Hello Everyone! 
We hope you're all having a great summer! 
Muscle Souls is excited to go into the studio to record our first full length record!  The Mini is packed with guitars as we start in Studio A at Union Sound Company in Toronto.  If you'd like to check in on our progress, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for updates! 
Bye for now! 

MUSCLE SOULS 日本で使用できるようになりました! 

Why is the headline in Japanese?  We're happy to announce that Muscle Souls music is now available in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea through Taiwan based digital music service, KKBox.  Muscle Souls already has a few fans in Japan since we were featured in the documentary film For the Love of Mod - Tokyo but it will be interesting to see if we can gain some traction in this huge music market now that downloads are available from a Japanese language site!  Hopefully Muscle Souls can even do a tour of Japan!  Wish us luck! Click on this KKBox to see our page!

Muscle Souls in Studio to Record Next Album! 

Muscle Souls is excited to announce that we have started recording a new full length album!

Over the past year, we've been busy writing songs and refining some of our live-show favourites for this new project.  This will be our biggest and best production to date and we're happy to welcome Ryan Granville-Martin to the producers chair.  With Ryan's experience in producing and arranging, we're sure to deliver great new music from Muscle Souls.

Yesterday and today are full days of pre-production as we map out song structures, melody, chords and tempos for our cast of musicians who will bring the songs to life.

Watch this space for the latest Muscle Souls pictures and updates on the recording process!


Greetings Friends!

Muscle Souls is in good company with The Wooden Sky, Hey Rosetta! and more in this article from Spain about Canadian music.
We all love Google Translate!...Translated from Spanish, Muscle Souls music is described, "...Songs with momentum, delicious melodies, optimism and vitality. So is the music of Muscle Souls, an urgent need to feel good."  ...and that's exactly how we like it!

If your Spanish is good, you can read it here:

Muscle Souls Welcomes 2016 

Happy New Year! 
Greetings friends!  Muscle Souls wishes you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!  Thanks to you all for your continued support throughout 2015.  Muscle Souls had a relatively quiet year, as John was on the road playing in a Beatles show.  We did however release our video for “Mark On the World”, sign a music licensing deal with Jingle Punks, get a song featured in the documentary “For the Love of Mod – Tokyo”, as well as having our music added to more indie music shows around the world. 
Muscle Souls are going to ramp things up in 2016! 
In addition to the behind the scenes work, John and Nicole have been busy writing and arranging songs for a new Muscle Souls record for 2016.  The concept is to do a big “Pet Sounds” or “Wall of Sound” type production featuring some of Canada’s top go-to musicians.  This is an ambitious project for sure and we’ve been interviewing prospective producers for the project.  We’ll give you more details as we go along but we will most likely run another Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds for the album.  We’ve been devising some fun and unique perks this time around and hope we can count on you to get involved and be part of making a fantastic record! 
Best to you in 2016! 
John and Nicole 


I'm saddened to hear about artist, producer, songwriter Allen Toussaint's passing.  Many years ago I went to see him perform at the now long gone Larry's Hideaway on Carlton St.  It was so weird to see a grand piano at dingy old Larry's. Allen came out in a show bizzy sparkly white bell bottom suit and lovingly performed his beautiful, gentle songs covered by so many great artists from Lee Dorsey, Patti LaBelle and Glen Campbell.  We chatted after the show and about the state of music, Marshall Sehorn and Dr. John.  I then thanked him for the music and he graciously accepted a record I had put out at the time with my group The Sharp Set. 
I remember that night well.

This video, although much more recent is pretty much the way I saw Mr. Toussaint perform.

John Palubski
November 10,2015



On the release of our video for the song "Mark On the World" I decided to write about the song itself as many of our friends and supporters have asked me about the lyrics.

Muscle Souls doesn’t usually write songs with a lot of imagery, metaphors and other literary devices that cloud the meaning of the song.  We’re more inspired by the tradition of the great soul and pop music of the 60’s and 70’s that said things plainly, elegantly, straight to the heart of the matter.  Although we too enjoy the mystique of a cryptic lyric, life is short so let’s not get too bogged down with fancy words and hide behind a flimsy wall of obscure references known only to the artist.  Let’s leave that to folk music!
But the song “Mark On the World” was going to be different.
I often say to people, “Life isn’t neat and tidy.”  You don’t go from a bad relationship to a good one, a bad job to a good one, a bad day to a good one without some effort, friction, stress, anxiety, hurting someone…sometimes yourself in the process.  Let’s face it, sometimes you have to jump out of a leaky boat even if the water is on fire.
Like most people, I was shocked, horrified, angry and saddened all at once witnessing the events that took place on September 11, 2001.  In the following days, the artist in me persisted in trying to find a way to express my thoughts and feelings about that terrible day.  From local community stations to major radio stations, songs started to pop up expressing anger, disillusion and sometimes, extreme maudlin sentiments.  As a writing approach, songs about falling towers or kicking some elusive, unknown foe’s ass didn’t sit right with me.  After all, I was merely a witness.
How could I write about something without actually writing about it?  How could I write a lyric about a specific event without using the words that would tie it forever to a time and place?  How could I write a song that doesn’t admonish anyone or give advice as if I know the answers to the questions why, why, why?
I thought about the people who were gone.  I thought about the people left behind.  No matter what your belief of what happens after we die, those of us still left standing are left to deal with the loss.  I thought about how some people went to work that day and just didn’t come home.  I thought about the petty arguments we may have had that morning.  You forgot to lock the door.  You didn’t walk the dog.  You left the gas tank on empty, which made me late for work.  The kids forgot their lunch and so many little things that are of no consequence in the bigger picture.
I thought about how someone didn’t come home that day, and that pile of laundry they said they would do yesterday turned into to a wonderful shrine today. How someone must have lifted that pile of laundry and wept into it, trying all at once to apologize for yelling at them that morning and at the same time, hold them in their arms again, smelling the scent of their cologne.
It was a very tricky topic to write about indeed because for a moment, the world stopped that day.  The words needed to be distilled down to simple phrases.  The music had to be strong, triumphant, to charge on with a only touch of sweetness in the final descending chord structure.  The only way I could see approaching it was to try to write it from the perspective of the person who was gone, the person who no longer had concern for those petty little arguments, a person who, if they could speak to us might say, “I’m sorry for the mess I left behind but I love you and I’m trying to tell you, you will find the strength to carry on. Because now, I’m a memory.”
John Palubski
November 6, 2015
For those interested, here is the complete lyric.
Mark On the World – words and music by John Palubski
Toothpaste pills and sugar spills
Coffee rings and unpaid bills
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
Longing looks and dog-eared books
Laundry heaps and unheard pop hooks
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
People offended, friendships ended
And many more things to be mended
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on…
The world, when it stops
You’ll see the place I lived
So now, let it spin
Find another place to begin, to begin
Toothpaste pills and sugar spills
Coffee rings and unpaid bills
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
On the skids, banging pot lids
Music to my two great kids
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
Don’t say I didn’t leave my mark on the world
Finally, here's the video!


Hello Friends

You may remember that Muscle Souls was working on a music video for "Mark On the World". We're pleased to announce that it's ready and we'll be announcing a release date soon! In the meantime please check our gallery page or facebook and twitter for some images from the video!

In other news:

After a long waiting period we were finally able to obtain the web domain "". It was previously owned by a female body builder but luckily the domain became available and we snapped it up. You can now find us at and also at until we will phase out the old domain.

We've also added a new feature to our website which is a hidden Free Music Download page.
If you haven't already bought our CD or downloaded the music, please follow the link below to our special download page. Just enter the password #musclesouls and you will be prompted to the download for your computer or mobile device. If you'd like to introduce your friends to Muscle Souls, please share the link and password code with them so they can take advantage of this offer! You won't see the link to this page on our site, so you need to copy and paste it if you want to access free music.
Here's the link...and remember the password is #musclesouls

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