Happiness held is the seed, happiness shared is the flower. Rich Aucoin is a connector. On a mission to create a euphoric communal experience, Rich Aucoin writes music with emphasis on the feelings and happiness that it creates. With his second release, Public Publication, Aucoin has created an anthemic pop record, breaking the barriers between audience and performers, inviting everyone to create this lush-yet simplistic, electro-pop music together. The focus of Public Publication is simply to contain as much of the country as possible. Featuring more than 500 musicians and recorded locally from Victoria, BC to Saint John’s, NL (and as far north as Dawson City, YK), the album was made in professional studios, bedrooms and churches. Performers include members from some of Canada’s biggest bands and then Canada’s passionate musical hobbyists. It took over two years to travel and record/arrange all these individuals. The amazing part is that Public Publication still feels like a simple, well written pop album…but deep within lies the inspiration that encourages Aucoin to follow through with these ambitious ideas.