Drummer. Plays well with others.

Brad (…that’s me) is a Toronto-based, Newfoundland-bred drummer & percussionist. I studied percussion performance with Rob Power & John Wyre at Memorial University of Newfoundland where I also played 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 unclassifiable kook 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. I’ve been fortunate to be a regular member of Hawksley Workman’s touring band since 2008.

I’ve played with wide variety of great artists, including Kevin Breit, Port Cities, Lindi Ortega, Kathleen Edwards, Kaia Kater, Matt Mays, Skye Wallace, 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 records by Sarah Slean, 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 a few years ago 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

11.02.18 – The Black Pearls @ The Cameron House, Toronto, 10pm
11.11.18 – Toronto Sinfonietta @ Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd., Mississauga
11.16.18 – The Big Sound @ The Great Hall, Toronto, 10pm
11.20.18 – Kaia Kater album launch @ The Rivoli, Toronto, 8pm
11.23.18 – Erin Costelo @ Levon Helm Studio, Woodstock NY
11.24.18 – Erin Costelo @ Joe’s Pub, NYC
12.05.18 – David McFarlane @ The Monarch Tavern, Toronto
12.08.18 – Kevin Breit’s Johnny Goldtooth & the Chevy Casanovas @ Factory Theatre
12.20.18 – The Black Pearls/Jadea Kelly Tom Petty Night @ The Dakota Tavern, Toronto

Discography

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

-Kaia Kater – Grenades (drums)

-Mark Bragg – Winter (drums)

-David McFarlane – Fieldwork (producer, engineer, mix, drums & percussion)

-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)