Sticks 'n Tones
Marc Ekins- Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Harmonica
Neil LaFortune- Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Neil began playing the drums in November 1985 and since has played many styles of music from Rock to Latin to Country to Jazz in a variety of settings.
He studied at Ontario College of Percussion for five years, and with the famed Jim Blackley for two years studying mainly Jazz and Latin styles.
He currenly plays in several tribute acts such as "Message In A Bottle," a tribute to The Police, and has played shows in theatres and clubs in the Toronto area, as well as an outdoor festival in Bermuda.
Neil has been playing with Marc for over 10 years, and along with him, has opened for Great Big Sea, The Road Hammers, Prairie Oyster, Aaron Pritchett, Jessie Farrell and most recently, Emerson Drive.
He is excited about the duo show and is looking forward to a fantastic musical journey.
Neil plays Gretsch drums, and endorses Regal Tip products.
Years performing together:
Marc Ekins has been performing across Canada, as well as in the States, Europe and the Caribbean islands. He has opened for great Canadian artists such as Great Big Sea, The Road Hammers, Aaron Pritchett, Chris Cummings, Julian Austin, Amy Skye just to name a few. His high energy and eclectic mix of music, (rock, country, blues, folk, Celtic and swing) makes for a show that covers a large demographic of music fans. Fast paced and fun, the audience is swept up in the show, and Marc works hard to get them dancing and singing along. Marc*s original songs have gotten rave reviews from fair and festival goers all over North America. Mixing in a group of cover tunes that compliments his originals, Marc*s show is an exciting work of art.