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. 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, The Meltdown) and musicals (most recently Berger in Hair). After an intensive search for the perfect drummer, 9 Lives finally found Jason Hutchings. Jason holds a degree in music (majoring in kicking ass) and teaches drums, guitar, and singing. The final piece of the puzzle came in the form of Scott Everatt. A bass player at heart, Scott also plays drums, guitar, sings, and has been writing music with Craig for years.
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.
Jason Hutchings grew up in a small town in the Muskoka’s (Haliburton). He started playing percussion and drums at the age of 10. He obtained his first drum kit and started his first band called “Fatal Glory”. His band “Last Call” won multiple band wars, were recognized in local papers, made appearances on local TV, and opened for Trooper.
Scott's first recorded original CD was done while playing with the band Plaid Soul at Q107’s Skylab studio with Bob Shindel at age 19.
- May 16, 2015 The Opera House, Toronto
- May 15, 2015 Mây, Toronto
- May 9, 2015 Duffy’s Tavern, Toronto
- April 3, 2015 The Duke Live, Toronto
- March 21, 2015 Lee’s Palace, Toronto
- March 8, 2015 The Duke Live, Toronto
- December 18, 2014 Cherry Cola’s Rock N’ Rolla Cabaret Lounge, Toronto
- October 31, 2014 Zero Gravity Circus, Toronto
- October 9, 2013 Kitch Bar, Toronto
- August 22, 2013 The Lismore Tavern, Toronto
- August 7, 2013 The Cage, Toronto
- July 11, 2013 The Velvet Underground, Toronto
- June 10, 2013 The Opera House, Toronto
- April 13, 2013 The Velvet Underground, Toronto
- March 8, 2013 Rancho Relaxo, Toronto
- January 25, 2013 The Velvet Underground, Toronto
- January 19, 2013 Mây, Toronto
- December 14, 2012 The Rockpile, Toronto
- November 29, 2012 Smiling Buddha Bar, Toronto
- November 25, 2012 The Transact Club, Toronto
- October 25, 2012 Manhattan, Moncton
- October 23, 2012 Théâtre Rialto, Montreal
- October 22, 2012 Imperial de Québec, Québec
- October 21, 2012 University of Ottawa Alumni Auditorium, Ottawa
- October 20, 2012 Glenn Could Studio, Toronto
- September 1, 2012 Duffy’s Tavern, Toronto
- August 11, 2012 Duffy’s Tavern, Toronto
- August 3, 2012 The Velvet Underground, Toronto
- June 8, 2012 The Velvet Underground, Toronto
- May 12, 2012 The Velvet Underground, Toronto
- May 6, 2012 The Rockpile, Toronto