Parry first picked up the guitar twenty years ago at the age of 10 and had a deep rooted passion for music for as long as he can remember. "The guitar has allowed me to express myself in ways that I wouldn’t be able to do so otherwise", he says. "As a teenager growing up in the 90’s there was a surplus of great music coming out in the rock/grunge genre where I would later take bits and pieces from and apply that to my song writing and craft/band projects." Along the way Parry has been able to pick up the keyboards, drums, and the bouzouki. As a member of ATB, Parry finds like-minded individuals who share the same passion. "It's a very positive atmosphere where we all strive to bring out the best in one another--and aith all of the musical diversity in the group there is a lot of knowledge to be had and that is what excites me the most!"
Kat is an accomplished producer, director, videographer, editor and musician as well as a founding member of the ATB players. She brings with her a wealth of experience in contemporary music video production, filming and direction. She has developed over time a beautiful aesthetic for the series as you can see from more recent videos which have elevated the weekly YouTube series to a high quality production with each new video. Her direction and creative inspiration have shaped the series over the past year of production.
The Book Club: Nat Novak Remplakowski, Emily Coutts, Shaina Silver-Baird, Kat Webber
Kidd Rasta and The Peacemakers: Kidd Rasta, Paul Nanuwa, Mark Rynkun, Stacey Yerofeyeva
Born and raised in Camrose, Alberta, and moved to Toronto in 2002. Jacqueline comes from a concert/stage band background and is a multi-instrumentalist, playing a variety of woodwinds including oboe, flute and saxophone; drums/percussion, and various stringed things including guitar, ukelele, mandolin, cello and fiddle. She dabbles on the piano as one of the principle vocalists for ATB. Co-founder of ATB Music Canada, and creator of "Pick Up and Play", Jacqueline wanted to develop an indie platform for musicians from all walks of life and genres to explore their creativity collaboratively using the "weekly jam" session as a performance medium.
Andy was born and raised here in Toronto and his lived most of his life in Downsview. A guitarist from a young age and jam session drummer, Andy's love for music bridges the gaps between classic rock, modern indie, and nearly everything in between. As co-founder of Across The Board Music, sound engineer and chief equipment manager and handy-man, Andy plays various guitars, including bass, acoustic and electric; drum kit/percussion and recently became quite proficient at the jingle bells!
Born in Montreal, Marty started his musical career playing piano at the tender age of 8. He picked up a guitar around 13 years of age and then began playing the pedal steel as a late arrival around 28. Marty, who is a composer, songwriter and arranger, joined Across The Board primarily because of his passion for music and the enthusiasm he saw in fellow ATB musicians. "I also love playing in Jackie's studio!"
As a founding member of "Pick Up and Play" you can see Julian perform during many of the early episodes of the series. Julian is a well-seasoned guitarist and vocalist, having performed for many years both as a soloist and with bands in and around Toronto. Julian is a multitalented artist, actor, model, photographer, director and producer and we could fill pages of copy with his many credits and achievements.
Born and raised in Leicester, England moved to Toronto, Canada when he was 12. At present, Paul is an active session drummer in the city. He has performed on many stages around the world from concert theatre shows to festival stages. Paul has been learning and performing drums/percussion, guitar, bass, keys as well as East Indian percussion instruments and even noodles on some brass, woodwinds. Basically, Paul has the ability to pick up any instrument and can make it sound the way it should. Ever since he can remember, Paul always enjoyed singing and has been involved in choirs and jazz vocal groups too. Paul joined ATB Music Canada because he loves a good challenge and enjoys sharing his passion for music with positive like minded individuals.
Born and raised in the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka, Damien grew up in a musical family, and started singing and playing guitar from an early age. As a teenager, he played in several bands, varying from classic rock to heavy metal. He moved to Toronto, Canada in 2008, and progressively played music in various settings, which has taught him to adapt to different styles of music, including rock, reggae, blues and jazz. He is excited to be a part of ATB and is looking forward to the wild ride ahead!