Straight out of -40 degrees in Canada’s Yukon, Graeme Peters, brother Jody Peters, and Ian March formed the power trio Speed Control. The three members all come from a jazz and classical background but have turned to their true passion – rock n’ roll.
Highlights include BreakOut West 2016, Folk on the Rocks, Panamania 2015 in Toronto, National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene, the Nite Owl and Palomino in Calgary, the Railway Club in Vancouver, and Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Speed Control were finalists for Best New Group on CBC Radio’s inaugural Searchlight competition for their song, “Tent City”. 2016 and 2017 sees Speed Control hitting the US for several tours.
In addition to shows of their original music, they have a passion for music education and have played concerts in 300 schools playing to upwards of 150,000 students. They’ve written and recorded 31 rawk anthems with students and teachers in the past two years.
Along with playings festivals, theatres, and clubs, Speed Control’s signature rawk camp is in high demand, working with kids from 8 to 85 of all skill levels. Speed Control also delivers workshops and performance coaching to young bands. They are youth engagement specialists.
On the road for six to seven months per year, they are known as the hardest working band in the north. They have released three recordings: The ADD Sides, FAB, and the most recent a self-titled album recorded with Bob Hamilton producing.
While studying at the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program, multi-instrumentalist Graeme Peters embraced all musical genres becoming a highly sought after touring and studio musician. Graeme recorded and played with Canadian jazz greats Ingrid Jensen and Terry Promane as well as Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq. In 2012, he co-wrote a rock opera, The Busker and The Barista, which features Speed Control as both band and actors. Graeme was hired by Yukon’s Dept of Health for the role of Captain Germfighter, giving 40 performances to primary students. Graeme studied education prior to transferring into the jazz program and specializes in working with behaviour challenged youth.
Jody Peters grew up immersed in the music industry. He learned the business from every angle: from performing and touring to artist management and administration. He has a Bachelor of Education Degree in Music and French from the University of Alberta and taught music (band, choir, general music) in two schools in Whitehorse over the last four years. He was on faculty and was the administrator of the Yukon Summer Music Camp. Jody is also a music adjudicator and served one term as a board member of the Canadian Music Educators Association. Like Graeme, Jody left hid teaching position to take Speed Control’s brand of rock on the road.
With twelve years of drumming in his pockets, Ian March gives a fantastic performance. Ian has studied with Canadian Jazz heavy weight Blaine Wikjord and Latin guru Gilberto Moreaux during his time at Capiliano University’s Music Program. Now focusing all his time on Speed Control he is able to use his talent to anchor the band with a hard-hitting technical sound.
“Yamaha Canada Music is pleased to continue our instrument support of Speed Control and their mission to bring real rock (RAWK!) to tens-of-thousands of school children each year. We want to get kids excited about playing music and for them to want to know what it feels like to play music together. Speed Control’s infectious energy and positive message will be something the kids will remember for their lifetime- a real key learning moment and experience for them”
Steve Butterworth, Vice President of Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
“Speed Control was a highlight at the OSAC Showcase. Our Arts Councils saw the enthusiasm and humour the guys brought to the stage and saw how that could work in their own communities in developing and expanding audiences.”
Kevin Korchinski, Executive Director, Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils
We believe the Rawk Camp in Burns Lake is the most successful event for young people we have presented in our community. The members of Speed Control are excellent musicians and great teachers, who quickly developed a positive rapport with Rawk Campers.
John and Sandra Barth, Lakes District Arts Council