Name: Louisa O'Keane
Rockin’ It Since: I've been singing since I could talk and dancing since I could walk!
Fav Music: Broadway, but I could listen to Jack Johnson all day!
Background: I'm a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and a long time cast member of the Oh Canada Eh! Dinner Show. I love writing music, producing concerts/music videos and leading choreography! I've been teaching music, theatre and dance since 2007 and I am thrilled to be joining this amazing team!
Gettin’ Personal: I was born in Dublin Ireland, grew up in Burlington and spent seven years in Western Canada. I sing with 'The Colonial Boys' a Burlington based Celtic band.
Quote of the Day: Dream with your backbone not with your wishbone!
Name- Jack Mitchell
AKA - Ummm, none that I know of!
Title - Owner / Music Director / Guitar Teacher
Rockin’ It Since - 1979
Fav Music - Good music. I don't really care for that bad stuff.
Background - Started playing guitar in 1979 and was teaching by 1982. In 1994, I opened the Music Depot after realizing that students needed a more customized and fun environment to learn music. The rest is history. Music is my career, passion and hobby!
Getting Personal - I love sunny days and puppies.
Quote of the Day - Everything works if you let it!
Name - Angela Siracusa
Position - Vocal / Guitar / Songwriting Teacher
Title - Singer/songwriter & music promoter
Rockin’ It Since - My first heavy metal band in 1985
Fav Music - All kinds of music but my first love is Rock n roll
Background - I am a singer/songwriter and an award winning Nashville recording artist. In 2018 I became a co-owner of Catchin’ Waves Media & Event promotions. We mentor & promote artists and solicit their music to radio and other media outlets. I’ve been part of the Music Depot family and am thrilled to be back!
Getting Personal - I was born in Toronto and raised in a musical family. The Niagara region has been my home since 2007 and I’m hear to stay!
Quote of the Day - “eliminate that one limiting belief and you will find space for working on your dream”
Name - Ann Brillon
AKA - Annie
Position - Vocal Teacher
Rockin’ It Since - I was 5
Fav Music - anything that moves me!!
Background - It's all about experience and the performance! I have been been on stage live since before I can remember!
Bands: Gatorbait, Turnaround, Max Hillier Band, Ann Singer Band
Getting Personal - I love reading and oatmeal
Quote of the Day - Everything will be better than you think!
Name - Aaron Guthridge
AKA - A-A-Ron
Position: Guitar, Drum, Bass, Ukulele Teacher
Rockin’ It Since - 1988 (from birth...destroying drum kits and taking names since I was a babeh)
Fav Music - While I appreciate and can be found listening to mostly any kind of music at some point or another, my go to is always European Neoclassical Metal
Background - Started playing the piano; taking lessons from my grandma (a teacher of over 50 years) around the age of 3, drums at age 13, 4 years of theory and guidance from the great Jimmy DiMartle, bass guitar at 15 and guitar at 16. Went to college at Fanshawe for Music Industry Arts, came back and started teaching music!
Getting Personal - I prefer instrumental music over lyrical.
Quote of the Day - "Music....can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable" - Leonard Bernstein
Name - Taylor Dobie
AKA - Tay
Position - Piano Teacher
Rockin Since - 7 years old!
Fav Music - I enjoy a little bit of everything. I'm a big Tragically Hip fan though!
Background - I grew up in Haliburton and began taking piano lessons at the age of 7. I performed regularly in the town's local festival and started teaching at the age of 13. After high school, I moved to Calgary for a few years and decided I'd like to study music at university so prepared myself for auditions and ended up moving back to Ontario and getting a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier in Waterloo.
Getting Personal: My favourite combination is a cup of coffee and a good book!
Quote of the day:
"Every day may not be good, but there's good in every day."
Name - Morgan
AKA - Moe
Position - Owner / Program Manager / Creative Innovator and Rainbow Maker
Rockin’ It Since - 2006 when I joined the Music Depot Team
Fav Music - Big Band Jazz!
Background - I have always been around music! Ending up owning and managing a music school is just a dream come true! I played piano as a kid, but never really enjoyed it with just learning out of a book. Once I joined The Music Depot, I learned how to play a little bit of everything and then fell in love with playing the drums! I sign up for every program I can where I get to jam with the students!
Getting Personal - I cry when I am away from the students too long. It is like having 250 children that you care and worry about.
Quote of the Day - We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams.
Name - Becky Crawford
AKA - Dream Encourager
Position - Scheduling Manager
Rockin’ It Since - I learned to talk, been singing my whole life!
Fav Music - How can I pick just one? But girl rockers are pretty awesome!
Background - No training until high school vocal class then private lessons at The Music Depot with Erin. But music is in my blood, many family members have been music performers.
Getting Personal - My first time on stage I was so scared, but with some "encouragement" from my wonderful vocal teacher and the offer to have some other awesome musicians from our school accompany, I was able to do it and continue to do it still.
Quote of the Day - When words fail, there is music.
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