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Lance Anderson
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Jan 1 2021 – Orillia, ON

Lance is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 Maple Blues Award ‘Keyboardist of the Year’. He has a degree in music from Western Univ. Honours B. Mus. (Composition) and has both film and TV credits as a writer.

In 2015, Lance was music co-producer and performer on ‘Oscar With Love’ a critically acclaimed 3CD package that commemorated Oscar Peterson’s 90th birthday, that included some of the world’s top jazz pianists including Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Michel Legrand, and Oliver Jones, playing Peterson compositions. It was released on December 11th, 2015. He performed ‘Sir Lancewell’ a new Peterson composition written for him, by the jazz great.

Considered one of Canada’s finest record producers, Lance has his own label Make It Real Records which only records live-off-the-floor and captures the drama of a real performance. Blackburn, Fathead, Garth Hudson, The Cameo Blues Band and 2B3 The Toronto Sessions are just some of the artists Lance has produced. In 2015 Lance produced ‘Inside Out’ by Harmonica wizard Roly Platt, and toured his productions of ‘The Last Waltz’, ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ and ‘Soulsville – The Music of Stax’ to sold out theatres across Canada.

Lance spent ten years touring North America and the world with Shakura S’Aida and arranged two Symphony shows of her music and performed as well. He conducted the Wheeling West Virginia Symphony for the premiere of ‘Symphony in G Minor’. In May of 2017 The Okanagan Symphony and Ballet Kelowna premiered Lance’s orchestral arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s ‘The Canadiana Suite’. which had its world premiere in Kelowna BC. In Oct 2018 The Kitchener Symphony played 10 of Lance’s Musical arrangements in ‘Queens of Soul’.

Lance is also an internationally known Hammond organ player, and his organ and drum duo, Anderson & Sloski are set to release their second CD in the spring of 2021. They have performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Mont Tremblant Blues Festival, The Southside Shuffle and the Kitchener Blues Festivals amongst many others and have been featured on CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues.

2019 saw the release of ‘Saturday Night’ by MATCHEDASH PARISH a new 12 piece rockin’ Soul/Roots ensemble that Lance and Kitchener ON phenom Matt Weidinger have put together.

Anderson is co-executive producer of the Boquete Panama Jazz and Blues Festival, and the Beaches Panama Jazz and Blues Fest (Panama) and is Artistic Director (music) of Orillia Centre Presents – a music, dance and art festival in Orillia ON.