THE WORD IS LOVE Live at the Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto


Excited to announce the Toronto CD release party of THE WORD IS LOVE, a 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatles’ iconic “Rubber Soul” album at the legendary Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto. The show will feature some of the artists on the CD as well other local Hamilton musicians:

Christopher Clause
The Kings of Marigold (Chris Jamieson, Michael Scott, Peter Taplay, Bec Jamieson and Miles Evans)
Amy King and Chris White
Bob Bryden (JUST ADDED!)
The Barr Band
Melissa Marchese
Jennifer Beehler (JUST ADDED!)
Jennifer Budd
Andy Griffiths
Alfonso Spoto
Steve Parton
Lena Montecalvo

19+ show

Click here for the Facebook Event Page for complete details.

Tickets Available at Ticketscene: The Word Is Love

Hard Rock Café,  279 Yonge Street,   Toronto, ON

Sunday April 24th, 2016 at  4pm

THE WORD IS LOVE” – A Celebration of the Beatles’ “Rubber Soul”

This event is in support of the Debbie Clause Recording Fund and will be hosted by Christopher Clause on Sunday February 7, 2016, starting at 7pm.

Venue: The Pearl Company ,16 Steven St., Hamilton, Ontario

 Admission: $15
Admission and CD: $20

Thanks to our friends at the Pearl, tickets are on sale NOW online through ticketscene:

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. Funny how the most beautiful things come from a change in plans. There were two shows planned to celebrate the music of the Beatles circa 1965 but due to circumstances beyond our control we had to cancel them. Then the idea: instead of doing two shows, why not do an album to celebrate a key Beatles album? Our friends at Grant Avenue Studio graciously donated studio time for the project with Amy King behind the console. We recorded the album in two days plus one quick afternoon session in December, mixed in my home studio and then currently are in the midst of quickly getting the record together for manufacture. Our friends at the Pearl Company are hosting this early show to celebrate the release of the record on Sunday February 7 (the 52nd anniversary of the Fabs landing in New York for the first time) and all proceeds raised will go towards Gracenotes and the Debbie Clause Recording Fund (which helps fund local music recording projects in the city).Our special guests for the evening will include:

Melissa Marchese
The Redhill Valleys
Jen Budd (grand prize winner of the 2015 Debbie Clause Recording Fund)
KIM KOREN and Frank Koren (Frank was a winner of the 2015 DCRF)
Matthew de Zoete
Steve Parton
Lena Montecalvo
Sharon Washington
Andy Griffiths
Bec Jamieson
Fred Magie
Tommy Gunn
Gary Santucci
Alfonso Spoto (of the Acoustics)
Steve McRae
Chris Jamieson
Michael Scott
Peter Taplay
Christopher Clause

Logo design for THE WORD IS LOVE by Kristie Ryder Costello (Bon Mot Prints)

The album and artist tracklisting for “The Word is Love”:

Drive My Car – Melissa Bel
Norwegian Wood – Tommy Gunn
You Won’t See Me – The Barr Band
Nowhere Man – Kim and Frank Koren
Think For Yourself – Chris Jamieson and the Kings of Marigold
The Word – Christopher Clause
Michelle – Gary Santucci, Amy King and Chris White
I’ve Just Seen a Face – Lena Montecalvo
It’s Only Love – Sharon Washington
What Goes On – The Redhill Valleys
Girl – Andy Griffiths and Alfonso Spoto
I’m Looking Through You – Steve Parton
In My Life – Melissa Marchese
Wait – Matthew de zoete
If I Needed Someone – Fred Magie
Run For Your Life – Bec Jamieson

Debbie Clause Recording Fund Winners

A big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the show last night!

I am pleased to announce that FRANK KOREN and JOSH LAMOTHE have $1,000 to go towards their current musical project and JEN BUDD has received the Big Kahuna – $4,000 – to complete her project. You will hear more about this fund in the weeks and months to come. We will be reviewing and developing criteria for the 2016 Fund and hopefully integrate it with the HMA events next year (IF they decide to hold it around Debbie’s birthday again). Visit in August for more information.

Debbie Clause Recording Fund – Musical Showcase

showcase finalists

Saturday May 23rd at 8:00pm – 10:00pm

at  The Pearl Company  16 Steven St., Hamilton, Ontario L8L 5N3

The finalists of the first ever Debbie Clause Recording Fund (named in memory of local musician Christopher Clause’s beloved sister) will perform at a showcase on Saturday May 23. The winner of the event (a name will be picked at random by Debbie’s daughter, Hanna) will receive $4,000 to help fund their current musical project. The fund will be handed out every year to a deserving Hamilton musician or group looking for funding for their recorded works. Application forms will be available in August for the 2016 awards at (website will be up and running in July 2015)

This FREE showcase is an early show so that you can enjoy all that the HMA has to offer this weekend 🙂

The initiative was created by FERMATA HAMILTON, now renamed as GRACENOTES as part of the ministry and benevolence of Graceworks Baptist Church

Again, the admission is FREE, but donations will be accepted for the 2016 Debbie Clause Recording Fund at the door.

The finalists for this year are (in alphabetical order):

Jen Budd
Frank Koren
Josh Lamothe

More details available on the event facebook page:


Debbie Clause Recording Fund


“THE BEGINNING” of the DCRF   (October 1, 2014)

On May 30, 2010, my sister Debbie was released from the pain she experienced in her life and made the Beautiful Mile towards Home.  As her brother I miss her infectious laugh, her incredible smile and her generous heart which has yet to be matched by any one else on this planet in my humble estimation.  She was a loving and caring sister and her presence in my life is missed tremendously each day.

FERMATA has been helping a handful of people over the years but I have felt frustrated by the inability to help more people than we can afford to.  It is also hard for a lot of us as artists to ask for help, which is another reason why the requests have been so few.

In a discussion with a young local musician, he asked if he could apply for money for his next recording through FERMATA.  I had never thought of it before and at the time we did not have enough “in the bank” to help and I also told him that FERMATA didn’t do that.  As I thought and prayed over the situation it made a LOT of sense to focus on a recording fund.  All musicians need help making records nowadays (this isn’t the 1970s and any major label is not able to give the support a record needs to have an audience).  My sister and I loved music, and even more, loved going on record shopping trips with my Dad to Toronto to the Big Three (Sams, A&As and Peter Dunn’s).  Those trips are some of the most important memories I have growing up.  It made sense to remember my sister in a way that would help new music be created and promoted, thus I have named this fund after her (with the blessing of her daughter, Hanna), the Debbie Clause Recording Fund (DCRF).

Our first fundraising show will be Imagine Peace on October 4, 2014 and then of course, the YOU CAN DO THAT shows happening in December at the Pearl Company.  The plan for the Fund is to start the submission process in February 2015.  A group of people hand picked from the Hamilton music industry as well as from Graceworks Baptist Church and other interested parties will select three possible candidates.  In May/June of 2015 we will hold a special celebration concert featuring all three selected artists/groups performing on stage as well as sharing information about their art at their merch tables (networking).  At the end of the evening, where the audience will now potentially be fans of these three candidates, Hanna (Debbie’s daughter) will select the winning candidate via a draw.

If you are interested in getting involved (volunteering)  or you would like more information about DCRF or FERMATA please contact me at  Keep your eyes on this site over the next few months for updates and developments.

I know Debbie would be honoured to be a part of encouraging the making of new local records.  Hamilton is filled with some of the best songwriters in the country.  It is our hope to remind our city and the world how important new music is to the health and well being of our society.  I look forward to seeing you all this weekend at IMAGINE PEACE and on December 5 and 6 at the Pearl Company!