Ask your #MCM with Andrew Waines

This week we are crushing on Andrew Waines!

Andrew discovered his passion for music from a young age. His parents were his first guides into the world of music. Thanks to them, he grew up listening to artists like Billy Joel, Maroon 5, and Barenaked Ladies. At age 6 Andrew took piano lessons, moving on to guitar in his early teens. HIs guitar teacher was none other than indie musician Dan Hay (Amos The Transparent).

As he grew older, Andrew discovered his own musical influences. He would play along to the tunes of Guns N Roses, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran. When he was only 15 Andrew took his burgeoning musical skills on the road, joining Jordan McIntosh‘s Country Band as a rhythm guitarist where he perfected his guitar and performing skills on the stages of Ottawa Bluesfest, Boots & Hearts Country Music Festival, Cavendish PEI Beach Festival and more.

Andrew was also incredibly athletic, as well as being musical. Growing up he heavily involved in soccer, something he almost pursued professionally.  After playing competitively for almost 10 years, Andrew was scouted by a Queen’s University soccer coach at age 16.  During what was one of the biggest crossroads in his life, he took a leap of faith and decided to fully commit to his music career instead. It’s a decision he has never regretted.

Check out his single “Loving Carefully” here and you’ll see what we mean:


Besides pursuing a professional music career, in many ways Andrew is your typical 19-year-old. He is a current student at Carleton University’s business program where he’s specializing in finance.  And despite his busy schedule, Andrew still finds the time to teach guitar four times a week, something he’s done for the past five years.

What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?

I would say her sense of humour. I come from a family of six who are always joking around, so it has shaped me into not taking everything so seriously and just laughing a little. I think that a girl who is able to be care-free and live in the moment is a very attractive quality.

What is your definition of romance?

Romance for me is being able to surprise that special someone and show them you care in a way that speaks louder than words ever could. It can be very creative or even something as simple as surprising your partner with food at work or taking them out to lunch. All I know for sure is the best place to get started with romance is by watching Sleepless in Seattle haha.

What’s your instant deal breaker?

Unnecessary drama. I have a lot on my plate with my music career, business degree and teaching guitar all in the works; so I like to make the most out of every situation including with the girl I like. If they are complaining about things all the time it can be quite frustrating, so I like a girl who can see past the drama and enjoy life!

What’s the strangest thing you have ever done to get a love interest’s attention?

Haha well I was at an Enrichment Mini Course Program at the University of Ottawa during Grade 8 where no one really knew each other, and I had seen this girl I thought was cute. Naturally, being the foolish 12 year old boy I was, I thought it would be charming to bring ice over to her table and knock it off saying, “So I figure I would just break the ice and start talking to you…” Haha for some reason I thought the joke would make her laugh… but don’t worry I have up’d my game since!

What’s the strangest thing someone has done to get your attention?

This one girl I met at Ottawa Bluesfest tried to convince me that she was related to Keith Urban, and that’s really the strangest thing anyone has tried on me.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet. Nadia has written for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada, and was a weekly columnist for Don't Believe a Word I Say. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder, Managing Editor and resident Music lover (and editor) for Addicted.
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