BLAIR DE PAPE,
Born and raised in Winnipeg, bass player Blair De Pape began his musical career playing the violin at the age of 10. Switching to the bass guitar at age 17, his style and vision soon began to take shape through his varied musical influences: Chris Squire, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, Tony Levin, Spider Sinnaeve, Paul McCartney, and John Deacon. Equally proficient on electric fretted, fretless, upright, acoustic upright, and Chapman Stick, Blair has also studied ‘Guitar Craft’ with the legendary Robert Fripp.
His work with such artists as Jann Arden, Chantel Kreviazuk, and Kyle Riabko, has taken him on tours throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe, sharing stages with Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Sarah MacLachlan, Guns n' Roses, Bryan Adams, and George Thorogood.
In addition to his bass work on musical theatre soundtracks and a recent Pan Am Games theme, Blair has appeared on more than 30 CDs, recording in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and Europe. Blair De Pape was honored with a Gold Record for his work with Sue Medley, and most recently a Juno Award as a member of Eagle and Hawk.
Once an Advertising Art student, Blair is also an accomplished artist, having marketed and sold more than a dozen of his oil paintings. On his off time, recent first-time parents Blair and wife Pamela are busy raising baby daughter Stella, who enjoys bananas, butternut squash, and long naps.