Musician Bios

The Singers

Katie Love Hess, Dino Martinis singerKatie Love Hess:  Emerging Canadian country music star Katie Love Hess has been recognized throughout her young career as having one of Canada’s most dynamic and powerful voices. At the 2011 Canadian country music awards, Hess was chosen to showcase in a gala performance next to Terri Clark. In 2009 Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher came across her song “Best Part of Christmas” on You Tube and sent it to his wife Demi Moore. Her tweet about the song led to 35,000 You Tube Views.
Tara Slone, singer with the Dino MartinisTara Slone:  Tara Slone has been singing most of her life – at 12 she began pursuing classical voice training with the goal of becoming an opera singer. In1996, Slone became the lead singer of Juno nominated Joydrop, releasing two albums, and charting Canadian hits with “Beautiful”, “Spiders” and “Sometimes Wanna Die.” Tara is perhaps best known for her appearance on the international hit TV show Rock Star INXS, where she was a finalist. Tara is also an actress; in 1988 she appeared on three episodes of La Femme Nikita. She’s also appeared in The Border and MTV’s Cribs. Since August of 2010 Tara has hosted Breakfast Television on CityTV Calgary.
Andrea Wettstein, singer with The Dino MartinisAndrea Wettstein:  Andrea has been singing, and playing piano and guitar, since the age of ten. She pursued Opera singing at the University of Western Ontario, graduating with a degree in Music Theory, and a Masters in Music Composition. While in Ontario, Andrea was the lead singer/songwriter for the nine-piece funk-rock group, The ElemenoPeas, winners of the London Music Awards “R&B group of the year” in 2008. Andrea is currently a director, producer and composer at Six Degrees, an audio house in Calgary writing and singing jingles, composing underscores for commercials, and directing voice-over talent. She is currently working on a solo album of original material, to be released Winter 2011.

The Band:

The Dino Martinis have released three discs, (selling over 30,000 world-wide) made three award-winning videos, and played in front of huge festival crowds touring Canada, United States, Europe and Japan. The band has entertained parties ranging from exclusive private functions with Tom Hanks and members of the Japanese Royal family, to outdoor street parties with over 70,000 people in attendance.

These days the Dinos have turned their attention to playing some of their favourite songs – note for note – and having as much fun as legally possible. The band is used to being on the big stage and providing a big show – When you hire the Dino Martinis, you’re hiring the best.

Brent Kawchuk:  Guitar, vocals: Brent has been performing for many years and in many different bands and locations including a brief stint as an Elvis Presley impersonator at a Japanese theme park. Brent has experience in a large variety of bands from pop and ska to big band and new wave. Brent has a large and growing guitar collection that he counts as his chief motivation for performing. Brent once made an excellent wood-burn etching project of the Eagles’ Hotel California cover.
Scott Lauchlan:  Drums, vocals: Secret weapon Scott Lauchlan joins Don Henley and Phil Collins as drummers who can actually sing (and are encouraged to do so.) Scott developed his considerable drum chops performing with a variety of Calgary’s top bands including X Dreams (from France), and Calgary’s popular Penguins On Broadway, a big band that he co-founded. Scott has also appeared with (and recorded with) Calgary country singer Tom Philips among others.
 Pat McGannon: Keyboards, vocals, trumpet, bass guitar: Gifted keyboardist Pat McGannon has performed in numerous bands over the years in a variety of genres from pop and rock n’ roll to big band orchestra, punk rock and swing. McGannon is well known for his rocking dueling pianos shows that he performs at functions and night clubs across Canada. McGannon is the president and owner of PM Gigs, Calgary’s premiere music and entertainment company.You can reach him at mcgannon@pmgigs.com.
Don McSwiney:  Bass guitar, vocals: If you recognize the voice, it’s because Don McSwiney used to be the CBC traffic and weather guy. Don has played in many bands over the years, most of which can best be described as “not very popular” and “…well at least they’re energetic.” Don is in a guitar “arms-race” with Brent to see who can accumulate the most guitars during their playing career.

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