Drummer. Plays well with others.

Brad (…that’s me) is a Toronto-based, Newfoundland-bred drummer & percussionist. In my formative years, I studied percussion performance with Rob Power & John Wyre at Memorial University of Newfoundland where I also performed in just about every conceivable type of ensemble, including the Scruncheons Percussion Ensemble, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Gower Youth Band. I toured Canada & Europe with Mark Bragg.

In 2007 I joined Toronto instrumental band Holy Fuck for multiple US, Canadian, Mexican & European tours. I appeared off and on with HF until about 2011. Since 2008, I’ve been fortunate to be a member of Hawksley Workman’s touring band. We have toured and recorded together in a number of different configurations over the years, often incorporating multiple percussion set-ups into the live show.

I’ve played drums for a wide variety of great artists, including Port Cities, Lindi Ortega, Kathleen Edwards, Matt Mays, Tara Oram, The Once, Adam Baldwin, Dan Mangan and more. I remain active in the classical percussion world, having performed with groups including the Ontario Philharmonic, Toronto Sinfonietta, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and the former Brampton Symphony, among others.

I produce, engineer and mix records. I’ve worked on recordings for Hawksley Workman, Gramercy Riffs, Wunderstrands, Bryce Jardine, Megan Lane, and many others. See discog for more info on those & other projects.

I have been a student of Don Wherry, Rob Power, John Wyre, Billy Ward, Dave Elitch. I continue to study, while maintaining an active teaching schedule of my own.

I tried skating once, it didn’t go well. This is what I do.

Here is an interview I did with Adam Hay for his Portrait of Toronto Drummers project:

I really like Paiste cymbals and Vater drumsticks. I have played Yamaha forever.

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Calendar

07.26.17 – Hawksley Workman @ Taste of Edmonton Festival
07.27.17 – Lindi Ortega @ Wide Skies Music Festival, Lethbridge AB
07.28-30.17 – Lindi Ortega @ Calgary Folk Festival
08.04.17 – Port Cities @ Old Confidence Lodge, Riverport NS
08.05.17 – Port Cities @ Sydney NS Tall Ships
08.12.17 – Lindi Ortega @ Boots & Hearts, Oro-Medonte ON
08.15.17 – Lindi Ortega @ Stanstead QC
08.18.17 – Hawksley Workman @ Bear Creek Folk Festival, Grande Prairie AB
08.22.17 – Port Cities @ CNE, Toronto ON
10.14.17 – Ontario Philharmonic Pops Show @ Regent Theatre, Oshawa

Discography

Some new, some old… likely some bad links to be found in here.

-Sarah Slean – Metaphysics (engineer)

-Skye Wallace – Something Wicked (drums)

-Hawksley Workman – Old Cheetah (engineer)

-Bryce Jardine & The Parlour Birds – Lean Years (producer, mix, drums, etc)

-The Mohrs – Kings of Nowhere (engineer, editing)

-The Once – Departures (drums)

-Megan Lane – Sounding the Animal (engineer, mix [on “coyote/wolf”])

-Wunderstrands – s/t (producer, instruments, engineer, mix)

-Gramercy Riffs – Desire Trails (drums, engineer, mix)

-Gregory Hoskins – The Map Of Above, The Map of Below (engineer, “Surgery”)

-Petty Victories – Wait it Out (drums on “One Day”)

-Hey Rosetta – A Cup of Kindness Yet (engineer)

-Zoe Sky Jordan – Restless, Unfocused (engineer)

-The Heavy Horses – Murder Ballads and Other Love Songs (percussion)

-Kensington Hillbillys – The Crooked Beat (engineer, mix)

-Dusted – Total Dust (drums on “Property Lines“)

Hawksley Workman – Full Moon Eleven (co-producer, vibraphone, drums, bass)

Carleton Stone – s/t (drums)

North Amorica – Feelin’ So City (drums)

-Holy Fuck – + Ghost (drums)

Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Tribute to the Band (drums w/H.W.)

-Score! A Hockey Musical Soundtrack (drums)

-Hawksley Workman – Meat (percussion)

-The Scruncheons – Journey (percussion)

-Holy F%ck – Positive Ghost EP (drums)

Sean McCann – Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes (drums)

-Down to the Dirt – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (drums)

Narrows – s/t (drums)

Sherry Ryan – Wonderful Cures (drums, percussion)

-Blair Harvey – Gutter Be Gutted (drums, percussion)

-Lindsay Barr – Devils of Pride (drums, percussion)

-Janet Cull Band – Janet Cull Band (drums, percussion)