The Tonkas

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Canada’s Premier Power Duo

 Toronto, ON — The Tonkas are a dynamic power duo driven by redoubtable Toronto Music scene stalwarts Alec Fraser and Derek Downham. Power Blues; Boogie; Rock ‘n’ Roll; Soul and more are covered with depth and passion by the two.

Bassist/vocalist Alec Fraser was born in Glasgow and emigrated to Canada at 11 years old. He soon fell in with the blues-rock scene around Toronto, touring extensively with Morgan Davis, Danny Brooks, David Wilcox and Jeff Healey. Along the way, he has produced Juno-winning recordings for Jack DeKeyser, Morgan Davis and Julian Fauth. In the past year alone, he has produced records for Al Lerman (Fathead), John Mays (also from Fathead), Harrison Kennedy and Danny Marks.

From Toronto  Ontario, Canada, Derek Downham  is an accomplished songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist  that possesses an inspired voice with both power and dexterity. Derek has recorded and played live/toured with many of Canada’s finest bands and artists, including The Beauties and The Tonkas. He’s shared the stages with Kid Rock, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Tragically Hip, Broken Social Scene, The Tea Party, Alejandro Escovedo, The Four Tops,  Drive-By Truckers, Sarah Harmer, The Stills, The Weakerthans, The Sadies,  Squeeze (UK),  Matthew Good,  Sloan,  Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Big Sugar, Andrew Bird, The Trews and Billy Talent just to name a few.

So why are they called The Tonkas? We don’t know. Why don’t you come on out and ask them? : )

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