Leisa Way & The Wayward Wind Band
Over the past 10 years, Leisa Way and her Wayward Wind Band have created and produced ten (soon to be 12 in 2020) hugely successful concerts that have performed to sold-out audiences at over 80 theatres across North America. Leisa Way and her musicians deliver a concert experience like no other offered in Canada and are extremely proud of their reputation for delivering to Presenters the highest calibre of entertainment with superb musicianship. These singers and musicians are among the best in the world, playing 16 stringed instruments that thrill audiences. Audiences are on their feet cheering at the end of each and every performance. Presenters agree that Leisa Way & The Wayward Wind Band concerts are a cut about the rest, telling fascinating stories, with warmth and humour, while celebrating the music of legendary artists.
Leisa Way - In her 20+ career, Leisa has performed as a solo artist for her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family three times, for The Kennedy Family, Terry Fox, Wayne Gretzky, Doris Day, Clint Eastwood, Olympia Dukakis, and shared the stage with Colm Wilkinson, Long John Baldry, Cathy Rigby, The Canadian Tenors, Florence Henderson, The Amazing Kreskin, Adrian Zmed, and the list goes on. She has performed across North America in Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, and nine years ago, Leisa began creating theatrical concerts that have been hugely successful. Today, Leisa and The Wayward Wind Band have created ten sensational concerts that have performed sold-shows at over 100 venues across North America, and continue to thrill audiences. In 2017, they performed a 44-city tour across Canada, with their Canada 150 concert, and in 2019-2020 they will be touring their two concerts, “Opry Gold” and“Across the Pond”. And in 2020-2021 they look forward to debuting their newest concerts, "Early Morning Rain" and "Rock 'n Roll Is Here To Stay". Unbelievably, all twelve of their concerts are available to tour. Leisa is extremely proud of her reputation for delivering Presenters the highest calibre of entertainment with superb musicianship. Her singers and musicians are among the best in the world, playing 16 stringed instruments that thrill audiences. Leisa’s band, and concerts are truly a cut above the rest, telling fascinating stories with warmth and humour, while celebrating music history and legendary artists. Audiences are on their feet cheering at the end of each and every performance.
Fred Smith (Lead vocals, guitars, banjo, harmonica) has backed up the likes of Chuck Berry, The Mamas & The Papas, The Supremes, The Drifters, Peter Noone, The Platters, Spencer Davis, etc.
Bruce Ley (Lead vocals, piano, guitars) was the pianist on The Ronnie Prophet Show & Tommy Hunter Show for 15 years altogether; he composed the music for The Painted Door, a film that was nominated for an Academy Award; as well as music for Sesame Street & Polka Dot Door, and is a member of the award winning blues band, Trouble & Strife
Bobby Prochaska (Lead vocals & Bass) A fine musician and actor, Bobby’s theatre roles have taken him to Broadway and across North America in shows such as Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Crazy For You & Jolson
Nathan Smith (Lead vocals, fiddle, mandolin, guitar) a versatile performer who is equally at home playing with the Ottawa Symphony, or accompanying a variety of artists in the folk and bluegrass genre. Toured internationally with Hard Ryde, and is currently touring his own bluegrass band, The Barrel Boys and The O'Pears.
Don Reid (Lead vocals, drums, percussion) has toured nationally and internationally with orchestras and big bands, the Old Chicago Blues Band, and Sweet Soul Music.
Ben Malone (sound designer) has toured extensively with Sarah Sean, The Tenors, Ben Caplan, Emilie Claire Barlow, and Our Lady Peace.
List of concerts available:
1) Opry Gold: The Kings and Queens of Country
2) Across The Pond: The British Invasion
3) Sweet Dreams: Patsy Cline
4) Oh, Canada, We Sing For Thee!
5) You Give Me Fever: Celebrating Peggy Lee
6) Rock 'N Roll Is Here To Stay
7) Rhinestone Cowgirl: Dolly Parton
8) Early Morning Rain: The Legend of Gordon Lightfoot
9) Country Jukebox (Duets)
10) Wichita Lineman: The Music of Glen Campbell
11) Mistletoe Magic
12) Have Yourself a Swinging Little Country Christmas