BIG CITY ALL STAR BAND
Before his role as Musical Director for the Big City All Star Band, Carlin Lemon toured the world as MD, keyboard player, and front-of-the-house engineer with various award winning bands, spanning 12 countries, numerous concerts, festivals, TV appearances, talk shows and albums. He also runs a successful recording studio. He is best known for his meticulous synthesizer programming and sampling skills - replicating the sounds of popular music recordings, and his ability to play numerous parts simultaneously. Chances are, if you've heard a live band that sounds exactly like the recording, you've already heard this musician in action!
At home on Electric Bass, Upright Bass and Cello, Julian Bradford has performed and recorded with a range of artists from home town electro funk fusion party sensation Moses Mayes, to pop songstress Chantal Kreviazuk, to smooth jazz legend Kenny G. He has also had the great fortune of opening for such legends as Kool & The Gang and Lauren Hill. Always a first-call bass player in high demand... and we've got him!
As laid back and easy going as Derrick may be to talk to, he is a monster on the rock stage! But what many of his fans across the country may not know is that he's equally at home playing everything from country to top 40 pop as well. Playing the scene in both Toronto and Winnipeg has led him to work with several notable Canadian artists including Denny Doherty of The Mamas and The Papas as well as being the guitarist for the iconic classic rock band Harlequin. Derrick adds a wealth of musical knowledge to every gig he plays and his solos are not to be missed!
Multiple award winning drummer Stephen Broadhurst has been a part of the Winnipeg music scene since his high school years. Playing drums behind some of Canada`s top artists including Doc Walker, Harlequin, Amanda Stott, Sue Medley, Michelle Wright, The Wilkinsons, Diane Chase, Julian Austin, Rita Chiarelli, Loverboy, Dean Brody, Jason Blaine, Aaron Lines, Deric Ruttan, and Eagle and Hawk has played a huge part in making him the highly sought after player he is today. It has led him to tour across Canada, the U.S, Europe, Australia and even to perform for our millitary in The Middle East. He has also been a part of many theatre shows including Chicago, Grease, The Full Monty, Footloose, and from 2008 to 2010 in Toronto drumming for the Tony award winning smash hit “Jersey Boys”. There's a good reason this guy keeps winning awards... and we've got him too!
Kathryn Balzer has always been passionate about rhythm and groove, and her flare for percussion and ear for detail lead her to bring just the right finishing touch to any song - like icing on a cake! Over the years, that passion has led to her involvement in a large variety of professional musical groups such as the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra, Minto Armaries cadet marching band, U of M percussion ensemble, and various rock and private event bands throughout Winnipeg. From 2004 to 2010, Kathryn was also one of the four creative forces behind an all-female performance and drumming group, Insisto. Over the past few years she has also performed with singer/songwriter and Western Canadian Music Award winner Marijosee Clement, embarking with her band on both national and international tours, as well as drumming for local rock band 10 Years On.
If anyone understands the definition of being an entertainer, it's Kevin Aichele. It's his distinctive talent, infectious energy on stage, and strong work ethic that has kept him in high demand as a performer across Canada and the U.S. for the past 18 years. An exceptionally diverse and experienced vocalist, he has appeared on Opera and Musical Theatre Stages ("Sweeney Todd" in Sweeney Todd, "Don Alfonso" in Cosi Fan Tutte, the "Beast" in Beauty And The Beast and "Daddy Warbucks" in Annie to mention a few), sung for Television and Radio, and done countless studio sessions, including extensive voice acting, performing character voices for a variety of animated series around the world. Kevin has also worked as an actor in Film and Telvision, most recently appearing in the action/drama series The Pinkerton's. Whether it's Michael Jackson, Dean Martin, or Sir Mix-a-lot, this world-class performer knows how to bring it!
Ever since joining her first cover band at 17, TJ hasn’t stopped singing. From the studio to the road, to television & theatre, TJ has done it all. For years she played the role of Agnetha in national touring ABBA tribute band Supertrooper. She has sung backgrounds in the studio and on stage for numerous recording artists, including Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Fred Penner, Jake Chenier, & Tom Jackson. TJ co-wrote and recorded the debut album with award winning Canadian duo McMaster and James. She has also performed in 4 theatre shows at Rainbow Stage, and has sung the national anthem for the Bombers, Jets, and Goldeyes. Her strong voice and wealth of experience on the stage make her a great fit for the Big City All Star Band, and we consider ourselves lucky to have her!
Paul McNair is an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and the best rock vocalist we have ever heard. His perfect pitch is the envy of other musicians, and vocal range is second to none, making him a popular man in recording studios and bands around his hometown of Winnipeg. Paul was originally recruited by Harlequin in the early ’90s as a keyboard/guitar player, and is currently their bass player and backup vocalist. Paul later struck out on his own to form the legendary Boogie Knights Band, which saw a great deal of success and must have employed every worthy musician in town for years! He also fronts the “Ultimate Escape” Journey Tribute band, which alone is a testament to his vocal range and abilities. We are honoured to have Paul as one of our vocalists.
Jeremy Koz is a well-rounded performer who can sing all styles of music. His original rock band has opened for such acts as “Our Lady Peace, Buckcherry and The Guess Who” to name a few, and has received airplay on radio stations all across North America, also getting Koz nominated for best male rock vocal at the L.A. Music Awards. Jeremy also sings with The Ron Paley Band, Famous Players (Vancouver), classic rock tribute act Snake Oil Sinners, as well as his own acoustic act. He has performed in thirteen shows at Rainbow Stage. You may also recognize Koz from “Canadian Idol” where he appeared in front of millions of viewers in the top 22. Always an in-demand vocalist, Jeremy is a fantastic entertainer and knows how to get people dancing!
As a versatile and accomplished vocalist, Lisa Bell has had the opportunity to perform for audiences across Canada. Lisa has performed in 7 Rainbow stage shows and successfully sang her way to Canadian Idol top 20, aired on CTV. Lisa has shared the stage with artists such as Sean Paul, KC & Jo Jo, Ray Robinson, Jamaican sensation Singing Melody, Bobbie Valentino, Mary Wilson (Supremes) and performs frequently with the Ron Paley Big Band. Her song Time To Fly made the top 5 on Canada's Next Radio Star contest and her single Tell Me Why has achieved radio success in the UK and previously heard on local Winnipeg stations. Known for her raw, high energy, never holding back performances. This soul sista is a fierce addition to the BCASB!
Kristi comes to the Big City All Star Band with a strong, diverse background in performing arts. With a love of music that blossomed at a young age, she has been a part of Winnipeg's music scene since the age of 17. She has roots in musical theatre, having played the role of "Sandy" in Rainbow Stage's production of "Grease", and since then has gone to to be involved in 6 other Rainbow Stage productions, showcasing her strong vocal ability. Kristi has been a vocalist in the Ron Paley Big Band for the last nine years, and more recently, was invited to perform as a guest vocalist with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for an audience of thousands at the Scotia Band Stage at the forks. Kristi is thrilled to share the stage and her high energy abilities with the other amazingly talented vocalists and musicians in the Big City All Star Band!
Winnipeg-based vocalist Joanna Majoko is rapidly becoming a prominent fixture on the local music scene and is currently enrolled in the University of Manitobaʼs jazz studies program. Joanna takes inspiration from both old and contemporary jazz and pop singers, and combines it with her love of gospel and soul music. Always a pleasure to work with, Joanna’s genuine smile and beautiful voice is sure to win you over.
While frequently introduced as Winnipeg's best kept secret, Lisa is making quite a name for herself belting out everything from Soul to Country music, and everything in between. Lisa has opened for and performed with Kenny Shields from Streetheart, headlined the MTS Center, the Lyric theatre, as well as many weddings and large corporate events. When Lisa isn't travelling and performing, she's finishing her studies at the University of Winnipeg. As the record holder for most wins at Disney's American Idol Experience, the judges comments included, "That girl was raised on collard greens and grits", "What a range and such soulful power", "You can sing anything" - and she can!
Stacey Parker is about all things professional and pretty. Whether it's building our website, magazine layouts, creating promo material, show displays, or a dress of hers, she always brings a fancy and professional touch. She also does our booking, accounting, organizing, a Jill of all trades, and just generally keeps all of our heads on straight.
Nolan Balzer has been an Audio Engineer/Editor specializing in post production for television and radio for over 15 years. He has arranged, recorded, produced or played on over 30 albums including 3 Juno award winners and one Grammy nominated album. He is also a professional vocalist and has sung on countless radio commercials. With enough arm twisting, he can occassionally be coerced into joining us on stage for a song. An ardent fan of a good single malt Scotch, Nolan has a fantastic ear for music, and always makes us sound our best.
Keith Gordon is an Honours graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. He sat on the Executive of the Audio Engineering Society Toronto chapter and the Professional Audio & Lighting National Advisory Council. Keith has written for Canadian Musician and Professional Sound magazines and was Recording Supervisor of the Mb Legislature. He also holds an MBA and has designed an award winning in-ear monitoring system. In the live music world, Keith has been the sound engineer on thousands of shows across Canada, The US, and Europe, working with a diverse range of artists including Chantal Kreviazuk, Doc Walker, Julian Austin, Theory of a Deadman, Econoline Crush, Kim Mitchell, Honeymoon Suite, Prism, Amanda Stott, Platinum Blonde, Colin James, David Wilcox, Jason McCoy, Harem Scarem, Seether, Mike Reno, Big Sugar and Aldo Nova. He can now add the Big City All Star Band to that impressive roster!