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

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David Porteous is a Canadian solo singer/songwriter, creative advisor, music producer, documentary filmmaker, videographer, lead guitar player, multi-instrumentalist and comedy writer who currently resides in Toronto, Canada. 

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Now 35-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. 

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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. 

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Porteous has gained a wealth of 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. 

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Over the years Porteous has toured extensively as a solo musician and a lead guitar player that has brought him across Canada, the UK, Europe including performing 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.

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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.

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Career Highlights

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• Created the World's First Music Video for the Deaf

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

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• Olympic Torchbearer Nomine, Beijing Summer Games

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• Raised $3600 for the Canadian Women’s Foundation on solo fundraising music tour

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• 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.

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• First Place National Anthem Song Contest

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• Honourable Mention : Billboard Song Contest

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

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• NOW Magazine Critics’ Pick for NXNE Festival

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"...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 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

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