TORONTO SESSION MUSICIANS

In my 14 years in the business I've met and worked with some of the best studio musicians in Canada. See below for bios on some of the musicians I have available for your projects.

Craig Lapsley - Drums
Ashton Price - Guitar/Bass/Synth Programming
Brownman - Trumpet
Nick Czarnogorski - Bass
John Zytaruk - Guitar
Ali Raney - Violin/Fiddle/Vocal


Craig Lapsley - Drums
  Craig Lapsley - has been a professional recording and touring musician for 14 years.He has played on hundreds of albums and has toured all over the world several times-(over 40 times in North America alone).As a sideman/session player Craig has recorded for Sony, Epic, Universal, A&M, Warner; as well as many indie labels such as Sonic Unyon, Hypnotic, Stomp, Cargo, Union, Mint and Sky (Japan) and Leech (Switzerland).  
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Ashton Price - Guitar/Bass/Synth Programming
  Ashton Price owner of Morph Productions, is also an accomplished musician who plays guitar, bass and does keyboard/beat programming. He is known for his melodic, dramatic and tasteful approach to playing. While most of his experience is studio based, playing on a lot of his productions, Ashton has also toured with two different bands.  
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Brownman - Trumpet
  Brownman is one of the most in demand, young jazz studio trumpet players in Canada today. Some accomplishments include being the recipient of the 2002 Canadian National Jazz Award (NJA) for "Jazz Composer of the Year", as well as first runner-up for "Jazz Trumpet Player of the Year". His highly acclaimed Latin-jazz group CRUZAO was also nominated at the NJAs in 2002, 2003 & 2004 for "Electric Jazz Group of the Year".  
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Nick Czarnogorski - Bass
  Nick Czarnogorski's versatility has allowed him to perform in genres ranging from hip hop to rock to country. Nick has performed and/or recorded with artists such as Juno nominee Kazzer (Sony Canada, Linus Entertainment), George Leach, Juno nominee Dayna Manning (EMI), Jason McCoy (Universal), Ian Thornley, Fairfield (Universal/Blacksmith), Johnny Reid, Colin Amey, and Simon Wilcox. Nick currently freelances and teaches in the Toronto area.  
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John Zytaruk - Lap Steel, Dobro, Banjo, Mandolin
  John Zytaruk - specializes in dobro, lap steel, mandolin and banjo. His playing can be heard on recordings from such artists as Buck 65, Jenn Grant, Collette Savard, Lea Salomaa, and many others in both Ontario and Quebec. He performs regularly in the Toronto folk scene and has an active roster of music students. He is skilled at utilizing the sounds of folk instruments in non-traditional settings and adeptly adds color and melodic interest to the recordings he plays on.  
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Ali Raney - Violin/Fiddle/Vocals
  Ali Raney - Recently nominated for a 2011 Canadian Country Music Award as Fiddle Player of the Year, Ali Raney is the background vocalist and fiddle/mandolin player for Juno nominated, CCMA award winner Tara Oram. She has also had the privilege of working with other artists/songwriters/producers, such as American country superstar Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks and Dunn), Juno and Canadian Country Music award winning Terri Clark, 2010 CCMA Female Artist and Songwriter of the Year Victoria Banks (Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans), 2010 CCMA Male Artist of the Year Gord Bamford, internationally acclaimed tenor Ben Heppner, and Gemini and Daytime Emmy award winning musician/producer Tim Thorney (Alanis Morissette, The Rankin Family). Ali is also a regular call musician for other artists and has had the pleasure of working with Jason McCoy, Alex J Robinson, Jason Blaine, One More Girl, Chad Brownlee, and Marshall Dane to name a few.  
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