“Nice. We need more female-fronted rock. Give this a listen.”
— Alan Cross
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.
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 is in her final year at 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 has her eye on a Bachelor of Music starting next year and 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.
Nico Paré (guitar): 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): 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!
William Gonthier (drums): William 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 William getting the call when Five+None needed a drummer!
Five + None has recorded their first EP of original music, with more originals slated to be recorded in the near future. The band dreams of one day leaving their mark in music history!
What we've been up to....
Wrapping up 2018 on a high note! This year, we’ve
- Recorded and released our first EP, the self-titled Five+None
- Had our song ‘3D” featured on LiVE 88.5’s Big Money Shot Spotlight several times
- Had songs picked up by community and university radio stations
- Locally CKDJ is playing “3D” and “Ball & Chain”
- Been featured in a cover story by The Kitchissippi Times
- Seen our song “3D” charting on the Amherst Island community radio!
- Had Alan Cross of the Ongoing History of New Music shared our song “3D” on his social media
- Had Ottawa Life Magazine write an article about us
- Continue to play gigs, looking forward to many more in 2019
- Written 2 new songs and will be recording them and releasing them in the new year
- Planning to play Bluesfest in July 2019
“Could be the next big band out of Ottawa.”
— DJ Noah, LiVE 88.5