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 some of my favourite artists, including Kathleen Edwards, Matt Mays, Tara Oram, The Once, Adam Baldwin, Dan Mangan, among others. I’ve maintained a presence in the classical percussion world, performing with groups including the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Brampton Symphony, Toronto Wind Ensemble, and Silverthorn Symphonic Winds.

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)