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93 North Band

April 26 @ 8:00 pm 11:00 pm

93 North Band

A new band made up of five veteran musicians from Simcoe County, as well as a gifted newcomer to that music scene, Suzanne Carlson, who has just released a double album. The quintet performs favourite ‘cover tunes’ and favourite ‘B side’ tunes but with most of the members being composers, their repertoire also includes original material.

Suzanne Carlson

Born in Elliot Lake, Suzanne was raised on the North Shore of Lake Huron, where her love of music began. She now calls Phelpston, Ontario home and has been actively involved with many musicians in the Midland-Penetanguishene community.

In 2021, Suzanne was the lead vocalist in a band called Skillset where she met Neil LeFaive, with whom she has now recorded 44 songs & two albums.

Neil Lefaive

Neil Lefaive was born in Penetanguishene and raised on his family’s farm in Tiny Township. He began in the music industry at the ripe old age of 13 and has been working in the music industry ever since, teaching music full time for 32 years before going full time into recording and production in 2012.

In 2013, Neil moved to England, where he opened shop in the Liverpool area with his own recording studio. Here he recorded, mixed and mastered a dozen albums, some singles with various artists, and a Spanish soundtrack for The Fab Four Taxi Tour Company in his Snowdrop Studio.

Neil returned to Canada in 2019, revamped his studio and performed in Huronia and the Ottawa region, and recorded with his old colleagues John Fiddes, Carl Rabinowitz, Greg Somers, Alvin Light, Dave Atkinson, Mark German before meeting talented newcomer: Suzanne Carlson, with whom he began recording in early 2020. Just recently, they completed a first double vinyl album, with more on the way for 2023.

Carl Rabinowitz

Carl played trumpet and french horn in school, studied classical guitar with Albert Valdes Blain and earned a degree in music from Columbia University.

Emigrating to Canada from the US in 1976, Carl joined rock group, “Crawford” featuring two-time Juno nominee, Terri Crawford and Canadian singer/songwriter, James Leroy. Leaving Crawford in 1978, Carl joined singer/songwriter Eugene Smith, formerly of Jay Smith & the Majestics and the Ronnie Hawkins band, in Eugene Smith & the Warm-Up Band, opening for the likes of The Beach Boys and Peter Tosh.

Carl has contributed to a number of recording projects and has shared the stage with many of Canada’s most respected artists including Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Wendell Ferguson, Rick Fines , Douglas John Cameron and Phil Naro.

Carl gigs regularly on bass with hardworking classic rock quartet, “The Mugs”, Tamica Herod & the Boyz, acclaimed Fleetwood Mac tribute band, “Fleetwood Mac Mania”, Louis Lefaive and unplugged trio, “C, J & N”. He’s thrilled to be playing guitar with 93 North!

Greg Somers

Greg has been drumming since the age of 10 and began performing at just 13 at Charlie’s Charlie’s Restaurant in Penetanguishene. He attended and graduated from Penetanguishene Secondary School (1967-1972) and while there he beat the drum for the Jr. Band, Sr. Band, Jazz Band and Rock Band.

He continued to play while in College, playing with local bands at weddings and dances every weekend. As a member of La Gang (Band), Greg performed at numerous French Ontario Festivals including Harbourfront (Toronto), the St. Jean Parade (Montreal) and the Festival La Nuit sur L’etang Sudbury.

He’s currently living the good life as a retired Air Traffic Controller and … playing drums! Greg has used music to give back to his community over the past 30 years through organizing and playing charity fundraising gigs.

Roger Lacroix

Roger’s been dallying in the bottom end of the musical spectrum since 9th grade. Coincidentally, fellow 93rs, Greg Somers and Neil Lefaive attended the same high school which, as it turned out, was a hotbed of musical talent.

While he was learning his “A-B-Cs”, Roger played in the school’s concert band, Dixieland band, and swing band as well as taking on a side gig with local rock band, “Six Pack.” All of this earned him enough cred to be able take on the role of bass player with the Barrel Works house band, the “Works”, being the hottest night spot in the area during the summer. From there, Roger went on to study music at Humber College because already being one of the most sought-after musicians in the area, simply wasn’t enough.

That experience led to a stint with a nine-piece jazz-rock ensemble known as “Entrance.” That was followed by a run with a popular band composed of all area musicians (remember that hotbed?) “Becker-Mason” who toured all over Northern Ontario and Quebec. But fame, fortune and groupies were simply not what it was all about for Roger so he joined another local band, “Shades of Midnight”. Then he finally found his niche with “Doug and the DeSotos”/”The DeSotos” where he held down the bottom end for twenty years.

But all good things must come to an end and the DeSotos decided it was time to pack it in after a long and successful existence. As fate would have it however, Dave Atkinson, the original bass guy with “93 North” retired at the same time, so Roger got the call to join yet another local super-group and the transition has been practically seamless, and once again, his musical horizons seem limitless. But every now and again, mostly during the sound check, Roger will still slam down on that open E-String, just to remind himself of his musical roots. 

10 Keith Avenue, Unit 403
Collingwood, ON L9Y 0W5 Canada
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