Five+None, based in Ottawa, Canada, has evolved from a fun cover band to writers and musicians finding their own unique sound of sorrowful ballads, blistering rock and amazing guitar riffs.
The band originally met as students of Ottawa’s BSOMA music school and soon started playing local events and venues. They placed first at the 2018 City of Ottawa Student Showcase (Battle of the Bands), scoring the highest points for their combination of original songs, musicianship and stage presence, wowing the judges and audience alike. As the band has become more serious about music as a career, some original members have moved on to non-music opportunities and some new members have signed up for the ride!
Five+None is thrilled that their song "3D" was recently featured on LiVE 88.5's Big Money Shot Spotlight where DJ Noah called them "a really promising young new Ottawa band."
Band members are:
Maryn Pegan - vocals: A singer since walking up on stage and belting out "Gives You Hell" when she was 8 years old, Maryn has graduated from the well regarded Arts Canterbury High School in Vocal Music. In addition to her work writing and performing with Five+None, Maryn performs with Canterbury's Vocum and Chamber Choir. She'll be starting herBachelor of Music this Fall and is looking towards a career in singing!
Lee Jessen - guitar: Lee has been described as a guitar phenom. He picked up his first guitar at age 8, at age 11 won the Best Individual Performer award at the City of Ottawa Student Showcase (Battle of the Bands) and at age 12 had commercial radio support for his original music. In addition to Five+None, Lee also collaborates and performs with Jessen Farrell (blues/rock), Slimmoore and NSP (soul/reggae) and as guest performer with numerous local musicians.
Will Gonthier - drums: Will received a toy drum kit as a 5 year old and started "bashing around on it." When his parents noticed that his bashing was morphing into playing, they upgraded the kit and added some lessons. A connection with Lee from a past music program led to Will getting the call when Five+None needed a drummer!
James Shaheen - bass guitar: A musician since before he started school, James began with the classical violin at age 5. As he got older, rock called to him and he made his way to bass guitar and guitar. Along the way he's added drums and tenor saxophone to his repertoire and become a luthier. He shares his love of music by teaching wind ensemble at a local elementary school and by attending all the live shows and music festivals he can!
Ethan Splinter - guitar: Ethan’s first encounter with guitar was at the age of 5 when he received one as a birthday present, though at the time he mostly used it as a table to play with his marbles on. At 14 he picked up the guitar again and hasn't stopped playing since. In that time he’s been a member of numerous school bands, created music of his own as well as been offered admission to the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Though his passion for music persists, Ethan will be studying Criminology at Carleton University in the Fall of 2019.
Nico Paré - guitar (2016-summer 2019): Nico started to play musical instruments at the age of 6 but gave it up to play hockey and soccer. With his older brothers Max and Sam's encouragement, he got back to it at 11 years old and bought his first bass. As he was eager to play in a band, in January 2017, he registered in Rock University at the BSOMA and got placed with Five+None. He immediately felt he belonged there because the group was playing the kind of music he plays. It was a hit! With his attention to detail, his bold musicianship and his soaring riffs, Nico is a guitarist to watch!
Kenny Hammond - bass guitar (2015-summer 2019): Kenny has never met a stringed instrument he couldn't play. He joined the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy at the age of 4, spending a few years on the cello before moving to the double bass, and eventually ending up in the Ottawa Junior Youth Orchestra. Kenny enjoys jazz too, and plays the tuba and bass in school bands. It's always a special treat when Kenny breaks out the double bass and bow for Five+None acoustic shows!
Five+None has recorded their first EP of original music and are working on their first full length LP. The band dreams of one day leaving their mark in music history!
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