Music is not just what I do, it is very much a part of me.

My first gig was playing Linus in my grade five Charlie Brown Christmas play. Despite the vacuum of silence from the theatrical critics following my triumphant debut in our school gymnasium, I continued pursue a life on the stage and was eventually seduced by the calling of music.

I was born in Holland and raised in Canada. My most impressionable childhood memories come from the small farm I grew up on just outside a tiny town called Bamberg. The stillness and openness of that place left a lasting impression on me and I filled it with music. We had an upright piano on the lower level of the house in a room which my family rarely used. I would close the doors and play for hours. I was not much for practicing but instead spent hours improvising. My favorite thing to do was to grab a rhythmic figure or motif from a classical piece and improvise my own music to it. I was self taught, music came to me through improvising and simply playing. When I finally had lessons I was not a model piano student. In a period of 10 years I went through nine teachers.

I knew from early on that I would make my life in music. Being far removed and isolated from cultural influences allowed my own musical voice to evolve.

My first professional gig was at the Queen's Hotel in Wellesley Ontario. I don't think I was old enough to drive but anyone who lived on a farm learned to drive as soon as their legs could reach the clutch of a tractor. That first gig was a riot. I mastered the ability to play whatever song anyone sang to me. I built my repertoire as I went.

Upon graduating from highschool I went from rural Ontario to downtown Montreal where I completed a Music degree at McGill. I also studied sound recording and electrical engineering. While a degree looks good on paper it is really the experience of doing it that counts. It is very true what they say. You are only as good as your last gig. Each time I start a new project it sometimes feels as I am doing it for the first time. But soon the story talks to me and the music begins to unfold.

As a musician I have done every conceivable type of gig: cruise ships, lounges, hotels, jazz festivals and many couples have exchanged vows to my music. These experiences have taken me around the globe and allowed me to meet other great artists. While we all may speak different languages and live by different customs, what amazes me is how music transcends our differences. It's this universal dialogue that keeps me in the game, because when it comes right down to it whether it's a wedding, a performance, a documentary or a tV show, we are all just looking for something to connect us..
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My greatest love and passion is performing for people. Sharing music is the greatest thing I can do while here.

My repertoire is from the greatest songs, jazz to contemporary. I cover all the Sinatra era material featuring songs from the Great American songbook to material from Billy Joel, Elton John and Van Morrison. You sing it and I will play it. I confess I have not yet arranged any popular rap tunes for piano but stranger things have happened.

I have performed live on cruise ships, hotels, lounges, marriages, on top of Whistler Mountain and in a castle in Scotland England. Oh and I should also mention my favorite place to play is on the deck of my sailboat!

So maybe you came upon this page because you are seeking out some live entertainment, or you met me in a bar and found my card in your jeans just before you were going to throw them in the laundry. But I sincerely welcome you to this site because my purpose here is to create and share music. Music that will make you happy, inspire you, motivate you and remind you of what is real and good.

I hope you enjoy listening to what I have posted. I have just installed a grand piano in my home so hope to be updating the site with solo piano recordings and singer/songwriter arrangements.

Be honest, be real, be alive.

David Johanns


143 Parkmount Rd, Toronto Ontario M4J 4V3