Riley O'Connor

Drummer // Songwriter

2018 Year In Review + screenshots from music video premier “Running”

2018 was crazy but great! He’re how I spent my time in a nutshell…


Reflecting back on highlights of the year, it was a real trip to see the premier of the music video for my song “Running” screened at Hot Docs Cinema! 2018 was a big year for personal musical growth as I devoted more energy than ever to developing as a pianist, vocalist and songwriter. These efforts are finally culminating in recording sessions for a few of my original songs. I could see this leading to a full album’s worth of recorded material featuring a diversity of musical friends and collaborators in 2019. Much thanks to Christian Anderson @ Cerebral Studios for the generous use of his space for my creative endeavours. Alan Zemaitis provided some very valuable piano instruction.


Pro drumming highlights this year included sharing the stage with Buddy Guy along with the Chris Antonik band. The Bollywood Monster Orchestra and Jake Wilkinson’s “Brassed Up Big Band" shows were epic as well! I am thankful for some amazing moments on and off stage with talented and diverse artists such as Michael Schatte, Nick Maclean w Snaggle, Brownman Ali, Australia’s Steve Lane, Ilona, Bartosz Hadala, Carolyn T and others. On the showband front I’ve had some great times with the Vegas North Orchestra backing Frank & Dean and Neal Diamond shows.


On the rockin’ cover scene I shared some great times with Riff Raff, notably at The Coulson Nightclub Sudbury. Thanks Joe Delima for getting me out to his Copy Machine Jams. Thanks also to Trainwreck, Covered in Paint, Coveralls, Adams Rib, Candice Sand….

Looking forward to 2019, this summer I’ll be a married man! Lots of love to my fiance Courtney, who is also my creative partner in CR Extraoardinaire and shot the video from which the screen shots (above) are taken. I’m excited to release my original music to the world! Also I welcome further creative collaborations, recording and touring opportunities with world class local and international artists.