As a classically trained pianist, Eliot is probably the best piano playing drummer in town! With an ear and affinity for complex rythms and patterns, Eliot was a natural choice to fill the role of drummer in Vancouver based Rush tribute act, The Modern Day Warriors.
As originator of The Great Gig in New West shows and Music Director for Planet Nerve8 Productions, Michael has a few hats to wear. Starting his music career as a bar band guitar player then segueing into the world of recording engineering where he had the privilege of working with artists including Bryan Adams and Ringo Starr, he is now having the time of his life assembling the amazing talent the Lower Mainland has to offer for shows produced by Planet Nerve8.
Matt has been playing bass since high school, although he never really got serious about it until he became a dad and had far less time for it! Matt has played in a number of original bands over the last five years, from hard rock to ukulele folk, but the most fun he's had has been playing with the rotating cast of singers and players in the Great Gig in New West series. His ultimate goal as a bass player is to be able to play YYZ by Rush (and/or impress his pre-teen kids with his bass playing, which is approximately equal in Level of Difficulty or likelihood!).
Blessed with a mama who danced and a daddy who rocked and rolled, Winnipeg's very own Shaun McDonald has been ivory-tinkling for most of his life. Although he started (and continues) on piano, discovering Deep Purple at the age of 14 set off a burning passion for the Hammond organ. He's used both sounds to great effect in his prairie home, playing with the likes of Premonition, Hooch and the Howlers, the South Side Big Band, KoalaTeas, and Big Dave McLean. Now, he's brought his blues- and hard rock-influenced chops out West to show the lower mainland how they do it in the 'Peg.
Coming from a family of music lovers and musicians, and being the youngest of 7 siblings, George grew up surrounded by music at all times, from Classical to The Beatles. His father sang opera and would quiz George daily on what was playing on the radio. With a resume of both cover bands and original music bands under his belt, George, in 2011 formed 2 Days & Counting, a mainstay of the lower mainland's original music scene. (When asked nicely, he still does a remarkable job of recreating the voice of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. We asked nicely!)
Passionate bluesy bends and untamed rock riffs executed with a set of funky hands and sweet soulful tones - Benjamin Parker's guitar playing leaves audiences excited and moved.
After seeing Benjamin perform, Kellindo Parker (Janelle Monáe's guitarist ) said: "You remind me of Keith Richards and Prince. Prince would dig you, man."
Jay is a sound designer and percussionist who performs jazz, popular and contemporary music. Jay grew up in a musical family, where his interests in performing arts continued into his young adulthood. His formal studies in music began at Douglas College in New Westminster, and continued at The University of Victoria and Mills College in California. Through his involvement in music, Jay has traveled to Europe and throughout North America, and makes his home in the Pacific North West.
Catherine has sung all over the world with musical greats like David Foster, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Paul Rogers and many more. Her voice can be heard on radio and television ads for Variety Club, Sirius Satellite Radio and Whistler Blackcombe to name a few. She also provides narration for Described Video Works for several Netflix series.
Josh has been a mainstay in the Vancouver music scene for the past decade. In 2010 Josh and his band "The Left" were finalists in the Peak Performance project. The Left, and later incarnation "The Pompadoors", have toured all across North America. In 2018 Josh was asked to be a participant in "THE FOUR" on FOX network where he had the privilege to perform alongside artists including Fergie and P. Diddy. Branching off into a solo career, the future is bright for one of Vancouver's premiere vocalists.
Diego's story has a bit of a fairy tale element to it. Used to singing with his acoustic guitar, we threw a curve ball at him when we asked him to take a shot at covering a Led Zeppelin song (Ramble On). All jaws in the room hit the floor when he kicked it into high gear for the chorus. Diego considers singing to be one of the ultimate expressions of the soul. He may have been one of Vancouver's best kept secrets but the secret is getting out rapidly!