Ed Mortenson

Ed Mortenson

Ed is a freelance drummer, studio musician and educator. A graduate from the music programs at Red Deer College and Grant McEwen College, Ed continues to study with many amazing players from around the world. Talented teachers such as Brian Thurgood, Paul Delong and Rick Gratton. Ed is called for many different type of gigs with styles ranging from rock, pop, disco, blues to country. Currently Ed fills his schedule with shows all over Canada and the U.S.A. , playing for original artist, tribute acts, corporate and coverbands.

As a studio musician, Ed has recorded with some world class producers: Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, Queen); Ian Thornley (Big Wreck, Thornley, Ian Fletcher Thornely); Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Monster Truck, Big Wreck); Rachel Bolan (Skid Row); John Whynot (Big Wreck, Blue Rodeo, The Watchman, Austin Powers); Darius Szczepaniak (Big Sugar, Street 66). Recently in 2015, Ed was invited to be part of a recording project in Nashville with producer Michael Wagener, Michelle Truman-vocals, Rachel Bolan-bass (Skid Row), Paul Taylor-keys (Tom Keifer, Steve Perry, Alice Cooper), Ryan Cook-guitar (The Big Rock Show).

Ed has played in countries all over the world. In 2014, he traveled to Sochi Russia to play for the NHLPA, at the Winter Olympics. Ed was honored to play for the troops in Afghanistan. He also spent three years performing with the show band, The Highlites while in South East Asia and the Middle East. When Ed is not on the road he is teaching at his own studio in Mississauga “The Drum Dojo” He teaches a variety of levels to a wide range of students.

Ed has been fortunate to work with many talented artists over the years. Ian Thornley, Tom Wilson, Rachel Bolan, Truths & Rights, Thomas Wade, Wild T & the Spirit, Heather Ballentine, Myria Webber, Elton Lammie, Frank Koren and HAARD, to just name a few.


Matt Babineau

Matt Babineau

Matt is an independent musician with over 26 years of professional experience. He prides himself on being a versatile, groove-oriented drummer with the ability to play several styles.

Matt has been involved with several bands in the greater Ottawa area over the last few years. Including Sal Piamonte, Sons Command, AK Project, Comfortably Numb – Canada’s Pink Floyd Show, DanahKae, Amanda Rheaume, Cooper Brothers as well as many others.

Matt is also an independent drum teacher.

In addition to Sonor Drums, Matt endorses Paiste Cymbals, Remo Drum Heads, Regal Tip Drumsticks, Protection Racket Cases and Sweet Spot Accessories.


Jim Boudreau

JIM BOUDREAU

Jim Boudreau is known as a “musician’s musician”, a true professional with a strong commitment to integrity. He is always well prepared, his drums always sound great and the groove is awesome!

He is staking out a career as a superb drummer with a bedrock of experience that has taken him through many musical genres.

A diverse range of artists have employed Jim for his creativity and dynamic spark. Artists such as blues legends Mel Brown, Snooky Pryor, the original soul man Sam Moore, Peter Noone (of Hermans Hermits), The Mamas and the Papas, and Canadian country super-group The Western Swing Authority.

Studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Humber College, years of club dates, recording sessions and international road tours led Jim to associations with many artists including the highly esteemed Mississippi blues guitarist Mel Brown. These partnerships have resulted in numerous accolades from the organizers of the W.C. handy Awards (USA), The Academie du Jazz (France), Soul Bag magazine (France), The Juno Awards (Canada), The CCMA Awards (Canada), and Maple Blues Awards (Canada).

Along the way Jim’s excursion into country music has gained him status as one of Canada’s premier touring and recording drummers. As a leading touring and recording drummer, the opportunity to play on a number of albums and live shows has resulted in extensive television and radio airplay. Jim proudly endorses SONOR drums as he continues to play an integral role in the ever-expanding Canadian music scene.


Pat Steward

Pat Steward

Pat Steward burst out of clubland obscurity when he recorded the hit Summer of ‘69 with Bryan Adams and toured the rocker’s Reckless album around the world and back again to his Vancouver home. It was a wild time for the quiet, unassuming drummer whose influence range from Zeppelin, Rush, Deep Purple and the Police to jazz greats including Tony Williams. Since those times with Adams, Pat has made his mark with the musically hip and sonically astute pop-rockers The Odds, kicked out barnstorming blues and rock with Aussie singer Jimmy Barnes, and he’s shuffled his way from coast to coast across Canada with blues/swing guitarist extraordinare, Colin James. In short, Pat – who loves playing everything from jazz and reggae to pop and rock – has paid his dues, albeit in the comfortable company of some of the best in the business.

Today he’s putting the groove into the critically acclaimed songs of Matthew Good,, a chart-topping Canadian favorite. And when times are quiet he helps out a local secondary school by teaching drumming to the kids. So down-to-earth and unassuming is Pat that over twenty years after he received it, he has yet to find a place on his wall for his diamond award (1,000,000 sales in Canada) of the Reckless album. See, unassuming. But what a fine drummer.

Based on the West Coast for his whole career, Pat has kept a diverse and busy schedule for the last 25 years. In the early 80’s he put in a few years at a Vancouver Island Music institution and promptly got over to Vancouver in time to hook up With BRYAN ADAMSto complete his band lineup and the recording of “Reckless”, Adam’s worldwide breakthrough Album in 1985. Spawning One of Bryan’s biggest singles “Summer of 69” and a few album tracks put pat on the road for a year & 1/2 and on his way to his own great adventure. “Constantly trying to outdo that experience with Bryan was a bit daunting, but it kept me focused on what mattered, playing music with great players”.

1994 saw Pat hook up with longtime pals “THE ODDS” at Mushroom studios in Vancouver to help complete their 3rd CD “Good,Weird, Feeling” and ’97’s “Nest” (The Singles: “Eat My Brain”, “Truth Untold”, “Satisfied”, Someone Who’s Cool” and more). This would start up “one of my most important musical connections”. “The writing by two of Canada’s Greatest writers of 90’s POP, CRAIG NORTHEY and STEVEN DRAKE is some of the best for sure, and the playing is inventive too”.

“SHARKSKIN”, a late 60’s Soul/R&B inspired band is also made up of Northey, Pat, Odds Bassist DOUG ELLIOTTand Hammond Player,SIMON KENDALL(Doug & The Slugs). “This is definitely our passion…….to put our collected heads together and be 1968”. (cd available @ simonkendall.com & craignorthey.com)

Bassist Doug Elliott and Pat’s 24 yrs. Of plying together keeps them busy as a team in the studio and live.

“After the ODDS Wound down in ’98, I got a call From COLIN JAMESto come and play, which has turned into 5 yrs. Of touring and various Recordings (2001’s “FUSE”.) “When I joined up with colin, he was still touring his ‘Little Big Band’ and that was like Big Band and Rhythm & Blues on the big stages”. “I had played a lot of Jazz and Big band in the 80’s, so this was a real treat to get to play this way again”. The Latest cd “Traveler” is a good combination of Funk, Soul and Pop…”And the lineup includes Elliott and Northey, so it’s too much fun”. “Colin is a real natural player and an amazing singer, so all your natural musical instincts come into play in a major way”.

MATHEW GOOD came calling in 2002 for a serving of some of the “Good Cooking” Pat Puts out to complete his plan for a new solo career. “Matt’s first solo CD ‘Avalanche'(2003) was a great realization we have a musical connection and a feel for the same kinds of things that rock.” The 2nd Solo CD, released in 2004, called ‘White Light Rock-n-Roll Review’ is an adventure into the 1960’s again, “only this time we’re having Tea with Ray Davies, Keith Moon and Quicksilver Messenger Service & Buffalo Spring Field”. Matt is another guy who is a gifted songwriter and a real solid player who makes it a real good time playing music.”

As of Jan. 2005 Pat began Working with Calgary Based Guitarist/Songwriter WIL. Wil has one CD out Called “Both Hands”. “The thing Wil decided after he made that record is the best way to play these songs live would be not to have a full band, but rather to make it sound like a full band with just a Drummer”. “This”, Pat says, “is a really different and unique playing situation for me”. “I love it because I have to either be really simple with it or it can get crazy and high energy”. “At the end of it all, it is always about trying to serve the song what it needs!”


Andreas David (Ydna Murd)

Ydna Murd

Andreas David aka Ydna Murd has been playing drums for more than 30 years. He has spend most of his life as a professional musician in Germany where he performed hundreds of shows with a great variety of bands and artists, ranging from Folk and Jazz, to Funk, Fusion, Gospel, Rock and Punk. He has also taught at renowned music schools, among others the Yamaha Music Station and the Hamburg School of Music. He moved to Canada in 2005 and is currently residing in Victoria, B.C.

For the last 10 years he’s been focusing on producing and performing Drum&Bass music. In addition he is running a successful educational online channel (www.youtube.com/Jungleritter) and teaches drum clinics and masterclasses based on this style of music. Ydna has written and published the Breakbeat Guide and the Hi-Hat Master drum books and is a regular workshop writer for the German drum magazine DRUMHEADS as well as the Canadian Drum Magazine Drums etc. He is also an endorser of Eccentric Systems and their Quick Torque Cam and Supernaturals Cymbals.

Ydna has also released a series of D&B play-alongs for Drummers: “Drum&Bass Play-Alongs For The Wicked Drummer”, “The Predator” and “Put The Bass In My Face”.

On stage you can see him perform as a DJing Drummer, where he performs his original electronic music, ranging from Drum&Bass to Neurofunk, Electronica and Dubstep.

His teaching schedule consists of approx. 35 weekly private students as well as skype online lessons with international students through his website www.drumgate.com Ydna Murd is playing a Sonor Ascent drum kit in Iridium Diamond finish and uses Sonor 400 Series hardware and pedals.


Denis Cantin

Denis Cantin

Denis is graduated from Cégep de Sainte-Foy in classical percussion. He holds both a Bachelor and a Masters degree in Popular and Jazz music performance from Laval University. His authenticity, creativity and drumming versatility, has allowed him to play with many great musicians and singers. He’s been performing with different artists both live and in-studio including: Nanette Workman, Marc-André Fortin, Jérôme Couture, Garou, Annie Villeneuve, Steve Veilleux, Bobby Stagg, les sœurs Riverin, Dave Samuels, Laurence Jalbert, Allen Vizutti, etc. Based in the Montreal area, he’s playing and bandleading on Cowboys de Willie à Dolly show and will soon tour with Dick Rivers & Nanette Workman.


Steve Caron

Steve Caron

Né à Sept-Îles au Québec, Steve fait ses premiers pas dans le monde de la musique en tant que trompettiste à l’école secondaire, mais ce n’est qu’à 18 ans qu’il échange sa trompette pour la batterie. Déjà, à un très jeune âge, il frappait des casseroles sur des rythmes de D J Fontana, le batteur d’Elvis Presley.

Son premier groupe, Virtual Chaos (un groupe heavy/punk fondé en 1995), prend peu de temps à se faire remarquer sur la scène musicale sept îliennes. Le groupe vend 500 exemplaires de son premier démo avant de s’éteindre en 1997. Durant ces années, il étudie avec Marco Dionne, un batteur sept-îlien chevronné.

C’est également en 1997 que commence l’aventure du groupe Glucose avec lequel il enregistre un disque ayant pour titre Flagada. L’album indépendant se vend à plus de 1000 copies. La même année, Steve quitte Sept-Îles pour Montréal où il rencontre Magella Cormier (Alain Caron , la fureur) avec qui il étudie pendant sa première année à Montréal.

En septembre 1998, il fait la rencontre de Denis Courchesne (Ginette Reno, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Fun noir, Cabaret), professeur qui lui donna en 2000, la merveilleuse idée de s’exiler au « Drummers Collective » dans le « Big Apple ». C’est donc avec des musiciens tels que Kim Plainfield (Pointer Sister, Tania Maria), Fred Klatz (auteur de On Time), Michael Lauren (Chuck Berry, Paul Anka, plusieurs spectacles sur Broadway), Memo Acevedo (qui a enregistré avec nul autre que Tito Puente et Irakere et a joué dans la comédie musicale « The Lion King » sur Broadway) et Peter Retzlaff (Marnards Ferguson, Kenny Werner) que Steve améliora son jeu à la batterie.

Fort de cet enseignement, il revient à Montréal plus positif que jamais. En 2001, il rencontre Maxime Bigras, guitariste, avec qui il fonde le groupe « La Mouche bleue », un groupe de musique funk/jazz. Cependant, le groupe doit refaire son image dû au mouvement de personnel effectué au début de 2004. «SUUFA» sort un premier album au cours de l’année 2005.

En septembre 2002, Steve commence à travailler pour Luc Tardif (auteur-compositeur-interprète). Il fait alors le premier de trois voyages à Pointe-de-l’Église en Nouvelle-Écosse pour participer à l’enregistrement du premier album de Luc.

En janvier 2004, il est embauché par Robert Lavoie et The Cat Scat Band, un groupe de Rockabilly-Swing dont l’album a été lancé en mai 2007, vous pouvez vous le procurez sur l’« iTunes store ».

En octobre 2005 Steve rencontre Funami un groupe formé d’Alexandre Désilets et de Tiago Conceiçao, ensemble ils relèvent le pari audacieux de concevoir une musique entièrement construite avec la voix d’Alexandre. Avec Funami ils ont monté un spectacle incluant les sons de l’album et les sons de vrais instruments. En janvier 2007 Steve se joint à Alexandre Désilets, gagnant du “FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LA CHANSON DE GRANBY” pour une tournée de l’album “Escalader l’ivresse” qui dure plus de 2 ans.

En septembre 2009, il se joint à la tournée de Pierre Lapointe, pour 20 dates à la Boule noire, à Paris, France… Steve poursuit la tournée de Pierre jusqu’en juin 2010… De plus, une participation aux Jeux olympiques d’hiver à Vancouver avec ce dernier.

En juillet 2010 il participe à l’enregistrement du deuxième album de Désilets “La garde” et part encore une fois en tournée jusqu’en juin 2011 pour faire la promotion de cet album.

En mars 2011, Steve commence a travailler avec le groupe acadien de hip/hop Radio Radio (sélectionné aux Juno’s et gagnant de L’ADISQ). Avec Radio Radio, Steve parcourt le monde, 4 tournées en Europe, plusieurs visites aux quatre coins du Canada et les USA.

En 2012, un nouvel album pour Radio Radio, encore une fois Steve visite le monde pour la promotion du 3ème album de Radio Radio “Havre de grâce”.

À l’été 2012, il participe au 10 ans de carrière de Pierre Lapointe dans une courte série de spectacles nommés “Pierre Lapointe et les mals aimés”

À l’automne 2012, il participe à l’enregistrement de l’album “Punkt” de Pierre Lapointe qui sortira en mars 2013.

En 2013, Steve poursuivra la tournée “Havre de grâce” en plus de préparer le nouvel album de Radio Radio prévu en septembre 2013.

Steve fait également partie des musiciens de la Ligue d’improvisation musicale de Montréal.


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