musician  •  creative advisor  •  documentary filmmaker  •  audio/video engineer

About

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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!). 

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Career Highlights:

Created the World's First Music Video for the Deaf

World War II documentary film "War Music" featured on CBC, BBC, Toronto Star

• 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

Host and lead writer/director of the Toronto parody-comedy show The Sicks

• NOW Magazine Critics’ Pick for NXNE Festival

Music featured in award winning feature film by Eric Schaeffer, Boy Meets Girl

CBC News Feature

Live Performance of “Fighting Talk”

The Sicks - Episode 2

PICTURES

CBC Sunday Live Performance & Interview

Press

Shows

"...a talented singer/songwriter and documentary filmmaker."

Janice Forsyth, BBC

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"David Porteous has released another great CD."

Tegan and Sara

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"...left the crowd speechless."

The Shield, review of CMW Showcase

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"...you’ll appreciate the pilot episode of The Sicks."

Alan Cross

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"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

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"An incredible and innovative Canadian artist."

Death-by-dDgital

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"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 

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Album produced for Canadian band Gruve nominated for

"Rock Recording Of The Year" at the Hamilton Music Awards

2018 Shows TBA.

  • June 21, 2015     Brantford, Canada
  • June 19, 2015     Toronto, Canada
  • June 8, 2015     Prague, Czech Republic
  • June 7, 2015     Prague, Czech Republic
  • June 6, 2015     Zittau, Germany
  • June 5, 2015     Berlin, Germany
  • June 1, 2015     Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 31, 2015     Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 30, 2015     Odense, Denmark
  • May 29, 2015     Malmö, Sweden
  • May 28, 2015     Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • May 26, 2015     Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • August 23, 2015     Toronto, Canada
  • August 22, 2015     Ottawa, Canada
  • August 19, 2015     Belle River, Canada
  • August 18, 2015     Charlottetown, Canada
  • August 17, 2015     Halifax, Canada
  • August 15, 2015     St. Andrews, Canada
  • August 13, 2015     Moncton, Canada
  • August 12, 2015     Fredericton, Canada
  • August 10, 2015     Montreal, Canada
  • August 8, 2015       Kingston, Canada

Film

War Music 

a WWII documentary film

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"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."

- blogTO

Click above to watch the film for free.

Credits

Store

Video Production Reel

samples of video production by David Porteous

Digital Music:

Physical Music:

31 (CD)  -  BUY NOW ONLY $5

Contact

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David Porteous

contact @ davidporteous.ca