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NEWS

JULY 22, 2019 - Live album in the works!

     I'd like extend a huge thank-you to everyone who came out to the show at Station 8 Cafe! The evening was a rousing success, and thanks to the amazing Dennis Maione running the sound (not to mention organising, promoting, and emceeing the event), the entire evening was recorded and immortalised in a nice 20-gigabyte file which he gave to me after the show.

 

     So whether or not you were able to attend, you'll be able to check out some songs online soon--once I sort through that behemoth of a file and get around to mixing the tracks. No guarantees about exactly when this will happen, as my top priority right now is preparing for my wedding in August, but it will be worth the wait! Until next time, thanks again to everyone for the incredible support. Cheers!

MAY 29, 2019 - New videos!

     Time for some new music videos! After uploading a live playthrough and a studio video to my YouTube channel, I figured it was time to redesign the Videos section of this site.


     If you haven't yet, feel free to check out my playthrough of "Biscuit's Revenge", the opening track of the In Sympatico EP, and also the newly-released studio video for "Cross My Heart", the album closer. Thanks for all the support, and I hope you enjoy the tunes!

MAY 22, 2019 - Show updates

     For those of you following the "Shows" tab of this site, you'll notice some sudden changes. Firstly, Grand Master will be playing at the Park Theatre on Tuesday, June 4, to support heavy metal legends ANVIL on their North American tour. (Teenage me would be screaming right about now; I was a big fan during my high school years!)

     Next up, note that the May 31 show with Stacey James Band has been removed. Not happening. We'll be playing again soon though, so stay tuned.. We've got new material on its way for you to enjoy!

     Finally, you might notice the July 19 solo show at Station 8 Cafe.. What's this? It's been ages since there's been a standalone solo show! It's gonna be a fun one; I'm trying out some new material and hoping to get feedback before I really get going on my next solo album, and I also am hoping to have some physical copies of In Sympatico available for sale at the show, for the first time ever! Very exciting stuff.

 

     More news to come very soon. Cheers!

FEBRUARY 18, 2019 - New year updates (...About freakin' time!)

     Hey folks! I've been pretty quiet on this site the past few months concerning my gigs, activity, and other news. There are two big reasons: number A, I've been busy with some big exciting things, and preparing for my wedding this summer (which is the biggest and most exciting thing for me!); and number B, I've been getting involved in some other very exciting and unique projects recently, and I wanted to ease into them before making any formal announcements.

     Besides getting out and gigging more with Grand Master recently after a bit of a hiatus last year, I am also playing bass guitar in the  Barry G Player Band, playing alongside some of the city's most incredible musicians. My blistered fingers kinda hate me for it, but I gotta say it's been a great experience so far! I've mostly just played bass in a studio environment, so I feel like this is definitely helping me grow personally as a live musician.

     Attilan is also well underway in the production of our new album, and we hope to have a studio video out soon for its lead single. More news on that soon!

     I'm also trying to diversify the content I post on social media, and posting more on my Instagram and YouTube accounts. I've uploaded some new lesson videos as well as some older selections from my Facebook page, which you can find under the "Lessons" tab of this site. If you're interested, you can follow the social media links at the top of this site for more content. Cheers!
 

DECEMBER 5, 2018 - In Sympatico gets a digital release!

     My newest release is now available for download here via Bandcamp.com. Man, does it feel great to finally get these songs out there! I've been holding onto some of the songs for several years just waiting for the right chance to unveil them, and here it is. The track listing is as follows:

1. Biscuit's Revenge

2. All Work, No Play

3. Nightfall

4. Moving On

5. Apollo 11

6. Autumn Colours

7. Cross My Heart

8. Flammable (bonus track)

The seven main tracks will appear on all major streaming and download platforms over the next few weeks, while the bonus track will exclusively be available as a Bandcamp download with the purchase of the full album, and eventually on physical CD as well.

The album features artwork by Madi Champagne, and was mastered by Doug Northcott at Amplitude Audio.

NOVEMBER 28, 2018 - In Sympatico

     Hey friends! It's time to announce the digital release of In Sympatico. I was hoping for it to ideally be released months ago, but thanks to some wonderful computer problems during the late recording and mixing stages, I was able to just barely get it completed in time for December. It will be available for purchase on Bandcamp.com one week from today on December 5th, and will also be available on all other major music download/streaming services shortly thereafter. A physical CD release will follow in early 2019.

     Stay up-to-date using the social media links at the top of this site! More news to be announced very soon. Cheers!

JULY 9, 2018 - Summer flash-forward

     Summer is here! As a private guitar teacher, I'm pretty stoked about having some time off during these months. This will give me a chance to accomplish a few things, namely to complete the production of my new album. Here are a few interesting facts about it!

  • As things look now, it will be a 7-track EP. I do have lots more tracks written, so I may yet choose to include another in the list, but I think these seven tracks adequately capture everything I want to accomplish right now.

  • As far as the musical direction, you can expect a blend of hard rock, blues, and jazz fusion. I think all of the songs sound fantastic, and I can't wait to share them with you guys!

  • It will be the first of my solo albums to feature vocals. Most of my fans and friends probably know that I often sing in my other projects, and I figured it was the right time to introduce that ingredient into my solo material. I've decided I want this EP to be an accurate representation of everything I do, and singing is one of those things.

  • All of the instruments are recorded live; absolutely no programmed drums or anything like that this time around.

  • The album title will be "In Sympatico"; it's inspired by a David Bowie quote about the influence of the internet on the music industry, and I chose it because I mainly want to market this release digitally. There will be physical copies available as long as there is demand, but this is a necessary experiment I feel the need to go through before my next full-length album (...which is almost entirely recorded already!), which I plan to release in 2019.

I am hoping to shoot at least a few new music videos over the summer, so make sure you follow the Facebook page, subscribe on YouTube, and all that jazz! I can't wait for you all to hear this new stuff; I'm extremely proud of it. Cheers, friends!

MARCH 13, 2018 - Mark is on Spotify and iTunes!

     My newest release, "The Sound of Light", has been released across several major digital platforms, such as Spotify and iTunes! If you're a Spotify user (which you should be; it's fantastic!) then click the "Follow" button to immediately enjoy this new EP, plus other great music I'll be releasing later on this year. Thank you so much for your support!

JANUARY 26, 2018 - New lesson videos

     With January coming to a close, I've uploaded all four of this month's "Lick of the Week" Facebook videos to my YouTube channel as a single compilation. You can find them under the "Lessons" tab at the top of this site, as well as other full lesson videos which I also plan to update regularly.

     If you feel like subscribing to my channel, I'd appreciate it a ton, and maybe even buy you a cup of coffee sometime if you ever encounter me near a place that sells coffee! Cheers.

JANUARY 4, 2018 - Grand Master Turns 10!

     Good news, everyone! On January 12, Grand Master will be celebrating ten years of existence with a one-of-a-kind concert at the Cavern club on Osborne. The evening will also feature my other band Attilan, as well as Johnny God (ft. Grand Master's longtime friend and engineer Mike Daher).

     Grand Master will be exploring our entire discography, including those often-requested classics from the Omen and The Dream Alive era. This may never happen again, so you DON'T want to miss this show!

JANUARY 1, 2018 - What to Expect in 2018

     Happy New Year! Hope you've had a nice holiday spent with family and friends. Myself, I've been stuck indoors due to the Sickness. The silver lining is that it's given me plenty of time to plan and edit a series of weekly videos I'll begin posting this week on my Facebook page, so make sure you follow it! Each Thursday, I will post short videos demonstrating a Lick of the Week, and will provide full explanations and sheet music. I also plan to upload full video lessons from time to time, so feel free to leave a post on the Facebook page letting me know what topics you would like covered.

     Besides video lessons, I also have several CDs' worth of new solo material I'm hoping to release this year, and I can promise you that some VERY cool things are on their way this year! Here's to a great 2018. Cheers!

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017  - Attilan Inteview 

     Earlier this year, Jeremy and I did an interview on CKUW 95.9FM promoting the new Attilan album. We decided to upload the entire broadcast to our YouTube channel, which includes the interview as well as three full songs from Dysthymia. Check it out here, and learn some neat stories about how the album was made, as well as other musicians, promoters, and engineers we've worked with along the way. And we're FINALLY going to do that concert at the CFR on September 23, so check out the “Shows” section of this site for details!

SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 - Summer Wrap-up

     What a great summer! After several months of gigs and working on my next solo album, I ended the well-deserved break by joining the great Disraeli Dreamers onstage at the Pyramid Cabaret as lead guitarist on September 1st. I will also be returning to play with them a second time on September 15th for a bigger show which will be professionally filmed and broadcast on Shaw TV.

     I am also looking forward to playing two venues for the first time: with Grand Master at the West End Cultural Centre on September 8th, for Nine Lives' CD Release; and also with Attilan, who will be playing on September 23rd at the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, one of Winnipeg's most accessible music venues for all ages.

     I will be starting my full teaching schedule on September 5th. I will be teaching private guitar lessons at Tauber Music School (14 Britannica Road, Winnipeg) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I teach ages 8 and up, kids and adults. Visit the receptionist at Tauber, or email me at markbarronguitar@gmail.com to ask any questions if you're interested in registration.

     I hope you all have a good long weekend, and a great September! Cheers.

AUGUST 11, 2017 - New Video for "Still Waters"

     Time for a new music video! This is the third track from the Sound of Light EP, and one of my favourites. Thanks to Madi Champagne for filming. We shot this in Winnipeg's beautiful St Vital Park, with all our best little duck friends. Watch it here!

JULY 11, 2017 - Web Site is Live!

     Hello world! Keeping up with your favourite musicians in this big scary internet can be difficult, since it's become a bit of a mess of social media platforms and media hosting sites all competing for your attention. So here I've gathered up all the media and information from each of my musical projects into one place, so you can have easy access to my music, videos, and concert information.

     And if you want to be a SUPER FAN, there is also an email list to which you can subscribe, so you can be the first to hear new music and news. (I won't overload your inbox, I promise. Just ask my friends, I even take ages to text back.)

     I hope you enjoy exploring my site, and if you find anything is broken or missing, you may email me at markbarronguitar@gmail.com . Or you can just say "hi" and tell me about your favourite things. Good day!