Myself and the extraordinary Matt Bud have re-branded our dual-piano show, now called The Killer Keys, giving you the same incredible, entertaining night of rocking pianos! We are looking forward to resuming our Friday night shows at Rudy's Eat & Drink in downtown Winnipeg. We've enjoyed some amazing nights of "everyone-knows-em" singalongs, era-based medleys and laying down our own twist to the best-known epic anthems of all time. Reque$ts are always encouraged!
I'm very proud to share a deeply meaningful song which I recently composed and recorded. Please view my video and subscribe to my channel! Comments are always welcome and appreciated.
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 outdoor events & 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.
October 2019: Dueling Pianos with The Pianimals feat. Kyle Mac & Matt Bud, Fridays at Rudy's 9:00pm