David Porteous, head of PORTEOUS MEDIA, is a Canadian solo singer/songwriter, documentary filmmaker, charity fundraiser, audio/video engineer, photographer, multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer and comedy writer who currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
Now 36-years-old, Porteous began writing music at age 11, had his first radio play on CBC Radio 2 at the age of 14, was nominated as an Olympic Torchbearer, won First Prize in a National Anthem Song Contest, holds a BA in documentary filmmaking and an honour diploma in sound engineering and has created 32 solo music releases. His new documentary short film, The Fine Print, features motorsports journalist Marshall Pruett and was featured on racer.com.
2020 will be an exciting year for Porteous with the release of Eric Schaeffer’s new film “God the Worm” starring Annabella Sciorra (The Sopranos, CSI, Law and Order) which features new music by Porteous. Also in the works is a new EP release and two motorsports documentary films.
Over the years Porteous has toured extensively as a solo musician and a lead guitar player that has brought him across Canada, the UK, Europe including performing at top music festivals such as NXNE, CMJ (New York), Havnekulturfestival (Denmark), Music City North, Indie Music Week, Acoustic Edinburgh (UK), and Canadian Music Week. His passionate on-stage performances and lead guitar work have also landed him opening slots with many talented artists, including Emm Gryner, Peter Katz, Matthew Barber, Neverending White Lights, Lindy, Matt Norris and the Moon, and Nellie McKay.
Porteous’ film and music work caught the attention of Sumit Ajwani (founder of Makers and former Head of Production at Saatchi & Saatchi) whom co-produce Porteous’ documentary film War Music. War Music premiered in Scotland and was featured on CBC, BBC, the Toronto Star, a blogTO film pick and was selected for the River Arts Festival.
Porteous has gained a wealth of experience as a audio/video engineer working in Canada, the UK and Germany producing and engineering over 100 music and video projects including many music albums, films, commercials and corporate videos. Porteous wrote and record music for the feature film Boy Meets Girl by Eric Scheffer which premiered in New York City and has won over 30 film festival awards.
On the side, Porteous enjoys being a creative advisor for many companies and organizations such as Voxfactum, a computer software company that aims to support children with reading disabilities.
Porteous loves working with charities to fundraise by utilizing his creative talents. For instance, Porteous is a proud supporter of accessibility and organized a fundraiser with Indycar’s Road to Indy series for StopGap Foundation which generated over $10 000 for the charity. In 2015 Porteous raised over $3600 for the Canadian Women’s Foundation during a headlining east coast music tour and has done many other benefit concerts and fundraising initiatives for various charities including Poppy Scotland, Sick Kids Hospital, Black Lives Matter, the Red Cross, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society.
CBC News feature on David Porteous’ world’s first music video for the deaf.