Justin Trottier cordially invites you to join him and his campaign team – with special musical guest Brian MacMillan – at this meet and greet campaign kick off event!
Where: Runnymede Toronto Public Library
When: Monday, August 29, 2011, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Brian MacMillan: picked up a guitar when he was sixteen and hasn’t put it down since. A prolific songwriter. A warmth and presence on stage that makes you laugh, listen, and sing along. A voice rich, bold, and true. Lyrics that imprint your busy brain and have you singing them for days. An artist who generously invites you inside his music. Brian MacMillan is the breath of fresh air that music has been waiting for.
The music he plays and how he plays it: You can call it pop, folk, folk-pop. You can throw a splash of reggae in there if you want. His songs are anthems and ballads. You can say he’s a singer-songwriter, or multi-instrumentalist. He writes the songs, plays the guitar, bass, drums, keys, sings lead vocals and harmonies. He leads a band like a true gentleman, and can warm up a room in seconds.
Things he’s done: Produced and recorded: three original albums. Received: 2 OAC grants. Won: the Colleen Peterson Songwriting award. Shared stages with: Great Big Sea, New Odds, Barenaked Ladies, Spirit of the West. Gave his magic touch to albums by: Kevin Hearn and Thinbuckle, Wailin’ Jennys, Elizabeth Sheppard, Garth Hudson, Barenaked Ladies, Layah Jane, Jory Nash, Lori Cullen, Eden Hertzog, Nine Mile, Mr. Something Something. Played on a ship with: The Barenaked Ladies, three years in a row. Rocked these festivals: Shelter Valley, Mariposa, Home County, Blue Skies, Eaglewood. Created music programs for: Where are the Mothers (art project pairing musicians with women living in the Toronto shelter system) and CICO (Community In Community Out is an alternative school). Is now: A fixture in John McDermott’s touring band. Mentored Youth: At the OCFF conference. Was featured in: John Kong’s Do Right Records Required Listening compilation. Is sponsored by: Stonebridge guitars and New Moon Kitchen. Had this cookie named after him: The Mackie.
But enough talking. Just turn the radio up and listen to Brian. That’s what this is about anyway.