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, and has created 31 solo music releases. He is also currently hosting and lead writer/director of the parody-comedy show about Toronto, entitled 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, Rob Lamothe, Lindy, Matt Norris and the Moon, and Nellie McKay.
Porteous has extensive experience as a music producer working in Canada, the UK and Germany, producing and engineering over 100 music projects. As an audio and video engineer, Porteous has also worked on many films, commercials and corporate videos including writing music for the feature film Boy Meets Girl by Eric Scheffer. Boy Meets Girl 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 help children with reading disabilities.
Outside of the creative sphere, Porteous is a proud supporter of accessibility, a WWII history buff, an avid motorsports fan and races for fun in the Canadian Rookie Karting Championship (including multiple podium finishes!).
• Olympic Torchbearer Nomine, Beijing Summer Games
• Raised $3600 for the Canadian Women’s Foundation on solo fundraising music tour
• Raised money to donaed 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. Click for more information.
• First Place National Anthem Song Contest
• Honourable Mention : Billboard Song Contest
• NOW Magazine Critics’ Pick for NXNE Festival
CBC News Feature
Live Performance of “Fighting Talk”
The Sicks - Episode 2
"...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 describing David Porteous' music video for the deaf
Album produced for Canadian band Gruve nominated for
"Rock Recording Of The Year" at the Hamilton Music Awards
2018 Shows TBA.
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."
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Video Production Reel
samples of video production by David Porteous
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