Achievement Highlights

* Has a new album called "Italian Waffles & Scotch"
* Has worked with notable performers such as Jason McCoy, George Fox, Deric Ruttan & Jim Witter
* Was part of the Kitchener-based band, The Awakening

Ian Tanner

"I love my life because I’ve been able to make a living from doing the one thing I love more than anything else – music", says Ian Tanner.

He credits the success of his first band, Kitchener-based The Awakening, for sparking his music career in the mid 1980s.

While "The Awakening" had a loyal fan base and a major US record deal, the band was struggling for commercial success, and eventually disbanded after only two releases. However, through his work with the band, Ian met producer J. Richard Hutt, the owner of Cedartree Recording Studio, who hired him to work in-studio and taught him about music production, corporate music and producing recording artists.

Ian says his association with Richard Hutt allowed him to find future work as a composer, performer, arranger and producer of everything from commercial and corporate music to soundtracks for children's cartoons.

"These skills eventually allowed me to start writing arrangements for full orchestra. It was all part of a cycle of growth and experience, and somehow I’ve been able to make a stable living income from this", says Ian.

In about 2000, Ian began working as a studio arranger, producer and musician (he sings, plays piano, bass and guitar and calls himself a "below average, but enthusiastic drummer too!") He also worked as a side-man for a number of notable performers, including Jason McCoy, George Fox, Deric Ruttan and Jim Witter.

When Jim Ritter started a show called The Piano Men (a Billy Joel and Elton John tribute), Ian joined his band and toured throughout Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Dubai. Ian then wrote the orchestral arrangements for Jim Ritter’s Symphony Pops shows, which have been performed by orchestras throughout North America.

Most recently, Ian has written songs for other artists, but also for his own new album, “Italian Waffles & Scotch” – his first in 10 years.

"My hope for the future is that somehow, I’ll be able to call upon my various strengths and abilities and be able to continue to make a living doing the one thing I love more than anything else", says Ian.

Learn more about Ian Tanner on Facebook, Youtube Link 1 and Youtube Link 2, and on his blog.