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4 days left to help us reach our goal

Hello friends, I hope you are all well and staying safe!

A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed so far to our fundraiser for our new album SANCTUARY. We are so grateful for your support! This is the most important and meaningful work of our career, and it is very timely.

And for those who are curious what the fuss is all about, we have only 4 days left to reach our goal – we are almost there… and we can do it with your help!  Please check out our super fun perks you receive when you pre-order the recording, including limited edition CDs, posters, coaching, jamming with the band, private concerts and more!

Sanctuary is the highly anticipated follow-up to our album Refuge. This ambitious, diverse, inclusive and passionately artistic album puts our band face-to-face with a VIP roster of global ‘ambassadors’, some of whom are recent immigrants and refugees to Canada, as well as important Indigenous voices. All are masters of world music that tell the story of how to communicate with others through the global language of sound.

Sanctuary is the second instalment in our Refuge Project, heralded as “a fantastic, moving, dreamlike, epic, timely album.” – Ken Micallef (Jazz Times, Stereophile, Downbeat). We have won many awards with this project including Producer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and our track with Béla Fleck and Robi Botos was part of our co-producer John Bailey’s The JUNO Awards engineering nomination this year.


Ahmed Salah Moneka – IRAQ / CAN
Amchok Gompo – TIBET / CAN
Donné Roberts – MADAGASCAR / CAN
Gündem Yaylı Grubu – TURKEY
Juan Carlos Medrano Magallanes – COLOMBIA / CAN
Leen Hamo – SYRIA / CAN
Marito Marques – PORTUGAL / CAN
Mehmet Akatay – TURKEY
Padideh Ahrarnejad – IRAN / CAN
Ravi Naimpally – INDIA / CAN
Sammy Figueroa – PUERTO RICO / USA
Saskia Tomkins: a musician of the bowing kind – ENGLAND / CAN
Selçuk Suna – TURKEY / CAN
Tamar Ilana Page – CAN
Tara Salah Moneka – IRAQ / CAN
Yukiko Tsutsui – JAPAN / CAN

My own grandfather came to North America as a stow away on a ship in the early 1900s from LEBANON and my pianist mother is from EGYPT. Our percussionist Rosendo León Arocha, ‘Chendy’ Leon, came to North America as a refugee from CUBA.
The rest of the band including the fabulous Kevin Laliberte and Drew Birston are sounding astounding as usual!

Below are a few snapshots from our recording so far…

Together we can create beautiful music — THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 🙏🙏

Check it here