Musician Bios

The Singers

Loree-MacLoree MacDonald:  Loree has been thrilling audiences across Alberta for decades with her great voice, fantastic smile and terrific stage-presence. She’s a multi-instrumentalist who can deliver a soulful ballad or belt out a rocker and usually does both, all night long!
Diana-boxDiana Thomas:  Diana loves to sing and it shows, as  she brings a dynamic energy to the stage that tells the audience they’re in for a fantastic time! Besides being a fabulous singer, Diana loves to rap, and she loves to surprise audiences with her emcee skills!

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
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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