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Welcome!

All We Ever Need has now been recorded, mixed, and mastered. Next up is the album design phase, and I am thrilled to have the amazing Bre McDaniel contributing her talents to this part of the project.  Thank you to all those who made this recording possible!

*The release of the album won't be until mid Spring 2017, but this site will remain live for pre-orders. If this is your first time visiting this site, read below to understand more about what this project is about, and how you can support it.

My name is Michael Averill …. Perhaps you’ve seen me tapping toes somewhere around Canada, or we’ve crossed paths down the road – I was the one with a mountainous blue backpack, a guitar in hand, and a smile on my face!  I’m a Canadian Folk Roots musician based in Vancouver, BC, who is in awe of what music does for people.  It brings us together, helps us through tough times, consoles us, brings laughter when we need it most, and reminds us how beautiful this old life can be.

THE IDEA

Music is Magic. Music is Powerful. Music Moves People!  I create music and perform it with the sole intention of increasing connection, and improving the quality of life for those I meet.  I feel that encouraging healthy camaraderie around the country is of great importance at this point in time.  My latest attempt at achieving this mission is an eight-song album titled "All We Ever Need."  

This body of work highlights:

  • The value of relationships
  • Healthy communication
  • Building connection through story and song

It explores a need that drives us all - to find our place in a supportive community.

My aim is to work closely with schools, community centres, arts councils, businesses, fellow musicians, and radio/TV stations to connect people nationally by way of workshops, performances, and event-based formats.

THE PLAN 

This is where you come in.  In order for the message to reach larger audiences, it needs to be professionally recorded, and that’s how you can help.

We need $8, 000 to do a bang up job of this.

This will allow me to record, produce, design, and print “All We Ever Need,” with a fantastic team.

Through 2,000 miles of walking around the country since 2013, I have built many relationships in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and parts of Ontario, BC, Alberta, and the Yukon. I will continue to tour these regions, and explore the rest of Canada with “All We Ever Need,” due out in Spring 2017.

THE PERKS

I have carefully selected a bounty of gifts from which you may choose, including a heart-felt “thank you” to a full-fledged private concert from my band.  I would love to give you something special for your kind contribution.  Go ahead and check out the perks….there are some quirky ones!

  • All Perks come with a gift-able "Better-When-Shared," reward to share with a friend or family member.  You'll receive 2 digital downloads one week before the album release.  
  • Once the project is complete, I'll connect with you via email. Just reply with the email and first name of the recipient you'd like it sent to, and I will send them your Better-When-Shared gift!

The idea is that every contribution you make instantly brightens someone else's day!

P.S. I found the above sign and took a picture of it while walking towards Mission, BC.  There are so many cool discoveries to be had on the road!

THE TEAM

Recording of "All We Ever Need," is scheduled to begin in the fall with an exceptional producer, Jonathan Anderson (http://www.protectionis.land).

I have directed my time, energy, and savings over the last two years into developing these songs with mentors and experienced pros in the field.  

I have set aside the money for the cost of physical album duplication, and am currently studying Music Business at BCIT with Chris Brandt (Music Heals, formerly Universal) in Vancouver to help make this project successful.

Ali Bordbar, album designer for “I’d Rather Walk,” will be coming back to bat to visually make this album shine.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you think this project may connect with your family and friends, please don’t hesitate to share.  It would mean a great deal, and helps to continue building the circle of awesomeness!

Big thanks for all the kind support and encouragement I have received on this journey!

Michael Averill

For more info about me, visit http://michaelaverill.com.

COVER SONG EXAMPLE:

*Special thanks to Indie Vancity for the production of this cover video!

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Perks

$20
DIGITAL BETTER-WHEN-SHARED
  • 22 claimed
Estimated delivery Mar 2017
Get a digital download of the album one week before it's released, and a second one to send to a friend!
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$35 + shipping
PHYSICAL BETTER-WHEN-SHARED PACKAGE
  • 22 claimed
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Estimated delivery Mar 2017
1 Signed CD, a written thank you note, and 2 Full Album Downloads (one week before it's released!)
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$75 + shipping
HOW ME WEAR ME SOCKS PACKAGE
  • 7 claimed
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Estimated delivery Mar 2017
Specialty chosen pair of mismatched socks by yours truly, a recording of the song "How Me Wear Me Socks," plus the Physical Better-When-Shared Package
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$100 + shipping
ROCK ON WITH YOUR SOCKS ON!
  • 11 claimed
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Estimated delivery Mar 2017
A guitar lesson, in person, or over Skype plus the "How Me Wear Me Socks" Package and Physical Better-When-Shared Package
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$150
KARMA CONTRIBUTION
  • 9 claimed
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Just want to help without receiving a reward? This will still get you some good karma and the album download one week before it's released! Thank you so much!
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$200
COVER SONG OF YOUR CHOICE
  • 2 claimed
Living Room Studio Version – Pick a song, literally any song, and I will sing it, play it and record it in my living room. I will send you a WAV and MP3 version of the song, plus the Physical Better-When-Shared Package. Delivery date to be personally discussed.
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$300
JAM WORKSHOP
  • 1 claimed
A 2 hour instructional session about how to jam with other people. It could be you and a group of friends, or a workplace team building experience. Applicable for all skill levels, and all instruments. No previous experience necessary! Delivery date to be discussed. (Includes Physical Better-When-Shared Package)
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$450
CO-WRITTEN ORIGINAL SONG
  • 0 claimed
Have something you want to say to someone in a song? We can work together in person or over Skype/email to create a very special tune for yourself, or to give as a gift to some one else. Comes with Physical Better-When-Shared Package plus the How Me Wear Me Socks Package. Date of delivery to be discussed.
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$500
PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT (WESTERN CANADA)
  • 1 claimed
My favourite way of building community and connection: an intimate house concert in your home for you and your friends. Includes written stories behind the songs of the album plus the Physical Better-When-Shared Package and How Me Wear Me Socks Package. Date of performance to be discussed. Timing depends on tour schedule. Region includes BC, Alberta.
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$800
PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT (OTHER REGIONS IN CANADA)
  • 0 claimed
My favourite way of building community and connection: an intimate house concert in your home for you and your friends. Includes written stories behind the songs of the album plus the Physical Better-When-Shared Package and the How Me Wear Me Socks Package. Date of performance to be discussed. Timing depends on tour schedule. Regions include Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland.
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$1,000
PRIVATE FULL BAND CONCERT
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Have an event or occasion you need big sound and fun for? I'll bring the band out for a rockin' good time! Comes with Physical Better-When-Shared Package plus How Me Wear Me Socks Package. Date of performance to be discussed, and regionally limited to lower mainland and interior British Columbia.
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