Pat Steward burst out of clubland obscurity when he recorded the hit Summer of '69 with Bryan Adams and toured the rocker's Reckless album around the world and back again to his Vancouver home. It was a wild time for the quiet, unassuming drummer whose influence range from Zeppelin, Rush, Deep Purple and the Police to jazz greats including Tony Williams.
Since those times with Adams, Pat has made his mark with the musically hip and sonically astute pop-rockers The Odds, kicked out barnstorming blues and rock with Aussie singer Jimmy Barnes, and he's shuffled his way from coast to coast across Canada with blues/swing guitarist extraordinare, Colin James. In short, Pat - who loves playing everything from jazz and reggae to pop and rock - has paid his dues, albeit in the comfortable company of some of the best in the business.
Raphael Geronimo is a musician and percussionist based in Vancouver, Canada. Born in the Philippines, he learned to play congas, timbales and bongo from his father, Rene “Boying” Geronimo. He continued his practice by studying percussion in Cuba and New York City. Raphael continues to direct the group Rumba Calzada that he took over from his father in 1995. The band has been nominated for a 2002 Juno Award, 2002 Canadian Independent Music Award, 2002 West Coast Music Award and a 2008 Western Canadian Music Award.
Raphael has also toured, opened for, recorded or performed with various artists such as Oscar Lopez, Gaye Delorme, James Keelaghan, Ernan Lopez Nussa, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Richie Ray, Harry Connick Jr, Poncho Sanchez, Jane Bunnett, Daniel Wesley, and Hey Ocean.
Master instrument maker is Robin Shackleton, who lives in Errington on Vancouver Island, with his wonderful partner Laurie and their two sons, Sylvan and Eli. Robin completes all processes of instrument creation, and produces around 60 instruments a year. Each summer, Robin goes on tour with his instruments to music festivals. This is a treasured part of his business approach and has lead him to a rich world of influences and ideas.
The Forest lays the guiding principles for the creation of these instruments. Some of Vancouver Island's beautiful trees which Sylvan Temple gratefully salvages are: Cedar, Costal Douglas Fur, Maple, Yew, Sitka Spruce, Cypress, Alder, Garry Oak, Arbutus, Bitter Cherry... many more. Sylvan Temple strives to face the currrent challenge to manufacturing and artisanhood: to use supplies which the immediate environment has in abundance, to outsource locally from others who are doing the same, to then produce through a dependency on your environment. A company should feel the consequences of its activities and create production structures which can easily evolve to balance them.
Michel Rivero Mordoch is a multi instrumentalist, a musical arranger
and choral director that grew up in the bustling culturally rich city of
His roots in Cuban Trova, and his deep love for
Brazilian and Portuguese music has moulded his music and has
shaped his career as a songwriter and as a choir director and choral
arranger. As a musician in Cuba, Michel has collaborated with many
artists, including Farah Maria, and Chinese recording artist, Linda Pu
Jie, as well Cuban folk legend Silvio Rodriguez’s trio, Trovarroco; and
rap group, Prima Base. He has worked with Novel Voz Acapella group
of Cuba, and the Leo Vocal Choir, known for interpreting classic
Cuban songs; as well as the legendary choral group, Mapeyé, the
National Criollo Orchestra of Puerto Rico.
Dave McGrath, or “Voodoo Dave” as he is known in the drums circles and the performance community. Dave is a master percussionist who plays percussion, drums and rhythms from all corners of the earth. This makes him the natural go to man for dance ensembles, community events, recording sessions and performance projects. Dave is a composer in his own right having collaborated in recordings with some of the areas most gifted solo artists. He assembles custom percussion sound for bands and designs his beat to refine dynamics and create big energy.