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Imagine 10 Rounds Of Golf on your favorite course, with a Golf Pro coaching you every step of the way . . . The League Of Rock coaches are many of the best professionals in the business.  Below please find a sample list of just some of the musicians we work with.  Please check back often, the list is updated on an ongoing basis.






Feature Musicians Ottawa
By Instrument

GUITAR
Graham Greer
Darwin Demers
Dick Cooper
Tony D. 

DRUMS
Andrew Lamarche
Derek Debeers

BASS
Brian Cooper
Peter Fredette

VOCALS
Les Emmerson
Brian Cooper
Peter Fredette
Leslie Rohonczy 
Amanda Rheaume 

 

Bios

GUITAR

Graham Greer    

Just the Facts:

  • born in Montreal, QC
  • Graham’s first band Barstool Prophets signed with Mercury Records in 1994
  • released 2 CDs ‘Crank’(1995) and ‘Last of the Big Game Hunters’(1997) with Mercury
  • toured Canada and northern US incessantly from 1994-99
  • singles ‘Paranoia’, ‘Little Death’, ‘Mankindman’, Last of the Big Game Hunters’, ‘Upsidedown’ and ‘Vigilante’ were all Canadian rock radio hits
  • “Paranoia’ was featured in the Alliance/Atlantis major motion picture ‘Never Talk to Strangers’ starring Antonio Banderas and Rebecca Demornay and featured on soundtrack album (released by Scotti Bros. worldwide)
  • Barstool Prophets disbanded in 1999
  • released one solo CD in 2003 under the name ‘Moonlight Graham’ mixed by Joe Hardy(ZZ Top, Steve Earle, Tom Cochrane)
  • released second CD “Grahan Greer”, co-produced by Graham, Joe Hardy and guitarist Todd Huckabone
  • recently named ‘Best Male’ at 2009 Barrie New Music Awards
  • recently named Canadian People’s Choice in 2009 NPR Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
  • song ‘Wire-Walker’ received an ‘Honorable Mention’ in the 2009 New York Songwriter’s Circle
  • ‘Wire-Walker’ received an ‘Honorable Mention’ in 2010 Nashville Songwriters Association Song Contest
  • song ‘Bring Me Fire’ came 2nd in the Ottawa regional 2010 Virgin Radio Star Songwriting Competition
  • CD available on iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon, as well as via HMV, mymusic.com and at all Chapters/Indigo outlets
  • Graham has opened club dates for a variety of artists from David Lindley to Dave Matthews and has performed for crowds of up to 15000 in festival settings.

Discography:

  • 1994 – Barstool Prophets ‘Deflowered’ (Independent)
  • 1995-Barstool Prophets ‘Crank’(Mercury Records) singles: Mankindman, Paranoia, Little Death
  • 1997-Barstool Prophets ‘Last of the Big Game Hunters’(Mercury Records) singles: Last of the Big Game Hunters, Upsidedown, Vigilante, Friend of Mine
  • 2003-Moonlight Graham ‘Palookaville’ (Independent)
  • 2009-Graham Greer (Independent)
Darwin Demers    

Born in Pembroke Ont, music has been a mainstay throughout his history of playing with popular valley bands, Metagenesis, Peru, Shake The Ghost, and The Paperboys, as well as the many studio gigs working with the likes of Ottawa’s One to One andAlanis Morissette. During the ‘90’s Darwin worked with Mercury Recording artist The Barstool Prophets, while owning and running his successful music store, Retrotown Music. Darwin has continued to share the stage with the likes of Jerry Doucette, Rick Emmitt, and the legendary Ronnie Hawkins. For the past couple of years he has been playing with the Cooper Brothers and closed his business in pursuit of his ongoing passion of playing music.

Dick Cooper    

Guitarist & Songwriter

Dick wrote most of the songs on the Cooper Brothers albums and when the band went their separate ways in the 80's he continued to write… venturing into the fields of television (You Can’t Do That on Television, Denim Blues) and video games. Dick spent 10 years as Creative director at Artech Studios penning numerous best-selling titles and working with the likes of John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg and Andy Serkis. Dick’s first novel, Jukebox was published by Rain Books in October 2007. Dick wrote all the songs on the Cooper Brothers' new 2010 CD "In From The Cold" and continues to play music and do freelance writing for clients like CTV and the Discovery Channel. 

www.thecooperbrothers.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooper_Brothers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cooper

Tony D.    

Along with 9 European tours, national status in Canada and now 6 albums under his belt, Tony D has established himself as a player and performer who delivers the goods.

When he was 19 years of age, Tony had the pleasure of performing with the legendary Buddy Guy, starting a trend that would see him share the stage with such greats as Luther AllisonBryan Adams and Michelle Shocked. A consummate performer, Tony D has supported the likes of both Stevie Ray and Jimmie VaughanAlbert CollinsRobin FordRobert CrayKoko Taylor andThe Doobie Brothers.

Tony has also toured throughout Europe with Jeff Healey in Denmark to rave reviews, including an outstanding performance in front of 20,000 crazed fans at the Skanderborg Festival.

Another side of Tony that is not well known is his contribution to entertaining the Canadian troops for eight memorable days in war torn Bosnia and recently (February 2003), in the Persian Gulf. These experiences changed his life.

Tony has become so well respected in his home town by the blues community that when Gladys Knight cancelled out at Ottawa Blues Festival 2000, organizers turned to Tony who not only filled in but engaged the audience with a dynamic performance that drew the first standing ovation of the weekend. Since then, he’s held a main stage spot every year in support of the festival’s closing headliner.

In 2001, Tony D performed a string of sold out theatre dates in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton opening for Buddy Guy. Also that year, Tony D released his first full blown acoustic album, ‘The Size of Your Shoes’, which features songs co-written with Anders Osborne and duet performances with both acoustic blues artist Ken Hamm and New Orleans favourite son John Mooney on slide guitar

In 2004, Tony D returned to his maniacal brand of blues by releasing his 6th recording, a full band album titled ‘The Jook Joint’.

Heavily influenced by the haunting sounds of the Mississippi delta, The Jook Joint is a blues cocktail part Muddy WatersJimi Hendrix and Argentinean Surf Tango. From the raw slide drenched My Baby’s So Far cradled by a hip hop beat to the feed back caresses of Hendrix’s If Six Was Nine and the instrumental Asstango. Tony describes this as a ”montage homage to all the great artists who paved the way before us. We raise the dead with respect and order another round."

VOX

Brian Cooper    

Richard and Brian Cooper, sons of an Ontario songwriter, played in various bands throughout the late '60s, but the two finally formed a group of their own in 1971. They released three singles by 1974, but none charted until the band signed with Polydor the same year and released "Finally with You." Over this time, guitarist Darryl Alguire, drummer Glenn Bell, vocalist/guitarist Terry King, vocalist Charles Robertson and keyboard player Al Serwa joined the brothers. After joining Capricorn Records in the U.S., the Cooper Brothers released the popular singles "Rock and Roll Cowboys," "The Dream Never Dies," "Show Some Emotion" and "I'll Know Her When I See Her." Their albums include a self-titled work from 1978 and Pitfalls of the Ballroom in 1979. Capricorn folded by 1980 and though the Cooper Brothers split up soon after, Brian Cooper and Terry King resumed work in the trio Cooper, King and Emmerson.

Les Emmerson    

Les Emmerson (born 17 September 1944 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Five Man Electrical Band. He also recorded as a solo artist, charting in Canada with "Cry Your Eyes Out".

He is best known for the song "Signs", which was a hit for the Five Man Electrical Band in 1970 and also a hit for the band Tesla in 1990. Both versions of the song sold approximately 1.5 million copies at the time of each release. In 2006, the song was sampled by Fat Boy Slim in the platinum-selling song, "Don't Let The Man Get You Down".  Particularly as a result of the Fat Boy Slim sampling, Emerson earns enough money from royalties on "Signs" that he can support an average lifestyle without working.

"Cry Your Eyes Out" was released as a solo single on the Lion label, while Emmerson remained active with Five Man Electrical Band. The song reached a peak of #18 on RPM Weekly's Top Singles chart in September 1973.

Peter Fredette    

Forty three years experience as a full-time professional musician in all styles and situations.
Lead and backing vocal specialist. Fretted and fretless electric bass. Electric and acoustic
guitar. Production. Vocal Arrangements.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
LIVE SHOWS:
Pat Travers (bass & vocals) • Larkspur (bass & lead vocals) • The Prescott Brothers/Randall Prescott (bass, backing & lead vocals) • Small Change/Colleen Peterson/Kinky
Freedman & the Texas Jewboys (bass & vocals) • Butler (bass & lead vocals) 2 LPs
- Anthem/Polygram • Kim Mitchell Band 29 years (guitar, keys, bass, acoustic, drums,moog pedals, backing & lead vocals) Headpins (Bass & Vocals) • Charlie Major - ShowcasePerformance (bass & vocals) • Tom Cochrane Band (guitar, Bass, acoustic, percussion &
vocals) • Lawrence Gowan (bass & vocals) • Colin James Band (guitar & vocals) • MaxWebster (bass & vocals) • Streetboy (co-production, lead & backing vocals, bass) “FM” (Vocals & Bass) S.O.F.A. (Bass & vocals). Sass Jordan - Bass & Vocals.

STUDIO • LEAD/BACKING VOCALS/BASS • ALBUMS/CD’S:• Streetboy “Playing Your Fool” • Metropolis - Solo CD, “The Power Of The Night”, MTM
Europe/Japan • Cooper Brothers • Ian Tamblyn • Les Emmerson • Ian Thomas • ConeyHatch • Platinum Blonde • Steve Webster • Roy Kenner • Andy Curren • Alannah Myles • Kevin Jordan • Noir et Blanc • Terry Carisse • Stan Miessner • Randal Prescott • Butler • David Wilcox • Tom Cochrane “Mad Mad World” Tour (live recordings)• Kim Mitchell EP, Akimbo Alogo, Shakin Like A Human Being, Rockland, I Am A Wild Party,
Aural Fixation, ITCH, Greatest Hits, Kimosabe. … And many more…

Leslie Rohonczy     

As an active member of Ottawa's music scene for 25+ years, Leslie Rohonczy has performed a wide range of musical styles, including Rock, Swing, R&B, Pop, Roots Rock, Power Blues and Jazz. Leslie was a fronting member of popular 1980s bands "8 To The Bar!" and "Girls Like Us". She currently sings with popular Ottawa groups 'COUGAR Chick Tribute Band', roots rock band 'MOONDOGS', power blues band 'RUNES', and 1940s Jazz duo 'TORCHLIGHT', and is a back-up vocalist occasionally with the Cooper Brothers. Leslie is a performance and vocal coach to several amateur and professional musicians in Ottawa, working with them to improve live stage performances, and studio recordings. Leslie has twelve years of Royal Conservatory training in piano and music theory, has played the baritone saxophone and flute, is a songwriter, professional voice-over artist and studio vocalist, and a certified Integral Coach™.

Amanda Rheaume     

If Amanda Rheaume’s full-length debut album sounds a little too, well, good, for the work of a brand new artist, it might be because she’s really not that new.

Métis singer/songwriter Rheaume is a powerful vocalist with just a touch of grit and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound.

A $40,000 winner in Live 88.5’s 2008 Big Money Shot competition, Rheaume is not only a regular at local festivals and joints like the Rainbow Bistro, she has also distinguished herself as one of the city’s, if not the country’s, most selflessly giving musicians. She organizes Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases, she participated in the Babes for Breasts tour to raise money for breast cancer, she recorded a charity Christmas EP for Boys and Girls club of Ottawa – selling 6500 copies just in Ottawa, she donated a dollar from each album sold during her last tour to a fund for the families of military personnel, and she’s even performed for the troops in Afghanistan…twice.

Now, having paid her dues as a grassroots musician-in-the-community, and having cleverly taken her time to develop and refine her sound, Rheaume is ready to showcase her talents to a wider audience with Light of Another Day…a collection of catchy, country-tinged tracks, notable at times for their airy upbeatness and at others for their goose bump-inducing tenderness.

Much of the inspiration for the album comes precisely from the day-to-day struggles of the developing artist – the automobile breakdowns at the side of the highway, the uninspiring day jobs that help pay the bills, and, of course, the budding romances that die from too much distance. Standout tracks include “Better Days Ahead,” a celebratory ode to Rheaume’s musical friends, whose camaraderie helps her survive “in the trenches.” There’s also “Shadows of the Past,” an achingly plaintive piece about getting past self-doubt, “Be Your Enemy,” a freewheeling folk-rocker about trying to salvage a friendship from the remains of a relationship, and “There You Go Again,” a heartbreaking lament for a lost love. The album was produced by drummer Ross Murray and features Maple Blues Award-winning harmonica-player Steve Marriner of Monkey Junk on both harp and bass.

Raised in the capital, Amanda Rheaume began writing songs at 15, inspired by the second-generation “girls with guitars” like Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette. A year later, Sarah McLachlan and the Indigo Girls invited Rheaume to perform with them at Lilith Fair at the Molson Amphitheatre, where Rheaume had been hanging out backstage with her production coordinator aunt, Jocelyn Rheaume. Rheaume says that’s when the music business bug bit her, and Lilith’s spirit of musical community has never left her either.

Though most non-Ottawans have never heard of her, Rheaume has endeared herself to an enormous network of Canadian artists she now considers friends, including well-known names like Chantal Kraviazuk and Holly McNarland, the latter of whom cowrite “Kiss Me Back” for Rheaume’s latest CD.\

Now with the release of Light of Another Day, non-musicians will finally have a chance to discover what those other artists have known for some time: that Rheaume is an instantly-likeable artist both on and off the stage and one whose got the voice, the sound and the songwriting chops to share stages with the best.

BASS

Brian Cooper    

Richard and Brian Cooper, sons of an Ontario songwriter, played in various bands throughout the late '60s, but the two finally formed a group of their own in 1971. They released three singles by 1974, but none charted until the band signed with Polydor the same year and released "Finally with You." Over this time, guitarist Darryl Alguire, drummer Glenn Bell, vocalist/guitarist Terry King, vocalist Charles Robertson and keyboard player Al Serwa joined the brothers. After joining Capricorn Records in the U.S., the Cooper Brothers released the popular singles "Rock and Roll Cowboys," "The Dream Never Dies," "Show Some Emotion" and "I'll Know Her When I See Her." Their albums include a self-titled work from 1978 and Pitfalls of the Ballroom in 1979. Capricorn folded by 1980 and though the Cooper Brothers split up soon after, Brian Cooper and Terry King resumed work in the trio Cooper, King and Emmerson.

Peter Fredette    

Forty three years experience as a full-time professional musician in all styles and situations.
Lead and backing vocal specialist. Fretted and fretless electric bass. Electric and acoustic
guitar. Production. Vocal Arrangements.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
LIVE SHOWS:
Pat Travers (bass & vocals) • Larkspur (bass & lead vocals) • The Prescott Brothers/Randall Prescott (bass, backing & lead vocals) • Small Change/Colleen Peterson/Kinky Freedman & the Texas Jewboys (bass & vocals) • Butler (bass & lead vocals) 2 LPs - Anthem/Polygram • Kim Mitchell Band 29 years (guitar, keys, bass, acoustic, drums,moog pedals, backing & lead vocals) Headpins (Bass & Vocals) • Charlie Major - ShowcasePerformance (bass & vocals) • Tom Cochrane Band (guitar, Bass, acoustic, percussion & vocals) • Lawrence Gowan (bass & vocals) • Colin James Band (guitar & vocals) • MaxWebster (bass & vocals) • Streetboy (co-production, lead & backing vocals, bass) “FM” (Vocals & Bass) S.O.F.A. (Bass & vocals). Sass Jordan - Bass & Vocals.

STUDIO • LEAD/BACKING VOCALS/BASS • ALBUMS/CD’S:• Streetboy “Playing Your Fool” • Metropolis - Solo CD, “The Power Of The Night”, MTM
Europe/Japan • Cooper Brothers • Ian Tamblyn • Les Emmerson • Ian Thomas • ConeyHatch • Platinum Blonde • Steve Webster • Roy Kenner • Andy Curren • Alannah Myles • Kevin Jordan • Noir et Blanc • Terry Carisse • Stan Miessner • Randal Prescott • Butler • David Wilcox • Tom Cochrane “Mad Mad World” Tour (live recordings)• Kim Mitchell EP, Akimbo Alogo, Shakin Like A Human Being, Rockland, I Am A Wild Party,
Aural Fixation, ITCH, Greatest Hits, Kimosabe. … And many more…

DRUMS

Andrew Lamarche    

"Drumming is about laying down a solid groove for the music that I'm playing," says Andrew Lamarche. "It's always about the music and artist I'm playing with, it's not just about doing flashy fills everywhere."

For Lamarche, attention to the music, consistency and dedication are key. As a freelance drummer, it is this, along with his easy-going attitude, ability and skill, that have continued to earn him recording sessions and a place on North American and world stages with some of Canada's most prominent acts. While perhaps best known for his rock performances, Lamarche frequently branches out into other genres. "I think the key to being busy is being as diverse as possible and learning as much as I can," he explains. "The entire music industry has changed, so it's important to understand how to incorporate it all."

Lamarche has definitely been busy, 2009 has seen Lamarche playing with multiple artists From original acts like Sal Piamonte, the Robert Farrell Band and Cherry Suede, has seen him traveling around Ontario, Quebec and Northern New York. Later this year Lamarche will be back out touring with David Gogo and others.

During 2008 Lamarche continued some of his regular gigs as well as a few dates with British Guitarist Jon Amor, and the opening of the Ottawa Winterlude 2008 Festival in sub-zero temperatures for three weeks in January on the Snowbowl stage. Lamarche backed-up Quebec artists Le Groupe Swing and the Campbell Brothers. "I never thought I’d be doing a gig in the freezing cold and blizzard like snow, but we sure had fun!"

The Fall of 2007 had Lamarche touring with David Gogo in Europe, the band performed several dates including live radio recordings for Radio Bremen in Germany and the Paul Jones Show at BBC 2 in London, England. Other dates with David Gogo also saw the band doing shows with the legendary Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy. Earlier in 2007 the Robert Farrell Band was part of the 23rd Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

The summers of 2004 and 2005 saw him on the road with blues rocker David Gogo, 2005 Maple Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year, playing festivals and clubs throughout eastern Canada and the United States for audiences of up to 25,000, and opening for B.B. King, ZZ Top, The Tragically Hip and other top acts. At the same time, he continues to play with "anti-diva" Carole Pope and, on occasion, the Gold, Platinum and Juno Award-winning band Rough Trade, fronted by Pope.

Closer to home (2004-2006), Lamarche continues to play and record with Ottawa blues-rock artist Robert Farrell, whose album "Elegant Chaos" was a collaborative band effort, written entirely in the studio. Shows with rock artist Steve Gardiner have also been a highlight on the Ottawa scene, with melody-driven music that packs a powerful live performance. Adding to Lamarche's range of projects is Order of the Day, a hard-edged rock band with a heavier sound that allows him to experiment and stretch the way he plays, while still maintaining a solid groove.

Lamarche also makes himself available for recording sessions with artists and bands in a number of genres. "I've been able to do quite a number of good sessions over the years, and have had the opportunity to work with some great musicians, engineers and producers," he says. Lamarche's drumming has been heard not only on the radio, but also on television and in movies. "The studio business has changed over the years," he notes. "Musicians now tend to do their own thing away from the studio, doing it wherever they can in a digital medium. It's strange to me, how there have been a lot of sessions that I've never heard the final mix of."

It's a career that has always been evolving, from the time Lamarche took his first drum lesson at the age of 11. At 14, he began playing in bands, and by 16, was performing in clubs and bars. At 18, he was teaching, and upon graduating high school, published a drum method book that he used to instruct his students.

A highlight of Lamarche's career would come in 1997, with his role in Artificial Joy Club (Crunchy/Interscope Records). That year, the band's slot on the Lollapalooza tour took him across the United States, and was soon followed by months of festivals and headlining shows across the continent alongside Matchbox Twenty, Faith No More, Our Lady Peace, Smash Mouth and more. The band's first single, "Sick & Beautiful," was added to heavy radio rotation, and the video received high rotation on North American video channels. In 1998,Artificial Joy Club went overseas, performing throughout Europe. "It just all happened so fast," he recalls. "I think some of the most memorable moments of my career were doing the Lollapalooza festival and doing big festivals in Europe. Touring and playing in different places is great - you get to meet all sorts of interesting people."

Not long after returning home, Lamarche became part of alterna-power rock band THERMOclinE (Stamina Records). The group was soon cast in the Canadian spotlight, with a video in rotation on MuchMusic, a feature on the station's "Rapid Fax" segment, and a single that received airplay nationwide. THERMOclinE also became Internet favourites, with featured artist honours on GarageBand.com and mp3.com.

Throughout his career, one goal has remained constant: the desire to play as much as possible. "I don't think you ever stop learning and growing as a musician," Lamarche says. "I still really enjoy playing, so as long as I still feel that way, I'll keep doing it."

Derek Debeers    

Derek is a drummer, percussionist and songwriter who was born in Rhodesia. A country today known as Zimbabwe. During a professional music career spanning more than 30 years, he has been acclaimed as one of the leading performing artists on Sabian Cymbals, Pearl drums, Rim Shot Sticks and Remo Skins. During his 20 years as a professional drummer, he has played an integral role in helping bands like, "'Savuka" earn 11 Gold LP's in nine countries. Their music has been featured in several movies, most notably "'Rain Man" and "George of the Jungle".

In 1997 he conceived the ideas of developing an artistic educational program for Canadian school children featuring ethnic African beat - a concept Derek refers to as a "rhythm safari". As time has progressed. his ingenious performance has reached the ears of corporations that also are using Derek as an entertainer and motivational speaker at company events.