Howie has walked his own path to being recognized as a crafter of song. Starting as a performing musician (bassist) in local bands in Ottawa at 13 years of age, he evolved into songwriting many years later. When asked why it took so long he will happily tell you that God gives everyone a gift, but leaves it up to them as when to open it. He gently blends the sounds and rhythms of new country with the traditional country he grew up playing. Blessed with a deep countrified voice, and unique outlook, he is able to cultivate and deliver strong touching stories and memorable hooks that hit you squarely in the chest.
Howie is a three time Tin Pan North Songwriters Festival performer, and was a finalist in the CanGig vocal competition performing his own material. After seeing the military repatriation processions on the 401, Howard penned “Highway of Heroes”, a moving tribute to those who made the stretch of road a unique Canadian testament. Howie’s Highway of Heroes video soon followed and is available on youtube. Recently Howie delivered a SongCrafting course in association with Ottawa’s Bluesfest School Of Music. Currently he is recording his new CD “Past Due”.
The music nights start at 7pm, and as usual there is no charge, but we do have a ‘jar’ for donations to support the musicians, and we hope that you will buy a drink or two (and maybe something tasty to eat!)
See more details at www.gaiajava.ca where you can also review the listing of upcoming music night performers over the next month or so – everything from University students to seasoned professionals who are willing to come and share their talents with you.
Performers for the rest of October are as follows:
- Friday October 9th: Betty Ann Bryanton with Pierre Monfils (Jazz standards, vocals/guitar/laughter!)
- Friday October 16th: Amanda Bon with Danny Artuso (vocals/guitars – jazz/pop standards)
- Friday October 23rd: Gracenote (Female harmony group sings pop/jazz favourites)
- Friday October 30th: Roland Doucet (“Swingin’ Blues and Bluesy Swing”)
Howie Hooper plays at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street on Friday, October 2 at 7:00pm.