I think I first discovered his through my Pandora music service. I fell in love instantly and started to read up on his bands. I learned he is from the same city in Ontario where I once attended university for a year. Because of the relative proximity to Canada, he does do tours in my area in the states on occasion, I just need the stars to align so I can go.
Too bad you are so geographically far from me. I don't often have willing concert buddies either. At least recorded music is always accessible to help us through whatever type of day we are having.
There is a certain sense of camaraderie that comes from listening to songs by artists whose lyrics express the same emotional struggles the rest of us experience. Even a song with a seemingly sad subject matter can be encouraging in a way that says, "I am not alone, nor am I the only human being to ever travel this road, so keep moving forward."