Ten years have passed since guitarist/songwriter Peter Alexander first envisioned the assembling of a group of four dedicated musicians that shared his intense passion for hard rock. While the idea of putting together a rock band might seem straight forward to some, finding just the right people to get the job done was a real battle. Two bass players had come and gone before Kenny Cunningham was introduced through a mutual friend in the spring of 2010. Kenny, a classically trained bass and keyboard player had already toured the world with several acts and was looking for a project to call his own. 9 Lives and Counting then went through three vocalists before finding Craig Burnatowski. Craig studied Acting at York University but was no stranger to rock stages with numerous bands (Shadowdrift, Alternate End) and musicals (most recently Berger in Hair). Now tasked with filling Eddie Zeeman’s role after he laid down the killer drum tracks for the album, 9 Lives are confident they can find the perfect drummer with feet big enough to fill those shoes.
9 Lives and Counting wash the senses with a barrage of relentless and textured progressive rock, free to wander in and out of traditional song structure. Rock influences from any and all eras are celebrated in this enthusiastic mix of technique and emotion.
This is extraordinary, powerful, and eclectic. The only description possible? 9 Lives and Counting.
Peter was born in Montreal and but soon moved to Ontario where he grew up in Vankleek Hill. After a year of living in Ottawa he made the move to Toronto where he now calls home. After first playing with an all original band, he soon found himself shredding for tribute acts of Iron Maiden and Aerosmith. Later success involved playing with Space Tramp Cowboy who were fortunate enough to share stages with I Mother Earth on several occasions. Peter played with a couple other acts (Vagrant, The Criminals) before taking a break from the industry and a life of living paycheque to paycheque.
Craig recorded his first original CD at the age of 18 with his band Plaid Soul at Q107’s Skylab studio with Bob Shindel and never stopped performing.
He is also an Actor and Voice Acting Director with his most recent TV credits including Lost Girl (Showcase), Brainwashed (History Channel) and on stage as Berger in Canstage's production of Hair.
Kenny was born and raised in Toronto. First picking up an instrument at age 7, he now plays Bass, Keyboards, Guitar, Mandolin, and Violin. He is classically trained with a wide range of influences. Kenny has played with an assortment of Canadian and American acts, including Susan Aglukark. His vast touring experience includes, Canada, the U.S. and parts of Europe.
- June 10, 2013The Opera House, Toronto
- April 13, 2013 Velvet Underground, Toronto
- March 8, 2013Rancho Relaxo, Toronto
- January 25, 2013Velvet Underground, Toronto
- January 19, 2013 Mây, Toronto
- December 14, 2012The Rockpile, Etobicoke
- November 29, 2012Smiling Buddha Bar, Toronto
- November 25, 2012The Tranzac Club, Toronto