Artist Profile | Charles Spearin

Charles Spearin

Charles Spearin (experimental musician) Charles is a multi-instrumentalist who has been an active and influential member of Canada’s independent music community since the mid 1990’s. He is primarily known as a founding member of the instrumental post-rock ensemble Do Make Say Think and an original member of the indie-rock collective Broken Social Scene. Spearin’s most recent work – his first solo album – innocently titled The Happiness Project ( centers around recorded conversations with his downtown neighbours and plays with the cadence of their voices as though they were songs. The inspiration behind this new project comes partly from his love of music and fascination with sound and partly from his experience and education in Buddhism. Charles was raised with a blind, Buddhist father and, before the birth of his own two children and subsequent familial responsibilities, dedicated much of his time to studying Buddhist philosophy and practicing meditation (including annual retreats in meditation centers, monasteries and solitary cabin-retreats). Buddhist practice puts emphasis on analyzing the nature of one’s own awareness and experience through study, contemplation and meditation, and often includes long periods of silence and reflection. Returning home to ordinary life and ordinary conversation after extended periods of quiet is what brought Spearin’s attention to what would be the focus of this new album: The natural, unselfconscious, music of speech. By replicating the rising and falling of the recorded voices on different instruments Spearin, in true Buddhist form, attempts to illuminate some of the beauty of ordinary life. Spearin has performed snippets of his new project while on tour with Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think and is now preparing a live version the Happiness

Recent Work / Posts | Charles Spearin

The Happiness Project : In the House at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto

The Happiness Project: In the House presented by Artist Bloc, turns the album The Happiness Project by Charles Spearin into an interactive, installation-based exhibit within the walls of a residential setting. Local artists were enlisted to interpret songs from the album and are challenged to weave their own experience of the songs, as well as [...]


The Happiness Project : In the House Fundraiser

Artist Bloc, with the support of the Toronto Arts Council is hosting a fundraising event Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at The Gladstone Hotel.  It is our goal to raise money through ticket sales, and an exclusive array of silent auction and raffle items. Check out Sponsor and Friends page for more details.   The Happiness [...]


The Happiness Project at The Apple Crisp Festival

The Happiness Project : In the House presented by Artist Bloc and Apple Crisp Festival in Kingston, Canada in March of 2010.


The Happiness Project at The Music Gallery

Marianne’s and David’s piece from The Happiness Project Montreal is being displayed at the Music Gallery as part of X Avant New Music Festival. Check out more about the show at the Music Gallery Site.


The Happiness Press

BlogTO NYC: Feast of Music Halifax’s The Coast RCI’s  (Radio Canada International) : The Maple Leaf Mailbag show Sunday October 27, 2009. Mary Travis interviewed Diana Prelevic and Aaron Kopff about Artist Bloc and the Project for a full 10 min feature!