Spotlight on Musicians: An Ode to David Flack and the Paradigm Shifters

I had the privilege of sitting down with David Flack, lead singer of David Flack and the Paradigm Shifters at the Mahtay Café in Downtown St. Catharines; one of my favourite places in the city.  The calm and serene atmosphere beckons you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to sit down and simply be present in the moment. Mahtay is considered “not your typical average”, as is David Flack and the Paradigm Shifters.  

I had the privilege of sitting down with David Flack, lead singer of David Flack and the Paradigm Shifters at the Mahtay Café in Downtown St. Catharines; one of my favourite places in the city.  The calm and serene atmosphere beckons you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to sit down and simply be present in the moment. Mahtay is considered “not your typical average”, as is David Flack and the Paradigm Shifters.  

David met his fellow bandmates, Raphael Keelan and Frances Locs at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario in 2010.  In 2016 they recorded their first album, entitled “Not Your Typical Average”, which is available as a physical CD or digitally from their bandcamp site (www.thenewparadigmshifters.bandcamp.com).

David plays guitar along with vocals, Frances plays the flute, saxophone and keyboard while Raphael provides vocal harmonies.  David describes their sound as acoustic folk containing bits of poetry, autobiography, humour and social commentary. When writing songs, the band tends to focus on songs reflecting environmental issues, love ballads and their real-life experiences.  For example, cranberries inspired the band to create “Cranberries In Song”, a three song EP, dedicated to beauty and the power of the cranberry.

For those looking to break into the local music scene, David had some fantastic advice.  For starters, show appreciation and respect for your fellow artists. Showing your support is one of the best things you can do to help your local music community flourish.  Next, become personal with your fans. Making connections with them will leave lasting impressions, help you get feedback on your music and allow you to grow as a musician.

David loves the music scene in the Niagara Region.  The various festivals, craft fairs and lively culture make it the perfect place to enjoy and share music.  David especially enjoys the weekly performances of local musicians that you can see throughout the region.

The band as a whole is down to earth and sticks to their roots.  They love to perform in outdoor festivals, such as the Earth Day Celebration at Beyond Montessori School in St. Catharines.  They hope to continue performing at other festivals in the future.



About the Author:
 Valerie Fraser is a 21-year-old student from Hamilton, Ontario in her third year of Media Communications at Brock University. She comes from a very artistic family across all platforms, including: painting, theatre, opera, piano and other instruments. She has a great appreciation for art and music and has experience in theatre, voice, piano, violin and guitar. She has worked in the customer service industry for many years and enjoys engaging with her community in various capacities. Her hobbies include: photography, video games, spending time with friends, eating ice cream and hanging out with her dog Sophie.

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