Quain is a musician, songwriter, playwright and bar fly. Between
local weekly "house gigs", out of town dates and festivals,
he performs well over 200 shows a year. He's best known as leader
of the "garage jazz cabaret noir" ensemble Mad
Bastards. Their Sunday night residency, and Quain's
two independently released CDs have won a cult following that
spans from Los Angeles to Yellowknife to Tokyo, bringing international
musicians and movie stars to Toronto's venerable Cameron
House to witness the mayhem firsthand.
is also the resident accordionista for several bands including
itinerant Tex-mex combo Rancho
Misterio, country & western quintet The
Cameron Family Singers and the gospel ensemble The
Hellrazers. He plays guitar and accordion in folk singer
Michelle Rumball's band. He can occasionally be seen
as a guest bass player for beloved country stringband The
Backstabbers, and he hosts The Mad Bastard Cabaret, a weekly
open stage event in Kensington Market.
has performed as a guest vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist on
dozens of CDs including: jazz chanteuse Jennifer Ryan's 1997 CD
"How Do You Feel About That?", Suzanne de Bussac's 1999 release
"The Valley of Baca", Keith Adams CD "Goin' on a Trip", J. Englishman's
Warner debut "Poor L'il Rockstar", beatnik poet Ralph Alfonso's
"This is for the Night People", Michelle Rumball's 2001 recording
"Terrain", Neil Leyton's "Midnight Sun", and Backstabber Col.
Tom Parker's new children's album.
is also active in composing and performing music for theatre and
dance. He wrote and performed music on bass, accordion and harmonica
for acclaimed dancer / choreographer Learie McNicolls award-winning
work "Armour", at Toronto's Theatre Centre. Quain and
McNicolls traveled to London, England in October 2000 to perform
the show. He composed and performed music and sound effects for
Gil Garrett's "Severe Blow to the Head". He also created
and performed a live score for Phyzikal Theatre's production of
Philip Shepherd's play "Archer", and for Theatre Voce's
production of Ferdinand Bruckner's "Pains of Youth"
at Canadian Stage.
first CD "Hangover Honeymoon" was selected by the National Post
as of the Top 133 Canadian albums of all time. His second CD "Tequila
Vampire Matinee" was released in 2000. Development of a musical
based in the album began soon after.
2003 Quain spent some time touring with celtic rockers The Mahones,
traveled to Hungary, Serbia and Slovakia to perform at Mediawave
2003, an international jazz and film festival. He also wrote and
recorded soundtracks for two low-budget indie films, and wrote
and performed a live soundtrack for the Greta Garbo's silent classic
"The Mysterious Lady" at the Jackson-Triggs estate Winery in Niagara.
In summer of 2003 he was part of Theatre
Passe Muraille's first season at the historic Regent
Theatre in Picton, performing in three plays: Hank Williams:
Return to Innocence, The County Show and his own Tequila
Vampire Matinee, an irreverent re-telling of the opera
Pagliacci, which opened in Toronto at Theatre Passe Muraille in
November 2003 with Ted Dykstra directing. The show received
six Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations in the General Theatre
category. Kevin received the award for Outstanding New Musical.
2004 Quain has made two appearances on "The Toronto Show", continues
to perform weekly gigs at The Cameron House, The Rex Hotel and
Graffiti's, and is working on several new recording projects.
In April he appeared on the debut episode of "The Undiscovered
Country" on CMT
and performed at Carnival
Diablo's 12th Anniversary show.