Name: Clark Schlesinger
School: June 2017 Honour Roll Graduate: Cawthra Park SS Regional Arts Vocal Program
September 2017 Queens University First Year Arts and Sciences (Film and Music)
Music School or Private Instructor: Vocals: Michael Cuifo Guitar: Josh Coulter Drums/Percussion: Rock This Way School of Music
Instrument(s): Vocals, Percussion, Guitar
I am a 17 year old singer songwriter musician who has performed locally and around Southern Ontario for the past 7 years. I began as the lead singer and drummer in a classic rock band, LINC when I was 10 years old. I have evolved into a solo artist accompanying myself on guitar and sing at many local venues and events including the Mayors Leve, The Firefighters Association Awards and Graduation Ceremonies, Farmer’s Markets (Port Credit and Mississauga Daniels Market), Buskerfest Mississauga and Dundas ON, Carrasauga, Hard Rock Café (Niagara Falls), Ontario Racquetball Dining room and patio, Clarkson Christmas Tree Lighting events, Clarkson Hallowe’en and Summer events, charity events for the Princess Margaret Foundation as well as Hospital for Sick Children. I have participated in Youth Day Toronto as well as the Canada 150 Festivals at Ontario Place this past summer. Additionally, I have been the entertainment for many private parties and events in Mississauga and surrounding areas. I was a finalist in the CNE Rising star completion as well as Hidden Talent. I have performed in choirs since grade one and during my high school years was a member of the RAP Chamber Choir, The all Male Choir and the Jazz Choir.
I am also a songwriter and have worked in conjunction with a Grammy award winning songwriter, recently writing 2 new songs. Although at Queen’s University this fall, I have planned gigs back in my home town Mississauga, which I love, including 2 gigs during the Thanksgiving weekend (Port Credit Farmers Market and at the ORC).
When and why did you start playing?
I have been singing since I could speak. I started formal drumming lessons when I was 6 and from there went on to add my vocal and then also learn the guitar. I am passionate about my singing as well as playing the drums and guitar. I believe music is a way to convey emotion and feelings to others that they might connect or relate to. It also brings joy to others and of course I feel that joy as well. I find playing my instruments or writing music relaxing and an out outlet of creativity.
What are you working on right now?
Currently I am working on song writing to increase my number of original songs. I will also be making studio recordings of my most recent work. I am focussing on getting established at school, however, at the same time am hoping to expand on my opportunities to perform in my favourite place, Mississauga as well as my new school community of Kingston. Additionally, I love film and photography and am working of developing my skills in both mediums.
What goals do you have as a musician and how do you plan on achieving them?
My goals are to continue to pursue music as well as film production and media. I hope to be performing on the biggest stages one day. I will be launching a website in the near future and further updating my social media sites such as YouTube. I plan to continue to work hard, and through practice, performance and perseverance, develop as a performer, songwriter and musician.