Riley O'Connor

Drummer // Songwriter



Riley O’Connor is a sought after Canadian drummer and songwriter with a Humber Music background who is established as an international touring musician and session player in genres ranging from jazz, r&b, pop and country to heavy rock.  

Riley plays frequently with critically acclaimed Toronto artists such as Brownman Ali, Snaggle, Michael Schatte, Chris Antonik, Jake Wilkinson and Jordana Talsky. He also writes and records original music as a member of the pop duo CR Extraodinaire. In addition to collaborating with various artists, Riley enjoys providing the rhythmic foundation for The Vegas North Orchestra which accompanies a variety of premiere pop and jazz tribute acts. 

Riley’s drumming is captured on recordings from Canada's top studios such as CBC, Phase One and Coalition Music and is featured on The Edge 102.1, Much Music, CBC Television and Lionsgate Pictures.

Performance credits include: The TD Canada Trust Jazz Festival, Beaches International Jazz Festival,  NXNE, CMW, Mount Baker R&B Festival (Washington State), Oakville Jazz Festival, Buddy Guy's Legends (Chicago), Bollywood Monster Mashup (Mississauga), Canadian Country Music Awards,  World Pride Toronto, Mont Tremblant Blues Festival (Quebec), Phoenixville Blues Fest (PA), Russian Music Festival (Toronto), The International Blues Challenge finals (Memphis) and The Motor City Music Festival (Detroit). 

Resume: Artists/Bands/Musicians

Original Acts:  CR Extraordinaire (pop/rock), Ilona Anna Kowalik (pop), Chris Antonik (blues rock), Chris Gostling and the Tempo (indy folk), The Michael Schatte Band (roots rock) Matt Gerber (kids music/songwriter) Blackdog Ballroom (rock) Love Tapper (hard rock) Carly Jo (country) Mark Jacob (country) Braintoy (prog rock/metal) Rise For Order (hard rock) Adam's Rib (funk/reggae/latin) Fraser Melvin (blues) Sweet Derrick (blues) Christ vs Krishna (indy rock/pop) Lord Bubba's New Jazz Project (funk/acid jazz) Liz Tanzey (singer/songwriter) Sharon Bieck (singer/songwriter) Tetiana OW (pop) Angela Saini (pop) Jumple (Russian pop/fusion) ShameLessXane (alt rock) Lorne Ryder (country) Jim Amar (folk/roots) Derek Mok (pop) The Sole Pursuit (indy/prog/rock) Jerome Godboo (blues rock) Harrison Fine (indy rock) Christian Hansen (pop) Steve Lane and The Autocrats (Aussi indy rock) Jody Ferrer (comedy/indy)  

Jazz/Fusion/Big Band etc: Snaggle, Nick "Brownman" Ali, The Ali Brothers, The Vegas North Orchestra feat: Vincent Wolfe, Frank & Dean Show, Legends, Elvis, ect. Jake Wilkinson's "Brassed Up Big Band", Mike Field, Scott Kemp Trio, Bartosz Hadala, Eric Gilson Trio, Jordana Talsky, Ori Dagan, Gareth Parry band, Perspectives, ZimZum, Peter Telford, Metro Big Band, Bruce Chapman Trio, The Humber Alumni Group featuring: Scott Metcalf, Scott Kemp, Shirantha Beddage, Al Maksymiw

Rock/Top 40's/R&B Covers: Monster Rock Orchestra, CSI featuring: Candice Sand, Electric Blonde, Meg & The Scene, The Left-Fielders feat: Josh Piche, The Better Half feat: Vince Boldrini, Carolyn T Band, Blush, Parkside Drive, Graffiti Park, Afterglow, Sugar Rush, The High Rollers, Side B Vibe, The Rough Copies, Trainwreck, Covered in Paint, The Orchestra, Universal Boogie Band, Riff Raff, Copy Machine, Coveralls