Canadian singer-songwriter Pat Canavan writes songs that stir the soul and stick in your head. Memorable melodies, lush harmonies and luminous vocals are cornerstones of Pat’s music. His lyrics are often emotionally intense poetry about life, love, self-actualization and living the true human potential. On songwriting, Pat says: “Few things in life come close to that pure moment of inspiration when a song springs forth and commands attention to become...alive.” His musical style is primarily rock, but he navigates genres easily, skillfully incorporating blues riffs, big band grooves and sweeping orchestral passages in his tunes. He approaches his music with a true composer's sense. Pat has mastered the raw fury of a rock band, marshaled the awesome force of a full orchestra and alone with his guitar, welcomes fans with his humorous and compelling performances.
Pat’s latest project is You Give Good Vegas, a 14-song rock album, released in November 2016, which features three current hit singles. I’m Just West of Eden is an upbeat, bluesy track, featuring back-up vocals by Pat’s brother, John Canavan, and lead guitar by Steve Gallagher of North Carolina-based Lockdown Blues Band. Yesterday is a cover of the celebrated Beatle track, had it been written by John and not Paul. Flying High Again is a stirring love song that about the rapture and exhilaration of true passion. Pat is actively promoting the album through 2017 via online blogs, radio play, live performances and weekly song updates to his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PatCanavan/
As a performer, Pat has fronted Canadian rock bands U4EA with hits Don’t Take It Away and Mystery; The Tundra - a collaboration with Honeymoon Suite bassist Gary Lalonde, inspired by the music and history of Canada’s indigenous peoples; and Pat Canavan and HERE. Between 1998 and 2004, Pat fronted Toronto-based band HERE, released three rock albums, performed live extensively and built a significant fan-base. HERE is best known for their songs These Other Things from the award-winning short film Amplifier and Brand New Morning from the award-winning short film Masterpiece Monday. Pat’s follow-up solo releases include the rock album
Songs For Sale, and singles This Christmas Day, We All Play For Canada (2014 Olympic anthem in both rock and pop versions) . While Pat’s primary style is Rock, he crosses many genres including Folk Rock, New Age, Instrumental Soundscapes, Big Band Jazz, Blues, Children’s music. His music can be heard around the world in short films, commercials, Internet radio, on YouTube, iTunes and in more than 30 Internet stores.
A dedicated artist, Pat is committed to his songwriting and touching people’s lives with his music and lyrics. He writes to inspire. Like he says in his track, You’ll Say: “Speak like an optimist, Live like a minimalist, Love like it’s your very first day. Be who you want to be, Not what you’re supposed to be, The more you love, the more comes your way.”
“Nice job on the album. Yesterday as imagined by John Lennon…very clever.”
Mark Rheaume, CBC Music Resources