“Five Finger Discount is an album destined for legendary status. The music Soulstack has made here will be an inspiration for future generations just as it refreshes the memory of the greatness of the works that led the way to where we are today. Soulstack is a truly great band and Five Finger Discount is an all-time great album. Essential.” Rust Magazine – Rust zine 2014
Maple Blue Revue / Maple Blues Band
I have been the house drummer for the Maple Blues Awards since 2000, with Gary Kendall, Michael Fonfara, Pat Carey, Teddy Leonard, Christ Whiteley, Al Lerman, Chris Murphy. THe Maple blue Revuew features aditional guest vocals from Chuck Jackson, Dawn Tyler Watson and John Mays. www.garykendall.com/mbr.htm
Raoul and The Big Time:
- Since 1998, I have been playing with Raoul & the Big Time, a Toronto-based blues band in the 50’s / Chicago / West Coast Swing style. www.raoulandthebigtime.com Raoul and The Big Time won the 1999 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist, and Real Blues Magazine Awards in 2000 and 2001.
- We have released three recordings, “Cold Outside” 2004 and “Big Time Blues” 2001, ” You My People” 2010 and released two music videos in 2004. Raoul and the Big Time CDs are available through Festival in Canada, and Crosscut Records in Europe.
Winner of five Maple Blues Awards for ‘Drummer of the Year’, having won the fifth award this year 2014.
Bona wins 4th Consecutive Maple Blues Award for ‘Drummer of the Year’
I was again voted ‘Drummer of the Year’ at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards.
This is the fourth year running that I have won this prestigious national Canadian blues award ( www.torontobluessociety.com ).
(The Canadian equivalent of the W.C. Handy award.)
I toured and recorded with WC Handy nominated, Juno Award and Multiple Maple Blues Award winning, roots/blues, guitarist and singer/songwriter Sue Foley from 1999 to 2007 . www.suefoley.com We recorded and released a Live in Europe DVD [ Germany ] , ” New Used Car” and a track for Bob Dylan Tribute as well as a track for “Guitar Woman” compilation on Ruf Records. “Change” Sue Foley’s ‘acoustic’ recording, was recorded live at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, December 2003. This recording won three 2004 Maple Blues Awards for Recording of the Year, Acoustic Act of the Year, and Female Vocal of the Year. I also recorded tracks on Sue Foley’s Maple Blues Award winning “Where the Action Is”, released June 2002, produced by multi-award winning producer & performer Colin Linden.
- The Sue Foley band toured Canada, USA and Europe.
This project was a Pre-Soulstack band featuring Jon Knight, Dylan Wickens, Harpo Peterson, and myself. We nurtured greasy grooves and cool vibes with a long running house gig at the now defunct ” Chicago’s Diner Bird’s Nest” on Queen Street West. The band released a CD in Spring 2005, recorded in Tom’s basement, produced by Jon Knight and the band. Wickens Knight won the Toronto Blues Society ‘ New Talent Search ‘ 2006, and this performance was recorded by CBC Radio. Word on the street is that the debut Wickens Knight’s CD has reached somewhat of an underground cult status !
Randy Dawson – NEW CD Release ” D’Nile Blues ” January 2005
Performing and recording with Randy Dawson since 1996. This new CD features Randy, myself and Bob Bilton on Bass. www.randydawson.com
Other Recording Credits:
Martha and the Muffins
– I recorded with the band the 30th Anniversary version of ” Echo Beach” ( and a few other tracks) ….Now that’s Canadiana!!
Hennessey – Life on AM Radio 1999 – www.hennessey.ca
Jeremy Robinson – Butterfly Pin 1997, Good and Gone 1998 – www.jeremyrobinson.net
Chris Warren- Beautiful Ruins 2004 – www.chriswarren.cc
Kim Doolittle – Touch Wood 2004 – www.peterboroughjams.ca/musician_kimdoolittle.htm
Wickens Knight – due this spring 2005 – www.wickens-knight.com
Randy Dawson – D’Nile Blues 2005 www.randydawson.com
Gregory Hoskins – Surgery 2000
Simon Tell – Junk Fables 1993, Live Flamingo 1992
Razzmatazz for Kids – 1993
Other Performing Credits:
|Arlene Bishop||Duke Robillard||Johnny Max||Philip Sayce|
|Ashley MacIsaac||Dylan Wickens Band||Junior Watson||Randy Dawson|
|Aylie Sparks (Yukon)||Glory Glory||JW Jones||Renann|
|Big Daddy G||Gordie Johnson/Big Sugar||Kenny ‘Blue Boss’ Wayne||Robbie Rox|
|Bill King’s Fish Fry||Greg Godovitz/Goddo||Kim Doolittle||Ronnie Earl|
|Blair Packham||Gregory Hoskins||Krista Blondin||Roxanne Potvin|
|Blues Doctor Julie Hill||Hennessey||Lance Anderson||Simon Tell|
|Bourbon Tabernacle Choir||Holly Cole||Mark Hummell||Steve Lukather (Toto)|
|Bunny Brown||Jack DeKeyzer||Martha and the Muffins||Southside Steve|
|Chris Armstrong||Jackie Richardson||Matt Minglewood||Steven C Barr|
|Chuck Jackson||Jackie Washington||Mel Brown||Suspect|
|Colin James||Jazz Unlimited||Michael Jerome Brown||Swing Gang|
|Colin Linden||Jeff Healey||Michael D’Amigo||The Bear Band|
|Damhnait Doyle||Jeff Martin (Tea Party)||Michelle Shocked||The Press|
|David Gogo||Jeremy Robinson||Midnight Walk||Tony D|
|Dawn Tyler Watson||Jerome Godboo||Morgan Davis||Tony Springer Wild T|
|Donny Walsh||Jim Byrnes||Paranoia||Virgil Scott|
|Don’t Talk Dance||Jimmy Boskill||Paul Reddick||Wickens Knight|
|Downchild Blues Band||John Mays / Fathead||Penny Skolski||Willie “Big Eyes” Smith|
Shared the stage/festival with:
|54-40||Coco Montoya||Great Big Sea||Nina Simone|
|Allanah Myles||Colin Linden||James Harmon||Otis Rush|
|Amos Garrett||Country Joe MacDonald||Jennifer Warnes||Robert Cray|
|Barenaked Ladies||Dalbello||Joe Cocker||Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers|
|BB King||Danny Michel||John Entwhistle||Shemekia Copeland|
|Big Sugar||Delbert McClinton||John Hiatt||Sonny Landreth|
|Blue Rodeo||Dick Dale||John Lee Hooker||The Holmes Brothers|
|Bo Diddley||Double Trouble||Johnny Lang||Tom Cochrane|
|Booker T and the MG’s||Dr. John||Maceo Parker||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers|
|Bruce Cockburn||Duke Robillard||Max Webster||Van Morrison|
|Buddy Guy||Echo and the Bunnymen||Moxy Fruvous|
|Clarence ‘Gatemouth Brown||Gary Moore||Neville Brothers|
Features in Modern Drummer Magazine and DRUM! Magazine ( www.drummagazine.com ). Appearance in OMNI 1 TV’s “Metropia” ( www.cfmt.com/tv/metropia/ ) with Raoul and the Big Time. TVO appearances with Raoul and the Big Time and recently with Roxanne Potvin ( www.roxannepotvin.com ). Appeared in an Atlantis/Alliance made for TV movie ‘On Hostile Ground’ (1999), starring John Corbett (Sex and the City). Recorded on the soundtrack to CBC TV’s ‘Life and Times of Robert Bateman’ (1998). Numerous appearances on national Canadian television and radio shows, American (NPR) and UK (BBC) national radio shows.
I am a member of The American Federation of Musicians (Local 149, TMA) and an ACTRA Member.