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.

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