Biographies

Brian May - Lead Electric Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, 6 String Acoustic Guitar

Somewhat of a late bloomer, Brian picked up the guitar at the age of 17, and never looked back. The roots of this master guitar player evolved through his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto back in the late 70's. After touring through Canada as a sideman for various bands, Brian enrolled at Humber College to study Jazz and earned a diploma in Jazz Performance. He then went on to record and play in various stage shows, live bands and solo acts, playing all genres of music throughout Canada, the US and Caribbean islands. Brian was a Member of the Faculty for the National Guitar summer workshop working alongside such artists as Rik Emmit, Robben Ford, Frank Gambale, Scott Henderson and John Waite, among others. He humbly passes-on his years of experience and knowledge as a teacher and mentor to future guitar virtuosos.

John Burns - Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar, 12 String & 6 String Acoustic Guitar

Like many who recall from their earliest memories having a desire to perform, Johns gift surfaced almost immediately where at the age of 3 people took notice of his clear, even-pitched voice.  By 6 he was playing songs on piano by ear, to groups such as Supertramp and ELO.  At 12, John picked up the guitar and joined the first of many rock bands he was to be involved with.  Years later, a near fatal car accident profoundly affected the musician, who after his recovery returned to his music with a new perspective on life. By the mid 90's John had written and recorded his first solo CD, 'John Burns Out', at Kensington and Metalworks studios in Toronto. Music from this CD was taken into consideration by Los Angeles producers of the movies Good Will Hunting and American Pie.  In 2001 John recorded and produced the CD 'Celestial Meditations' with friend Janet Fitzgerald of Texas. Copies were ordered worldwide reaching the likes of the Prime Minister of England, Tony Blair and His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, who sent personal letters of thanks.  John continues to write, record and perform.

Nina Cultrone - Lead and Backing Vocals

A multi-talented artist and performer that has studied vocals, piano and theory at York University and the Royal Conservatory of Music, Nina’s range and delivery makes her a sought after and well-respected vocalist both live and in the studio. She has performed live with many artists in Canada and the US including appearances in prestigious venues like The Ariston Theatre in San Remo, Italy and Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre. Impressive vocal skills, great stage presence and emotion – That’s Nina Cutrone!

Daryl Thistel - Main Keyboards and Lead Vocals

A veteran of the Canadian music scene with over 25 years of experience in performing live, writing and recording,  Daryl considers himself to be a lifetime student of all forms of keyboards with a particular passion for the B-3 Hammond sound. He is an accomplished singer and teacher, has a degree in music theatre, and has studied with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  Having spent a great deal of his career touring worldwide, Daryl describes himself as a 'lifer', saying “I can’t see myself ever quitting music.  It’s the only thing I’ve ever really loved doing”.

Kevin Gowin - Electric Bass, Fretless Electric Bass

Originally from Winnipeg, Kevin eventually found himself in Toronto becoming deeply embroiled in the music scene, cutting his teeth with various funk and rock bands. By all standards Kevin took up the bass at the very late age of 18 but today is a force to be reckoned with. Over the years Kevin has been heavily involved as a singer, song writer and co-producer on collaborative projects.  He brings years of experience performing live, rounding out the rhythm section with feel and groove.

Gil Roberts - Drums, Percussion and Special Effects.

Observing their infant son banging on pots, pans, and anything else that could take a beat, Gils parents felt the road to sanity would be better served by providing the proper tools for their natural born talent.  Racing home from school each day to play his new drum kit, the young protégé honed his skills with such inspirations as Neil Peart and John Bonham playing alongside on eight track tape.  With a genuine desire to perform, Gil continued his rhythmical pursuits in high school as a member of the student Jazz Band and Concert Orchestra, where he was trained to read drummers sheet music and play in the classic styles. This experience also afforded him the opportunity to tour abroad.  By 21, Gil was signed to his first recording contract with EMI Records as the drummer for the band Reckless. He then continued on with various forms of session work and live gigs in Toronto and surrounding areas over the past 25 years.

Bil Holinaty - Tenor and Baritone Sax

Bill is a professor of music with the Faculty of Music at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.