Dock into Lake

When the Time Comes ...

... is the title track of David Sherman's new collection of songs. Produced by John McColgan, half the tracks are Sherman solo, half the tracks feature some of Montreal's best known players, including Erik West Milette and Stephen Barry on bass, Olaf Gundel, Andrew Cowan and David Whyte on guitars and McColgan on drums, guitar and bass. You can have a listen below.


David Sherman


Writing and singing songs around the dinner table led to his signing a recording and publishing contract with a Montreal indie label at the tender age of 59. He's been writing, performing and touring ever since. He's recorded several CDs of original songs, tales of working people, lost souls, the vagaries of romance and the dark times we live in.

Often joking that he has made a career out of exploring occupations that earn little money, during and after a long career as a journalist, Sherman produced documentary films and won a Gemini for his flick Mordecai Richler: Last of the Wild Jews for Bravo.

His CDs include Off Key and Out of Tune; If I Could Run, Lost & Found and his latest, When the Time Comes.

He now lives in the Laurentien Mountains north of Montreal where he spends his days writing, napping, cooking, napping, playing guitar and scribbling song lyrics. When overused joints allow, he’ll hike a trail, jump in a lake or hoist a dumbbell or two.






Sherman's latest book, Fish Wrapped: True Confessions of Newsrooms Past, is a collection of writings from many of the country's best journalists. He conceived, commissioned and edited the book that peels back the cover of the more ribald and exciting days before the industry imploded and when Canadian newspapers were still newspapers and journalism was a singular career. It's to be published in spring, 2020.

His new novel, The Situation Womb, is the story of an aging solo artist and songwriter who has to choose between continuing her music career and coming to the aid of her estranged daughter who is wrestling with an unwanted pregnancy. It will be released in 2021. Both books are to be published by Guernica Editions.

His first novel, The Alcoholic's Daughter, is the tale of a man trying to deal with his abusive partner and discovers the justice system offers little justice to a man confronted by an emotionally unstable partner.



Sherman is workshopping two plays, a one-hander titled My Guitar Don't Cry, with music and original songs that he wrote for Theatre Morin Heights and is scheduled for production in spring 2020.

Another piece, Nickey's Café: Stories of Lost Valley, will have parts of it introduced in a public reading as part of Journée de la culture, also in Morin Heights, Sept. 28. The play, a series of six two-handers set in a small-town café, will be further developed by invitation of the Playwrights Unit in Montreal over the course of the next year.

Sherman is the author of four plays, Have a Heart, produed by Centaur Theatre, where he was writer-in residence; The Daily Miracle, about the disintegration of the newspaper industry; Joe Louis: An American Romance, the dramatization of the champion boxer's confrontation with racism and celebrity and Lost & Found, a musical he performed, also with original songs, backed by Andrew Cowan, Stephen Barry and John McColgan, with musical direction from Erik West Millette. These were produced by Montreal's Infinitheatre and artistic director Guy Sprung, where he was also playwright-in-residence.


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