David Porteous is a Canadian solo singer/songwriter, creative advisor, music producer, documentary filmmaker, lead guitar player, multi-instrumentalist and comedy writer who currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Now 34-years-old, Porteous began writing music at age 11, had his first radio play on CBC Radio 2 at the age of 14, was nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer, won First Prize in a National Anthem Song Contest, holds a BA in documentary filmmaking and an honour diploma in sound engineering and has created 31 solo music releases. He is also currently hosting and lead writer/director of the parody-comedy show about Toronto called The Sicks. Porteous also plays lead guitar for many bands including Uniter (Indie Music Week Finalists), Simeon Ross, Ryan Isojima and Mr. & Mrs. Fox.
Over the years Porteous has toured extensively in Canada, the UK, Europe and performed at top music festivals such as NXNE, CMJ (New York), Havnekulturfestival (Denmark), Music City North, Indie Music Week, Acoustic Edinburgh (UK), and Canadian Music Week. His passionate on-stage performances and lead guitar work have also landed him opening slots with many talented artists, including Emm Gryner, Peter Katz, Matthew Barber, Neverending White Lights, Lindy, Matt Norris and the Moon, and Nellie McKay.
Porteous’ film work caught the attention of Sumit Ajwani (founder of Makers and former Head of Production at Saatchi & Saatchi) who helped co-produce Porteous’ documentary film War Music. War Music premiered in Scotland and was featured on CBC, BBC, the Toronto Star, a blogTO film pick and was selected for the River Arts Festival.
Porteous has extensive experience as a audio/video engineer working in Canada, the UK and Germany producing and engineering over 100 music and video projects including many music albums, films, commercials and corporate videos. Porteous wrote and record music for the feature film Boy Meets Girl by Eric Scheffer which premiered in New York City and has won over 30 film festival awards.
On the side, Porteous enjoys being a creative advisor for many companies and organizations such as Voxfactum, a computer software company that aims to support children with reading disabilities. Porteous is also a proud supporter of accessibility and supporting veterans, is a WWII history buff, an avid motorsports fan and races for fun in the Canadian Rookie Karting Championship.
• Olympic Torchbearer Nomine, Beijing Summer Games
• Raised $3600 for the Canadian Women’s Foundation on solo fundraising music tour
• Raised money to purchase and donate an electronic drum kit to Fort York Library in memory of Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson. Philip Selway of Radiohead loved the idea and did the same at Manchester Library live on BBC Radio alongside Elbow’s Guy Garvey and Joy Division’s Stephen Morris - Click for more information.
• First Place National Anthem Song Contest
• Honourable Mention : Billboard Song Contest
• NOW Magazine Critics’ Pick for NXNE Festival
CBC Sunday Live Performance & Interview
"...a talented singer/songwriter and documentary filmmaker."
Janice Forsyth, BBC
"David Porteous has released another great CD."
Tegan and Sara
"...left the crowd speechless."
The Shield, review of CMW Showcase
"...you’ll appreciate the pilot episode of The Sicks."
"David's soulful voice, combined with his passionate guitar playing, ended with the audience loudly demanding several encores."
BlickPunkt, review of concert in Hof, Germany
"An incredible and innovative Canadian artist."
"It's so compelling and intriguing...it takes the musical experience to a whole other level."
Asha Tomlinson, Host of CBC News
Album produced for Canadian band Gruve nominated for
"Rock Recording Of The Year" at the Hamilton Music Awards
more shows TBA
Super Mini UK Tour 2018
a WWII documentary film
"Any project of such wide scope has potential for missteps, but Porteous's earnest songs, which we literally watch him write on the battlefields of Europe, bring some urgency to events that for many of us are usually just pieces of history. And that's no small feat."
a WWII documentary film
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Video Production Reel
samples of video production by David Porteous
Parody-comedy web-series about life in Toronto
Episode 1 (Pilot)
“…you’ll appreciate the pilot episode of The Sicks.”
"The Sicks is absolutely brilliantly funny."
Toronto Arts Review
The Sicks is a comedy-parody web-series co-created and hosted by David Porteous about life in the city of Toronto and complete with fictitious commercials, prank phone calls from City Hall, promotional videos, artistic performances and a radio station.
Created by Toronto resident David Porteous, The Sicks offers a highly imaginative melding of reality and fiction. Even BlogTO got fooled by The Sicks. Viewers can also connect with the parody “city Toronto” by visiting the website at www.city-toronto.ca.
The fake used MP3 store caught real people off guard when they replied to a Thrift MP3 cashier job posting. Instead of seeking resumés, applicants were asked to write a 15-second song about Thrift MP3. The hilarious results are included in the pilot episode.
But life in the parody city is not all fun-and-games. The show also highlights some serious issues in the real city of Toronto, including hunger insecurity, white privilege and LGBTQ homeless youth.
To watch The Sicks, visit www.thesicks.ca
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