Dick Fairthorne is a multi-award winning Singer/Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a speciality in Vocals, Bass Guitar, Piano and Drums. He has performed classical, electronic, rock, rap, metal and pop music.
Dick has shared stages with Joshua Jlatte Lopez, Oliver Pigott, Dr. Elmer Iseler, The Mendelssohn Choir, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Sevendust and countless others. Notable audiences have included Queen Elizabeth II, and Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander.
At the age of 4, Dick began learning to play the Piano. Under the guidance of piano instructor Pat Russel, he joined his local church choir. He was later accepted into the prestigious Toronto Boys Choir.
In 1984, Dick was chosen as boy soloist for the Toronto presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Grammy award winning Requiem at the then recently built Roy Thomson Hall.
Dick continued his piano studies with Pat Russel and was influenced by her orchestral performances with the North York Symphony. He joined every available extra curricular program at his high school, and studied practical jazz, classical and popular music.
After high-school, Dick became involved with live shows at rock clubs. He toured with Ebony Run and The Rook (Vocals) as well as Tallman (Bass), giving him the opportunity to work with world renowned producer, Sylvia Massey Shivy (Tool, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash).
During the 2000’s, Dick spent time experimenting with various styles, and making session recordings with local artists in Toronto, Ontario. To facilitate this experimentation, he built an in-home recording studio.
Exploring his alter-ego as the “Dick Black” character, Dick fronted the short-lived glam-funk outfit Dick Black & The Pastey Whites to much fanfare and hype on Queen St. west in Toronto.
In 2012, Dick collaborated with Andrew Lauzon and Jacob King creating “Datascape”, electronic music with a rock edge.
“You have a real future in music” – Gordon Lightfoot
Most recently, Dick performed on the new record “The Age of Peace”, accompanying Sebastian and Oliver Pigott (Canadian Idol, The Pigott Brothers) at their record release.
In December 2012, Dick performed with Oliver Pigott in support of Renascent, raising over $80,000 to support families impacted by addiction. The event was headlined by Legendary Canadian songwriter and performer Gordon Lightfoot who only had a few words for Dick.
“You have a real future in music.”
Dick can frequently be found in Huntsville backing up open mic’ers at Sean Cotton’s open mic. Everyone is welcome to come and perform Wednesday nights at On The Docks