Yet being blind from birth never kept Bob from his dream of being an entertainer.
Performing since age 5
It was at the tender age of 5 when he first let his fingers do the talking, playing piano in a talent show. He started his classical music training at 6. By reading music Braille, Bob achieved Grade 10 Conservatory piano training, getting near-perfect marks.
Yet jazz, rock and roll, and contemporary music really called his name. He was only 13 when he began playing occasionally in clubs. At the age of 15, he began to seriously hone his professional performing experience by playing rock and roll in bars and clubs across Ontario. Bob also joined the Canadian Youth Synthesizer Orchestra, which specialized in jazz-rock fusion, world and new age music.
In his late teens, then having his classical qualifications and extensive performing credentials, Bob was readily accepted into Humber College's renowned Jazz Performance program. Because of his creativity, enthusiasm, hard work and untouchable marks, he graduated as the College's top student.
While at Humber, Bob filled his shelves with many awards: The Governor General's medal, a scholarship awarded by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Humber's Board of Governor's Achievement Award, and six President's letters.
Played with some of the greats
His talent is recognized by many of Canada's leading musicians, and he has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Jeff Healey and Don Thompson, and singer Catherine McKinnon.
Bob's amazing capacity to quickly learn songs, store them away in memory, and deliver them with his own distinctive flair has led to work in jazz combos, several bands (including his own), and solo performances for many prestigious clients, including the Toronto Board of Trade, Rothmans, Casino Rama and the King Edward Hotel. His music has enhanced many corporate events, conferences, wedding receptions, special functions, and private parties.
His expressive singing allows Bob to perform a huge variety of songs, making his repertoire so vast that he welcomes requests. A well-seasoned musician at the age of 31, Bob easily reads the mood of each crowd he performs for, and delivers music that always provides just the right touch to any event.
Bob Reid is currently working on his first solo album, which will include several of his own songs.