Bruce Jones is a long standing and established member of the Canadian music scene community whose contributions have been so vast and singular that it is fair to say no other musician in the country has managed to integrate rock, Brazilian and various other folkloric elements into such a personal and ongoing series of musical statements.

Bruce commenced his musical studies in earnest at the Academia Paulista de Musica in Sao Paulo, Brasil, and upon his arrival in Canada, continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

This background has contributed to his extraordinary range of abilities in the areas of composition, arranging and performace as both a vocalist and an instrumentalist notably on guitar and brazilian percussion instruments.

Both of the CDs, SARAVA CRIOLA and CANADA EH! have received acclaim from critic, Andrew Sun, as "among the most fascinating Canadian records ever made". Da and other musical ensembles led by Bruce have been featured in concert situations across Canada, Brazil, Cape Verde, West Africa and Argentina in venues from worldbeat to jazz and dance.

Bruce has also been the recipient of numerous arts awards sourced from FACTOR, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Ontario Arts Council in relation to a broad scope of proposals and undertakings. His production and engineering abilities have also been utilized by various artists in a variety of contexts through his production house Dada Music Productions.

The Bruce Jones Project, a quintet, will play originals and some classics, all tempered and spiced with a touch of Brazil. Featured players include Niagara-on-the-Lake drummer/percussionist extraordinaire Penner Mackay, keyboardist Mark Lalama, Steve Goldberger bass (The Fringe Locals) as well as some very special guest percussionists.

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Bruce was responsible for securing sponsors, fund raising, and acting as the musical director of the large-scale (200-plus) samba band, G.R.E.S. Unidos do Canada, for seven seasons of the annual Caribana Parade in Toronto. The band G.R.E.S. Unidos do Canada also succeeded in winning "Best Traditional Ensemble" six years in a row.

G.R.E.S. Unidos do Canada was founded in 1989 as a vehicle for the exposition of multicultural art forms. The group evolved into an artistic and cultural melting pot. In co-operation with Street Kids International, the tyhe band ultimately produced the award-winning theme, "Ark for a New World".

As the long-standing band leader of DA and owner of DADA Music Productions, Bruce has become well versed in many areas of the arts and has developed a broad scope of skills ranging from the raising of funds, obtaining government financing, concert organizing and promotion and, in addition, record production, distribution and management.

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