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Toronto’s Forgotten Tunnels

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It’s all about fascinating acoustics…great music and mystery…communing with a forgotten past….

And the forgotten tunnels under Toronto’s Casa Loma has it in spades!

Late one night, I made a few short recordings with friends in the secret tunnels under Casa Loma that were part of the original inspiration for my Urban Flute Project.

Oh, and did I mention it’s about having fun….infiltrating respectfully…uh, avoiding security…

Well, you get the idea!!

The Frozen Barn Blues

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The Frozen Barn Blues

While exploring the haunted and sadly abandoned farmhouse just outside Toronto’s city limits, Rob and I wandered into this adjacent barn space that had clearly been used as a crazy clubhouse, replete with a massive Austin Powers billboard on one wall.

This was the first time we had found a chance to jam together, and man was it freezing in there, one of those penetrating, damp colds that marks the beginning of a good ol’ Canadian winter. I was carting along my old wooden 1920’s flute, an instrument appropriate for the vintage of the farmhouse, which is a piece of work to play in tune at the best of times, so, given the sub-zero temperatures I appreciate you cutting me a little slack in the tuning department…in fact I was kinda pleased with myself that I managed to rock out spontaneously with this Blues riff!

After a couple of hasty takes I could barely feel my fingers anymore, so we hustled out of there and headed for the nearest Tim Horton’s. For more pictures of this desolate country site, check out my slideshow on Phanfare.