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Tim the Mute – Welcome to the Sad Cafe

Written Friday, October 4

Relatable, sad, and funny, Welcome to the Sad Cafe is sweetly melancholic with an appropriate dash of humour. It’s so important to find humour in sadness. Beneath this heap of self-deprecating lyrics is a deeply poetic man who isn’t afraid to open himself up to his audience. The earnestness of his writing is so endearing, so heartfelt and honest, that it leaves a lasting impression. It feels so intimate that you can’t help but feel like you’ve gotten to know someone by the end of it.

The man behind Tim the Mute, Tim Clapp, has become a cornerstone of the Vancouver music scene. He runs the record label Kingfisher Bluez. He works at Neptoon Records on Main. He organizes a big Christmas concert for charity every December. Last year it raised over $6000! And on top of that he runs the merch tables for many bands that come through Vancouver. And while doing all of this, he still finds the time to write and record a great record.

This album is going to be the sound of my Autumn. After the first listen I could already tell I’m going to be hearing a lot of this in the coming weeks. It’s such a charming album. Relatable heartbreak combined with a bit of fun is such a hard human state to effectively communicate. These are songs that make me smile, but at the same time are tinged with sadness. From the first track to the last, both acoustic ballads, and everything that happens in between, Welcome to the Sad Cafe feels like a very personal journey. It’s what makes this album such an enjoyable listen.

You can listen to the album here:


My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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