jamie

Jamie Drake is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Toronto, where he is completing his dissertation on the history and current usage of the cajón. He completed his Masters degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jack Van Geem, and his Bachelors at U of T with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston and John Rudolph. He has performed with Evelyn Glennie, NEXUS, Beverley Johnston, Soundstreams, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Aradia Ensemble, ScotiaFest Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles, and was a regular member of both the Mississauga Symphony and the Mississauga Philharmonic. He is currently the Artist-in-Residence for the award-winning Hamilton Children’s Choir. His solo and chamber performances have included premieres by Christos Hatzis, Elinor Armer and John Luther Adams. As a founding member of indie group Muskox, he blurred the lines between jazz/folk/prog-rock/americana. Equally at home playing drumset, Jamie plays regularly with cabaret superstar Sharron Matthews and Acting Upstage's Concert series, and performs in a variety of styles with musicians around Toronto and beyond. An active pit musician, Jamie has played for more than 50 musicals, including Canadian Stage’s critically acclaimed production of London Road You can visit his website here.