Born and raised in suburban Toronto Canada, Patricia found herself reluctantly entertaining her parents' friends and family on the piano whenever they'd stop by for visits. But what she found sometimes tedious in childhood and walked away from when high school beckoned (much to her parents' dismay, having paid for six years of piano lessons), she returned to as a teenager, when she discovered an Elton John music book. From this, she began playing her favourite tunes, by both sight and ear. It is on the piano as an adult that she has written over one hundred songs.
Patricia has been a fixture on the Toronto music scene since 1983, having played the lounge, wedding, private, corporate and country club circuit for much of that time.
Among the countless venues at which she has appeared are The Rex, The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, The Harbour Castle Westin Hotel, The Four Seasons Hotel, The Doctor's House, The Art Gallery of Ontario, countless Holiday Inn and Ramada locations, and the famed Tom Jones Steak House, where she was the resident pianist for 18 months. She has performed at virtually all of the leading hotels and golf clubs in the GTA, in addition to several of Toronto and area's most beautiful retirement residences. A career highlight in 1993 was accompanying the wonderful R&B vocal group The Temptations on piano during an impromptu hotel lounge jam session one evening in Basel, Switzerland, during her gig there. In 1991, she joined Toronto's Hurricanes Dance Band, where she currently sings big band swing classics. She has also sung with the big bands Megacity Swing Band and Swing Legion and has performed on vocals with various other combos as well.
In addition, she joins the Patricia Duffy Trio for more intimate engagements, covering the beautiful jazz standards of the day. Colleagues for these types of events include bassist Abbey Sholzberg, drummers David Lowe and Mark Shannon, guitarists Sean Bray and Tony Quarrington, trumpeter Bruce Cassidy and saxophonist Jeff King, to name just a few of Toronto's finest musicians in jazz and soft pop.
She has been an actress as well, appearing in productions of “Oliver!”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, as Gwendolyn in “The Odd Couple”, Felicity in“The Real Inspector Hound”, Lora in “Impromptu”, and others. In addition, she has credits as Musical Director on the shows “Nunsense” and “The Paisley Sisters Christmas Special”, for which she also played the role of Lonnie Paisley. Other notable achievements include the role of Anne Shirley in the classic Canadian musical “Anne of Green Gables” and the Outstanding Vocalist Award for three consecutive years at the Canadian Big Band Dance Festival in Ontario. She has also performed pop, as vocalist with rock group The Third Degree Band, and as Frida in the ABBA tribute band “Thank You for the Music”, in addition to having been a session vocalist on the recordings of other writers.
Patricia has just released her third CD of original material, an adult-contemporary collection entitled Haunting Lily. This recording follows her 2007 self-written jazz CD, "A Heart in Blue", on which she was honoured to have legendary drummer Archie Alleyne and superbly gifted pianist Robi Botos join her in the studio.
Songwriting and recording are an enormous source of joy for her, as is performing live. She welcomes the privilege of providing that special musical touch for your next event.
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