Mostly self-taught, John Millard has been active in the Canadian music and theatre scenes for the last twenty years. Early private studies with Fred Stone and Richard Pochinko have led to a lifetime in theatre and music. He has toured Canada and Europe with his bands The Polka Dogs and John Millard & Happy Day. He has released five cd‘s.
John has worked with many Canadian theatre companies including: Shaw Festival, Theatre Columbus, Volcano, Mulgrave Road Co-op, The National Theatre School, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Canadian Stage Company, Necessary Angel and Caravan Farm Theatre to name a few.
In April of 2008 John was the music director for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in Vimy, France. He was also music director for the Kurt Weill and Stan Rogers songbooks at the Global Cabaret in October 2009 and 2011 and at the PEN Congress in Tokyo for Margaret Atwood’s “Year of the Flood”.
Recent theatre includes the Barber of Seville for Soulpepper, The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw at Summerworks 2013, The Dog and the Angel for Theatre Columbus and John & Waleed with Waleed Abdulhamid for Cahoots Theatre.
Ambrose Pottie is currently one of the curators of the Toronto Improvisor‘s Orchestra and was a founding member of Toronto pop group Crash Vegas, recording three albums and touring Canada And U.S. extensively. He also has recorded and/or performed with: Fred Frith, Andrew Cyrille, Eugene Chadbourne, Chris Brown, The Polka Dogs, Bill Grove, Flaming Dono Drum and Dance Ensemble, Pete Dako, Mary Margaret O‘Hara, Plasterscene Replicas, Eric Schenkman, Sleepers and poet Bill Bissett.
Ambrose is also a phonographer and electroacoustic performer/composer, with recordings featured on Quiet American.com, Webbed Hand Records, and as part of 60X60 with the Canadian Electroacoustic Community at Concordia University.
Carpenter by day, father and husband by night, tuba-player at other times. What do you do? Colin has worked with Kevin Breit, Randall Coryell, Cowboy Junkies, Bruce McCullough, Bob Snider, NOJO, Allison Cameron, Polka Dogs, Kyp Harness, Guh and many others.
Tiina Kiik is an accordionist and teacher residing in Toronto. She is equally at home in classical, folk and improvised music. She has worked with the Soulpepper Theatre, Audiopollination, Tapestry New Opera, Arcana Ensemble, Hemispheres, and Dusk Dances, and has toured both Canada and internationally with the Polka Dogs and the Double Wind Cello Trio.
Since 1995, she has taught accordion, piano and chamber music at the University Settlement Music and Arts School. She is currently performing a piece co-created with choreographer/dancer Julia Aplin for solo dancer and accordion. She is also a regular contributor of CD reviews to WholeNote Magazine.
Lauded as one of Canada‘s most creative musicians, Tom Walsh’s music blends memorable melody with fearless experimentation. As a trombonist he has worked with such popular acts as the Barenaked Ladies, Cowboy Junkies, MC Solaar, Bran Van 3000 and even Zappa’s Don Preston as well as improvising with Jean Derome, René Lussier, D.D. Jackson, Fred Frith and Evan Lurie.
On record, he’s featured on more than 50 national or international releases.
Since 2002, he’s been nominated three times as “Trombonist of the Year” for Canada’s National Jazz Award. As composer, Tom’s work includes the:
Voices of Mary Margaret O’Hara, Kimberly Barber or David Cronenberg; Poetry of Michael Ondaatje, Adeena Karasick or Todd Swift; Dance of José Navas, Andrew Harwood or Estelle Clareton; Theatre of Daniel MacIvor or Don McKellar; and New Media of Don Ritter (Digital Interactive) & Marcelle Hudon (Performance Art/Marionette).