Looking for a quieter solution for your venue or event, but don't want the volume or expense of a full band? Consider my 'Hands-On One-Man Show'. Just my piano, voice and some cool background vibes...perfect for a lounge atmosphere! Watch my promo video below:
Fall / Winter 2018
Join me for an evening of great 'One-Man Show' entertainment while you enjoy a fantastic dinner with your date at Rudy's Eat & Drink, Saturdays from 5:30-9:00. Follow @rudys_winnipeg
Introducing PIANO KINGS - A tribute inspired by Elton John and Billy Joel. Myself and the talented Mike Szekely have put together a very special show of some of the greatest piano-based popular songs of all time. An unforgettable night of music, perfect for corporate parties ... enquire here.
Watch: The Bitch Is Back
Piano Kings Live at the Park Theatre (May 4, 2017), benefit for Crohn's Disease - Music For the Gut
Having a corporate party and want your colleagues to have an unforgettable and memorable night? Reserve us here for your next event. Covering decades of popular music, the talented musicians in the All Request Dueling Pianos show give your group a fun, interactive and personal experience. Request-based, we have the most fun playing the songs you want to hear! We will play just about anything you can imagine ... and get the crowd going at the same time.
Ultimate Escape performed at Countryfest 2016 and it was an unforgettable night! The midnight billing was the perfect slot to keep the crowd rocking for a solid hour and a half of Journey classics. The fans were hungry for more so we came back with an encore...
Watch: Any Way You Want It
Performed by Ultimate Escape - Countryfest 2016
Looking forward to a series of shows this summer with the Ultimate Escape: The Music Of Journey tribute band! Filling in for Carlin Lemon on keys and vox, I've played with all of these fine musicians at one time or another and it'll be a great time rocking again with Paul McNair, Derek Gottfried, Meg Dolovich and Steve Broadhurst. Watch out for us and come out and witness and unbelivable classic rock show!
I'm very proud to be a part of the Winnipeg music community. This prairie city in the middle of nowhere has some of the most talented artists and performers in the continent — and I've had the privilege of playing with many of them.
Since I was a kid I've had a natural affinity to be on stage. As a teenager I put aside my classical training (although I still have a huge passion for it) to teach myself contemporary piano-based rock music, due mostly to the desire to both sing and play simultaneously. Inspired by piano greats like Elton John, Billy Joel and Ray Charles, it was an easy transition ... now all I needed was a stage!
In 1999, the rare opportunity came to me when a dueling piano bar called Alley Catz opened. I auditioned and I guess it went well because I was hired immediately and on stage by the following weekend. An unusual concept for a non-tourist destination, Alley Catz relied on its regulars to keep the party going, and it did. The place was jam packed with fans ... it was a taste of semi-stardom and a memory I will never forget! Those five years in a piano bar were the best training I could have ever asked for. I soaked up all styles of music like a sponge, because I was playing with amazing musicians who had 20 to 30 years of experience ... that kind of musical knowledge you simply can't buy.
From the piano bar to the A-list nightclub circuit, I've sat in with countless world class players – including nearly every member of the Guess Who (except Randy Bachman), and local legends like Ken 'Spider' Sinneave (Loverboy), Curtis Newton, Pat Wright, Phil Deschambault (Ash Koley), Chris "Suds" Sutherland (Kim Mitchell, Doc Walker) and Christian Dugas (The Duhks). I've also had the privilege of experiencing an array of media exposure, including several television and newspaper appearances and performing the national anthem at the 2006 Grey Cup Championship (to a sold out crowd of 32,000).
During this time I also formed an original group called "Vanderveen" with three musicians who just happened to work at Alley Catz at the time ... Phil (along with his brother Roland) Deschambault (The Jonah Stone) and Matt Budoloski (Leaderhouse) had teamed up to write a handful of songs, which proved a 'stroke of genius' as we all were very excited to begin recording. We cut an amazing sophomore album with Grammy-nominated producer Brandon Friesen, shot a video in Montreal for the single "Weekend Full Of Weekends", achieved extensive nation-wide airplay and showcased at a handful of Canada's music festivals. We played a handful of live shows and quickly gained a loyal following – but unfortunately, none of us could tour the album at the time. A few of us took the opportunity to play more Top 40 coverband shows under the title "Other People's Music" (to actually make some money) and eventually Vanderveen fizzled out.
The years following had me playing in the A-list club circuit in many bands. I've played with rock, blues & even country groups as a singer/keyboardist and was the manager/musical director of the house band at a downtown hotspot called Blush Ultraclub in 2008-2009. I've also done countless studio/session projects, a highlight working with Mark Costanzo, most well known for his Canadian pop group LEN ("Steal My Sunshine") who was co-producing with Phil Deschambault (Ash Koley) at the time. Listen to the track "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" on this page.
Currently I record at home, experimenting with my many gadgets, and regularly perform with my good friends — Leonard Shaw (The Guess Who) in our 'All Request Night' shows around Winnipeg, and in my newest project with Mike Szekely, 'Piano Kings' Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel.
July 2018-present: Hands-On One-Man Show at Rudy's
Winter 2017: All Request Dueling Pianos at Fionn Maccools Grant Park
Summer 2017: All Request Dueling Pianos at Rudy's Eat & Drink
2017: Piano Kings Tribute To Elton John and Billy Joel (with Mike Szekely)
2016-Present: Solo Piano & Vocal, Fort Garry Hotel Palm Room (Tuesdays TBA)
2016-Present: All-Request Thursday Nights Dueling Pianos at Le Garage Cafe.
2011-present: Performing at casinos and private parties in Piano Catz with Mike Lawson and Greg Black
Feb 2012: Rehearsal accompanist for Canada Sings 2 (Global TV) show
December 2010: Reunion performance with former Alley Catz players Brian Paul, Mike Lawson, Harri Vallittu
September 2009: Recorded album studio tracks (keyboards/vocals) for Marc Costanzo (of 90's pop group LEN fame)
December 2008-December 2009: Band Leader/Singer/Keyboardist for house band at Blush Ultraclub, Winnipeg
July 2007: Performed with original Harlequin members Glen Willows & Gary Golden (Pony Corral, Winnipeg)
2004-2007: Lead singer/keyboardist for Top 40 band Other People's Music
Fall 2006: Performed National Anthem with Danny Kramer at CFL Grey Cup Championship Final Game (CanadInns Stadium)
2005: Co-lead singer/keyboardist in country rock band "Hellbillies"
December 2004: Performed and recorded with Vanderveen members in Balmoral Hall live stage production of "Hoopla", with original music by Vanderveen lead singer Matt Budoloski
October 2004: Vanderveen shoots video for single "Weekend Full of Weekends" in Montreal
July 2004: Vanderveen showcases at NXNE Music Festival in Toronto
Fall 2004: Vanderveen receives nation-wide airplay and critical acclaim for our single "Weekend Full Of Weekends"
May-June 2004: Recorded debut "Red Album" with Vanderveen with Brandon Friesen (Producer) at Studio 11
December 2002: Formed original band "Vanderveen" with Phil Deschambault (Ash Koley), Matt Budoloski (Blackout City Kids), Roland Deschambault & Tim Sutton (Kenny Shields)
November 2002: Performed with Garry Peterson, Bill Wallace & Donnie McDougall at Pony Corral
Summer 2002: Keyboardist for Curtis Newton (Pony Corral, Downtown Winnipeg)
Spring 2002: Performed as 'Benny Andersson' with the ABBA Tribute group 'SuperTrooper' in Edmonton, AB.
July 2000: Appeared on "Breakfast Television" for pre-Elton John concert celebration
August 13, 2000: Performed with Burton Cummings and friends at Alley Catz
November 1999: Performed at Breezes Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica
August 1999-September 2003: House gig at the legendary Alley Catz Piano Bar, Winnipeg
1994: Runner-up in Orange Crush Talent Search (Performed EJ's Candle in The Wind)
All Request Show
Bennie & The Jets (Elton John)
Vienna (Billy Joel)
Bloody Well Right (Supertramp)
Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)
Psycho Killer (Talking Heads)
Piano Man (Billy Joel)
Tiny Dancer (Elton John)
Free Fallin' (Tom Petty)
Long May You Run (Neil Young)
Everything's Gonna Be Alright
(with LEN's Marc Costanzo)