A whole year, etc…

A year. That is what it’s been since I released that first bit of music… since I killed the hobbyist, finally bought a decent guitar and started acting like a real musician. I toured around playing bars, pubs, churches, cafes, restaurants, houses, galleries, theatres, etc… met an awful lot of amazing people. And got a lot better at everything.

Now I’m ready to make another album. I’ve written 20 or so songs in the past year (that I’m very proud of) and will record them in the fall.

In other news, I’m playing a couple showcases during ECMA weekend in Charlottetown, via MusicNL. Speaking of NL, after a long winter away, myself and my dog Wool are heading home this month!

In heartbreaking news, The Coaster – the community newspaper back home in the Coast of Bays is shutting down… sad. Anyhow, I’ll forever be grateful for the work that paper did to keep people connected back there. They ran a piece about my music in one of the last issues. Read it here.

In the Dead of Winter / Jan 23-25

Basia Bulat | Dana Beeler | Danny Michel | Field Assembly| Fiver | Fraser McCallum

Gavin Simms| Jadea Kelly | Jenn Grant | Jim Bryson | Kathleen Edwards| Katie Baggs | Mike Dixon | Mike Trask

Olenka Krakus | Ostrea Lake | Peter Katz | Quiet Parade| Ryan Hillier| Sageev Oore | Scarlett Jane | Steve Maloney

Steve Poltz | Stewart Legere | Suzie Vinnick | Tanya Tagaq | Taryn Kawaja | Thom Swift | Timber Timbre

CBC MusicNL Songwriters Circle


Featuring Chris Picco, Brianna Gosse, Chris Kirby and myself…  hit up the logo to listen.

Rising Star New Artist of the Year nomination!

See full list of MusicNL nominees here.

TheIndependent.ca record review

“…Just because it’s folky doesn’t mean it’s lighthearted. Simms isn’t a disenchanted pessimist, but there’s a sombre, moody vibe behind the album, even when the tempo steps it up a notch and Ilia Nicoll breaks out the violin. Feel free to dance along to songs like I Wonder or my favourite, Leave This World Alone, but perhaps in a darkened place where you have space to think rather than simply release in a feel good oblivion.”

You can read the rest here.

Myself and Ilia Nicoll play Radio Noon

Listen here.

NL Summer Tour


Myself and Chris Picco are hitting the NL highway in late July, from to Brigus to Twillingate and everywhere in between. Check out the dates on my tour page!