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Friendly Rich

“Friendly Rich is a mad composer from Brampton, Canada. Mr. Rich composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV’s The Tom Green Show. Ever since, he has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation. Rich is a PhD candidate from the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel. Friendly Rich and his modern music ensemble The Lollipop People have toured the world, sharing the stage alongside such artists as Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), Of Montreal, The Tiger Lillies, and Amanda Palmer. Friendly Rich’s upcoming 13th studio release, a double album We Are All Terrorists deals with some dark shit.”

When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
When I learned how powerful a tool it was for connecting humans and building community. In my teens I began to realize this and obsess over all the unique musical voices I was being exposed to.

Are you trained? How did you develop your skills?
Yes I’m a graduate of the University of Toronto (PhD candidate in music education)

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Mussorgsky, Mingus, Renaldo & The Loaf.

How would you describe your sound?
Suburban weirdo clazz pop

What’s your favourite tune in your repertoire and why?
I am digging the title track from the new record (“We Are Terrorists”) cause I’m loving how loose the band is getting with it live – a well fermented cookie!

What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
You’ll laugh, cry, vomit, dance…

Where can we find your music?
Find more of my videos and music at