Trevor Dick Band now on Google+

The Trevor Dick Band has now created a Google+ Band Page. Visit the link here:

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New “Trevor Dick Band” Sites Launched

With the upcoming release of the NEW WORLD CD Project this fall by the Trevor Dick Band (TDB) we are starting to create some sites (on social media and elsewhere) specific to the Band and the new direction we are taking with the NEW WORLD Project. This web site will also be reworked with a new “landing page” to direct you to either my own music or our new full band projects and initiatives starting with the launch of NEW WORLD. It is such an honour to be working with such an amazing, committed team of musicians in Brad Toews (keys), Tony Lind (guitar), Will Jarvis (bass), Steve Heathcote (drums), Dale Clyne (live sound) and Richard Cleaver (recording engineer). We encourage you to visit and “like” the following new sites to stay up to date on all TDB activities. New songs and video have already been posted here. Enjoy. T

“Like” the new TDB Facebook Page

“Like” the new TDB Sound Cloud Page

The TDB at Noble Street Studios, Toronto after tracking NEW WORLD (from left to right: Steve Heatcote – kit, Brad Toews – keys, Trevor Dick – violin, Will Jarvis – bass, Tony Lind – guitar)

BEFORE and AFTER (Can you hear the difference a good mix makes?)

The Trevor Dick Band has posted a BEFORE and AFTER mix COMPARISON of “Ayangba Village Market” from the NEW WORLD CD PROJECT on our new Soundcloud Account. Can you hear the difference?

BEFORE | Recorded live off the floor of Noble Street Studios – unedited/untouched.

AFTER | Edited and mixed tracks with guitar, electric violin and percussion overdubs.

The Complexity of Mixing | Behind the Scenes with Engineer, Richard Cleaver on NEW WORLD

Many of us have absolutely no idea what goes on “behind the scenes” in mixing a CD project. Engineer genius, Richard Cleaver, has produced a very informative video of the intricate process he is undergoing right now in mixing the NEW WORLD CD project. Richard says:

“Although I don’t talk about the editing part specifically in [this] video, it is not unusual to spend several weeks per song on pre-production, bed tracks, overdubs and edits before the song is ready for mixing.

Once a song is ready for mixing, I may spend up to three days working on the mix. For the project in the video, each version of the mix is released to the team for feedback and another round of mixing takes place until we have a version that gets signed off. Once signed off, I hand over the pre-mastered version of the final mix to the mastering engineer”

The video also includes a “sneak peek” of two songs from the new album: “East of Sinai” (T. Dick) and “Change the World” (Eric Clapton). This video will be of particular interest to all those audio tech junkies out there! Enjoy! T

To read more on the making of this video link here.

A Slow but Steady Home Studio Build | Very thankful for generous friends!

My home studio and the office of Flyingbow continues to take shape.  It was wonderful to have Gord Guthrie (a few months back) solder up and install the input face-plates for each work station. I mainly use this space for band rehearsal, writing, arranging and other and pre-production work. It also doubles as my teaching studio where I teach violin, viola, cello and bass (and a few other instruments).  I am very thankful for all my family and friends who have invested so much time into building this studio (click on each name to see each helper in action): Jim PerryKyle, Aaron and Liam DickKen WigboldusAndre Gignac, and Gord Guthrie (pictured below). Thank you friends! I really appreciate each of you!  T

Gord Guthrie solders the wall input plugs and headphone jacks

The completed wall plate


Anniversary “Behind the Scenes – Outtakes” – NEW WORLD

This month we celebrate the first anniversary of the start of recording the Bed Tracks of the Trevor Dick Band – NEW WORLD project at Noble Street Studios. We continue to make steady progress. Electric Violin, Guitar, Keyboard and Bass overdubs are pretty much complete. Steve Heathcote is tweaking and uploading some extra percussion parts from his home studio this week. Richard Cleaver (engineer) is now in the final editing and mixing stages of the album. This has certainly been the most challenging project to date. I spent a little time earlier this week pulling together some of the photos and video “outtakes” from our week at Noble Street to give you a little more of an inside into the process. A stellar studio space and great memories!

Off to Dominican Republic with Compassion Canada Tomorrow

My violins and bags are packed … I am off to the Dominican Republic with Compassion Canada tomorrow in partnership with Flyingbow – Jan. 31 to Feb. 7/14. This year marks my 9th Anniversary with Compassion as an artist.  I am looking forward to this Mission/Exposure Trip with real anticipation. My last trip to see the work of Compassion up close was in 2008 when I visited Quito, Ecuador.  You can read about that incredible trip here. I am sure this trip will be just as life-altering!

The Dominican Republic boarders Haiti and is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations

Compassion’s work in Dominican Republic began in 1970. Currently, more than 48,500 children participate in 167 child development centers. Compassion partners with local churches, helping them provide Dominican children with a long-term program of physical, educational, social and spiritual development. Through this partnership between Compassion and local churches, children in need (from birth to young adult) have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and be all God created them to be. Although the DR is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations, poverty is still a stark (hidden) reality.  I along with a group of fellow artist “ambassadors” will spend most of our time in the poorest regions of the county, meeting the people and getting a first hand look at all the great work these churches are doing in partnership with Compassion.  I’ll be blogging more updates over the next week, but in the mean time, here are a few pictures of the people and places we will visit.

What’s in a brand? | Flyingbow

The Flyingbow “squiggle”

The last six months have seen the reveal of Flyingbow‘s new brand and materials. It was quite an interesting process as we worked with Eric Silveira from Lucid Media. He did a great job!  There is some interesting significance in the Flyingbow “squiggle”, colours, design and feel as we really clarified the vision and mission of this Canadian Arts Charitable Organization. If you are interested, read more here.

Flyingbow’s main logo and mission statement



My View: tracking Electric Violin parts at Fairmeadow Studio …

This has been my view at my home Fairmeadow Studio in Guelph as I have tracked my electric and MIDI violin parts for the NEW WORLD CD Project. It has been a challenging but rewarding process as I have been locked in my “creative cave” for hours at a time digging deep to lay down my best take. This is difficult to do … an interesting process when you are all alone in your studio with no one to bounce ideas off of – easy to second-guess yourself.  Occasionally I call my wife, Le-Anne, down to have a listen (or the boys) … this is helping …

My strategy has been to  simply track multiple takes of verses, choruses and solos and then choose the best from each later without doing any cutting/pasting or editing. I didn’t want to get bogged down by the editing process (and just PLAY!) … really pushing myself to get the best performances I can get! We are around 90% there.

Until next time. T

Micro-Fit Solar Energy Project Update

In April of this year, in a quest to continue to  “go green” as a home and Flyingbow Ministry office we undertook a Micro-Fit Solar Energy project. You can read our process, research and progress postings here:

Going Green … Decreasing our Footprint
Our Solar Energy Project began Yesterday

Solar Panel Install – Day 2

Solar Panel Update – Live and Connected to the Grid!

Many have asked Le-Anne and I how the project has been going. We are so far very happy with our decision. The panels are working well and on track in terms of production forecasts. Here are a few screen shots from this morning of the Enphase Energy Enlighten Computer Monitoring System:

This shot shows each of the 33 panels and their individual production of electrical energy in kWh. Daily, weekly, monthly and lifetime totals are on the right. It is helpful to see the individual power of each panel to make sure none are under-producing for some reason (ie. due to snow or leaf cover).

You can access all kinds of different stats and reports on energy output/production in the system. This is a month-to-date graph showing the daily production of energy. There has been a lot of rain in Guelph over the last week! It is amazing to me that the solar panels continue to produce electricity even on cloudy/rainy days (ie. June 6, 7 and 10, 2013).

This graph shows daily, minute-by-minute production of solar power. The “spikes” of power show when there is direct sun on the panels. The “valley’s” are showing cloud cover. The spaces between each “mountain” are the evenings where there is no energy being produced. Enphase Energy sends a monthly report on your solar system. Here is our report from the month of May. It is great to know that in only one month, we have offset 2020 pounds of carbon – the equivalent carbon offset of 23 trees! David Suzuki has a good article on Carbon Offsets here.

Until next time. T