Bruce Tournay has been impressing Canadian and international audiences with his effortless piano performance and his powerful voice since 1988. Bruce began as a member of the acclaimed Hamilton All Star Jazz Band, in which he won a gold for performance at the Calgary Music Festival.
Since that time Bruce’s work has been featured on City TV as well as spotlighted on 91.1 jazz FM, winning listeners locally and internationally in venues from pubs to soft seat theatres. In 2010 Bruce performed at Toronto’s Massey Hall behind Wayne Brady, Brad Garrett and Russell Peters as a part of the Just For Laughs Gala. Also in 2010 Bruce has performed with Marie Bottrell (Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee) and recorded with Bill Dillon (Robbie Robertson, Sarah Maclachlan). In 2007 and 2008 Bruce made appearances in the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival at the Rex and Ten Feet Tall. In 2009 Bruce guested into the Mohawk College Alumni/Faculty Big Band in a televised special alongside Pat Collins, Kevin Dempsey, Darcey Hepner, Micheal Stuart and Mike Malone to name a few. Bruce also enjoyed great success entertaining for Carnival Cruise Lines in 2005 and 2006, where he delighted audiences with his own carefully crafted songs and his unique twist on piano bar favourites.
Currently Bruce can be seen performing solo or with groups from duo to quintet under his leadership. As well, Bruce is sought after as a sideman and has appeared with Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Jacob Moon (Christmas At the Casbah) Marty Edwards, Buddy Aquilina, Aidan Purnell, The Groovetones, A Company of Musicians, Uncle Funk and the Jazz Connection Big Band.
Apart from his live experience, Bruce is in demand as a studio musician, having sung for the who’s who of radio and corporate jingles, including Canadian Tire, Proctior and Gamble and Blue Line Stationery. Bruce has also made guest appearances on over 30 other artists’ releases. Seperate of his contribution to other artists’ works, Bruce was honoured with a F.A.C.T.O.R. grant for his origional compositions in 2002. Bruce has five independent releases to his credit including Dunk Tank Karaoke which features Anthony Michelli on drums.
2010 brings something new; Bruce has just completed penning a one act musical romantic comedy called Shane’s Shoes which has yet to be performed. As well, Bruce intends to mount a Billy Joel and Elton John tribute featuring the considerable talents of Niagara based musician Peter Shea as Elton John.
In addition, Bruce is the worship leader on staff at Compasspoint Bible Church in Burlington Ontario, which hosts a contemporary service involving a slick seven peice combo. As well, in 2009 Bruce was asked to coach the TABB 5 choral ensemble that fronts the Toronto All Star Big Band. Bruce has recieved the Humanities Medal For Special Acheivement from McMaster