David Porteous


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First Place National Anthem Song Contest

NOW Magazine “Critic’s Pick” for NXNE Festival

Honorable Mention : Billboard Song Contest

"...not only a talented singer/songwriter, but a talented filmmaker."
Janice Forsyth, BBC The Movie Café

"Sweetly introspective singer/songwriter."
NOW Magazine

"David Porteous has released another great CD."
Tegan And Sara

"...left the crowd speechless."
The Shield (review of CMW Showcase)

"If you're a record producer, sign this guy up!"
Evan Solomon, CBC

David Porteous is a critically acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter and documentary filmmaker who currently resides in Toronto, Canada. Now 28-years-old, David began writing music at age 11 and making his own films at the age of 12.

Since 1999, he has produced and recorded 26 solo music releases, had his first radio play on CBC Radio 2 at the age of 14, written numerous film scores, music for a nationwide run television commercial, has been nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer, was a CBC Sunday "Spotlight Artist", a NOW Magazine "Critic's Pick", has a Honours Diploma in Sound Engineering and a Degree in Documentary Filmmaking.

David Porteous has performed many popular music festivals and events including NXNE, CMJ Music Marathon, Canadian Music Week. He has also shared the stage opening and/or performed with many talented artists over the years, including Emm Gryner, Neverending White Lights, Rob Lamothe, Major Maker, Peter Katz, Matthew Barber, Lindy, and Nellie McKay. His music, film and production work has earned praise from many professionals including Tegan and Sara, Matthew Good, Neal Casal (Ryan Adams), Nels Cline (Wilco) and Simon Jones and Nick McCabe of the Verve.

Currently David is performing as the lead guitar player with the band Shoot The Image. Their first record, "Cranes In The City", was produced and recorded by Morrissey guitar player Boz Boorer. The band spent a couple weeks recording at Boorer's private studio, located in a secluded area a couple hours outside of Faro, Portugal. Shoot The Image recently signed a record deal with Aporia Records.

In between working on solo projects, David has been producing music records for other artists. He is currently producing and recording the debut record for ex-The Framework bandmates Mr. & Mrs. Fox. In 2011 David's production work for Gruve's "Out Of Nowhere" resulted in a nomination for Rock Recording Of The Year at the Hamilton Music Awards. In the past David Porteous has produced records for Simeon Ross, Scottish Pop group Le Peep, and Paul Massie.

Click here for samples of music production by David Porteous.

David released a documentary film and CD War Music. For five weeks, David Porteous followed the footsteps of soldiers who fought during WWII. Through 10 different countries in Europe, David visited battlefields and cemeteries, interviewing veterans and survivors of the war that he met along the way. He also carried a guitar, and wrote/recorded music, on-location, based on his experiences throughout the journey. War Music has been featured in part on CBC TV's "Sunday", and BBC’s “The Movie Café”. Future screenings of the film are in planning. For more information, including the movie trailer, visit warmusic.ca

"Any project of such wide scope has potential for missteps, but Porteous's earnest songs, which we literally watch him write on the battlefields of Europe, bring some urgency to events that for many of us are usually just pieces of history. And that's no small feat."
Top Film Pick of the Day, blogTO

David Porteous was awarded First Place in The National Anthem Song Contest contest hosted by Mongrel Media. The contest was created in conjunction with the release of “Score: A Hockey Musical”. David’s entry, “Go Canada Go” was a song he wrote and recorded in celebration of Canada’s 2010 Olympic Gold Medal Winning Hockey Teams. His song also received praise from members of Hockey Canada, the official organization for Canada’s professional Hockey Teams.

In 2009 David Porteous dared himself to write and record an EP a month for an entire year. The project, “Twelve Months”, was released mid-2010 and featured 70 songs all for the price of a standard music album.

David was chosen as 1 of 20 out of 6000+ applications to be nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. Along with his nomination, he was awarded the title of “New World Thinker” for his music and film work.

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