Team

MANAGEMENT

Stewart Hall (President) is the founder and president of Rock the Stars. Prior to Rock the Stars, Stewart had a 20-year career in the computer industry and was a senior manager at Compaq Canada. Stewart then founded Nextech where he successfully developed the Canadian market on behalf of clients including Intel, Xerox and Panasonic. In 1996 Stewart created an online magazine called Viewz through partnerships with AOL, IBM and Sympatico. Stewart is a lifelong music fan, and plays drums in a number of original and cover bands. He brings his knowledge, experience and passion to every event as facilitator and performer. www.rockthestars.com

Jeff Pearce (Regional Director) is a founding member of Canadian rock band Moist and co-writer of their 3 multi-platinum albums. With a million records sold, 10 Juno Award nominations and 2 wins, 11 MuchMusic Video Award nominations and 4 wins and 7 Socan Number 1 awards, Moist dominated the Canadian airwaves in the 1990s. In Canada, Moist sold out arenas from coast to coast. Internationally, Moist had hits in Europe and Asia, and shared the stage with acts as diverse as Neil Young, Metallica and Green Day. As a producer, Jeff is best known for David Usher’s Juno Award winning “Morning Orbit” and “If God had Curves” albums. He also played in David’s touring band for six years. Jeff has produced and written songs with Kalen Porter, Rex Goudie, Damnhait Doyle, Kyle Riabko, Mookie Morris and Brian Melo. His songs have been featured on the TV shows “The L Word”, “Joan of Arcadia”, “Canadian Idol” and “Due South”, and in the films “In the Army Now”, “Brokedown Palace” and “Stir of Echoes”. Jeff is an experienced teacher, writer and speaker and holds a B.A. (Honours) from Queen’s University. www.jeffreypearce.com

Katherine  Heikkila (Sales and Program Development) began her career as a television reporter and host for CTV. Her acting talent led her to numerous television roles on shows like “Traders” and “Bar Skool”. As a singer, Kat has performed on every major stage in the Toronto area, and has toured North America performing the roles of Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks for the Classic Albums Live series. She has also subbed in for Animotion (“You’re My Obsession”). Kat is a prolific songwriter and an experienced vocal and theatre coach. She holds a B.A. from Laurentian University and is about to publish her first novel. www.katherineheikkila.com

 

FACILITATORS

Adam Warner  is a multi-instrumentalist, experienced session player and a celebrated songwriter. Adam has performed everywhere from The Cavern Club in Liverpool, to CBGB’s in New York City, from the Paradiso in Amsterdam, to the SXSW festival in Austin. In Toronto, he has performed at the Skydome and Massey Hall. He has been seen and heard on the BBC, CBC, CMT, Canada AM, The Mike Bullard Show, MuchMusic, MTV, and Musique Plus. Adam is also a member of an elite group who have composed musical backdrops for David Suzuki, played a command concert for Paul Anka and performed at birthday celebrations for the Queen of Holland. Adam performs regularly with Jill Barber, Royal Wood and with his own project, Adam Warner and Close to the Floor. He has also performed with Sean Cullen, Seamus Blake, Justin Rutledge, The Travelers, Dorian Harewood, Don Thompson, Ed Burns, and Tara Oram. www.adamwarner.com

Chris “CT-M” Taylor-Munro has enjoyed touring and recording with artists such as David Usher, Moist, Brian Byrne, Roger Mooking, Lucie Idlout, Boywonder and Hydrofoil. He has performed around the world, including a six-month USO tour during Operation Desert Storm. When off the road, CT-M has composed and performed on national ad campaigns for Molson, Zellers, Rogers Communications, Samsung and Ikea. Chris has garnered Gold and Platinum records in Canada and abroad, and won a SOCAN Award for co-writing Canada’s 2008 pop song of the year, David Usher’s “The Music”. CT-M also writes freelance for music publications such as Canadian Musician, Professional Sound and Lighting and Canadian Music Trade. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and an experienced drum teacher.

Chuck D. Keeping is an honours graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. Often on tour with Suzie McNeil, Chuck has also found time to play with Pleasure Shop, Jeff Healey, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Dutch Mason, Jack deKeyzer, Marty Casey and Prince. He was also a member of two-time Juno Award winning band Fathead. His numerous recording credits include tracks for Sony Records, BMG Records, eMac Studios, Liquid Sound and Bassline. His bands have been winners and nominees of Juno Awards, Canadian Indies and Maple Blues Awards. www.chuckdkeeping.com

Cory Bond  is an established Toronto-based guitarist, singer and instructor. A journeyman musician, he has performed on stages across Canada and the United States. Cory also acts as a mentor to dozens of fledgling bands at one of Canada’s top music clubs. He has performed at fundraising shows for charities that include the March Of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes, and the Canadian Cancer Society. He is one of Rock the Stars most experienced facilitators and has been with the company since its beginning.

Ellen Feinman  is a Toronto-based multi-instrumentalist who frequently performs as part of an established duo. As well as being an accomplished musician and song writer, Ellen is a published author, with several children’s books to her credit. When not writing or performing, Ellen teaches with the Toronto District School Board. Her instructing experience, coupled with her love for music, has made her one of Rock the Stars most valued facilitators.

Gerry Finn’s professional career began when he joined Epic recording artists Killer Dwarfs. He co-wrote and played guitar on “Method to the Madness” with legendary producer Andy Johns (Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen) and received two Juno Award nominations and a Much Music Video Award nod. Killer Dwarfs toured North America extensively, sharing the stage with Iron Maiden, Pantera, Skid Row and many others. Gerry is an in-demand session player, and has appeared on dozens of national ad campaigns for clients including Ikea, Labatts and Zellers. He also recorded three albums and made multiple videos with EMI Recording artist David Usher, receiving gold and platinum album awards in Canada and Asia. Gerry has recorded, written songs and performed with Helix, JD Fortune (INXS) Brian Byrne (I Mother Earth), Holly McNarland, Canadian Idol’s Billy Klippert and others. Gerry’s most recent radio hits were David Usher’s “Time of our Lives” and Brian Byrne’s “Far from Good”. Gerry is also an experienced guitar instructor and has a B.A. from St. Francis Xavier University.  www.rockstarlive.ca

Gord Light  http://www.myspace.com/gordlight

Jackie Skinner  is a Toronto based singer/songwriter.  She started her career at the age of 10 performing on the Big Top Talent Show. Jackie has since had the privilege to play with and learn from award-winning guitar players, including Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction.  She has played all over Ontario, sharing the stage with such artists as Treble Charger, Sum 41, Canadian Idol’s Andrew Austin, Peter Katz, and the David Celia Band. Jackie’s latest accomplishment was being invited to Nashville to participate in NBC’s “Nashville Star” talent competition. Jackie has just released her first album, as part of the band Skinner. www.myspace.com/skinnersoul

Jay LeRoux has been working as a professional musician for over ten years. At Humber College, Jay won the Gordon Delamont Memorial Award for composition. An accomplished guitarist and singer, Jay has toured Canada numerous times and has performed in the United States, Mexico, and the Middle East. Currently, Jay is bandleader of Sonic Playground, a popular dance band that performs at nightclubs, corporate events, weddings and casinos. Jay is also an experienced music instructor, and voice-over announcer. www.sonicplayground.net