RUSH the Artpark July 19! Help me and David Barrett play music at the Lee Lifeson Artpark.

June 20, 2017

Are you a Rush fan? Are you crushed that Rush are done with touring (for now)? We’re with you. David Barrett and I want to bring a night of Rush songs PLUS original music inspired by these titans of progressive rock— to the break the silence over at ‘Lee Lifeson Artpark‘ in Toronto on Wed July 19.

If we reach our goal then it’s ON.

And if not–then the silence wins!

I’m Jacob Moon, and I’m a singer-songwriter from Hamilton ON. I have been a Rush fan for a long time. Imagine my surprise when Geddy, Alex and Neil asked me to perform ‘Subdivisions‘ for them when they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! Imagine my delight when they asked me to perform it again when they opened the Lee Lifeson Artpark! Since then they commissioned me to record ‘Something For Nothing‘ for their 2112 reissue. Crazyness. Still getting over that one…

Since that day of its opening, the Artpark has been largely silent. There is no plan for regular music there, and we’re pretty sure no one has played a Rush song there since.

That’s where we need YOU!

It seemed a crime to me and my friend David Barrett (David Barrett Trio) that no one was carrying the torch for this music at this special place, designed to honor Geds and Lerxst. I perform several Rush songs in my set regularly, and we would love to take up the challenge to add a few more, along with songs from our original catalogs and a few related covers.

We would like to come and perform a duo concert at the Lee Lifeson Artpark in Toronto on Wed July 19 at 7pm. The idea is to make it FREE admission to the public where you can come and bring your friends. Plus, if we reach our goal, we will be including a live stream feed, so our international fans can enjoy the show, even if they can’t make it to Toronto. But only if we get the funding! Otherwise, this owl won’t fly!

We are going to use the funds to cover costs associated with recording a new dup version of ‘Time Stand Still‘ by Rush (one of the perks listed to the right of your screen), as well as costs associated with production, rehearsal, promotion, permit fees and personnel so that we can bring this special event free of charge to all.

Thank you for your support in making this event possible. Our dream is to make it an annual gathering of fans and locals. You are keeping the music alive, and you have our gratitude and our commitment to bring you a night to remember!

If we happen to raise more than we had hoped to for this concert, we will invest it into better sound and visuals for the concert, as well as a bigger push to the community.  Also if we receive enough extra funding, it will help us produce more Rush covers for you to enjoy (and yes, we take requests!).

Summer’s going fast
Nights growing colder
Children growing up
Old friends growing older
Freeze this moment
A little bit longer
Make each sensation
A little bit stronger
Experience slips away..”

-Time Stand Still (Peart/Lee/Lifeson)

SHELTER ME now available!

December 22, 2016

Get it now at www.jacobmoon.com/music

or at www.itunes.com/thecommissionaires

 

Commissionaires: New Video, 8 New Song Clips, Christmas Tour Dates

November 24, 2016

NEW VIDEO: ‘Heaven Help Us All’

 

Do you have your tickets for the Commissionaires Christmas Tour yet?
DEC 2 in London, DEC 10 in Ottawa, Dec 17 in Kitchener and Dec 18 in Burlington.

Book now and avoid disappointment…

That’s right. I said it. You do NOT want to miss this one. This year, we are not only celebrating the songs of the season on this tour, but also the release of our new CD, ‘Shelter Me’.  This is a high-water mark for my music, and I think you’re gonna love this record and your friends will thank you for taking them to this show.

 

CLICK below for samples from the new album by The Commissionaires!

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Calling all fans! We need you now.

It’s the final week of the Pledgemusic Campaign.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the new CD/Vinyl yet, you have just one more week before we launch this baby! It’s been an incredibly rewarding thing to see the funding goal reached, and we have you to thank for that! Going over and above will help us cover the crazy extra costs of bringing this record into the world. Remember you are gonna need stocking stuffers!

Also, you can help us by:

1. Sharing that video above, (it’s also on my Facebook page which auto-plays for even more engagement).

2. Sharing these clips of songs from the record on social media so we can find our audience to pre-order the record! It all helps us to keep on keepin’ on over here! (records are expensive!)

3. Bringing a friend to one of the shows coming up. Music comes to life in the live show, and ours is no exception. As good as the record is, it’s no substitute for the live experience. Just TRY to stay in your seats!

Thanks guys! Couldn’t do this without you.

Jacob

RUSH releases massive deluxe edition of 2112—with a Jacob Moon song on it!

November 5, 2016

Back in April, Jacob was asked by the RUSH people to record an a song for the re-release of 2112, a deluxe version of the classic breakthrough album for the band. I was thrilled to record “Something for Nothing”, the last song on that album. I went into the studio with Mark McIntyre on bass and Beatdown Brown on drums and we knocked out a rocking version of this classic Rush song.

It will be the final song on a bonus disc that also features The Foo Fighters, Steven Wilson, Billy Talent, and Alice in Chains. It is a high honour to be counted among these great artists… Congratulations to Geddy, Alex and Neil on 40 years! Watch for a music video coming soon!

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rush-ready-2112-reissue-with-rare-tracks-live-recordings-w448768

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Help us raise support for the NEW CD!

November 1, 2016

As many of you know, The Commissionaires is a new group I put together to play gospel music, with my friend Joel Parisien, who led Newworldson to the top of the charts a few years back.

We are currently hard at work on a new CD, entitled Shelter Me, and we need your help.

By pre-ordering the record you can get a copy in advance, and we offer many other cool exclusives too. All supporters get an access pass to the making of the record. It’s cool! Behind the scenes stuff, videos, early mixes.

Take a look at what we’re working on over at www.pledgemusic.com/thecommissionaires

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New band: The Commissionaires!

October 13, 2016

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The Commissionaires was something I put together this summer with sought-after bandleader Joel Parisien (Newworldson), to play soul gospel music with a mission of justice. Both of us are 20 year veterans of the independent music business and have forged successful careers, but what made us come together was a rare opportunity to bring soulful roots-gospel music to fans of their music, while reaching out to people who didn’t know that this was the band they had been waiting for. It’s real music played by real musicians, for a purpose. The songs are about issues of justice and faith and where those two things intersect.

“If there isn’t a tangible connection between gospel music and social justice, then it’s not real gospel music, in my opinion. There has to be an underlying current of redemption, and struggle, and deliverance… otherwise, what is that “Good News” that Gospel speaks of.” ~ Joel Parisien

We need your help to get this record made. We just mixed most of the tracks this week and they are sounding incredible. Can’t wait to let you hear it.

Join us and get an all access pass to the process of making it!

http://www.pledgemusic.com/thecommissionaires

Jacob playing for RUSH this Saturday at the new Lee Lifeson Art Park in TO!

September 15, 2016

News Release

 

September 15, 2016

 

Mayor Tory to present Rush with key to the City of Toronto

 

Mayor John Tory will present the key to the city to the members of Rush – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart. At the official opening of the new Lee Lifeson Art Park this Saturday at 1:00 p.m., Lee and Lifeson will join Mayor Tory for the presentation.

 

“Rush has played a vital role in defining Toronto’s musical identity and given so much to our city through their music, live performances and their generous support for charities,” said Mayor Tory. “We are pleased to honour them with a key to the city and the launch of the new Lee Lifeson Art Park.”

 

For more than 40 years, the Rush trio of Lee, Lifeson and Peart has defined rock music while inspiring fans and musicians worldwide. Rush ranks third in the world, after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, for most consecutive gold or platinum albums by a rock band. Their massive international fan base has helped to spotlight Toronto as a music capital for decades.

 

In 2013, Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and they were the first band to become Officers of the Order of Canada. They also have stars on Canada’s and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. For more information on Rush, visit: www.rush.com

 

The park is named after two Rush members who grew up in Toronto, guitarist Lifeson who started a high school band that soon included his classmate Lee on vocals, bass and keyboards. Rush formed in 1968 in Toronto’s Willowdale neighbourhood. Drummer Peart, from St. Catharines, Ont., joined the band in 1974. Together, the trio went on to combine outstanding technical prowess with visionary song writing and raw energy, and shaped the course of hard rock in the process.

 

The new park, part of the Willowdale Park footpath corridor, features new trees, grass, benches and unique music-themed art installations. To celebrate on Saturday, Jacob Moon will play a Rush classic in a small performance space made for acoustic concerts and George Stroumboulopoulos will interview Lifeson and Lee for the audience.

 

Councillor John Filion, Ward 23 Willowdale initiated the creation of the art park, and the naming of it after Willowdale natives Lee and Lifeson.

 

“I see this park as a place that encourages and celebrates the creative spirit,” said Councillor Filion.

 

This is the third time Mayor Tory has announced he will present a key to the city since taking office in December 2014. In February 2016, he presented the key to Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham. In October 2015, he announced he will present the key to Paul Beeston. A presentation date is being scheduled. The Mayor awards the key to inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of our city and have contributed significantly to civic life.

 

Past recipients of the key include His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Atwood, Mike Myers, George Chuvalo and Ed Mirvish. Music artists who have received the key in the past include: the Barenaked Ladies; Blue Rodeo; Celine Dion; Drake; Joni Mitchell; Neil Young; Nickelback; The Rolling Stones; Ronnie Hawkins; Sharon, Lois & Bram and Yo-Yo Ma. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/keycity .

 

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

 

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Media contacts:

Keerthana Kamalavasan, Office of the Mayor, 647-460-7507, keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca

Matthew Cutler, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, 416-560-8726

mcutler@toronto.ca

Meg Symsyk, Rush, 416-923-5855, meg@symsyk.com

Song Talk Radio Show

September 8, 2016

Great to hang with the folks at SongTalk Radio on Tuesday!
Here’s the audio from that show: https://soundcloud.com/scopeatry…/song-talk-radio-sep-6-2016

 

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Songs From the Heart

August 8, 2016

What a week! I had a wonderful time learning about songwriting from my fellow students and our fearless leaders David Wilcox and Beth Neilson Chapman (seated front and centre). I started a bunch of songs and got some fresh inspiration about the process that I will be, well, processing for a while to come. What a delight to get to spend this time with these talented folks in such a blissful environment.

The first song I played for them was ‘Live a Little’, on day one, hour one, when David asked me to play something to get us started. I got home and this was waiting in my inbox from the folks at Song of the Year.com. http://tinyurl.com/zajyu4y We all want our children to do well, and for us songwriters there is no better outcome than when we see our songs find a home in the world. Watch for more new songs this month!

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Tonight in Saratoga Springs

July 28, 2016

Tonight I will be performing at the Saratoga music hall in Saratoga Springs New York! Tickets are just 15 bucks at this link:https://guestlistapp.com/events/422121

 

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