Before I begin blabbering on about my life, I need to get out of the dark lest my perfectionist monster scares me off again! So here's a song in as-is-condition. Please note that it is free to download, click the "...more" button.
Since I moved to Toronto August 2017, my world has changed immensely. I’ve made remarkable friends and learned how to retain a sense of connection that spans the distance between my British Columbian pals and I. I miss them. Maybe I speak for more than just the introverts of the world but I gather that we are especially reliant on the emotional safety and trust that is bolstered through long-time friendships. It’s a relief to be authentic and I do my very best to remain true to myself when I meet new people but I get exhausted fostering new relationships and investing time in getting to know one another. I like to get a sense of who people are on a deep level and although some people open up bold and generously, most people remain a little guarded.. so it takes some time. I enjoy being patient and am grateful for free long distance plans. Meeting so many artists and kind people in Toronto has been a relief and although I feel lost without the trees and the ocean of the west coast, I feel that being in a new environment has made me vulnerable in an uncomfortably awesome way. Torontonians have been surprisingly safe people to be around. I expected less of a city this big, a city who’s know for being a hustle, bustle business town. No offense but I DID expect less and you gotta know that I have been astonished and am grateful for the remarkably welcoming community I’ve encountered.
I love learning and school is a beautiful thing. Having structure, encouragement and deadlines is a blessing and the Independent Songwriting and Performance program at Seneca College provided all that and more. The teachers were heroic role models who showed a vested interest in providing useful information and hearing the voice of each and every student. Graduating was slightly triumphant but also sad and scary. Luckily, I got to visit my sisters, dad and niece in BC between school and the big Canadian Music Week event. We managed to make time for baby burping, sun bathing, ocean air breathing and forest roaming.
Next thing I knew I was back in Toronto to work as Gary Taylor’s personal assistant for CMW. I spent half of my time in the office, doing graphic design and sending emails to mentors in the Mentors Cafe and the other half spent listening to panels, taking notes, drinking free coffee, free water and talking to industry people… generally stepping outside my comfort zone. In the evenings, I was reminded of the reason for all of this hullabaloo. It all washed by! The memory of CMW in my brain appears a Ben Van Netten painting who’s blur of colours give me vertigo. For me, music conferences are an abstract blur of faces, information and emotions that are vibrant and unsettling with a beauty who’s meaning is unique to the individual.
One of the most resounding messages I heard from CMW came from a producer’s panel hosted by Lisa Patterson of Imaginit Music. The panelists invited a group of aspiring female producers to come up and answer questions as the voice of the new generation. One girl talked about creation and how her own perfectionism and self-criticism could keep her from releasing any music. I realized that I’ve let this happen and that this girl had pointed out the solution to the shame I’d been feeling throughout the music conference. Most the content on my website is at least 2 years old so I’ve felt really embarrassed about my lack of dedication to being an artist who is faithful to creation and offering people access to those creations. It’s as if I haven’t called my mom since 2015 and I’m dying to show her my newest drawing so she can put it on the fridge. Maybe it’s a selfish desire but fuck self-criticism, I need my mom’s love. I need to share who I am and I feel out of sorts if I’m still only presenting my music as who I was in 2015. It’s time for new music. Nothing is up to my standards but fuck it, it’s gotta come out whether I feel ready or not.
I feel like a scared child who needs constant encouragement. I think that chasing a lofty goal is both exhilarating and exhausting for the soul. I’m having trouble seeing the big picture and sometimes pursuing art as a career can feel like a sea of disappointment until finally there are remarkable discoveries and the occasional white-sand-beach basking session. I realize that one of the heaviest fears I have is that when I arrive on the next island I will be drinking my champaign alone and I’ll have to consume an entire papaya with two spoons and only one stomach. I want to thank the internet for being a place I can quickly reach friends. Sometimes I fear that I am boasting and it is not publicly acceptable. Sometimes I have fears of judgement but most of the time feel better after I go ahead and wear muddy boots on the subway or sing out of tune while I bike through the neighborhood. I’m not bothering anyone for that long! What better day to feel a need for love and encouragement than Mother’s Day. I have one who has shared her heart in the most open and loving ways. She has ALWAYS encouraged me to keep creating and keep dreaming the seemingly impossible dreams of continuing to be artist. Today, she is on Hornby Island gardening in the same earth that she taught me how to plant carrots, water plants and eat strawberries. Today, I have two older sisters who can be counted on for sharing anything they can offer and who help me out by reminding me to call my mom on mother’s day. Today, I am not only scared of life but I am excited to face my fears because I know that family and friends always have my back. Momma was the first one.
Happy mother’s day mom and everyone after that. Go see your moms or anyone who you know that has provided love and support when you've needed it. - May 14th, 2018
Wow! That was a whirlwind! I thought I was going to be stuck in the office for most of CMW but my dear Gary Taylor let me roam around the conference most of the time. In the daytime, the love of music helped me bridge my introversion, having something in common with every one in attendance and having an opportunity to sit, listening to panelists speak.
On my first day, Gary signed me up to be a mentor at the Mentor's Cafe that he manages. I was really nervous and sat at my table, organizing papers and business cards I'd collected. Right away, Civil Wray came up and spoke with me. She was kind and talkative, filling up most of the conversational space (which I felt grateful I didn't have to do). I quickly learned that she's made more headway with her craft than I have so I chuckled at how I was given the "mentor" role while feel like it was more of a two way street. She mentored me just as much or more than I did her! Listening to her music for the first time now, I am thrilled! See her video
Bad Animal came to speak to me next. They were so kind! Came to Toronto from Calgary and told me if I came to Calgary, they'd book me a show. It's really inspiring to meet so many people that share similar aspirations. I have rarely felt any mean competitive vibes from other musicians and have repeatedly noticed a eagerness to share resources, offer help or encouragement. This is why I believe that I am a happy person today. Beyond what my family and friends have done for me, beyond the love that my parents showed me I was worthy of, I feel that sharing in a love for making music is the community that has supported me since I left my mom's house in 2010.
I've wanted to befriend Fortune Killers since I started taking voice lessons with Felicia. They slept on my couch and left my roommates and I with merch, wine and eggs. Organic eggs!
Helena Deland and Anemone put on excellent shows!! I spoke to each of them afterward. Helena Deland's band mates were very encouraging and patient with my attemps at speaking french. Anemone made me want to keep dancing and really commit to my dreams of making disco.
I went to a party at Kensington Sound last night and ended up staying there for 7 hours. It was full of future friends including Abraham, Lambsbreath, Ben Palchet some humble folks from Urban Music Canada and many more! Today I went to meet Gary for a wrap up chat. His friend Franz (President of Indica Records who manage Half Moon Run) who was the kindest sufer-rocker dude. Him and I went to the pool and lounged in the sun for a bit. He offered his house if I ever want to visit Montreal.. He said he's usually gone to Australia in the winter. WHA! So I think life is about taking those opportunities that make your jaw drop and mumble "oh, I couldn't do thaat, he's just trying to be nice." No, I COULD do that and he IS being nice and once more, I COULD do that. Should.. Will? I will. Ok, it's settled.
Thank you Gary Taylor, thank you Canadian Music week, thank you to all of the music creators, music appreciators for being so welcoming and making networking not so horrible.
Next I need to find a place to stay in Nashville, anyone got a couch there?
- May 13th, 2018
Today, I hung out with Owen Davies, singing backup on some of his new recordings. He's a kind soul and a talented songwriter. I'm looking forward to hearing the final product and a single release in late March! And our show at C'est What? Cafe Sunday April 29th. - Feb 11th, 2018
On Saturday, I went ice fishing with the First Peoples @Seneca community. It was a warm and welcoming group who I met during the International Development Day performance the week before. Wow how opportunities lead to more opportunities! I made friends, caught eleven fish and received a new nickname, "Zibi" (Zeebee) which translates from Ojibwe to "little stream."
Peggy brought home made lunch and snacks, all of which were delicious and healthy. We drilled holes in four feet of ice and caught fish that were six inches long. I laughed more than I've laughed in a long time and felt accepted without a moments hesitation. I never once felt like an introvert or like I needed a break from interactions.
What a fun time!
- Feb 11th, 2018
Performing for International Development Week was a pleasure. Adriano and I performed instrumental music during the Opening Ceremony as well as a performance of "Stars" which the Director, Monica Kronfli said "not only set the tone, but really captured the spirit."
The week held a variety of workshops which brought awareness to current issues and solutions regarding Nature and immigration.
Read more - Feb 5th, 2018
Toronto has been a whirlwind of adjusting to the big and inspiring city and a lot of saying "yes" to many amazing opportunities! The Independent Songwriting and Performance program at Seneca is fantastic. I am playing bass in another person's project for the first time ever! Check out Owen Davies by clicking HERE - Nov 12th, 2017
Zoubi and The Sea is working on a track with Victoria's own Sam Weber, producer and musician extraordinaire. We are so excited to share it with you in the new year! - Dec 31st, 2016
Saturday, September 17th
11:30pm at the Mint
Zoubi and the Sea open for the Wild Romantics!
- Sep 7th, 2016
Rifflandia Website info
The Rock of the Woods music festival was announced and we're on it! - May 16th, 2016
We have to sell tickets to this event so please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details!
Jon and Roy, Wild Romantics, Zoubi and the Sea, March 18th at Sugar nightclub - Feb 2nd, 2016
It's official! We will be performing at Song and Surf 2016. What a great year this has started off to be for Zoubi and the Sea. Saturday, February 6th at 2pm we will be kicking off the show at the Big Fish Lodge in Port Renfrew! Hope to see you there :)
Play Song & Surf Winner - Jan 29th, 2016
WHAT A WEEKEND!
Thank you so much to all those who came to our Logan's show on Jan 22nd! We filled the venue! A few friends said they waited in line for an hour before people left so that could get in. Holy what dedication -in this cold weather!
Thank you to Bousada and Butterflywingtip for holding the event and being such warm and welcoming individuals to share the stage with.
You, dancing in the front row; thank you! Zoubi and the Sea has never seen so many people groovin' so hard. I hope things have reached a new high. I think they have!
Song & Surf showcase went better than I could have imagined! So much support and love, thank you thank you! We worked hard leading up to this and it turned out to be the most rewarding pay off EVER! Whether we win the contest or not, we sure have gained a lot from the experience. MYC Sharratt and Weak Patrol rocked it! Thank you Morgan for hosting, Stephen Franke, Colin McTaggart, Jimmy Leitch, and Mike Hann for your constructive criticism and encouragement. I plan on seeing much more of each of you in the future! - Jan 25th, 2016
We have made it to the top 6 for the Play Song & Surf Contest!!!! Come to our showcase on January 23rd (saturday) at the Breakwater. We rely on your cheer for our success! - Jan 14th, 2016
Very excited to be applying to the Play Song & Surf Contest! We have been working hard at creating some Zoubi and the Sea tracks to showcase to festival buyers. Please stay tuned for news on this!
Song & Surf is my favorite festival. It has a beautiful crew of people who are authentically interested in music. What else would draw you out to Port Renfru rain forest in the winter??
:) - Jan 11th, 2016
In October, my mom got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. A huge surprise. Together with many many kind friends and strangers, I am organizing a fundraiser for her. It will be held in February. Event details here:
Mom's blog here:
https://meandcancer.wordpress.com/ - Dec 29th, 2015
Wow it is cold out!
What a great time to stay inside.. what will you do with your time? Feel free to post your ideas on my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/zoubimusic
What am I doing? Getting together lots with the band :) lovely folks. Sade, Chase, Isaac and Simon. We rehearse and discus festival applications whilst sipping tea, beer or the like. Business stuff, you know how it is. I take notes and sip ginger tea of course. - Nov 21st, 2015
So many shows this fall!
It has been lovely returning to Victoria. There is a beautiful community here who I feel ever so grateful to be a part of.
The EP release show at Victoria House Concert B was an astonishing success! Thank you for all of your support. A lot of individuals who I truly admire made the time to come out and sit for two hours with us. Yipes!
Check out the new video uploads on this site!
The band has gotten together for rehearsal for the first time in a month. They are so talented and such stand out people, I can't say how grateful I am to be able to work with them.
There are videos of us rehearsing!
Felicita's last night was very very fun!
A huge thank you to all of our friends who show us love by appearing at our shows or commenting on our facebook posts :)
Much more news to come - Oct 4th, 2015
It's finally happening! Now you can get your FREE DOWNLOAD of the Tumble EP.
Here is a review of the album by Mark Anthony Brennan
Here for a listen or a download!
If you stream, you can hear 3 songs
*if you download, you can hear all 4!* - Aug 17th, 2015
Saskatoon is a gorgeous city! Trees everywhere and a river running through the center.
Village Guitar & Amps Co. had me catching my dropping jaw. The wide open sales floor doubled as a classy hardwood dance floor. We came in and immediately started picking Dan's brain about sound engineering. He did sound for Michael Bublé.. so he had a lot of field knowledge to share. He shared his experience with a smile. It inspires me so much to be around people who are successful and still passionate about their chosen career path.
Needless to say, this was the most crisp sound I have ever heard my instruments amplified through. Village Guitar & Amps Co. is a place to see if you're ever in Saskatoon. I would LOVE to come back and attend a show there. A pristine listening room run by kind and generous people -to say the least.
Stay tuned for video footage of this performance! - Aug 16th, 2015
The Arts Bank in Bruno, SK..
Let me tell you WHAT! What a kind and generous group of individuals. We were greeted with such warmth and down to earth kindness. The venue was an adorable little cafe/art space/house concert style set up. I'll post a photo! Check my instagram for a video of my favorite room!
Thank you to the owner Jonas and the ladies running the cafe; Bethany and Danielle.
The Cherry Sunday fair was a wonderful surprise!
Thank you so much Bruno. This was a real highlight in my touring experience.
https://www.facebook.com/brunoartsbank - Aug 16th, 2015
What a nice introduction to Jasper! Thank you to the National Park employees for welcoming us in. It was so fun petting stuffed animals and experimenting with the sound equipment inside the Fire Hall. A Britney Spears headset!? Once in a lifetime opportunity for your truly.
Solange thank you for connecting me with Dominique who connected me with the other employees and landed us a bed under the most beautifully starlit sky that I've ever seen. The warden's cabin!
Then the most beautiful drive down the Icefields Parkway!
Nature walks and fresh fresh air. Graham, you are fantastic company. - Aug 15th, 2015
Prince George, what a beautiful place! My time staying with Norm, Carolyn, Gabrielle, Emma, Noah and Noah was very inspiring. What a kind and welcoming family. Thank you for feeding us and for taking me mountain biking! Nancy O's is a fun venue, the owner, Owen, was very helpful and accommodating. I recommend it to any musician looking for a place to perform. It was packed on a Wednesday! What a wonderful way to kick off our tour. Off to Jasper at 5am tomorrow wooo woooo! Vroom vrooooooom can't wait to see what that big green spot on the map looks like from the earth. - Aug 12th, 2015
We will be doing an impromptu performance, at 7pm TONIGHT at the Sunset Room to raise money and awareness for the Green Party!
Hope to see you there! - Aug 7th, 2015
This summer, I am privileged to have the opportunity to tour with my friend Graham, www.devarrow.com
Much adventure to come!
August 12: Prince George, BC // Nancy O's // 8:00pm
August 13: Jasper, AB // Heritage Firehall // 6:30pm
August 14: Calgary, AB // Cafe Koi // 8:30pm
August 15: Bruno, SK // Bruno Arts Bank // 7:00pm
August 16: Saskatoon, SK // Village Guitar & Amp Co. // 7:00pm
August 18: Regina, SK // O'Hanlons Pub // 8:00pm (Devarrow only)
August 19: Lethbridge, AB // The Slice // 9:00pm
August 20: Kimberley, BC // Green Door // 7:00pm - Aug 1st, 2015
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https://darrenhovideos.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/videos-zoubi-arros-at-the-vic42-studios-saturday-may-2-2015/ - Jun 9th, 2015
What has been happening in the life of Zoubi Arros you ask? Well well well, some very exciting things indeed. Many many shows. Rehearsing with a new band! The three of them are coming up with a name for themselves, so stay tuned for that :)
Currently we are going by "Zoubi Arros" but would like to have a different name for solo vs ensemble performances.
Who's in this band?
Sade aka Smooth Operator, keepin' time on tha drums
Isaac hittin' tha grooves on tha bass
Chase wooing it on tha saxophone. - Jun 2nd, 2015
It's festival submission time!
I'll be at Tall Tree and Rifflandia Music Festivals!! Though, I might not get to perform.. I'll be there. Join me? - Mar 10th, 2015
I would like to say extend a HUGE thank you to all of my friends and friends of friends. Your exceptional support for the past two shows has been a very pleasant surprise and helped all of us musicians feel very loved!
The attendance at the Cambie blew my mind. We managed to cover the cost of renting rehearsal space and you even bought our dinner! What a hoot.
The set at Lacey-Lou Tapas Lounge last night was extra fun. Patrons were saying they've never seen it so packed! Nice work on the promo everyone!
Thank you to the Zone@91.3 for announcing our show on the radio! Wholie
I'm very privileged to have had Shane Soderberg keeping both the rhythm of my guitar and my heart as my soul pushed it's way out of my voice. It was a real treat to have the company of Andrew Poirier (of Weird Party) on stage with us last night. He set us at ease, making everything look easy ;)
A special thanks to the lovely Michelle, who warmed everyone up with her beautiful voice and piano playing. I hope to collaborate with her in the near future!
Chris Jones with some of his Sweet Leaf members; excellent show boys. Always entertaining. Thank you Chris for giving me the chance to perform sans-guitar for the first time ever!! SO MUCH FUN! Super scary but I'm hooked.
Simon De Laat and Dave took some video footage, can't wait to see that! Thank you for helping us out a ton by doing sound for us while I fumbled about with various unknown cables and buttons. You can look forward to some excellent photographs by Darren Ho (of Darren Ho Media) and we possibly scored a few shots by Kim (of Kim Jay Photography).
Thank you to Nev Gibson for helping us sound tight by offering the Hidden Gem as a big comfy rehearsal space.
And of course, I must express a gigantic appreciation for Lacey-Lou Tapas Lounge for hosting our shenanigans and always asking us to come back. Amelia and staff, you are so lovely! - Mar 7th, 2015
Yes! Just finished a photo shoot with the wonderful Brad Edwards, of PIV Photography. http://www.pivphotography.com/
New and fabulous portraits coming soon! - Jan 31st, 2015
Currently working on a new EP. What joyous fun! Stay tuned. - Jan 14th, 2015
It's official, I'm signed with Mighty Speck Records, collective of passionate and talented people who I'm excited to work with.
MSR showcases the artist who demonstrates both talent and social responsibility.
So far it has been very inspiring!
http://mightyspeckrecords.wordpress.com/zoubi-arros/ - Dec 6th, 2014
I've updated my bandcamp! Added lyrics to every track :)
Check it out!
http://zoubiarros.bandcamp.com/ - Jun 8th, 2014
The Grit of it was just launched!
Locals talking grit.
Interviews and portraits of inspiring and creative people who share how they get through the bumps in life with a little "True Grit"
Check out Zoubi Arros's interview:
http://thegritofit.com/2014/06/02/zoubi-arros-4/ - Jun 2nd, 2014
I've been taking some vocal lessons at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Kathryn Whitney has been the perfect vocal instructor for me. She makes me laugh and makes it easy to ask questions.
Anyhow, she hosted a recital for her students. Most of them sung classical songs (Bach and the likes). It was a new experience for me. Very very impressive!
Singing with those acoustics was fun!
My new found friend, Simon De Laat (http://simondelaat.com/) filmed the event.
My two songs will be posted ASAP! Can't wait! - May 27th, 2014
Well, I'm not sure if this quite constitutes as news to the music of me.. but you must know the joys of my new discovery.
A wooden spinning top. Never ceasing to amuse since 3500 B.C. and possibly before! - Apr 27th, 2014
Wrapping up winter hibernation with some spring recording!
Soon to have some spiffy new tracks to add to the list. It's got to be about enough for an album real soon!
Just can't wait... - Apr 15th, 2013
New music videos!
Winter on the sunshine coast has been quite the same as the rest of the west coast. Sunny days are fewer and further between, so when it is sunny; we get out!
My girlfriend has kindly offered to film a few videos of me and my guitar in the outdoor scenery. Much better surroundings than the usual videos I upload to youtube.
They were a lot of fun to record! All of them thus far are filmed right on the beach, so there are waves in the audio hah!
Looking forward to moving back to Victoria BC, where family and friends are most abundant :) - Nov 11th, 2011
My good friend Keira and I are working on a goofy children's film for a little boy named Jasper. Jasper just turned 6 and is a great friend of Keira's.
Making this film has been lots of fun! It has taken longer than expected (which was expected.. but it's taken even longer than that) none the less, it has been worth it. AND IT IS ALMOST FINISHED!
My song "dancing" is featured in the film!
I will post it under "videos" on this website as soon as it is done! - Oct 27th, 2011
Wow! What a great crowd at TC pub in Powell River!
Open mic-style Wednesday night hosted by Renelle, a friendly and exuberant musician.
My first time in the venue, I felt quite nervous to get up on stage. I sung "Dancing" first to swing into the happy and relaxed mindset that the song was written with.
At the end of the song I was relieved with a great response from the audience. Thank you for your kind words and warm welcome Powell River! - Oct 19th, 2011
Learning to play "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho.
Check out the song on youtube. It's good - Oct 6th, 2011
the "shop" is now open! I haven't sold anything over the internet before so lets experiment.
This is very exciting and convenient! However if you prefer to do this the old fashion way and, for example, you'd like to trade a chicken for a CD; we will have to meet in person. Come to a show and we'll engage in good ol' commerce.
For special requests, please feel free to email me. - Oct 2nd, 2011
A great night performing at Falconetti's Bar and Grill with Return of the Stern http://www.myspace.com/returnofthestern
Vancouver, BC - Oct 1st, 2011
New website! Be the first to sign the guestbook!
Thank you to some great friends for helping to make this website possible. Nev and Bill from the Indivision Network for the site and Keira Pinchbeck for the artwork!
I am on the interweb YEEEEEHAAWWW!!! nothing can stop me now!
Lets not be too professional now. - Sep 22nd, 2011
Soup and BMWs! - Sep 22nd, 2011