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How it all began.

I was born on December 25th 1989 at Granby’s hospital and I grew up in Chambly, a suburb of Montreal, Quebec. I began playing drums I was 5 years old. Both of my parents are musicians and they always loved to introduce my little sister and I to all the different kind of arts. They took us to tons of concerts, we would go to museums often and of course listened to a whole lot of music. Growing up I also took ballet for a while, I was part of a theatre company but really music was more my thing.

I had the chance to take drum lessons from the very beginning. In grade 5 up to secondary 2, I joined a music program where I would go to school in the morning and learn music during the afternoon. We had tons of different classes; we had choir, theory classes, music history classes, I was also taught to play flute, we had composition classes and tons of other awesome courses. I learned different styles of drumming, from jazz to latin, blues and pop but really my hart was always for rock music.

At 14 years old, I left the music program because I wanted to focus more on drumming. That same year I also joined my first pro band. It was a blues and classic rock cover band. We played everything from Joe Cocker to ZZ Top. I learned A LOT with those guys. They were all amazing musicians and I was just the little kid coming in the group. They really took me under their wing and taught me everything I needed to know to become a professional musician. Still to this day, I turn to them for advices.

During my last 3 years of secondary school, I was involved in every single music projects at my school. I played drums in every school shows and for my graduation year my best friends and I put together the award show at the end of the year. It was so awesome. I loved being part of all the aspects of the production. We had to audition all the musicians and singers, to choose the songs, to write the texts, develop the decor and the concepts, etc. It was a blast.

Those 3 years were also very important because it’s pretty much when my professional career began. I played tons of shows with a few different cover bands and I also joined a percussion troop called Insolita. I played different types of gigs; corporate events, festivals including Ottawa’s Winterlude, Mont Tremblant’s International Blues Festival and Montreal’s Jazz Festival, I also played a few TV shows including TVA’s On n’a pas toute la soirée and Vrak TV’s Karv l’Anti-Gala and tons of cool club gigs.
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In July 2007 right after my prom night, I moved to Toronto to join a hard rock band called Scarlet Sins. We toured Canada together and played a couple of shows in the US. We played some huge events such as Hard Rock’s Pinktober show, the Sarnia BayFest where we were direct support for Motley Crue, we also played a Molson’s Mega Keg Party, St-Thomas’s Summer Blast, Seattle’s PowerBox Festival, Pearl drums’ Ultimate Drum Camp and we had the chance to share the stage with some massive acts such as Cryptopsy, Kittie, The Trews, Vixen just to name a few. The band got amazing reviews in multiple rock metals magazines and blogs all around the world. The first full-length album got onto the 2008 Grammy Awards’ short lists. We did all of that independently. Let me tell you that to this day this band was definitively one of the best experiences of my life.

In November 2009 after Scarlet Sins decided to go separate ways, I moved back to Montreal and ever since I have been playing independently with different artists. To know more about the projects I'm working on read all the latest news on my blog!
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  • Photography by Lisa Stock

    Credits: Photographer - Lisa Stock Assistant - Stephanie Richard Makeup Artist - Patricia Lapointe

  • Live at Pearl Day - September 29th, 2013 - Montreal, QC, Canada

    Photography by Claude Dufresne

  • for fuPhotography by Lisa Stockn

    Credits: Photographer - Lisa Stock Assistant - Stephanie Richard Makeup Artist - Patricia Lapointe

  • Photography by Lisa Stock

    Credits: Photographer - Lisa Stock Assistant - Stephanie Richard Makeup Artist - Patricia Lapointe

  • Elie Bertrand - PearLive at Pearl Day - September 29th, 2013 - Montreal, QC, Canadal Day 11

    Photography bu Claude Dufresne

  • Live at Pearl Day - September 29th, 2013 - Montreal, QC, Canada

    Photography by Claude Dufresne

  • Backstage with Redge and Dennis Chambers at the Pearl Day - September 29th, 2013 - Montreal, QC, Canada

    Photography by Claude Dufresne

  • Live at the Loft Hotel in Montreal with Belles Angels

  • Canadian Musician Magazine ad for Pearl's Drum For Cure with Rodney Howard

    September-October 2012 Edition

  • My signing cards for the 2012 Montreal Drum Fest

  • Drums Etc Cover! :D

  • Inside Drums Etc

  • Live with Belles Angels

    Photographer: Yvon Archambault

  • Live with Belles Angels

    Photographer: Yvon Archambault

  • Evan Drumheads Ad

  • Pearl Artist at the 2010 Montreal Drum Fest - Montreal - Photography by Romuald Lucas

    Photographer: Romuald Lucas

  • Pearl Artist at the 2010 Montreal Drum Fest - Montreal - Photography by Romuald Lucas

    Photographer: Romuald Lucas

  • Pearl Artist at the 2010 Montreal Drum Fest - Montreal - Photography by Marco Soccoli

    Photographer: Marco Socoli

  • Pearl Artist at the 2010 Montreal Drum Fest - Montreal - Photography by Tim Clarke

    Photographer: Timothy Clarke

  • Live with Scarlet Sins at the Opera House – Toronto – 2007 - Photography by Victoria J. Polsoni

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