From Toronto Ontario, Canada, DEREK DOWNHAM is an accomplished songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist that possesses an inspired voice with both power and dexterity. Derek has recorded and played live/toured with many of Canada's finest bands and artists, such as his main band -THE BEAUTIES.
He has also performed/recorded with (in no particular order): Andy Kim (Rock Me Gently, Sugar Sugar, Derek is his Musical DIrector), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Serena Ryder, Sarah Slean, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland, Sam Roberts, Lights, Paul Quarrington (Whale Music, RIP), Hugh Dillon, Kyle Riabko (Columbia), Paul Reddick, Colin Cripps, Ladies Of The Canyon, Trophy, The Beautiful Unknown, By Divine Right, Hayden Neale (Jacksoul) , Jason Collett, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Kim Stockwood, Jully Black, Tomi Swick, Treasa Lavasseur, Dru, Graph Nobel, Jeen O'Brien, Amy Millan (Stars), Ron Sexsmith, Shaye, Esthero, Kurt Swinghammer, Justin Rutledge, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Blair Packham, Arlene Bishop, Sebastian Grainger (Death From Above 1979), Revival Dear, Ivana Santilli, Matthew Barber, Jeff Healey (RIP), Emm Gryner, Scott Anderson (Finger 11), Damhnait Doyle, Stratochief, Holy F*ck, Beans (Warp), Elliott BROOD, The New Kings, Micheal O'Grady, Andy Stochansky, Danny Michel and many more
He's shared stages with Bon Jovi, Kid Rock, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Tragically Hip, Broken Social Scene, The Tea Party, Alejandro Escovedo, The Four Tops, Drive-By Truckers, Sarah Harmer, The Stills, The Weakerthans, The Sadies, Squeeze (UK), Matthew Good, Sloan, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Big Sugar, Andrew Bird, The Trews and Billy Talent just to name a few.
Derek hosts a weekly songwriter and jam night every TUESDAY at AXIS Gallery (3048 Dundas W. in Toronto) and has done so for over 8 years. All nights are well attended, and for good reason.
Be sure to catch Derek playing drums and keyboards every SUNDAY at The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington in Toronto), playing with THE BEAUTIES.
THE BEAUTIES were voted Best Roots Band in Toronto by NOW Magazine.
"Derek Downham is the Kevin Bacon of Canadian Rock" - Craig Northey (The Odds)
"Eff'ing brilliant drummah" - Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers)
“You’re drunk and need to go home.” - Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene)