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River Raine
April 5, 2015

It’s somehow already been two weeks and counting since Chelsea, Skyler and I were blessed with a new little baby in our home! If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (shameless plugs), you’ve probably already been forced to look at all the cute baby pictures I’ve been posting of my beautiful second son, River Raine.

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At 9:30 AM on Friday, March 20th, Chelsea’s water broke. The strange thing was that there were no contractions. We called our midwife and she said to give it some time for labour to begin then made us an appointment to see her at 5pm. Instead of waiting around, we decided to go out for lunch just down the road from the clinic just in case something started happening and we took our last photo as a family of three.

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After lunch, we did a lot of walking in hopes to get things moving but still nothing. During our appointment, we made the decision to go home and wait for things to begin naturally. After getting some sleep that night, Chelsea awoke to some mild contractions. We made our way to the hospital and arrived by approximately 11am. I snapped this photo of my wife just after getting settled in. That smile brightens my life.

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We walked around the same hospital halls all afternoon until around 4:45 when she finally started feeling contractions… and they were strong. Everything went from zero to one hundred in a matter of minutes. Less than an hour later, we were new parents again. A stark contrast to the sixteen hours of labour she went through for our first little monkey, Skyler Blue. Here we are just moments after the delivery! (We’re such nerds).

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We couldn’t be any more grateful for the love and support we’ve received from all of you via social media before and after the birth of our new baby boy. We love you all so very much and thank you for coming on this beautiful life-changing journey with us. I hope we have been able to put a smile on your faces just as you have put one on each of ours.

Bridge The Atlantic
March 15, 2015

A few months ago, I launched a video podcast called Bridge The Atlantic with my good friend and favourite Scotsman Ross Barber of Electric Kiwi. The show is “a humorous and insightful exploration of the creative industries, directly from those who are working within it.” We launched in October 2014 and have since interviewed some amazingly talented musicians, actors, artists, filmmakers, photographers and more.

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A couple of years ago after my first television interview, I thought it would be cool to find a platform to chat with other artists and share their work with people. Being increasingly busy having just become a first-time dad and not being exactly sure how to go about it, the idea fell from my conscious mind and slipped not-so-deep into my subconscious. Fast forward two years and the podcast format made sense so I contacted Ross who had also been wanting to start a podcast for a while and here we are!

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We’ve received such a great response on not only the audio version of the show that’s strictly available on iTunes but also the visual version that gets uploaded to our YouTube channel every Tuesday. We not only broke the iTunes top 100 but also made the New & Noteworthy section which is simply amazing and couldn’t have been done without the support of those around us. If you haven’t checked out the show yet, please do so now!

If you’d like to help us continue to climb the charts and grow our audience so we can continue to interview amazingly talented (and hilarious) guests, please subscribe to us on iTunes and rate and review the show. You can also subscribe to the video version of the show on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. Thanks a ton!

In Memory of… Margaret Forrest
February 28, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, my wife’s Granny, Margaret Forrest, passed away. I’ve known her for as long as I’ve been with Chelsea and considered her to be a dear friend. We shared countless conversations over tea and she won more Scrabble tournaments than I can remember. She was one of the sweetest persons I’ve ever known and was undoubtedly a huge inspiration to the kind, beautiful person my wife turned out to be. Here she is proudly holding her first great-grandchild, Skyler Blue, whom she adored.

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I remember back in 2006, I received a call from Granny. โ€œHi, Marcio! I listened to your CD and, at first, I thought it was quite dreadful! However, after listening carefully, I thought it was beautiful. Very clever!โ€ Here I was, a twenty year old young rocker with black eye liner smeared around my eyes and a seventy year old Granny liked my music. She was one of my biggest supporters ever since and always asked how my music was going. What she didn’t know was just how much that meant to me.

The last time I saw her, she held my hand and looked into my eyes as if to say, โ€œI love youโ€ and โ€œEverything is going to be okay.โ€ Before we left the hospital, we showed her a painting Skyler made for her and told her how often he asks to see her. She smiled with such pride and adoration. We then pointed to Chelsea’s very pregnant belly and said her second great-grandchild would be here any day. Her face lit up, she leaned forward and exclaimed, โ€œOoooooh!โ€ Even in her last days, her spirit shined through.

A day after she passed, her old cat, Sasha, that we had adopted from her years ago, passed as well. I like to think that Margaret wanted her old friend by her side.

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During our many talks over the years, Granny made it abundantly clear she believed in reincarnation. If there was anyone I knew that was peacefully prepared to lay this body to rest and inhabit another, it was Margaret. So, on behalf of your loving grand-daughter, Chelsea, your adoring great-grandson Skyler, and your adopted grand-son, little old me… We love you, Granny, and we’ll miss you more than you will ever know.

‘This Song Is Not For You’ Music Video
January 14, 2015

It’s been almost a year since I first put out my call-to-action blog post asking all of you to send in videos of yourselves singing along to This Song Is Not For You. I never expected to receive over one hundred videos from around the world! It took me a long time to put this all together but, honestly, it was so worth it. Thank you for this gift of love that will make me smile for the rest of my life. <3

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And, now, without further adieu, I proudly present This Song Is Not For You, the music video, featuring the best-looking and most dedicated fans in the world!

‘This Song Is Not For You’ is a tongue-in-cheek response to having written so many songs over the years about being wronged in one way or another by someone I’ve loved. It’s an assertive stand to take control of one’s life and no longer allow those who repeatedly cause us pain to remain in our lives. We all hurt the ones we love but we can choose to take the necessary steps to stop loving the ones who hurt us the most.

2014: A Year in Review
January 8, 2015

I know everyone says this but it feels like 2014 sped by faster than any other year in my life with my documentary Walking Proof winning an IMA and screening at HFF, the inception of my upcoming The Reimagining EP, the release of my S.A.D. music video, my performance live at Edgefest, receiving over 100 submissions from around the world for This Song Is Not for You‘s music video, songwriting like crazy, and the launch of my new podcast Bridge The Atlantic, not to mention all the press I did to promote everything.

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Since I didn’t blog as much as I’d have liked to in 2014 (something I plan to change this year), there were a few major events that happened in my life that I never got a chance to write about so let me bring you up to speed now. For starters, I’m going to be a daddy… again! My wife Chelsea and I found out last summer but waited a while before we shared the news with everyone. The baby is due in March and it’s another little boy. We have a name picked out but you’ll have to wait until he’s born to find out!

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Over a year ago when I was on tour in Canada, I was doing the whole solo thing on stage and thought it would be cool to record stripped down versions of my songs and release them on an EP called The Reimagining. In November, I hit the studio to start recording and finalized three of the mixes in December. I’m still sporadically working on the EP while also writing new song ideas so I’m not sure when it will come out but it will definitely be this year. If you guys dig it, I may do another one in the future.

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Being a dad means that I get all sentimental every time there’s a milestone for my kid. Back in September, we celebrated Skyler’s second birthday with our friends and family. I know this is what every parent says but I really can’t believe how much he’s grown in such a short amount of time. He has the sweetest personality with a bit of my stubbornness and loves to make people laugh. Chels and Sky are my best friends in the entire world and I can’t wait to have another little bugger join the craziness soon.

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Halloween was really fun this time around. We spent Sky’s first Halloween at the hospital because he was sick with a cold that turned into a six-month battle with Pertussis so that wasn’t fun. We then took him out trick-or-treating with my sister and her kids the following year but he was way too young to appreciate it and he couldn’t eat any of the candy anyway for many reasons. So, in short, he had a great Halloween this year at home giving out teeth-decaying candy-bars to the neighbourhood kids.

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Chelsea spent 2014 studying to get her Masters in Psychology and even started practicing as a Psychotherapist. She still has another six months to go and a new baby to deliver before she’s officially a Psychologist. She is such a hardworking, dedicated, beautiful person and I am so unbelievably proud of her. This has allowed me to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Sky this past year which has been amazing. I want him to have fond memories of his early years spent with his dad because I never did.

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I know I’ve become that guy that doesn’t shut up about his kid but he is so important to me and I can’t help but talk about him with all of you. I plan to start sharing more of what’s going on in all avenues of my life, not just musically, so come by often to catch up with little old me (and I say “old” because I’m turning 30 this year!) I feel refreshed and optimistic about this year and intend to release new music and other fun stuff so stay in touch and say hi any time on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Much love. <3

Twas The Last Day of 2014
December 31, 2014

So, here we are… a week after Christmas (or, as I like to call it – Capitalismas), two weeks after the start of Hanukkah (Capitaliskah) and the last day of 2014. We somehow made it around the Sun another year without being hit by an asteroid, melted by global warming or blown up by our fellow humans. That, my friends, is success! Seriously though, I hope you’ve all had a restful holiday and are feeling recharged and fueled up to take on another year with new hopes, big dreams and infinite possibilities.

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I hit the gym on December 23rd (a Festivus for the rest of us!) and prepared myself for the impending marathon of eating that can only be described as painfully unnecessary (and necessarily painful).ย I signed up to the gym nearly a year ago after an extended absence and I now go three to four times a week. It keeps me healthy and happy, literally. I mostly run and do yoga, both of which I really love doing, but, I do switch things up. Speaking of which, I recently got a haircut… I think it helps me run faster.

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We visited my family on Christmas Eve which means we visited twenty-plus relatives because, well, we’re Portuguese and there’s a lot of us. The next day, after stuffing our faces with vegan eats, we ended the festivities the same way we have every year since Sky was born – a (vegan) cheesy family photo in front of the Christmas tree at Chelsea’s Gramma‘s house. This year, we went for a less formal, more candid shot that shows what we do best together – laugh. Next year, we’ll have another little boy in our arms!

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Tonight, Chels and I are going out to dinner together which is something we don’t often get a chance to do. Keep an eye on my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as I’m sure I’ll be posting something about it later tonight. Please have a safe and enjoyable new year’s eve celebration doing whatever works for you. I sincerely thank you for all your support in 2014 and I cannot wait to share more of my art with you in the coming year. I send my love and positive vibes your way for a healthy, happy and successful 2015!

Walking Proof at Hamilton Film Festival
October 8, 2014

I’m so excited to announce that my award-winning documentary Walking Proof will be screening at the 9th Annual Hamilton Film Festival on Friday, November 7th at 6:30pm. The documentary received glowing five star reviews after it premiered at Toronto’s Reel Indie Film Festival a year ago this month and it recently won an Independent Music Award so I could not be more delighted to finally have it screen in my hometown.

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I am so thrilled by all the attention and accolades the film has received over the past year and I really hope to see as many of you at the screening as humanly possible. I cannot begin to show my appreciation for all your undying support but just know that I am forever grateful for it. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. If you haven’t seen the trailer for Walking Proof yet, please make sure to watch it below.

The documentary is packaged with the physical version of It’s Not An Excuse, It’s A Reason (the album on CD, the film on DVD). Tickets for the event can be purchased here: HamiltonFilmFestival.com

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