CRAIG MARTIN – FOUNDER
Favourite Album – The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’
I was born in 1961. I grew up with all the albums we perform. I care deeply about all the musicians who work with me. I run my company with compassion. I put my musicians first. I love classic rock. I built CAL from the ground up. Closing in on 20 years – we’re just getting started.
NICK WALSH – GENERAL MANGER
Favourite Album – Kiss ‘Alive!’
Nick brings a veteran’s vision to CAL. He’s always been a full time musician and he’s always been acutely aware of what it takes to keep a band working together. As General Manager of CAL, Nick will help steer us towards where we need to grow. He’ll do all of this while continuing to front a great many shows. It takes a musician to run CAL. Nick Walsh is the right man for the job.
ROB PHILLIPS – MUSIC DIRECTOR
Favourite Album – Pink Floyd ‘ The Wall’
Bobby is our rock. He brings the nuance. He’s a kind man. But he doesn’t tolerate foolishness. If you’re on a show with Rob, show up with your shit together. He’s very funny and is able to replicate sounds and entire comedy bits on cue. He’s calm. He loves his family. He is the face of CAL. He sold the most T shirts of any other alumni.
CYNTHIA CAKE – OPERATIONS
Favourite Album – Led Zeppelin ‘Led Zeppelin 1’
Cindy keeps the company in good working order. Moving musicians in and out of venues is a lot of work and Cindy does it all with grace and cool. She also bakes goodies for the backstage dressing rooms and thrift shops for funky scarfs, jackets and wraps. There is nothing that Cindy can’t do!
RYAN RECINE – FRONT OF HOUSE SOUND
Favourite Album – Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours’
Ryan mixes the shows when I’m not around. He does a great job. The secret ingredient in his sound is that he cares. He listens to the albums – attends rehearsals and makes notes on what he wants to hear representing CAL in the mix. I’ve taught him how to yell “Turn down, Bobby!” or “Where’s Mark?” or “Des wake up!” He’s a good man who’s just beginning his journey with us. And as we wind on down the road.
ERIC HONKONEN – TOUR MANAGER
Favourite Album – Bad Company’s Bad Company
STEVE BUTLER – CANADIAN AGENT
Favourite Album – Steve Wonder ‘Songs in the Key of Life’
It was Steve Butler’s vision that brought CAL to where it is today. He drummed on all the shows during the first year. And from that chair he saw bigger things. He was just finding his way as an agent – our timing couldn’t have been better. He started out with the biggest agency in Canada but he couldn’t find his groove there. So he jumped ship and took up with the family run Paquin Agency. I was the only one of his artists to jump ship with him. He’s been my friend for 25 years. He makes me laugh.
MATT CHARKOW – AMERICAN AGENT
Favourite Album – Physical Graffiti
Matt rallied to have CAL in his roster. He’ll be concentrating on growing CAL in the United States and beyond. He’s forward thinking and excited about the authenticity that Classic Albums Live brings to live music.
BRUCE SUDDS – RIGHT ANGLE MGMT
Favorite Album – John Prine
Bruce is a published author (‘Ain’t Nothing But a Stranger in This World) and a veteran of live performance presentations. He works alongside Craig and Nick Walsh in bringing CAL to the next level of professionalism and joy.