Chris (or œSuds as hes often called) is known for his diversity and ability to cover almost any style. Hes most recognized for holding down the drum chair for Canadian rock legend Kim Mitchell (15 years). He's been the principle drummer the Toronto productions of Abbas Mamma Mia, Kinky Boots and most recently Dear Evan Hansen. Chris has also performed the musicals Shrek, the Whitney Houston Musical The Bodyguard, and the North American debut of Jim Steinmans Bat Out Of Hell Musical. As a freelance musician, Chris has toured, recorded, and performed with Lawrence Gowan, Sass Jordan, Saga, Doc Walker, Joey Landreth, Alias, Dallas Smith, George Canyon, Tom Cochrane, Deric Ruttan, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, BTO, Chad Brownlee, Dierks Bentley, Michelle Wright, The Wilkinsons, Lyndsay Ell, Glen Drover Band, Streetheart, and many others. He has recorded Jingles and TV spots for the likes of Coca Cola, Coors Light, NFL, NHL, Chevy, Tim Hortons, and hundreds of others. In 2013, he released his own rock album œAint That A Kick In The Headphones. Chris studied at Musicians Institute (PIT) with legends Joe Porcaro, Casey Scheuerell, Steve Houghton, and Ralph Humphrey. And has studied privately with Ed Soph, Jim Chapin, and Gregg Bissonette. He continues to pass on this knowledge teaching one on one, and through education seminars and drum clinics.
Dear Evan Hansen, Independent.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceAny performance of Dear Evan Hansen is intense and at the peak of my ability. Always inspiring.
What Drives Your Creativity?I'm always influenced daily. I listen more than most musicians. New music and old. Always taking away some bit of inspiration. More often these days listening to styles outside of what I'm performing.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?They've been my family from early in my career. The sticks just feel like a part of me and my music.