Emie R Roussel
Kevin AdamsonGear: Nord Electro 4 Associated acts: Roger Hodgson, Ian Thomas
Robi BotosRobi Botos is a multi-instrumentalist and composer of Hungarian Romani (Gypsy) descent who has quickly joined the ranks of the world’s’s elite jazz musicians. Having been mentored by the great Oscar Peterson, Robi Botos has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career including a 2007 National Jazz Award for “Keyboardist of the Year”, 2007 NOW Award for “Best Jazz Artist” and First Place Prizes at the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and 2008 Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Born into a musical family in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, the mainly self-taught Robi Botos began his musical career when he was just a child, growing up in Budapest, playing drums, and percussion with his father and two brothers. It was at age seven when Robi first took up piano, the instrument he has since mastered and with which he has made his mark.
Ray CoburnRay Coburn is a Juno Award winning musician, songwriter and producer based in Toronto. Perhaps best known as a core member and songwriter of Honeymoon Suite, Coburn has also toured and recorded with a number of other multi-million selling acts. He currently lives in Toronto and divides his time between touring with Canadian icon Kim Mitchell, songwriting and recording sessions. He is also the man behind Smash Hitley, early pioneer and indisputable King of the Mashup. Coburn has toured the world extensively as a headliner and also in direct support of such artists as Alanis Morissette, Jethro Tull, Radiohead, Lilith Fair, ZZ Top, Heart, Billy Idol, Bryan Adams, The Kinks, Peter Frampton, and many more.
Robbie GrunwaldRobbie Grunwald is a keyboardist, composer, and producer based in Toronto, Canada. Trained in classical and jazz music, Robbie fits equally well into any musical setting from a free jazz improvisational ensemble, to an electro pop band, to a traditional klezmer group. The many facets of his playing make him a highly sought after player on the Canadian Music scene. As a performer, Robbie has recorded and performed with many of Canada’s prominent songwriters and musicians. He is a regular session player in Toronto. He has acted as musical director for groups, and composes for film, television, and video.
Mark LalamaMark Lalama is a Canadian singer/songwriter, musician and producer. Born and raised in Welland, Ontario, he began playing music professionally at the age of 12. His instrument is keyboards and he moves seamlessly between the live stage and the recording studio. When not performing live, he is in the studio producing/recording/writing. His studio rig includes a grand piano, Hammond A100 organ, fender rhodes, wurlitzer, pump organ, melodicas, various hardware and software synthesizers and numerous accordions. Live, you will usually find him rocking the Nord Stage EX and an accordion or two.
Ric’key PageotRic’key Pageot is a major records keyboardist, producer, composer and music director. He was born in Montreal, Canada and living now in Los Angeles. He comes from a musical family of Haitian descent. His parents initiated him to classical piano lessons at the tender age of eight and he went on to attain his bachelor degree in Jazz performance from Montreal’s McGill University. He became the youngest musical director ever hired by Cirque Du Soleil when he led the band on their first arena production, Delirium, at the age of 28. Delirium became the 6th biggest grossing tour of 2006. Pageot also works with sensational award-winning singer Dessy Di lauro. Together they have architected a new and unique genre of music they call Neo-Ragtime which seamlessly blends ragtime jazz music of the 1920-30\\\'s with today\\\'s contemporary urban production techniques. In 2013, they released \\\'This Is Neo-Ragtime\\\' to critics\\\' acclaim. They are set to release a new EP in the Summer of 2015 and Ric\\\'key is also going on his third world tour with Madonna beginning in the Fall of 2015.
Emie R RousselOriginally from the South Shore of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and adopted resident of Rimouski, Emie Rioux-Roussel discovered the fascinating world of music through her parents, themselves musicians and singers. She began studying classical piano at the age of 5 and continued lessons until she was 13. After a complete two-year break, she decided to follow her instincts and her love of improvisation to begin studying jazz with her father, jazz pianist Martin Roussel. Emie has been fortunate to share the stage with several renowned Canadian musicians, such as Terry Clarke, Mike Gauthier, Éric Lagacé, Dave Watts, Norman Lachapelle and Frédéric Alarie. She also played with saxophonist Yannick Rieu and singer Elizabeth Shepherd during a show at the 35th Montreal Jazz Fest, recorded by Radio-Canada and broadcast on Ici Musique radio. On the pop scene, she has accompanied artists such as Bruno Pelletier, Marco Calliari, Patrice Michaud and Carolanne D'Astous Paquet. In June 2014, she has been guest pianist for one edition of TV show "Pénélope Mcquade" on Radio-Canada.
Sarah SleanSigned to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, Slean has since released more than 9 albums in over 10 countries worldwide - but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Over her 15 year career, the 35 year old has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings, and shared the stage with no less than seven of the country’s leading orchestras. Classically trained from the age of 5, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s leading living composers/professors Christos Hatzis and Glenn Buhr.
Royal WoodSince being proclaimed the “Songwriter of the Year”, by iTunes in 2008, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound. Proclaimed a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents by critics, fans and the industry alike, Wood released his 5th studio album “The Burning Bright” on March 18th. The album registers a number of firsts for Wood, whose chart-topping 2012 release, the JUNO Award nominated We Were Born To Glory, firmly established him as one of the country’s most accomplished alt-pop singer/songwriters, producers, arrangers and multi-instrumentalists.
Dave YoungDave Young is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist. He has been a member of several notable groups, including The Devin Townsend Band, Ten Ways from Sunday, Terror Syndrome, and The Matinée. He has also played on the albums Ki, Addicted, Ghost, and Epicloud by Devin Townsend and Alien by Strapping Young Lad. He is currently in the live line up of the Devin Townsend Project, alongside former bandmates Brian Waddell and Ryan Van Poederooyen. He\'s known to play guitar, as well as several wind instruments.