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 Atlin Arts & Music Festival, Folk on the Rocks, Panamania 2015, National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene, the Nite Owl in Calgary, Suicide Prevention Concert in Iqaluit, 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 saw Speed Control hitting the US for several tours and they will have played in every province and territory in Canada by the end of 2018.
In addition to shows of their original music, they have a passion for music education and have played concerts in 400 schools to upwards of 200,000 students. They are booked to play 200 school concerts in 2017-2018. They’ve written and recorded 50 rock anthems with schools. Along with playing festivals, theatres, and clubs, Speed Control’s signature rock camp is in high demand, working with kids from 8 to 85 and 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 Tanya Tagaq. He co-wrote a rock opera, The Busker and The Barista and was hired by Gov’t of Yukon’s Dept of Health for the role of Captain Germfighter, giving performances to primary students. Graeme studied education prior to transferring into the jazz program and is a specialist 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 in Music and French, from the University of Alberta and taught music (band, choir, general music) in two schools in Whitehorse. He served on faculty and as 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 a teaching position to take Speed Control’s brand of rock on the road.
With fourteen 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 in the 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. Like Graeme and Jody, Ian spends his time off the road as a substitute teacher.
Speed Control is sponsored by Yamaha Canada Music.
Steve Butterworth, Vice President of Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.
“What is Speed Control like on stage? Three thousand people of all ages and backgrounds dancing and smiling describes it best. Speed Control is a high-energy rock act that resonates with youth and adult audiences who say their music is reminiscent of the quality rock bands of the late 60s and early 70s. Fresh, energetic and engaging, Speed Control belongs on festival main stages and in soft-seat theatres where music lovers can listen and appreciate their artistry, or move to their highly danceable melodies.
The Speed Control’s Rawk Camp gives presenters the opportunity to provide their communities with top- notch music instruction that results in children and youth capable of playing songs that their friends know and love. The potential for social change exists in Speed Control and their ability to mentor and lead children and youth in a love of music, and a passion for self-expression through performance. This is ‘presenter gold’ no matter the venue.”
Angela Drainville, Artistic Producer, Atlin Arts & Music Festival
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