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I play guitar. It’s what I do. I’ve been doing it since I was 12 years old. My favourite thing about being a side-person is the opportunity to meet and make music with so many great people. It’s the variety that keeps things interesting and always presents me with new and interesting challenges. Through the relationships that I develop with everyone I continually develop as a musician, and, perhaps more importantly, as a person. My worst kept secret is that I basically want to play with everybody at least once.
I have been a professional guitarist since the early 1990s. My early studies were with London guitarists Scott Szeryk and Ben Heywood. Throughout the 90s I studied music at York University, The University of York (UK), and Western University. During this time I studied extensively with Canada’s (and the world’s) top tier jazz musicians Lorne Lofsky, Al Henderson, Mike Murley, Barry Elmes, Mark Eisenman, John Gittins, Oscar Peterson, Bob Mover, among others. I also studied with renowned improvisers Casey Sokol and David Mott, musicologists Robert Bowman and Beverly Diamond, and “world” musicians Neil Sorrell (gamelan) and Trichy Sankaran (mridangam). I played professionally as a hired gun throughout this time both in Canada and the United Kingdom, receiving “honourable mention” from the BBC for my work with the University of York Jazz Orchestra.
In the late-90s/early-00s I released two albums of original instrumental music, led several instrumental groups locally and abroad that played a variety of stages including jazz festivals, took part in the burgeoning “CanJam” scene (Canadian “Jam Bands”) as part of Fly Fantastic, and travelled the world playing guitar in cruise ship bands. In 2005 I entered graduate school at McMaster University where I earned a Master’s degree studying changes in music distribution and discourse in the emerging online environment. From there I continued to the University of Leeds where I studied media piracy and copyright, earning my Doctorate in 2012. I have published a variety of articles on music and gender, music piracy, and music and affect. You can find the list of academic activities on my academic Curriculum Viatæ.
I am a busy side-person and first-call session guitarist. I regularly play live with area singer songwriter Deni Gauthier, with London’s favourite “covergrass” band Kevin’s Bacon Train, and with award-winning folk-rock outfit Broomsticks & Hammers, among others. I also lead my own trio, with in-demand session players Steve Clark and Ted Peacock, which plays improvised instrumental music. In 2019 I was voted into the Forest City London Music Awards Fantasy Band as London’s favourite guitarist and have been nominated for those same awards as part of Kevin’s Bacon Train and Broomsticks & Hammers multiple times in the Folk, Fan Favourite, and Cover Band categories. I regularly play as part of the Forest City London Music Awards All Star Band at New Years Eve in Victoria Park. I have been involved in the production of albums by a variety of local singer-songwriters. I am also a part-time faculty member in Western University’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies where I teach in the Media, Information, and Technoculture programme.
Here is a list of some the many artists I have worked with over the years:
Deni Gauthier (FCLMA Nominee)
Kevin’s Bacon Train (FCLMA Nominee)
Broomsticks & Hammers (2017 Jack Richardson London Music Award Winner, Folk)
Marty Kolls (FCLMA Nominee)
Aaron Allen (CMAO, FCLMA Nominee)
Carly Thomas (FCLMA Winner)
Emily Garber (FCLMA Nominee)
The London Rhythm and Soul Revue
John Couture (Newport Electric, FCLMA Winner)
Kevin Greene & The Awesome Sauce (Classic Rock 98.1 Made In London Winners, 2015)
The Forest City London Music Awards All Star Band
Emm Gryner (Juno Nominee)
Chris Eh Young
Ben Kaplan (producer, Juno Nominee)
…and many more.