Riley O’Connor is a sought after Canadian drummer with a Humber Music background who is established as an international touring musician and session player in genres ranging from jazz, r&b and country to heavy rock.
Riley plays regularly with Toronto artists: Chris Gostling, Love Tapper, CR Extraodinaire and freelance with many others. He has also performed with many of Canada’s notable jazz musicians including Brownman Ali, Jordana Talsky, Ted Quinlan and Shirantha Beddage.
Riley’s drumming is captured on recordings from Canada's top studios such as CBC, Phase One and Coalition Music and has been featured on The Edge 102.1, Much Music, CBC Television and Lionsgate Pictures.
Performance credits include: The TD Canada Trust Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival, NXNE, CMW, Oakville Jazz Festival, Canadian Country Music Awards, World Pride Toronto, Russian Music Festival (Dundas Square), The International Blues Challenge finals (Memphis) and The Motor City Music Festival (Detroit).
Original Acts: Chris Gostling and the Tempo, The Michael Schatte Band (roots rock) Blackdog Ballroom (rock) Love Tapper (hard rock) Carly Jo (country) Mark Jacob (country) Braintoy (prog rock/metal) Rise For Order (hard rock) Adam's Rib (funk/reggae/latin) Fraser Melvin (blues) Sweet Derrick (blues) Christ vs Krishna (indy rock/pop) Lord Bubba's New Jazz Project (funk/acid jazz) Liz Tanzey (singer/songwriter) Sharon Bieck (singer/songwriter) Tetiana OW (pop) Angela Saini (singer/songwriter) Jumple (Russian pop/fusion) ShameLessXane (alt rock) Lorne Ryder (country) Jim Amar (folk/roots) Derek Mok (singer/songwriter) The Sole Pursuit (indy/prog/rock) Jerome Godboo (blues/rock) Matt Gerber (kids music/songwriter) Harrison Fine (indy/rock) Christian Hansen (pop) Steve Lane and The Autocrats (Aussi indy rock)
Jazz/Fusion/Big Band etc: Snaggle, Nick "Brownman" Ali, The Ali Brothers, The Vegas North Orchestra feat: Vincent Wolfe, Mike Field, Scott Kemp Trio, Bartosz Hadala, Eric Gilson Trio, Jordana Talsky, Ori Dagan, Gareth Parry band, Perspectives, ZimZum, Peter Telford, Metro Big Band, Bruce Chapman Trio, The Humber Alumni Group featuring: Scott Metcalf, Scott Kemp, Shirantha Beddage, Al Maksymiw,
Rock/Top 40's/R&B Covers: Monster Rock Orchestra, Electric Blonde, Meg & The Scene, The Outfielders feat: Josh Piche, The Better Half feat: Vince Boldrini, Carolyn T Band, Blush, Parkside Drive, Graffiti Park, Afterglow, Sugar Rush, The High Rollers, Side B Vibe, The Rough Copies, Trainwreck, Covered in Paint, The Orchestra, Universal Boogie Band, Riff Raff, Copy Machine