About Mark Lalama
"He's a giant. A true Artist." - Roger Hodgson, Supertramp.
Mark Lalama is a Canadian singer/songwriter, musician and producer. Born and raised in Welland, Ontario, he began playing music professionally at the age of 12. His instrument is keyboards and he moves seamlessly between the live stage and the recording studio. When not performing live, he is in the studio producing/recording/writing. His studio rig includes a grand piano, Hammond A100 organ, fender rhodes, wurlitzer, pump organ, melodicas, various hardware and software synthesizers and numerous accordions. Live, you will usually find him rocking the Nord Stage EX and an accordion or two.
Mark has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (music major) from York University in Toronto where he studied composition and performance with John Gittens, Mark Eiseman, Frank Falco and Oscar Peterson, amongst others.
"I am humbled when I hear work such as yours. It is so good." -Ian Thomas, multi award winning singer-songwriter.
Mark performs regularly with his trio, The Mark Lalama Trio, as well as Juno Award winning band Sisters Euclid, and as a duo with Kevin Breit. He is a founding member of the world music group, Accordion Crimes. He has had the opportunity to produce, record and perform with many artists: Daniel Romano, Marc Jordan, John McDermott, John Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Mariah Carey, Tom Jones, Chrissie Hynde, Olivia Newton-John, Martina Mcbride, Michael Macdonald, Paul Anka, Anne Murray, Roger Hodgson, Ellen Doty, Peter Cardinali, Ian Thomas, Danny Vacon, Harry Manx, Amy Sky, Susan Aglukark, Dennis DeYoung, Guido Basso, Jennifer Warnes, Gary Taylor, Molly Johnson, Suzie Vinnick, Sarah Slean, Gregory Hoskins, Steven Ambrose, Ariana Gillis, John Cody, Wendel Ferguson, Ellen Doty, Patricia Conroy, Caroline Dawn Johnson, Beverly Mahood, Michelle Wright, Tomi Swick, Coco Love Alcorn, Kevin Fox, Johnny Johnson, Dean McTaggart, Pam Gerrand, Liona Boyd, The NAC Orchestra, The Kingston Symphony Orchestra, The Esprit Orchestra, Divine Brown, David Tyson, David Kahne, Christian Lalama, Ariana Gillis, Steve D’Angelo, Steven Mackinnon, Jamie Oakes, Carlos Del Junco, Cindy Cashdollar, Maureen Brown, RyanDan, Ivana Santilli, Lucas Rossi, Sean Jones, Michel Berube, Mantini Sisters, Elvis Stojko, George Fox, Frank Mills, Dan Hill, Janie Grand, Heather Rankin, Eleanor McCain, Lenny Solomon, Marc Ganetakos, Whitney P, Beth Moore, Joe Lapinski, Spencer Burton, The Roncy Boys, Aidan Miller, Jim Casson's Dark Orchard, Bill Bell, Chris Assad, Victims of Charity, Pinch Dogs, New World Son, TAWGS, Street Pharmacy, Mark Masri, Michael Ciufo, Andreja Punkris, Matinee Slim and the Ultralight Orchestra, Will Black, Up Yer Kilt, Kurt Swinhammer, Lori Cullen, Orin Isaacs, and many more. Television work includes: The Bridge(CBS/CTV), Battle of the Blades(CBC), Canada Sings (Global), Stars on Ice, Meteor & Friends (Discovery), Toot & Puddle(Treehouse) and Canadian Idol(CTV) where he was pianist, arranger and performed in the Canadian Idol Band and worked with Tony Bennett, Nelly Furtado, Bryan Adams, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, The Barenaked Ladies, Hedley, Simple Plan, Enrique Iglasias, Cyndi Lauper and many more.
The Old Sumbler House is Mark's recording studio, a stand alone facility constructed on his Niagara property in 2004. It is set on 8.9 acres and features five isolation rooms and a wide range of digital, analog, and vintage instruments and recording gear.