Swinghammer infused Maestro video included in TIFF’s 150 Essential Works

17. October 2016 • Category: FILM & TV, NEWS • Comments: 0

“Drop The Needle”, directed by Joel Goldberg in 1990 and sporting graphic intensive art direction by Swinghammer, is one of only 10 music videos included in the Toronto International Film Festival’s 150 Essential Works In Canadian Cinema History. It won the Juno Award for Best Video of the Year. The year prior Goldberg made the breakthrough video for Maestro’s “Let You Backbone Slide”, also art-directed by Swinghammer, and which became the first top-40 hit by a rap artist from Canada. That video won the MuchMusic Video of the Year Award, and was said to be the most requested video of all time at the nation’s music station.

New track from The Dill featuring Swinghammer on ambient guitar

17. October 2016 • Category: MUSIC, NEWS • Comments: 0

“Positive/Negative” (instrumental). Week 42/Song 42 of “52″ song record, released alphabetically throughout 2016.

Players: Kurt Swinghammer guitar treatment, Loretta Hale cello, Dill piano, sampling. Produced & mixed by: The Dill at Mulaka Lakis, Hamilton, ON. Additional mixing: Tim Vesely at the Woodshed. Mastered by: Dale Morningstar. Layout: John Smith. Card art by: Dylan Hudecki http://thedill.ca/photography.html#_=_

Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs on the telly!

17. October 2016 • Category: FILM & TV, MUSIC, NEWS • Comments: 0

Two new tracks from Lori Cullen’s album will be played on the new CBC show Kim’s Convenience Tuesday Oct 18th at 9pm est. They are available via Spotify today



Lori Cullen- Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs

Available now for Pre-order.

True North Records


True North: http://bit.ly/LoriCullen

iTunes: http://bit.ly/CullenSwinghammer

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2aWril5

New animated video for Then There Were Three

11. October 2016 • Category: MUSIC, NEWS • Comments: 0

Then There Were Three from the album Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs by Lori Cullen. Video by Kurt Swinghammer. Music written and arranged by Swinghammer, lyrics by Ron Sexsmith. Produced by Maury Lafoy. Mixed by David Travers-Smith.

New piece at fundraising auction

07. October 2016 • Category: ART, NEWS • Comments: 0

Ghost Loon, 2016, acrylic and silver leaf on wood panel, 24″ x 20″, signed and dated on the back. The Toronto Wildlife Centre’s Wild Ball gala, Thursday Oct 13 at the Palais Royale Ballroom, Toronto www.thewildball.com.

Strange Is This Life video

21. September 2016 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

Performed by Lori Cullen
Words written by Ron Sexsmith
Music written by Kurt Swinghammer
Animated and directed by Ken Lacroix


17. September 2016 • Category: Uncategorized • Comments: 0

30 years ago I jumped at a chance to join Vital Sines and rock as hard as possible with the most intense drummer in all the land – Glenn Milchem. I got my first taste of pro recording with the Michael Phillip Wojewoda produced Big Dark Dreams ep and enjoyed some great gigs. My only regret is the garish cover illustration I did for the record, but, you know, … it was the 80’s. The late James Gray played with the Sines as well, and Monday, September 19th we’re reuniting to celebrate James’ musical spirit. Rick Winkle, Terry Michaelson, Glenn and myself are doing 4 tunes at 11pm at Lula Lounge as part of an annual memorial. All procedes go to a worthy charity.


13. September 2016 • Category: NEWS • Comments: 0

Kurt in Leith - photo by Lori Cullen

With the upcoming release of Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs, I made the horrific discovery that I hadn’t updated this site since October 2013! To set the record straight I want to inform my family, loved ones, and fan that I am not dead. Irrelevant perhaps, and likely out of touch with what’s happening with today’s Youth Quakers, but I’m still alive and kicking. I’m sure you’re the one who is dying – as in dying to know what the heck I was doing all that time. WELL – Back in May 2013 Lori and I had baby Ray, and our lives have been enriched ever since with sleep deprivation, toddler poo and seemingly not a minute of spare time to do dumb stuff like web-site updates. I also got on the facebook and have used that as my vehicle for relentless narcissistic self-promotion. Please LIKE me at https://www.facebook.com/Kurt-Swinghammer-132835170117784/


13. September 2016 • Category: EVENTS • Comments: 0

Lori Cullen fronts a full band to play the new album top to bottom at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Sat, Oct 29. Please note shows are early – Two sets – starts at 8:30 sharp! Advance tickets recommended.

Suddenly Everything is Bowie

24. October 2013 • Category: EVENTS, MUSIC • Comments: 0

Rebel RebelThe Music of David Bowie with Patricia O’Callaghan, John Southworth, Kurt Swinghammer, Alana Bridgewater, Colleen Allen, Russ Boswell, Davide Direnzo, and Steve Hunter. Global Cabaret Festival Friday Oct 25, @ 7pm and Sat Oct 26 @ 4:30 pm, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Distillery District.
I’m fronting a few tunes plus playing guitar in the house band.