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I can't wait to share my second full-length album "Anchorless" with you all. Every contribution helps - thank you for your support!
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Welcome everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds for my upcoming album "Anchorless" - I can't wait to share these songs with you!

Photo taken by Chris P. Bakon
Photo taken by Chris P. Bakon

The Album

"Anchorless" is my second full length album and is set to be released in January, 2019 on CD and vinyl, as well as on every online/streaming platform available (Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, CD Baby, etc.). The album consists of 10 original songs that were recorded at the Song Shop and at Roseberry Records in Winnipeg, MB. All songs on the album are conceptually similar - they are hopeful songs about people overcoming struggle. I am a firm believer that everyone is strong enough to rise above when surrounded by a supportive, loving community of family and friends, and the songs on this album reflect that belief. 

I have been incredibly fortunate to make this album with a stellar team of people. It was co-produced by Scott Nolan and I, engineered by Jamie Sitar (Outta Town Sound) and Madeleine Roger (Roseberry Records), is being mixed and mastered by David Travers-Smith (Found Sound), and features many talented musicians throughout the Canadian music scene. The songs have come alive with the help of these fantastic musicians:

  • Scott Nolan – piano, vibraphone, electric guitar, percussion 
  • Jeremy Rusu – piano, mandolin, clarinet, accordion 
  • Marcel Desilets – dobro, banjo 
  • Natanielle Felicitas – cello 
  • Aisha Locken – violin, vocals 
  • Murray Jowett – violin 
  • Blair Atkinson – piano 
  • Colton McKillop – electric guitar 
  • Ken Campbell – pedal steel 
  • Natalie Bohrn – upright bass, electric bass 
  • Matt Filopoulos – electric bass 
  • Daniel Bertnick – drums, percussion 
  • Colleen Arnason – vocals 
  • Madeleine Roger – vocals 
  • Justine Vandergrift – vocals 
  • Sol James – vocals 
  • William Prince – vocals

I am collaborating with artist John Steppler to paint the artwork and graphic designer Mitch Gusdal for the layout of the album. Both John and Mitch worked on my previous album "Prairie Sky" and I am incredibly lucky to have them back on board for "Anchorless"!

What will your contribution be going towards?

So far, I have put $10,000 into this album for the recording, studio time, producing, engineering, musician fees, artwork, and graphic design.

Bottom line - making an album is expensive. I am nearing the finish line of completing this project but there are still a few upcoming costs I need some help with.

- Mixing and Mastering - $4000 - $5000

- Manufacturing CD's and Vinyl - $5000

- Publicity for the release - $2000

- Manufacturing T-shirts, stickers, other merchandise - $1500 - $2000

My goal is to raise $9000 to help offset these costs. By pre-ordering a copy of "Anchorless" or by supporting this campaign in any other way, you can be a major help in getting this album off the ground. I can't thank you enough!

What we've got in store!

The pledges range in price. Each one comes with a signed copy of my new album on CD or vinyl. Most of the rewards will be mailed right to your door and some will be personally delivered by me. 

Here's the list of what is available:

  • $10 - Digital download of "Anchorless".
  • $20 - Signed copy of "Anchorless" on CD.
  • $30 - Signed copy of "Anchorless" on vinyl.
  • $35 - Discography CD Package (signed copies of "Anchorless" and my debut album "Prairie Sky").
  • $50 - "Anchorless" package (digital download, CD, and a vinyl).
  • $50 - 3 signed copies of "Anchorless" on CD.
  • $50 - 2 signed copies of "Anchorless" on vinyl.
  • $60 - A handmade leather necklace made by Colleen Arnason (comes with a signed copy of "Anchorless"). For those of you who know my mom, you know it doesn't get any "funkier" than this!
  • $60 - Beard Oil made by yours truly (15ml glass bottle contains a combination of oils (sweet almond, jojoba, calendula) with your choice of these 4 essential oils (Fir, lemongrass, bergamot, and vanilla).
  • $100 - Shout out in the liner notes of "Anchorless".
  • $125 - Music/songwriting lessons (good for two, 1-hour long lessons with me. Available through Skype or FaceTime if we are too far apart).
  • $125 - SOLD OUT - Pottery Platter made by Margerit Roger in Winnipeg, MB.
  • $200 - Super Fan Package - digital download of the album, two signed CDs ("Anchorless" and "Prairie Sky"), a signed vinyl, and your name in the liner notes.
  • $300 - A personalized song in the genre of your choice.
  • $500 - A house concert in your home. You can sell tickets to recover costs or treat your friends to an evening of free music.
  • $1000 - The Myth, The Legend, The Patron - a digital download of "Anchorless", 5 signed CD copies of "Anchorless" and 5 of "Prairie Sky", a signed copy of "Anchorless" on Vinyl, a well deserved HUGE thank you in the liner notes, a song written just for you (will most likely be a love song), and 2 free tickets to the CD release party.
Leather necklaces made by Colleen Arnason (available in white, black, or brown leather)
Leather necklaces made by Colleen Arnason (available in white, black, or brown leather)
The beard oil comes in a 15ml glass bottle
The beard oil comes in a 15ml glass bottle
Music and songwriting lessons will be a dang good time!
Music and songwriting lessons will be a dang good time!
The platter is almost finished - this is what it looks like pre-glaze
The platter is almost finished - this is what it looks like pre-glaze
These are the glazes Margerit will be using on the pottery platter
These are the glazes Margerit will be using on the pottery platter
My sister Meghan and I preparing for my favourite type of show - a house concert
My sister Meghan and I preparing for my favourite type of show - a house concert

What else can you do to help?

If you're wanting to go the extra mile, or you can't contribute financially at this time, the most helpful thing would be to share this campaign with your friends and family. I will be very active on social media throughout the duration of this campaign - if you'd like to help me spread the word I will love you forever!

I cannot express how thankful I am to each and every contributor, and to everyone who has helped with the creation of this album or this Kickstarter campaign. Every contribution helps and I couldn't do it without you all - thank you, thank you, thank you!

Risks and challenges

There are always risks and challenges when it comes to releasing an album into the world. The greatest challenge that comes to mind (besides money) is time.

I am so close to having this album wrapped up! Surrounded by a community of supporters, I feel confident that we reach the finish line together.

Thank you!

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $7

    "Anchorless" - Digital Download

    For all you modern listeners. Receive a digital download of the album.

    - 10 original songs will sent to your email address!

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    "Anchorless" - CD

    LONG LIVE THE CD! Someone once said - "It's better to burn out than to fade away"...truth.

    -Receive 1 signed CD copy of the album.
    -10 original songs will be mailed to your doorstep.
    -CD case is made with 100% recycled material.
    -Comes with lyric booklet.

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    "Anchorless" - Vinyl

    Vinyl is the best - this will be my first album to be printed on vinyl and I'm STOKED! Feed your inner audiophile and order 1 signed copy of the album on vinyl. 10 original songs will be mailed to your doorstep!

    -This package also comes with a free digital download of the album.

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    "Anchorless" and "Prairie Sky" CDs

    1 signed CD copy of "Anchorless" alongside a signed CD copy of my 20 song debut album "Prairie Sky."

    -A total of 30 original songs will be mailed to your doorstep!

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    "Anchorless" Package

    Do you want to listen to this album in just about every way possible? This perk is for you!

    Receive the album in these 3 formats:

    - Digital download.
    - A signed CD.
    - A signed vinyl.

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    3 copies of "Anchorless" - CD

    Christmas (or that special someone's birthday) is right around the corner. Pick up 3 signed CD copies of "Anchorless" at a lower cost - keep one for yourself and give the other two away to your friends and family!

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    2 copies of "Anchorless" - Vinyl

    Vinyl is the best - this will be my first album printed on vinyl and I'm STOKED! Feed your inner audiophile and order 2 signed copies of the album on vinyl.

    -This package also comes with a free digital download of the album.

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    Beard Oil

    Yes...the rumours are true - I make my own beard oil! Here is some for you or someone you know. Each 15ml glass bottle contains a combination of oils (sweet almond, jojoba, calendula) with your choice of any of these 4 essential oils (Fir, lemongrass, bergamot, and vanilla). Do the right thing and moisturize you or your friend's beard!

    -This package also comes with a signed "Anchorless" CD.

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    Handmade Leather Necklace

    A handmade leather necklace made by my Mom, Colleen Arnason. For those of you who know my mom, you know it doesn't get any "funkier" than this!

    -This package also comes with a signed "Anchorless" CD.

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    Shout out in the Liner Notes!

    A contribution of this size definitely deserves recognition! Your name will be listed in the "Thank You" section of the liner notes!

    -This package also comes with a signed "Anchorless" CD (with your name on it...).

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    Music or Songwriting Lessons

    Do you (or someone you know) want to learn how to play an instrument, brush up on some rusty licks, or start writing songs? Over the last 10 years I have taught guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and songwriting lessons to a variety of age groups and have honed in some skills as a teacher. Let's get together to pluck some strings or talk songwriting!

    Lessons via Skype or FaceTime are available if the distance between us is too far. Otherwise, I will come to you.

    *This package is good for 2 individual 1-hour long lessons. If you want to continue with the lessons, that can also be arranged!

    -This package also comes with a signed "Anchorless" CD.

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    Handmade Pottery Platter

    One beautiful pottery platter made by the one and only Margerit Roger! This platter is as versatile as they come and can have many uses - a fruit bowl, an appetizer plate, a place to put your keys, the choice is yours!

    -Only one platter available for purchase.
    -Available in MB only as I will be delivering this pottery to you (in one piece).
    -This package also comes with a signed "Anchorless" CD.

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    Super Fan

    This package includes:
    - A digital download of the album
    - 2 signed CDs ("Anchorless" and "Prairie Sky")
    - 1 signed vinyl
    - Your name in the liner notes to thank you for your incredible support!

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    A personalized song for you or a friend!

    Have you ever had a song written just for you? This is your opportunity! I will personally write you your own theme song. Or, I will write a song for someone you know as a surprise! You choose the genre, whether it be Folk, Country, Blues, Rock and Roll, or Jazz and I will make it happen. You will receive a recording and the lyrics!

    -This package also comes with a signed "Anchorless" CD.

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    House Concert

    This package includes an evening of music in your home! I will come to you and put on a show for you and your audience (I will provide two 45 minute sets of music). You can sell tickets to recover the costs, or treat your friends to an evening of free music!

    If you live outside of Manitoba, we can plan the house concert into one of my tours!

    -This package also comes with a signed "Anchorless" CD.

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    The Myth, The Legend, The Patron

    You will receive the all the things and more:

    -A digital download of "Anchorless".
    -5 signed CD copies of "Anchorless" and 5 of "Prairie Sky".
    -A signed copy of "Anchorless" on Vinyl.
    -A well deserved HUGE thank you in the liner notes.
    -A song written just for you (will most likely be a love song).
    -2 free tickets to the CD Release party.

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