After studying filmmaking in Vancouver, Kurt fell in love with Montreal when he visited with his short film which played the Montreal World Film Festival. After some travel and a year in New York City, he settled in Montreal, made a few more short films and won a few awards, then gradually made the shift to music.
Kurt found music to be immensely more affordable and immediate than film. Soon after arriving in town, he began singing in The Shamefuls a collective of up to a dozen musicians that played every Tuesday at the legendary Bar Skala in Mile End.
Once Kurt got a taste of live performance, he traded filmmaking for the stage and fronted a number of Montreal-based bands. With the rockabilly-flavoured Johnny Cash Machine, he played Pop Montreal, NXNE and the Montreal Fringe Festival, not to mention burlesque variety shows, annual performances during the Festival de la Gibelotte in Sorel-Tracy, Ottawa’s Outlaw Motorcycle Club private parties and the soundtrack of Canadian cult movie Fubar II.
As a singer-songwriter, he has played Montreal’s Arsenal and other galleries and cafés with The Best Reception, a collaboration with classical musicians, with whom he recently launched The Drone of Love, a book of his poetry and songs. He also performs his Americana-flavoured songs regularly in Quebec and Ontario with The Handsome Ransoms.
In 2015, Kurt met Miles Dupire-Gagnon and Gabriel Lambert, two musicians and arrangers, best known for their work in Montreal-based psych band Elephant Stone. The two offered to take a handful of Kurt’s songs and work their magic on them in the studio. The result is Kurt’s album Damp Collar, a mix between a crooner singer and some psy rock sounds. A unique style.