Hockey season is almost here...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Cluttertones in Montreal August 1

I guess it is better late than never. Here is the press release for the Cluttertones gig in Montreal tommorrow. (saturday night!)


Cluttertones celebrate Ordinary Joy in Montreal
The Cluttertones will play at La Passe in Montreal on August 1 in support of their
new CD, Ordinary Joy.

The group features Lina Allemano – trumpet; Rob Clutton – bass, composition; Ryan Driver – analogue synth, voice; and Tim Posgate –banjo, guitar.

Ordinary Joy is on the Healing Power label, and is available online
at This
recording was made with the generous assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.

The Cluttertones will share the stage with a duo featuring Yves Charuest –saxophone and Scott Thomson – trombone

1214 de la Montagne, Montreal, Quebec

Portes: 20h30
10$ PWYC

“Clutton composes pieces that begin with the improbable and sometimes

approach the uncanny, strange states of musical mind in which the heterodox

elements seem to tune calmly to a new standard.” -Stuart Broomer, Whole Note

“The Cluttertones trade in a sort of weirdness and beauty you’re very unlikely to

have encountered before” – Nick Storring, Musicworks Magazine

Press Contact: Rob Clutton

Phone: 416-596-0871


Web page:

event page:

Friday, July 10, 2015

Art and Sports

I am watching Wimbledon over the top of my laptop and being inspired by these great tennis masters. I play tennis and would love to get out on the court today but most likely I will take this inspiration to the banjo. I will probably have it out and be playing before this match ends. (especially if they go five sets!)

As I age I find my interest in the way that arts and sport cross over has increased. If you are a regular reader here you know that I love hockey and play three or four times per week. (except in the summer) Playing all the sports that I do seems to give me energy to work on my music. Multiple gigs or rehearsal days are a pleasure and squeezing in a skate or hitting some balls in the morning makes for a perfect busy day.

Now we have the Pan Am games upon us. My first instinct was to run and hide as the city gets crazy but we have decided to stay and embrace it. My family is attending a basketball and a baseball game. (I am lucky to have Julie as a wife as she often gets us out doing fun stuff like that!)
I am very inspired by the Panamania too. This is the huge concert series they have designed to go with the games. I went through the listing and wrote down a whole bunch of concerts that I want to attend. Free concerts! These include; The Roots, Lila Downs, and some friends like Running Red Lights, Jane Bunnet and more.

It used to be that artists separated themselves from sports. Think of the jocks versus the band back in high school etc. Maybe those times are changing. Imagine a world where our athletes had more interest and involvement in the arts and vice versa. Of course there is the discussion of the art within the sport. Ie the beauty of a great 3 on 2 in hockey, or the improvisation of someone like Sidney Crosby.  (I will save this topic for another post)

This summer I am running the ultimate summer camp; Rockband/Hockey. I am so excited about this. Exposing these kids to both joys of my life; music in the morning and hockey in the afternoon. It is full but there will be some space added for the afternoon hockey portion. (stay tuned here!)
My other art/sports mashup that I have started working on is a Canadian Jazz-Hockey tour. My pals that I have played hockey with for 25 years also happen to be great jazz musicians. I am starting to work on a tour where we would arrive in each city, play a hockey game (maybe for charity) against the local musicians and then play a double bill concert with them at a local bar or concert venue.  I am looking for sponsors/investors for this tour at this point.

Enjoy the concerts, enjoy the games but most importantly get and out and do both yourself. It is never too late to learn a new sport or take on a musical instrument!

Monday, June 29, 2015

July Newsletter

Since my website has had a flashback to 2006 and I don't know when I will be rebuilding that sucker; I have been sharing most of my gig info here on my blog. So...welcome.
Tim Posgate’s “You-Snooze-You-Lose”-Newsletter              July 2015

So Long Seven are very excited to announce a last minute gig at Toronto’s infamous jazz club; The Rex! Sunday July 5 at 930 pm So Long Seven (formerly the Oolong 7) will perform with our special guest from Quebec; William Lamoureux on violin.  So Long Seven is Neil Hendry on guitar, Ravi Naimpally on tabla and yours truly on the five-string banjo.
We just finished our first recording (hopefully ready for a fall release) and can’t wait to play all of that music live.  For you!

Lucky me, I will also be at the Rex the night before (Saturday July 4) with Pianist Steve Koven’s group Project Rex. The fantastic lineup that night is Rob Clutton, Anthony Michelli and Dan Bone.  (I will be playing guitar on Saturday)

Thursday July 9, at 10pm at the Tranzac will be my debut with singer songwriter Collette Savard.  She is a lot of fun and I think it will be a really good band too!

You probably already know that I have been a member of Ronley Teper’s Lipliners for quite some time now. Well…now we are going for the big money at the Harbourfront music contest called Soundclash. Saturday July 11 from 5-530pm Bring your whole family and please only clap for the good guys! J

On August 1, The Cluttertones will be taking our show on the road to Montreal. I really hope you can tell all your friends that live there as it is our first time in the big M with the four of us together. We will be performing at La Passe and you can get more info here:

Have you heard the new Cluttertones record Ordinary Joy yet? I encourage you to buy it here, so we have enough money someday to make another one.

Happy summer everyone! (only ten weeks til’ hockey season)
Tim posgate

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Best Camp Ever: Rockband Hockey!

I am excited to announce that I am running The Best Camp Ever: Rockband Hockey this summer. I am not going to make any formal website or anything as this is the first year and we only need six kids to sign up. (starting small)

This will be so much fun and they will learn a lot about music and hockey.

tim posgate

Best Camp Ever: Rockband Hockey!

August 17-21
90 min rockband jam/instruction @ 422 shaw st. (10am-1130am)
120 min lunch/social time/supervised outdoor games etc and ttc to McCormick arena. (1130am-130pm)
90 minute hockey school (including daily shinny game) (130pm-3pm)
3:15pm pickup at arena

we will need 6 kids confirmed before end of June. (I will offer drop-in for the hockey portion for $25/90min session).

So the total is $300 for the week. 

no experience necessary for either part. (bit of skating and music experience will help)

People need to confirm with me by email before July 1. I will need $100 deposit (non-refundable) and the balance of $200 on the first day of camp.

May or may not be important for you to  know that I have been playing music professionally for almost 30 years, recorded 8 of my own CDs and toured clubs and music festivals coast to coast and internationally.  (In addition to 30 years of teaching private music lessons and at least a decade of camp leader experience)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

summer private guitar/banjo lessons

If you were thinking of beginning to play the guitar this summer then I am your man.

While our music school The Little Workshop closes next week for the summer I will have more time for private lessons. You can come once, or once a week, every day. It all depends what you want. I also teach 5 string banjo.

I can teach both instruments at most levels and styles. I can even show you how to play the mandolin if you like.

Anyways, drop me a line or 416 530-0688.

We have parking here and are near college and Ossington.

Call now, call often! :)

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Pro musician becomes semi-pro beer leauge hockey player

Although I am right in the middle of one of my busiest musical times this year so far (gigs/rehearsals every night plus making a new record with So Long Seven this week!!) I am taking my hockey career up a notch.

Yes, now you can hire me to play in your beer league pick-up hockey game when you need a stay-at-home defenseman or a backchecking forward.

I am pretty inexpensive. Much cheaper than a rent-a-goalie. (hope their union doesn't come after me) However, it must be a downtown game as I bike to hockey with my gear on my back.

Here is my Craigslist ad:

Hockey Player Available

Stay-at-home Defenseman/backchecking forward available for pickup hockey games and or subbing in league games. Note: I am NOT a ringer. I am in good shape and love the game of hockey. (Heck, I am even "good in the room") Must be downtown (I bike or use TTC) $20/game
I am a full-time musician but I also teach hockey, coach hockey and run my own hockey school.
  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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