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David Porteous is a Canadian singer/songwriter, music producer, television presenter, comedy writer and documentary filmmaker from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Porteous has written and recorded 31 solo music releases, had his first radio play on CBC Radio 2 at the age of 14, wrote music for an HBO pilot, and has released a documentary film entitled War Music. According to Sal Treppiedi of The Great Beyond Music Blog "This may be the hardest working musician you have never heard of."
Most recently in 2017 Porteous directs and stars in the comedy-parody show about Toronto called The Sicks. The Sicks offers a highly imaginative melding of reality and fiction and while the show is funny in nature highlight real issues such as hunger insecurity in Toronto. Toronto Arts Review wrote "The Sicks is absolutely brilliantly funny" and the program was featured on Alan Cross's website.
Porteous has been chosen by NOW magazine as NXNE Critics Pick, has been featured during Canadian Music Week, CMJ Music Marathon in New York, had features on the CBC, BBC, and The Toronto Star., and was nominated as 1 of 20 out of 6000+ applications to become a torchbearer for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
In conjunction with the release of his album Leaving April, Porteous created a music video that was specifically designed for the deaf. "As vibration is a common characteristic of both sound and light waves, I began by transcribing my music into colour," says Porteous, who was inspired to create the music video after befriending a deaf woman. The music video, for his song The Dirt, was featured on CBC News Now. "It's so compelling and intriguing … it takes the musical experience to a whole other level" said Asha Tomlinson, Host of CBC News Now. The music video was featured as music video of the day on various sites, and The Daily What wrote "You don’t need to be able to hear to enjoy this song."
Porteous went on a 10 concert music tour to raise money for the Canadian Women's Foundation during the summer of 2015. Porteous’ motivation for planning this charity tour came from him learning of the work done by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. "It’s freighting to think that 21% of women in Canada are raising their children while struggling with poverty" said Porteous. "The Canadian Women’s Foundation is there to help women across the country who deserve the well needed support. It brings me great joy to be able to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation with this music tour." "We’re thrilled that David chose to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation through his East Coast Music Tour" said Jessica Howard, a Senior Writer at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. "After a chance meeting with one of our staff members, he generously offered to donate the proceeds of his concerts to the Foundation. The funds raised will help women and girls across Canada move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence. Thank you, David!" Including an anonymous corporate donation, Porteous helped raise over $3600 for the foundation.
Porteous organized a series of benefit gigs in memory of Scott Johnson, Radiohead's drum technician, who died due to a stage collapse in Toronto in 2012. Having been a big Radiohead fan since he was 15-years-old, Porteous empathized with Scott’s family and the entire Radiohead team for their loss. Porteous used the funds raised at one of the concerts to purchase an electronic drum kit which he donated to the Fort York Library in Toronto in memory of Scott. Philip Selway, Radiohead's drummer, loved the drum kit donation idea so much that he decided to copy Porteous’s idea and donated a drum kit to the Manchester Central Library alongside Guy Garvey (Elbow) and Stephen Morris (Joy Division).
David Porteous was awarded First Place in The National Anthem Song 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 Hockey Canada, the official organization for Canada’s professional Hockey Teams.
Porteous is known for releasing unique kinds of music projects. One of David Porteous' biggest projects is War Music, a documentary feature and music release highlighting Porteous' solo journey across Europe as he followed the footsteps of soldiers who fought during World War Two. For 35 days, Porteous visited battlefields and cemeteries, interviewing veterans and survivors that he met along the way. He also carried a guitar and wrote/record music based on his experiences. War Music has been featured in part on CBC News: Sunday. War Music was chosen as the Top Film Pick of the Day by blogTO. Janice Forsyth, host of the BBC's The Movie Café said David Porteous is "not only a talented singer/songwriter, but a talented filmmaker."
In 2010, Porteous released a music project entitled Twelve Months, whereby he dared himself to write and record an EP a month for an entire year straight, starting on his 25th birthday. The finished project features 70 songs and over 4 hours of material.
According to Porteous' website, he is working on a new comedy project which will be released early 2017.