Producing The Woody Allens and Young Running
January 21, 2012 - I've been tapped to produce two great bands recently. The Woody Allens I met opening for The Beauties some time ago. Think country/rock with great guy/girl vocals. From London Ontario. Then there's Young Running, a great folk/roots combo from The Junction area of Toronto. Great energy and tasty vibes from these gents. I look forward to finishing these project so you all can hear them!
New site coming...I swear!
January 21, 2012 - It's been a while coming, but there is something in the works. I'd like to thank my friend Kevin Legault for helping me out with this one!
The Beauties: The Film?
January 21, 2012 - More details to come soon. Exciting stuff is on the horizon.
Jan 24 2012: The Junction Jam 8th Anniversary
January 21, 2012 - @ Axis Gallery (3048 Dundas West @ High Park. 416-604-3333) It's also my birthday! Thanks to everyone who has made my life a little better every Tuesday for 8 years! Starts arpund 9:30pm.
Never a cover.
Duo gig w. Alec Fraser Wed Dec 28 @ The Intersteer!
December 26, 2011 - One last gig for 2011, with my friend Alec Fraser on upright bass. The Intersteer is one of the coolest joints on Roncesvalles, and I can't wait to jam there. 8-11pm. No cover. Good times abound!
Playing drums for the Sleepwalk Guitar Fest this weekend in Toronto
November 3, 2011 - I get to play with guitar legends like Richard Lloyd (of Television), Brent Mason (Vince Gill, Shania Twain, many more), Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard), Duke Robillard (Tom Waits), Ian Blurton (Change Of Heart, C'mon), Colin James, J. Nowicki (The Perpetrators). Lucky, lucky me! Check the schedule at www.sleepwalkguitar.com
On the road w. Sarah Slean on guitar this month!
November 3, 2011 - I'm heading across Canada with the uber-talented Sarah Slean, as part of her killer band. I real honor. Check out the dates (I'm not on the ones marked solo) 11/1 London, ON – Aeolian Hall 11/2 Peterborough, ON – Market Hall 11/3 Hamilton, ON – Studio Theatre 11/4 Alliston, ON – Gibson Centre – SOLO 11/5 Toronto, ON – Winter Garden Theatre 11/10 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre 11/11 Regina, SK – The Exchange 11/15 Saskatoon, SK – The Broadway Theatre 11/16 Edmonton, AB – Myer Horowitz Theatre 11/18 Calgary, AB – University Theatre 11/19 Nelson, BC – The Royal 11/20 Kelowna, BC – Kelowna Community Theatre 11/22 Victoria, BC – St. Ann’s Auditorium 11/23 Vancouver, BC – Rio Theatre 11/29 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Studio Hall) 11/30 Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre (Studio Hall) 12/1 Kingston, ON – Octave Theatre 12/2 Burnstown, ON – Neat Coffee Shop – SOLO 12/3 St. John’s NL – The Majestic – SOLO 12/4 Halifax, NS – The Carlelton – SOLO 12/5 Halifax, NS – The Carletton – SOLO 12/8 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
Sundays at The Dakota, Tuesdays at Axis: Still going strong!
October 17, 2011 - Amazing. I get to play 2 incredible nights a week. Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene has dubbed The Beauties Sunday might residency " The greatest Sunday in North America". Is he wrong? Come by 249 Ossington on a Sunday night and you tell me. I've been hosting The Junction Jam at AXIS for over 7 years, and for good reason. The talent is always bountiful, and the vibe is friendly. Drop by and jam with me and the gang some Tuesday night at 3048 Dundas West ar High Park. 9:30-ish start. Thank you all for your years of support. I am humbled.
Andy Kim Christmas show :New Venue
October 17, 2011 - We've moved to a larger venue. The Phoenix on Sherbourne will be our new home this year. Stay tuned for exciting artist announcements!
Producing Brooke 'Gray' Harris
October 17, 2011 - Doing a three songer with Brooke right now. The song Oh No is sure to be in your head for days. Stay tuned for more info on this lovely voice and talent.
October 8, 2011 -
Touring with Sarah Slean in November
October 8, 2011 - Check out this lovely artists' fabulous new double (!) album entitled Land & Sea. Dates are up at www.sarahslean.com Note: Alliston will be Sarah, solo.
Producing Bryce Jardine
September 10, 2011 - I've been holed up for the past week with Bryce and John Dinsmore at The Lincoln County Social Club, preparing Bryce's first full-length album. We finish off the tracking today with Aaron Goldstien (pedal steel for City And Colour/ Lee Harvey Osmond) and the incredible vocal talents of Serena Ryder. I can't wait for you all to hear it!
Lots of tour dates for Serena Ryder & The Beauties
Writing with Serena Ryder
September 4, 2011 - Serena and I have been touring together a lot, and writing as well. It's a real treat to write with a vocalist with such range and depth. There's some youtube footage of us playing a song we wrote called "Standing Still"...check it
I'm producing a lot more these days
September 4, 2011 - I start work on Bryce Jardine's debut album this week, and just finished albums by Lysa Fina and daniel Sky. More to come. I can't wait for you to hear them!
THE BEAUTIES w. Deep Dark Woods and Harlan Pepper Sat Sept 24th @ Lee's Palace
September 4, 2011 - Tell your besties...this will sell out soon. Tix at Ticketmaster, Rotate This, Soundscapes and www.sixshooterrecords.com
Lots of gigs this summer!
July 14, 2011 - Playing this Friday at Echo Beach (The new Ontario Place stage) w. Andy Kim and friends, then off to play Bluesfest in Ottawa at 2pm on Saturday. Then, back to Toronto on Sunday to play the Beaches Jazz fest at Woodbine Park, with AK. Many upcoming shows with Serena Ryder and The Beauties posted below, www.thebeauties.ca or at or www.serenaryder.com Thanks again to everyone who came and saw us at Mariposa last weekend.
I'm playing at Massey Hall and The Phoenix on the same night!
June 12, 2011 - This Wednesday, June 15th, I will be playing at Massey Hall in a tribute to the music on my friend, Ron Sexsmith. Then, I have to burn over to The Phoenix and play with The Beauties and Drive By Truckers! I am really looking forward to it. Actually, I might explode at some point.
The Beauties to record w. Chip Taylor
June 5, 2011 - Chip wrote WILD THING, and ANGEL OF THE MORNING. Not to mention, TRY for Janis Joplin. We're look forward to this collaboration.
Playing Canada Day @ Woodbine Park w. Andy Kim
June 5, 2011 - www.andykimmusic.com There's more dates as well...check it out.
I just produced the new Lysa Fina record
May 17, 2011 - It will be called THE BARBER'S DAUGHTER, and just finished getting mastered by Joao Carvalho. Mixed by Jameson Elliott (Hawksley Workman, Cauldren). Coming to your ears, soon.
Working on a solo record
May 17, 2011 - Coming soon...stay tuned here for details.
Lots of tour dates w/ The Beauties for Summer/fall
May 17, 2011 - I will still be doing Sundays at The Dakota, and Tuesdays at AXIS...but here's some dates across the country, too. More to come very soon!: May 5, 12, 19, 26 Residency @ The Elmdale Ottawa, ON May 7th Avening Community Centre Creemore, ON w/ Justin Rutledge June 14 London Music Hall London, ON w/ Drive-By Truckers June 15 The Phoenix Toronto, ON w/ Drive-By Truckers June 16 Starlight Club Kitchener, ON w/ Drive-By Truckers July 8th to 10th Mariposa Folk Festival Orillia, ON July 16th Ottawa Blues Festival Ottawa, ON July 20th Gibson Centre Alliston, ON w/ Serena Ryder July 21st Algonquin Theatre Huntsville, ON w/ Serena Ryder July 23rd Del Cray Park Peterborough, ON w/ Serena Ryder July 24th Hillside Festival Guelph,ON w/ Serena Ryder August 24th Pacific National Exhibition-PNE Amphitheatre Vancouver,BC w/ Serena Ryder
Andy Kim Christmas Show set for December 15th @ The Mod Club in Toronto
November 30, 2010 - Guests (so far) this year: Alex Lifeson (Rush), Ron Sexsmith, The Regent Park School Of Music Choir (who recently performed The Wall with Roger Waters) and Platinum Blonde...I'm really looking forward to playing this show for my 6th year! Tix available at www.ticketmaster.ca
Juno Award's Celebration of the 70's w/ The Beauties
November 30, 2010 - Saturday, December 4th 2010 @ The Horseshoe in Toronto. Come celebrate some of the best Canadian music from the 70's w/ The Beauties, Dan Hill, Bidiniband, Andy Kim, Roly Greenway (Crowbar), Justin Rutledge, Oh Susanna and many more! Tix available at www.maplemusic.com
I play drums on Luke Doucet's version of "Sundown"
September 3, 2010 - Both myself and Paul Pfisterer from The Beauties play on Luke Doucet's recently released version of "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot. It's a rocked up version, that is sure to kick your weekends into overdrive. T'was a pleasure to play on it. Pick it up at www.sixshooterrecords.com The new album is called "Steel City Trawler".
The Beauties are off to Nashville!
August 24, 2010 - We have been chosen to play at The Americana Music Awards!
The Beauties are on CMT Monday August 30th w/ Avett Brothers
August 24, 2010 - Check local listings for times www.cmt.ca The show is called The Dakota Sessions.
Andy Kim w/ Tommy James and The Shondelles in NYC
August 24, 2010 - October 16th, in NYC. Venue to be confirmed soon. It's going to be nothing short of amazing!
THE BEAUTIES to play 2 shows at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto!
August 24, 2010 - September 17th and 18th. Tickets are available at www.sixshooterrecords.com, Rotate This, Soundscapes, The Dakota tavern, and of course, The Horseshoe. Get 'em now before they're gone!
TROPHY to open for SQUEEZE @ The Festival Of Beer! August 5th.
July 15, 2010 - We are on a ROLL, people. I'm actually almost more excited for this than opening for Bon Jovi. I'm a HUGE fan. August 5th.
I'm playing a benefit for a Skate Park in Port Hope
July 15, 2010 - The show is called Rawk For Boarders, and many bands from Port Hope, past and present will be playing. Your support is greatly appreciated! here's the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=118124424867581 August 28th. Ten dollars. Cheaper than a movie.
TROPHY to open for BON JOVI @ Rogers Centre
July 15, 2010 - July 20th...I think it's sold out. Check Ticketmaster, or something ;)
The Beauties will be playing at Hillside 2010, and the Toronto Island show w/ Pavement, BSS
June 8, 2010 - it's going to be a great summer of shows. Check out www.thebeauties.ca for more details.
The Beauties album now available on iTunes, in record stores
June 8, 2010 - We've had an amazing run of press and reviews lately. We couldn't be more proud of the way things are going.
The Beauties CD Release show May 29th @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
April 27, 2010 - Tix available at Ticketmaster.ca , Rotate This, Soundscapes, The Dakota Tavern and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. You don't want to miss this one, folks.
Andy Kim to tour across Canada in June!
April 2, 2010 - Andy just released his first album in 20 years! E1 is the label behind it, and thus, we will be embarking on Andy's first EVER Cross Canada tour! I'll be updating as the dates come in!
The Beauties album is COMPLETE!
April 2, 2010 - Release show is on Saturday May 29th @ The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto! I will have advance ticket information ASAP. I hope to see you all there. Thanks again to Marty and Six Shooter for making this happen!
Holy SXSW gigs! I may not get to come back!
February 24, 2010 - Here's my gigs for SXSW. Along with The Beauties, i will also be playing with Melissa Mcclelland, Luke Doucet, and Justin Rutledge. i have a total of 16 sets booked thus far! WED 17TH AUSTIN, TX: SxSW, Brush Square Park Canadian Blast BBQ, 3.40pm THE BEAUTIES/JUSTIN RUTLEDGE AUSTIN, TX: SxSW, Six Shooter Records showcase – Soho 9PM THE BEAUTIES 10PM JUSTIN RUTLEDGE 11PM MELISSA MCCLELLAND MIDNIGHT LUKE DOUCET THURS 18TH AUSTIN, TX: SxSW Six Shooter/Mint Hootenany 2-6PM 3:15 – 3:35 LUKE DOUCET 3:35 – 3:55 MELISSA MCCLELLAND 4:20 – 4:40 JUSTIN RUTLEDGE 4:40 – 5:05 THE BEAUTIES FRI 19TH AUSTIN, TX: San Jose Parking Lot Party, 1pm THE BEAUTIES AUSTIN, TX: SxSW Canada House – Upstairs at Paradise, 3pm LUKE DOUCET AND MELISSA MCCLELLAND AUSTIN, TX: SXSW One To One Bar, 5pm LUKE DOUCET AUSTIN, TX: SxSW NxNE/Manitoba Music BBQ – Caswell House, 6.15pm LUKE DOUCET SAT 20TH XM Radio session at Six Shooter House of Sin – THE BEAUTIES
The Beauties debut album is near completion!
February 15, 2010 - Can't wait for the vinyl!
I'm playing solo, Thursdays in February @ NOT MY DOG
January 30, 2010 - 9:00pm start. I'll be playing new songs, old songs, my songs, and your songs. You know how i roll. 1510 Queen St W, just west of Lansdowne on the north side.
WOW, I've been hosting The Junction Jam on Tuesdays @ AXIS for 6 years!
January 29, 2010 - Time files when you're having fun, I suppose. What a great time it's been. I'd like to deeply thank players like Dave McManus, Trevor Fentom, Alex "Olish" Maximew, Poppa K , and sooo many different groups for keeping it fresh. Here's to 6 more years! Every Tuesday @ 3048 Dundas west (at High Park). 9:30 start.
The Beauties are going to SXSW in Austin in March!
January 29, 2010 - I've never played in a band that got accepted into this event. Ver exciting. We have several showcases already booked. I will also be performing on drums w/ Justin Rutledge, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet. Gonna be a busy week...
Eddie Orso's EP "He Said, She Said" is complete - March 4th Cd Release @ the Horseshoe in Toronto!
January 29, 2010 - I had a great time producing this one. Eddie is a great talent, and a just a great guy. Check him out. www.eddieorso.com
The Beauties w/ Elliott Brood OCTOBER 30th @ The Opera House
October 4, 2009 - Don't miss it. Tix at Rotate This and Soundscapes.
Going out west w/ Justin Rutledge & Melissa McClelland in November
October 4, 2009 - Just a few dates: NOV.10 2009 Winnipeg, MB Canada West End Cultural Centre Co-headline w/ Melissa McClelland NOV.11 2009 Vancouver, BC Canada East Cultural Centre Co-headline w/ Melissa McClelland NOV.13 2009 Calgary, AB Canada Central United Church Co-headline w/ Melissa McClelland NOV.14 2009 Edmonton, AB Canada McDougall United Church Co-headline w/ Melissa McClelland
Marty Kinack to produce The Beauties debut album in November
October 4, 2009 - Can't wait to work with him again. He's also done great albums for Sarah Harmer, Hayden and Broken Social Scene.
The Beauties to tour w/ Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene
September 16, 2009 - I'll let you know when the dates arrive. It shall be grand.
I'm producing a couple of records...
September 16, 2009 - ...for Daniel Sky, and Eddie Orso (revival dear). pre-production has already started.
I'm playing guitar w/ Ben E King this weekend
August 24, 2009 - Yes, I'll be backing up the man behind "Stand By Me", "Spanish Harlem" and so many Drifters classics. It's a private party of Catherine Zeta-Jones, in Nantucket. Sound crazy? I agree...I'll hopefully have pics to post after the weekend.
The Beauties sign to Six Shooter Records
August 24, 2009 - We're proud to sign with such a great label that is home to many of our friends...Elliott Brood, Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, Justin Rutledge, NQ Arbuckle...we look forward to getting used to the digs. We're still playing every SUNDAY at The Dakota, too.
Show with Elliott Brood was a success
August 24, 2009 - The hardest gig I've ever had to play was filling in for Casey from Elliott Brood. Thank you Salmon Arm Roots and Blues fest...hope to play it w/ The Beauties next year! Meeting Dr. John was the icing on the cake.
So, I'm in England
July 30, 2009 - Meeting some great people, making plans for nigel, etc. I'll be back on the 4th of August.
I'll be drumming with Elliott Brood for a week out east
April 19, 2009 - Due to a family emergency, I've been called in to play with one of my favorite bands. Here's where I'll be playing with them: April 21, 2009 - Le Cercle, Quebec, PQ April 22, 2009 - A Khord, St. John, NB April 23, 2009 - The Capitol, Fredericton, NB April 24, 2009 - The Paragon Theatre, Halifax, NS April 25, 2009 - The Rock, St. John's, Newfoudland See you there!
I'm on Tour w/ Lucie Idlout
March 1, 2009 - I'll be in Calgary this Wednesday March 4th @ The Liberty Lounge, and in Vancouver on Saturday @ The Biltmore. If you're out there, come by! The band consists of Lucie on Vox/guitar, Johnny James (Emm Gryner/The Smallows) on guitar, Doug "DOUGIE!" Elash on bass, and Eric Paul (Thornley/Big Sugar) on drums. I'm on guitar and organ. Good times.
Hear me rock on REAL RENOS
March 1, 2009 - I play big, rockin' guitar on the HGTV show REAL RENOS for the 6th season with one of my favorite musicians, Mr Kurt Swinghammer. Not to mention, Maury Lafoy on bass, and Mark Mariash on drums. Check your local listings for times.
Serena Ryder + The Beauties record out soon!
March 1, 2009 - Produced by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew. More to come!
Check out myself, with Andy Kim, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Gowan, Broken Social Scene, and more!
December 14, 2008 - Live from The Mod Club in Toronto, Wednesday December 10th 2008.
Andy Kim Christams Show December 10th @ The Mod Club - SOLD OUT
December 2, 2008 - This years line-up includes, Alex Lifeson (of RUSH), Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene, Mr. Ron Sexsmith, Gowan, Emm Gryner, and more!
New Monday residency at The Press Club
November 28, 2008 - On the NE corner of Dundas and Euclid, The press Club sits. Every Monday, I play there, and bring a group of friends to play just plain great music(s). You should drop by. The word is catching on. NO COVER.
The Beauties finish EP / Play with Broken Social Scene
November 28, 2008 - The DIE DIE DIE EP is now completed, and in a very small run...get it while you can at shows only. Either Friday November 28th @ The Sound Academy (w/ BSS), or Sundays at The Dakota. They won't last long, so get 'er, while you can.
New Kyle Riabko cd features 3 Downham/Riabko co-writes!
September 14, 2008 - Kyle Riabko, star of the hit Broadway musical "Spring Awakening", has just released a new cd featuring 3 songs co-written with Derek Downham. You can stream the entire record at www.kyleriabko.com The songs are "Ready For Reality", ""Set You Free" and "Bad Advice".
TROPHY and TBU have songs in a new TELETOON show
August 20, 2008 - Check it out! www.lifesazoo.tv Trophy's "How Did You get This Way" and The Beautiful Unknown's "Spinning In My Grave" will get a stop animation makeover on the show, airing soon!
Kramer's Open Stage STILL GOING
August 18, 2008 - Just to let you know. 1915 Yonge st @ Davisville.
TROPHY to play at The Horseshoe Tavern FRIDAY JULY 4th
June 25, 2008 - Trophy will be on first @10pm. More details to come. Spread the word!
New derekdownham.com COMING SOON!
June 8, 2008 - Keep checking back for updates!
The Beautiful Unknown to play Ottawa This Friday June 6th
June 5, 2008 - At The Live Lounge. Sponsored by Live 88fm. with openers The Dunes and The I Spes - 2 excellent bands. Tell the Ottawa peeps to not miss this this one!
Derek to perform with Melissa McClelland & The Beautiful Unknown @ NXNE
June 5, 2008 - Thursday June 12th - 11pm Dakota Tavern w/ Melissa then at 12 midnight @ The Hard Rock Cafe Toronto w/ TBU For those who haven't hear Melissa, her work is a gorgeous display of pop/blues/country at it's finest. Derek is on drums, beside guitar champion Luke Doucet and the inimitable Rich Levesque on bass. www.melissamcclelland.com TBU will be performing for their first time at The Hard Rock, and should prove to be an exciting night!
BACK HOME now available online
June 5, 2008 - Samantha Martin's newest album "Back Home" (produced by Derek Downham) is now available at CD BABY. You can purchace it by visiting the website through the link below.
Derek Downham interview w/ Maple Minutes now online
June 1, 2008 - Derek's interview with The Blaze in Arizona is now available online! Trophy songs, history, and RUSH are all discussed! http://theblaze1260.com/events/
Paul Pfisterer ep nears completion
May 29, 2008 - Paul's beautiful new ep features Derek on drums, Baldwin Grand Piano, Hammond Organ and bits of electric guitar. Paul is also the bassist in The Beauties. You can get a sneak peek of the album at www.myspace.com/pfistererpaul
TROPHY and THE BEAUTIFUL UNKNOWN to be a part of LIFE'S A ZOO
May 13, 2008 - LIFE's A ZOO is a new animated/stop motion series that will air on TELETOON very soon. Check it out! WARNING: Contains Adult Content.
The Beauties to play with Broken Social Scene TONIGHT!!!
April 29, 2008 - This is a last minute show, but The Beauties will be playing with Broken Social Scene at The Dakota Tavern TONIGHT. The Dakota is located at 249 Ossington, just north of Dundas. First come, first serve. It's going to be one of those legendary shows...TUESDAY APRIL 29th
Samantha Martin's debut ready by May 1st 2008
April 16, 2008 - Samantha's new album "Back Home" (produced by Derek Downham) will be available for consumption on May 1st. You will be able to purchace it through www.samanthamartin.ca
The Beautiful Unknown to play Junofest in Calgary April 4th
April 2, 2008 - TBU will be playing at Tipperary's in Calgary for the annual Junofest celebration. A nice, intimate introduction that shouldn't be missed. Spead the word. www.tipperaryspub.com
Trophy's Derek Downham has been chosen as a top finalist in the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS COMPETITION's Pop/Rock category.
March 4, 2008 - Trophy's Derek Downham discovered this week that his song, "How Did You Get This Way", has been chosen as a top finalist in the INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS COMPETITION's Pop/Rock category.
Jeff Healey passed away recently.
March 3, 2008 - Sadly, Jeff Healey passed away recently. R.I.P.
SAMANTHA MARTIN's self-titled album is almost ready.
February 29, 2008 - I've almosted completed the production of SAMANTHA MARTIN's self-titled album. It's a country/roots/rock affair to the highest degree.
The Beautiful Unknown debut album release
February 28, 2008 - THE BEAUTIFUL UNKNOWN are releasing their first album "Riot In The House Of Ruin" at The Elmocambo in Toronto SATURDAY MARCH 1st.
Andy Kim - Rock Me Gently
January 1, 2008 - A video of Andy Kim Singing his 1974 #1 Hit Rock Me Gently on CTV AM.
Unite Against Aids concert for UNICEF
November 27, 2007 - TROPHY has been chosen to open up for John Mayer, Avril Lavigne and Sarah McLachlan as part of the Unite Against Aids concert for UNICEF on Wednesday November 28th at The Bell Center in Montreal.
BEAUTIFUL UNKNOWN taking radio by storm
September 10, 2007 - THE BEAUTIFUL UNKNOWN have been taking radio by storm, and are readying the new record. Check out the "Spinning In My Grave" video at www.thebeautifulunknown.com
TROPHY finished new EPK video
September 6, 2007 - TROPHY has just finished our new EPK video.
I just got the rough mixes of the new HUGH DILLON REDEMPTION CHOIR album.
September 3, 2007 - I just got the rough mixes of the new HUGH DILLON REDEMPTION CHOIR album.
I've been writing and collaborating with some amazing writiers.
September 3, 2007 - Over the past while, I've been writing a lot. Not to mention, collaborating with some amazing writiers. Check out the songs "Ready For Reality" and "Set You Free" that I've co-written with my friend Kyle Riabko. Watch out for this guy. Seriously.
the Andy Kim Christmas show
December 21, 2006 - Fan recording of friends singing Sugar Sugar at the Andy Kim Christmas Show.