“Semple chose to make those discoveries into a personal contribution to nationwide efforts for truth and reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous communities. “He (Pegahmagabow) was an unsung hero. Somebody needs to write a song about him,” said Semple, who teaches drama and English. He is also a London actor and singer-songwriter. He knew who needed to write that song. The song that found Semple uses a sacred element — fire — to tell the story of “a man who seemed to have a lot of fire in him.” "Fighting Fire with Fire" arrived over a weekend, its words and music reaching Semple’s soul and voice.”
“Center Stage has musical momentum in addition to joining the past, present and future in the lyrics. A strong melody and interesting harmonic content that still allow the story to shine though.”
"Dave Semple is terrific. Throughout Semple’s performance you see a mature man carefully making connections...."