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Michael Creber

Monique Tougas Creber

Melanie Thompson
(Production/Admin Assistant)

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Michael Creber



(Performance, Recording, Production, Film and TV composition, Radio & TV)


Michael Creber

Michael Creber is one of the West Coast’s most sought-after musicians, both onstage and in the recording studio. He pursues a wide-ranging career as a keyboardist, composer and producer, embracing many areas of popular music including jazz, Latin, R&B, rock, pop, musical theatre, country and folk.

After recording and touring internationally with the Irish Rovers from 1981 to 1986 (including 36 episodes of Global TV’s Party With the Rovers), Michael went on to become one of k.d. lang's “Reclines.” During the next four years he toured extensively and appeared with k.d. on the Johnny Carson Show (see photo at right), Arsenio Hall, Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards, Vicki Gabereau, Super Dave, The Smothers Brothers and Austin City Limits. Michael’s outstanding piano work from this period, heard on k.d.’s 1989 album Absolute Torch and Twang, was dubbed by one L.A. reviewer as “a cross between Floyd Cramer and Thelonius Monk.”

Michael with kd and Johnny Carson
Michael with kd and Johnny Carson

From 1992 to 1995 Michael toured, recorded and produced with world-renowned family entertainer Raffi. Highlights included a performance for US President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, a week of sold-out concerts at
the Gershwin Theater in New York City
(produced by Phil Ramone and released as a video entitled Raffi On Broadway) and a special performance at a Washington luncheon for Mikhail Gorbachev. Michael co-produced and co-wrote Raffi's 1994 CD Bananaphone (which won a Juno Award and was nominated for a Grammy), as well as his 1995 recording, Raffi Radio. He also co-produced Raffi’s most recent album Let’s Play.

Michael has also performed and recorded with many other great Canadian and international artists including: The Rankin Sisters, David Foster, Shirley Bassey, Powder Blues, John Sebastian, Charo, Cyndi Lauper, B.J. Thomas, Roger Miller, Charlotte Diamond, Roy Forbes, Shari Ulrich, Phil Nimmons, Jim Byrnes, Dee Daniels, Kate Hammett-Vaughn, June Katz, Christine Duncan, Connie Kaldor, Norman Foote, Valdy and Nancy White. He is a regular on the Vancouver jazz scene in his own Michael Creber Trio and also as pianist for Fantazea.

During the last few years, Michael has kept busy writing scores for film and radio, producing CDs for various artists, doing session work as a keyboardist, teaching and keeping up a full performance schedule. He has toured with CBC Radio favourites Nancy White and Double Exposure. He also played piano and accordion for the Rankin Sisters’ CD Do You Hear...Christmas with Heather, Cookie and Raylene Rankin, and appeared on their 1998 CBC TV special, Christmas Cabaret. In December of ’99 and 2002 he toured with the Rankin Sisters, performing Christmas concerts with a band and symphony orchestras across Canada. Most recently Michael toured Ontario and Eastern Canada with Lee Aaron.

Michael’s credits as musical director include You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris and Tapestry: the Music of Carole King, a hit revue at Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre. In addition he has played keyboards in the orchestra for productions of Miss Saigon and Tommy. In 2001 and 2002 he was the musical director and pianist for the gala fundraiser Divas for Life, which featured many of Vancouver’s finest jazz musicians. With his wife Monique, he co-produces, directs and performs in The Magic of Christmas, an annual benefit concert that among many guest artists has featured The Nylons, Susan Aglukark, The Rankin Sisters, Norman Foote and musical theatre star Michael Burgess along with a 10-piece band and 450 children singing backups. In its nine-year production history the concert has raised over $30,000 for charity.

Michael has three albums of original music to his credit: two solo piano collections, Brand New Smile and Dancers of the Spheres, and a CD by the Michael Creber Trio entitled Smooth Sailing. Michael and his music have been featured several times on CBC Radio’s nationally broadcast JazzBeat, and on Vancouver’s Hot Air.




In Concert:
Divas for LifeDivas For Life (Musical Director, 2001 and 2002)
Magic of Christmas (Musical Director, 1994-2004)
Raffi on Broadway (1995, Gershwin Theatre, NYC – produced by Phil Ramone)
Three Irish Tenors (2003)
Angela Kelman (1992 to present)
Charlotte Diamond (1989)
Cookie, Heather & Raylene Rankin (symphony orchestra tour 2000 / band tour 2002)
Cyndi Lauper (1989)
Dal Richards (2002-present)
Edith Wallace (Musical Director, 1992-present)
Irish Rovers (1981-1986)
Jim Byrnes (1983)
k.d. lang (1986-1990, North America and Europe)
Kate Hammett-Vaughn (1980-2002)
Cathy St. Germain (1995 to present)
Lee Aaron (2002 to present)
Leon Bibb (1981)
Nancy White (1986 to present)
Norman Foote (1992)
Powder Blues (1991 to present)
Raffi (1992-1996, North America)
Ron Kalmakoff (1992 to present)Jim Byrnes
Roy Forbes (1991)
Steve Maddock (1996 to present)
Shari Ulrich (1988 to present)
Sibel Thrasher (1995 to present)
Stevie Vallance (1997 to present)
Teresa Carpio (2003)
Valdy (1996 to present)

TV Appearances:
Arsenio Hall Show - FOX (with k.d. lang)
Austin City Limits - PBS (with k.d. lang)
Canada AM - CTV (with Lee Aaron)
Dini Petty Show (with Raffi)
Do You Hear…Christmas with Heather, Cookie and Raylene Rankin (CBC special, 1998)
Grammy Awards (with k.d. lang, 1990)
Grand Ole Opry (with k.d. lang)
Inaugural Celebration for Children – Disney Channel’s TV Special for President Bill Clinton’s 1st Inauguration,1993
Johnny Carson Show - NBC (7 appearances with k.d. lang)
Juno Awards (with k.d. lang, 1989)
Party With The Rovers - 36 episodes on Global TV and Ireland’s Ulster Television
Raffi: It Takes A Village - CBC documentary
Saturday Night Live (with k.d. lang
Show of Hearts (with David Foster, 1992)
Show of Hearts (with Raffi, 1994)
Smothers Brothers Show (with k.d. lang)
Super Dave Osborne (with k.d. lang)
Undiscovered Country (CBC’s documentary featuring Lee Aaron)
Urban Rush - Shaw TV (with Howe Sounds & Lee Aaron)
Vicki Gabereau – CTV (with Stevie Vallance)


Radio Appearances:
CBC Radio Jazz Beat
CBC Radio Hot Air


Theatre Credits:
Miss Saigon (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
Tommy (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
Rent (Queen Elizabeth Theatre)
Tapestry: The Music of Carole King (Arts Club Theatre, 1996 - Musical Director)
Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (Studio 58, 1979 - Musical Director)
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Marpole Theatre, 1974 - Musical Director)


Recording Credits:

Absolute Torch CDCanadian Cancer Society Relay for Life theme song “Tonight I Walk For You” (2004)
Chris Bolan, Walkabout (2000)
Colette Wise, Faces of Love
Colleen Eccleston, In Essence (1997)
Connie Kaldor, Wood River (1992), Out of the Blue, Gentle of Heart (1989)
Dick Damron, Mirage: The Guitar Collection
Divas For Life – Live at the Vogue! (2002)
Dream Child – Joyfilled Music (2004)
Edgar Kaiser, Threads of Life (1998)
Edith Wallace Standing Naked in the Rain (1999), Bare-Breasted in Bali (2002), The Tree in my Garden (2004)
Farmer’s Daughter, Girls Will Be Girls (1993)
Geoff Gibbons, self-titled album (1991)
Bananaphone - Raffi
Irish Rovers: No More Bread and Butter, It Was A Night Like This, 25th Anniversary Album
John Reid, Island Shuffle (1993)
k.d lang: Absolute Torch and Twang (1988)

Larry Volen, Soul Intention (1997)
Linnea Good, Crazy Faith (1998)
Lisa Brokop (demo tracks)
Philippe Lapointe Group, Natural Selection (1993)
Raffi: Bananaphone (1994), Raffi Radio (1995), Let’s Play (1999), Country Goes Raffi (2001), Where We All Belong (2004)
Ray Piper & Fantazea, self-titled album (1998)
Robyn Mcquordale, Up Ahead, (2001)
Shari Ulrich, The View From Here (1998)
a pilgrims mirror - susan crowe
Spider Robinson
Steve Elliot and Lucie Walker, Straight Up (2000)

Susan Crowe, A Pilgrim’s Mirror (1999)
The Rankin Sisters: Do You Hear…Christmas with the Rankin Sisters (1997)
Tom Northcott, Joyful Songs of Leonard Cohen (1995)
Wendy Merkley, Calling Card (1996)
Will Millar, The Lark in the Clear Aire (1992)


Toyo Tires
Killian’s Irish Red


Film scores:
The War for Baby Jessica
Song From the Heart
Head in the Clouds


TV Shows:
The Chris Isaak Show
Beggars and Choosers
The Eds


Producer Credits:
Lark in the Clear AireDream Child - Joyfilled Music (2004)
Magic of Christmas compilation CD – various artists (2003)
Monique Creber: All For You (2000)
Raffi: Banaphone (1994), Raffi Radio (1995), Let’s Play (1999)
Will Millar – The Lark in the Clear Aire (1992)
Angela Kelman
Burkeville Productions
David Steele
Dorn Beattie

Edith Wallace
Howe Sounds
Jasmine Bharucha

Katrina Bishop
Pauline LeBel
Raejean Laidlaw
Rob Bruner
Robyn McCorquodale
Ron Kalmakoff
Sam Masich
Samantha Crew
Skip McIntyre
Spider Robinson
Steve Maddock
Trudy Diening
Wendy Merkley



Composition and Scoring:

Dream Child – Joyfilled Music (2004)
Brand New Smile - solo piano
Dancers of the Spheres – solo piano
Smooth Sailing – The Michael Creber Trio


Feature Films and Documentaries:
Croon (TV movie produced by Pryor Productions and broadcast on CHUM stations across Canada)
To Free the Slaves (Vision TV documentary released on PBS)

Industrial Films:
Coast Spas (starring Leslie Nielsen)


Independent Films and Videos:
The Clicking
Workshop Junkie
Apple Tree
The Epiphany
Dirty Little Secrets
The Bookworm
Tai Chi Sword (Sam Masich)
The Workshop Junkie (a song of Michael’s was featured on the soundtrack of this film, which aired on CBC TV)
Wonders on the Farm (scoring)
Wonders of the Forest (scoring)
Nic & George (animated series)

Computer City
Mamma Ninfa’s


Audio Books:
Kill All The Lawyers by William Deverell)
Cheatin’ and Hurtin’ With The Plasmates From Altair IV by Jim Brown


Jazz Blues Just So Stories
Aunt Sylvie

Jazz Blues Just So Stories
Jazz Blues Just So Stories

Raffi (three albums including the Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning Bananaphone)
The Irish Rovers
Shari Ulrich
Edith Wallace
Dorn Beattie
Sam Masich
Monique Creber
Robert Messier
Ron Kalmakoff



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Monique Tougas Creber


(Performances, recordings, production etc.)


Monique Tougas Creber enjoys a multi-faceted career as a vocalist, keyboard player, songwriter, arranger and music educator. A natural performer, she started young on live radio shows and had appeared on two record albums by the time she was 13. She began her professional music career as a teenager in Winnipeg, teaching piano/keyboard/organ and performing in cover bands and lounge acts. Soon her credits had expanded to include a wide variety of concerts, festivals, television appearances, private functions, jingles and musicals, as well as singing the anthems for the former NHL Winnipeg Jets games. In 1992, she directed and performed with a keyboard quartet that represented Canada in the Technics World Music Festival at Wembley Centre in London, England. To date, in a career that spans pop, musical theatre, country and jazz, Monique has now been singing professionally for over 20 years in several languages including English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.


In 1991, Monique wrote, recorded and released her first single, “The Magic Of Christmas,” which continues to get airplay during the holiday season. The year 2000 marked the release of her first solo CD, All For You, which has received national airplay and was also featured on CBC Radio’s Coastal Grooves.

Monique at the organ
Monique at the organ

A teacher for the past 25 years, Monique has taught vocal performance and keyboard instruments to hundreds of students from age three to adult. She has also been very active as a businesswoman and education consultant. She has assisted more than 50 music schools from coast to coast in training teachers, setting up systems, administering exams, adjudicating festivals and developing curriculum. She has also trained directors from music schools as far away as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., and helped in the development of the Technics keyboard music programs used in many countries around the world. While still living in Winnipeg, Monique owned and managed Music Place, a successful 500-student school and music store. In 1993, she sold the business and moved to Vancouver.

Once on the West Coast, Monique continued her busy performing and teaching career, starting a music school in Horseshoe Bay and on Bowen Island, and singing in various ensembles including a band called Brazileiro. The group recorded an album of jazz standards and originals and has performed in and around Vancouver, including two seasons at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Monique also performs with her own vocal quartet Howe Sounds, and has worked on a variety of studio projects, including recording guide vocals for the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show for the past few years.

In 1994, Monique launched “The Magic of Christmas” concert series – a popular annual charity event that she continues to produce and perform in with her husband Michael. This variety show has featured many guests including The Nylons, Michael Burgess, the Rankin Sisters, Vicki Gabereau, Jackson Davies, Norman Foote, Valdy, Dee Daniels and Shari Ulrich…all backed by some of Vancouver’s finest musicians and several children’s choirs. In its nine-year production history the show has raised over $30,000 for charity.

Currently, Monique maintains a busy schedule of recording session work, performing and consulting as well as teaching vocals, piano and keyboards in West Vancouver.




Performance Highlights:
The Magic of Christmas 1994-2004
Vancouver International Jazz Festival
Harrison Festival of the Arts
Dundarave Concerts By the Sea
West Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations
Granville Island Canada Day Celebrations
The Pajama Game - Rainbow Stage (Winnipeg)
Technics World Music Festival (London, UK, 1992)
Anthems for the Winnipeg Jets (Winnipeg’s former NHL team)

Recording Highlights:
All For You (2000): Monique’s original CD
The Magic of Christmas (2003) – feature song and backing vocals for various artists
Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show vocal tracks, produced by Dave Pierce (2001-2004)
Howdy Rowdy – song for the 2000 Grey Cup Half-time Show
Raffi Radio (1995)
Journey of the Heart - Ron Kalmakoff
Animaniacal - Sam Masich
Mark’s Work Warehouse - jingle
Tonight I Walk for You – theme song for Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life
Flakes animated TV series theme song

Radio Credits:
CBC Radio Coastal Grooves with Rick Cluff
600 AM - Dal’s Place with Dal Richards
650 CISL - Red Rock Diner with Red Robinson

Television Credits:
Vicki Gabereau (CTV)
Urban Rush (Shaw TV)

Producer Credits:
All For You – Monique Creber (2000)
The Magic of Christmas – compilation CD (2003)
Poor John – demo tracks (The Musical Production Company)
Brasileiro – collection of Brazilian-flavoured classics
Creber Music Academy – annual student project CDs
Demo CDs - for a variety of aspiring vocalists

Event Production Highlights:
The Magic of Christmas (1986-2004) – Queen Elizabeth Theatre & Vancouver East Cultural Centre (Vancouver) / Centennial Theatre & Capilano College Performing Arts Theatre (North Vancouver) / Raven’s Cry Theatre (Sechelt) / BICS & Cates Hill Chapel (Bowen Island) / Centrepointe Theatre (Ottawa) / Winnipeg Art Gallery, Planetarium Theatre & Centre Culturel (Winnipeg)
Christmas Is For Kids (1998) – Centennial Theatre
Creber Music Academy gala concerts (twice annually) at such venues as Presentation House Theatre and Linda Hamer Theatre
Technics Inter-Provincial Music Festivals
A Night Of Halloween theme shows (various venues)
A Taste Of Broadway theme shows (various venues)
A Valentine Serenade theme shows (various venues)



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Melanie Thompson

Melanie Thompson was born and raised in Ottawa, where she spent time as a communications assistant, a director of children’s musical theatre and an amateur musician. She moved to Vancouver in 1999 to do her MA in cultural history, during which she studied the role of culture in the formation of identity and community…and also did a lot of singing and theatre. These days, when not wearing a multitude of employee-hats at Creber Music, she works as a freelance publicist, writer and researcher specializing in arts-related projects. Past and current clients include the Vancouver International Children's Festival, the Songwriters' Association of Canada (Bluebird North songwriters showcase), Jupiter Productions, Kudelka Circus Theatre, Scrap Arts Music, the Laudate Singers, Our Town Music Series, Boutique Records and the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra.


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