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I deliver lectures (usually one hour with an optional question-and-answer) all over the Greater Toronto Area. I do two types of lecture: a talk with live music or a talk with projected video and sound.

For a one-hour talk with live music (I play guitar and sing), I offer these topics:

The Life and Music of:
(pick one)

  • Leonard Cohen

  • George Gershwin

  • Cole Porter

  • Hoagy Carmichael

  • Duke Ellington

  • Richard Rodgers

  • Jimmy Van Heusen

  • Bob Dylan

  • Pete Seeger

  • The Beatles: The Birth of the Beatles (up to 1964)

  • The Beatles: Beatlemania (1962-66)

  • The Beatles: The Later Years (1966-70)

  • 'Fats' Waller

  • Nat King Cole

  • Great Songs of the Folk Revival

  • Irving Berlin

  • Simon and Garfunkel (two performers, higher fee)

For a one-hour talk with video, pictures and recorded music (I need a video projector with screen as well as access to a sound system), I offer these topics:

The Life and Music of:
(pick one)

  • Joni Mitchell

  • Elvis Presley

  • Barbra Streisand

  • Judy Garland

  • Al Jolson

  • Louis Armstrong

  • Carole King

  • Bing Crosby

  • Billie Holiday

  • Ella Fitzgerald

  • Bob Dylan

Other topics with video and sound:

Crossover Dreams: Motown Records in the 1960s
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans: The Genesis of Jazz
Tin Pan Alley: The Art and Business of the Popular Song
Brother and Sister Acts: The Mills Brothers, The Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters
The Banana Man and the Stooge: Comic double acts on early discs and cylinders
How Big Band Swing Won The War
Klezmer and Jazz

I also teach courses - between six and ten lectures in duration. Some of my topics include:

  • Jazz 101

  • The Beatles and Their World

  • The Toronto Sound: The Music of Yonge St. and Yorkville

  • Words and Music: Bob Dylan

  • Words and Music: Joni Mitchell

  • Words and Music: Leonard Cohen

  • The Rock and Roll Era

  • The Great Popular Singers

  • An Introduction to Folk Music

  • Country, Bluegrass and Old-Time Music

  • Blues Music 

  • The Music of New Orleans

Contact me at for rates and availability.