musician  •  documentary filmmaker    •  photographer   •  audio/video engineer  •   creative advisor  •   graphic design

David Porteous is a Canadian solo singer/songwriter, documentary filmmaker, photographer, charity fundraiser, multi-instrumentalist and comedy writer who currently resides in Toronto, Canada. 

Now 36-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 32 solo music releases. 

2020 will be an exciting year for Porteous with the release of Eric Schaeffer’s new film “God the Worm” starring Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos, CSI, Law and Order) which features new music by Porteous. Also in the works is a new album to be released later in the year and a Canadian tour pending COVID-19 related travel restrictions.

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.

Porteous’ film and music work caught the attention of Sumit Ajwani (founder of Makers and former Head of Production at Saatchi & Saatchi) whom 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 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. 

On the side, Porteous enjoys fundraising for charity and 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 a proud supporter of accessibility and organized a fundraiser for StopGap Foundation which generated over $10 000 USD for the charity. Porteous is also a proud supporter of veterans, is a WWII history buff, an avid motorsports fan and races for fun in the Canadian Rookie Karting Championship.



"...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

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

Alan Cross

"David's soulful voice, combined with his passionate guitar playing, 

ended with the audience loudly demanding several encores."

BlickPunkt, review of concert in Germany

"An inspiring and innovative Canadian artist who uses his art to give back to the community. Canada is lucky to have him!”


"It's so compelling and intriguing...

it takes the musical experience to a whole other level."

Asha Tomlinson, Host of CBC News

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

• Raised $10 000 USD for StopGap Foundation by organizing a charity fundraiser through NTT IndyCar’s Road to Indy series at the Honda Indy in Toronto in partnership with Fat Boy Racing and technology company Surgere 

• 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 featuring over 25 independent and unsigned musicians, half being women. 

• As a long time Radiohead fan, Porteous 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

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

• NOW Magazine Critics’ Pick for NXNE Festival

Career Highlights