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chris wallace quartet
March 3, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Chris Wallace is a drummer and composer originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. Since the end of 2002 he had been living in Edinburgh, Scotland where he became a central figure in the Scottish jazz community. In December of 2013 Chris relocated to Toronto.
Chris has worked in a wide variety of settings over the years. In the 1990′s he moved to Atlanta, GA, USA to work with underground American prog rock band Timothy Pure. The band released 2 acclaimed albums and toured Western Europe 3 times sharing stages with Uriah Heep, Asia, Saga and members of King Crimson among others.
During this period Chris was also a member of the Canadian indie pop group Blinki, one of Canada’s hardest touring bands of the year 2000, playing over 200 shows on a 7 month coast to coast
Canadian tour, including appearances at the COCA Conference in London ON, and NXNE in Toronto. In December of 2002 Chris left Vancouver to live in Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon arriving he began gigging on the local scene immediately. He toured to Spain and Denmark with Scottish celtic rock legends Wolfstone, and became a member of jazz/hip hop crossover group Live Sciences, recording the album “Bohemian Raps”.
As a jazz sideman he performed with international artists such as Jamie Oehlers (AUS), Jim Mullen (UK), Alan Barnes (UK), Julian Arguelles (UK), Karen Sharp (UK), Silke Eberhard (GER), Louis Durra (USA), Damon Brown (UK), Ulf Wakenius (SWE) and Anders Bergkrantz (SWE). Chris has backed many singers as well including Lady Rizo (NYC), Ali McGregor (AUS), Julienne Taylor (UK), Lillian Boutee (USA), Barbara Morrison (USA), Niki King (UK) and Holly Penfield (UK/USA), June Garber (CAN), Selena Evangaline (CAN), Gavin Hope (CAN).
Chris’s trio NeWt was voted Jazz Ensemble of the year for 2012 at the Scottish Jazz Awards.
Since his arrival in Toronto, Chris has appeared alongside a who’s who of Canadian jazz artists:
He is a member of the Alison Young Quintet, Johnny Griffith Trio, Juno winner Carlos Morgan’s Soul Patrol as well as his own quartet. He has performed with Kirk Macdonald, Kelly Jefferson, Kieran Overs, Adrean Farrugia, Nathan Hiltz, Artie Roth, Lorne Lofsky, Brian Dickinson, Ted Quinlan, Harley Card, David Restivo, Steve Amirault and countless others on the Toronto scene.
Chris Wallace – drums
Jeff King – sax
Brian Dickinson – piano
Artie Roth – bass