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: