Legends of the Phoenix

Published on May th, 2015

Monika Nadj, Band Manager, Backing Vocal
Toivo Pajo, Drums
Chris Saniga, Bass
Bert Floren, Guitar, Backing Vocal
Niraj Dalmia, Guitar
Jay Chen, Keyboard
Elisse Basque, Lead Vocal
Arwin Dhingra, Rap Vocal


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Dear Mr. Vernon:
Dear Mr. Donald:

We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice 10 weeks’ worth of Thursday evenings until 10 o’clock at night, week in and week out, in rehearsals in order to be good enough for your “League of Rock”. But, we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are.

You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But, what we found out is that each one of us is:

  • A buttoned-down M&A consultant, who people would believe as the classical piano nerd that he started out as, but not as they guy who found salvation in rock n’ roll with a pair of drumsticks and his first real six-string . . .
  • A Valuations paraprofessional who is the ‘go-to-for-your-concur-queries’ by day but who spent the last decade as an audio production assistant, a tour manager, a roadie and who is rumoured to be the Gertrude Stein of the Canadian independent music scene
  • An HR professional working ever so diligently, seemingly satisfied with the confines of her cubicle, withholding an inextinguishable desire for so much more- to unleash an inferno of vocal talent she withheld from the world.
  • A Tax Analyst who people think only cares about, y’know . . tax . . . stuff . . . but is actually a Dutch punk who makes the guy in Green Day sound like Barry Manilow. The fact that punk rockers are supposed to play 3-chords-song is lost on him as he plays guitar like he’s in Guns ‘n Roses.
  • A Tech Integration consultant who they think only knows how to use a computer keyboard, but whose real passion is for another kind of keyboard altogether . . . the kind that Oscar Peterson and Nicky Hopkins worked on instead. He may use an old HP laptop at work, but his electronic setup when he’s on stage rivals that of Daft Punk
  • An IT Consultant who most people only want to talk about SAP with, but is actually an unbelievable MC who can layer a mind-numbing rhyme over any song, any beat, any time
  • A Tech Consultant from MIT who everyone seems happy to believe would be a fingerpicking classical guitarist in a symphony orchestra – which he’s always been – but wants nothing more than to go down on his knees and rock out on his electric with an amp turned up to eleven.
  • A Consulting partner who people see as a warm-and-fuzzy dad to a newborn, but have no idea that his second calling is to slappa da bass, and who can lay down a bowel-loosening groove on anything from the Police to Guns ‘n Roses


Does that answer your question?

Sincerely yours,

The Breakfast Club
The Legends of the Phoenix

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