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Paul Tarvydas

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Pat Pattison The Beatles Johnny Winter Jimi Hendrix Alvin Lee Robin Trower Rory Gallagher Jethro Tull John Hiatt Richard Thompson and many others…

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Brandy Clark

Songs by Paul Tarvydas


Stand in line to get your best seat
Don't leave me stranded on the street
You're with me, then you're gone
Stay here with me, or we're done

Up, down, spinning around
I don't know which way to turn
High, low, where'd you go
Lost in a carnival

Stuck in a maze in a house of mirrors
Is it an illusion, are you really here?
Mixed messages from every place
I don't know what to do, not sure what to say


This masquerade brings a beautiful fear
A game of chance
I was perfectly delusional
Cinderella's midnight dance


A carnival, a carnival
A carnival, a carnival
A carnival, a carnival
A carnival, a carnival

Odds are low
So take a chance
When you toss a ring
Can't always see where it lands




Toronto, ON

Level of Experience:



Blues | Country | Folk | Rock

I Write:

With others | For others

I prefer to write:


Songs Recorded:


I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Senior Software Architect


I live and work in Toronto. Email:

I’ve been playing guitar for almost 50 years, with many years of RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) piano preceding that.

I love to keep learning - e.g. co-writing with others, listening to and getting critiques.

Highlights of co-writing accomplishments:

I co-wrote “Carnival” with Mikalyn Hay (13 years old), which recently won 3rd place (and a cash prize) at IISC, recently.

Our judge, Alissa Moreno ( scored it 99.5 out of 100 (originality 100, composition 99, melody 99, lyrics 99, phrasing 100, overall impact 100). The average score for the contest was 89.9.

Carnival is available for download on iTunes. The final mix was done in Halifax by Cory Tetford (who is currently touring with Alan Doyle (formerly Great Big Sea), opening for the Bare Naked Ladies). Carnival is also awaiting judging for several listings at TAXI.

Highlights of Songwriting Studies

Songstudio 2015
April 2015 - attended Pat Pattison’s MasterClass and weekend course in Austin TX
February 2015 - Emm Gryner’s weekend class at Seneca College
Nov. 2014 - TAXI Road Rally (L.A.)
fall 2014 - Mark Zubek and Rob Wells “Get Lucky” (day of critiquing)
Fall 2014 - Pat Pattison’s MasterClass and weekend lectures (Toronto)
SongStudio 2014
Spring 2014 - Pat Pattison’s MasterClass and weekend lectures (Toronto)
fall 2013 Mark Zubek and Greig Nori “Get Lucky” (day of critiquing)
early 2013, 2014, 2015 SAC Challenges, including Pattison’s Berklee songwriting course.

Numerous (on average once a year) Pat Pattison lectures in Toronto, starting around 2000
1999-2000 Orville Heyn songwriting course, multiple semesters at Humber College
Tammy Fredericks (group singing)
Jai Josefs (Toronto)


Guitar Playing
Numerous transcriptions of Jethro Tull acoustic guitar work

Production Studies
Mixing With 5 Plugins, Björgvin Benediktsson
Music Production Strategies, Björgvin Benediktsson
Ableton Live, Berklee, Erin Barra

Business Skills
30+ years running software and hardware consultancies (mostly small business)

Member of:
Toronto Songwriters Association

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