Monday, August 31, 2009

Just successfully endured a nine vile blood checkup, i think the woman was a vampire due to her transylvanian accent
my friend Amy Mangan wrote: An open letter to festival ADs everywhere. Sorry to every musician I've ever booked at 11am.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Stuck in traffic on route to cottage party, i blame dim sum
Got a raise at mec, extra 25 cents per hour, does this knock me into a new tax bracket?
It takes a village to grow a moustache

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Kawartha dairy milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I love listening to jerry garcia sing 'when first unto this country' makes traffic jams relaxing
Heading up to Madawaska for a good old fashioned Hootenany! Leading 700 volleyball athletes in song... tallest audience ever!
EASTBOUND AND UP: new blog post about my east coast tour:

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

There is no way that the song 'umbrella' is going to encourage shoppers here at mountain co op

Eastbound and UP: East coast tour announcement

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"We were all delighted, we all realized we were leaving confusion and nonsense behind and performing our one noble function of the time, move."

"Every now and then a clear harmonic cry gave new suggestions of a tune that would someday be the only tune in the world and would raise men's souls to joy."

- Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Well folks,
the time has come, I'm hitting the road. I've done a lot of "boomerang gigs" in places not so far off, but this is different;
Its a road trip, a concert tour, and an adventure all rolled into one. Its as though I've reached the next logical step, and hopefully this is first of an endless string of tours of all shapes and sizes. How can I call myself a Canadian performing artist if I haven't covered the land from coast to coast? To me, music is the spouse of discovery, I intend to nurture that relationship on this road.

The venues are small, the distances are long, but the music will be spreading! I'm sure I'll have a million ideas of how to improve the next time around, but that's the point! The first step leads to the second and so forth we walk!

I plan on blogging almost every day, and we're bringing a digital video camera to record music and experiences along the way. Everything will be updated on my blog "songwriting, etc.":

I'll be travelling with the talented Guitarist/ harmonica player Jordan Safer (urban preacher, Julian Fauth), who has been an instrumental force in booking the tour, and helping out in all ways necessary! His commitment was a major catalyst!

The east coast tour will stretch from Toronto to Newfoundland, and back through Montreal and Ottawa. I haven't been on the Canadian east coast since I was a uber wee lad, and I intend to explore as thoroughly as time permits. We've got a rest day scheduled in Gros Morne National Park, Jordan is going to be dragged up a mountain, I've yet to break this to him, but he's got no choice!

I would love to hear from people who have visited or have lived in these places.... please give me a line on any good local music, food, hikes, people, scenes etc etc.
I intend to really travel and these spots, as opposed to blowing through without full experiencing the various locations. This tour is about discovering my homeland, that's why we're heading all the way east, then all the way west in November, stay tuned for those dates!

I've also attached, the brand new T-shirts I've commissioned for the road. I'm trying to get them printed for the launch show at Czehoski's on Sept. 3rd, stay tuned for mail order info. If you are interested, contact me directly at this email address!

here is the full list of tour dates:
facebook event for Czehoski Launch:
3 Sep 2009 22:00
Czehoski (full band show to send me off on east coast tour) Toronto, Ontario
6 Sep 2009 6:30
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs Halifax, Nova Scotia
8 Sep 2009 22:00
The Grapevine st Johns, Newfoundland
9 Sep 2009 21:00
CBTG’s St Johns, Newfoundland
10 Sep 2009 22:30
Whalen’s Pub st Johns, Newfoundland
11 Sep 2009 22:00
Whalen’s Pub St Johns, Newfoundland
12 Sep 2009 20:00
The Bar Room Cornerbrook, Newfoundland
14 Sep 2009 20:00
Plan B Moncton, New Brunswick
15 Sep 2009 20:00
Bridge Street Cafe Sackville, New Brunswick
24 Sep 2009 22:00
the rainbow room Ottawa, Ontario
25 Sep 2009 20:00
the green room Montreal, Quebec

Thank you all for your love of music! please help me spread the word!

-- - brand new EP "the lucky ones" for sale

"let there be songs, to fill the air...La La La La"
- Robert Hunter

Here is the official press release, forward it to any contacts you may or may not have:



ATTN: TORONTO LAUNCH: Sept 03rd @ Czehoski's 678 queen west, set time 11pm... contact for guest list

TORONTO, August 18th, 2009 – After a summer of canoe tripping, music fests and campfire concerts, Toronto-based acoustic roots rocker Dave Borins and harmonica/ slide player Jordan Safer (Urban Preacher) will tour across Canada from sea to shining sea.

With the onstage energy of Neil Young and Joel Plaskett, the humor of Louden Wainwright, and the wisdom of Townes Van Zandt, Borins has been been gaining a lot of attention. Based in Toronto, he was nominated for "Best Live Acoustic Performer" and "Best Folk Artist" at the 2008 "Toronto Indie Music Awards." He has played to sold out audiences in NY city, and all over Southern Ontario. His 100th show was celebrated in 2009 with a sell out Debut at Toronto's storied "Hugh's Room."

Launching in September 2009, the four-month music and media tour will promote Borins’ EP entitled “Lucky Ones” and mark Dave’s first set of performances east of Quebec and west of Ontario.

"how can I call myself a Canadian performing artist if I haven't covered the land from coast to coast? To me, music is the spouse of discovery, I intend to nurture that relationship on this road. that's why we're taking the time to stop in national parks, and sleep in the houses of strangers."

- dave borins

Throughout the tour, Borins will be keeping an updated blog, follow his journey:

The East coast leg kicks off in Toronto on September 3rd 2009 at czehoski's.

Borins will hit the following eastern stages:

Sept 3rd Czehoski's Toronto, ON.

Sept 6th Bearly's House of Blues Halifax, NS

Sept 8th The Grapevine Argentia, NL

Sept 9th CBTG's St Johns, NL

Sept 10th Whalen's Pub St Johns, NL

Sept 11th Whalen's Pub St Johns, NL

Sept 12th The Bar Room Cornerbrook, NL

Sept 14th Plan B Moncton, NB

Sept 15th Bridge st. Cafe Sackville, NB (Dave's birthday show)

Sept 24th The Rainbow Room Ottawa, ON

Sept 25th The Green Room Montreal, QC

Look for Dave’s new EP “The Lucky Ones”, available for preview on his Myspace page, and for sale on Itunes. The west coast leg of the tour is set for November, and dates are still being finalized. If you are interested in booking Dave, please email

Lucky Ones, a five-song EP, fuses the warmth of late 60's Island Record
releases with a modern country/roots flair. Sometimes jaunty, sometimes
melancholy, but always familiar..... a testament to his ease on the
stage and command of the space. No studio is needed to weave Borins'
magic; he's got it naturally." - Lucid Forge - Canadian Arts and Entertainment Mag

For all press inquiries,

please call 416-844-5399

or email the artist directly:

just watched the first "Inglorious Bastards" out of curiousity... great flick if you like italian genre movies from the 60's otherwise, pass

Monday, August 24, 2009

victor jara! beautiful

Saturday, August 22, 2009

gig night in orillia.... 25 front st south, liquid lounge! come party! i'm on around 9pm!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Anyone know the logistics of travelling across canada by horseback?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

GIG NIGHT!!! @ graffiti's 170 baldwin street w/ matt paxton and before the flood! Music @ 9:30, i'll be on around 11! I love gig night!
Behind my apart. Is the pudgiest racoon ever! Apparently not all toronto residents abhorred this summer's trash strike

Monday, August 17, 2009

I'm strangely chipper this monday morning... Must have fallen into a parallel world

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The frickin beauties!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

just saw "the night of the hunter" a weird and wonderful screen gem... crazy that "the dude abides" was an allusion to it's conclusion!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

phish tommorrow! its been 5 years.... darien lake just like the old days (circa 2000)... hopefully less rain this time round
Promo pics for upcoming fall tour! Tell me your favorite, so i can choose which to go to press with!