Brian Barber is a Toronto-based freelance musician. With over twenty years of experience performing as a singing guitarist, extensive experience as a music director and theatre performer, and a Masters degree in classical piano, Brian has a highly diverse and extensive musical background. From weddings and corporate events to restaurant patios and backyard concerts, Brian enjoys sharing his love of music with anyone who will listen. He spent two years entertaining international crowds from the piano bar on Australia-based cruise ships, playing fan favourites, requests, and sharing musical stories with the community. Closer to home, he has been involved with several musical productions at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia and Drayton Entertainment.
Beyond his musical skills, Brian is known for his personable, sensitive, and collaborative approach to music-making. He is a highly sought-after session musician among local and global artists working in many genres of music. He has established himself as a reliable and dedicated collaborator among living composers who entrust him to bring their music to life. Whether his task is to add a simple guitar or piano track to an artist’s song, improvise a keyboard solo with a band, or provide background music for a commercial, Brian is excited to be part of the process of bringing new ideas into the world.
Brian truly loves performing, recording, and engaging with music in every way he can. He is constantly expanding his repertoire and pushing himself creatively, all with the goal of spreading the joy of music to as many people as possible.
“A sensational entertainer. In all of my travels I have never seen/experienced someone who captures so much enthusiasm from an audience.”
“Brian was an amazing addition to our wedding. His performance was unmatched throughout the night. Brian not only had people singing along in their chairs, he also had some people up dancing before dinner. Countless people have approached us afterward raving about how great he was!”
“ I have gotten many compliments about how good the vibe of the night was and I believe all the thanks for that goes to Brian, he set the entire tone of the night and it was the most beautiful day ever.”
“I continue to return to Brian for truly exceptional interpretation and performance on the piano. His playing of my most recent composition was dramatic, expressive, poetic. Just a gem of an artist who continues to impress me with his uncanny ability to connect with the composition. Highly recommend.”
“Brian was absolutely excellent. From reaching out to Brian, he was great to work with and quick to respond. Brian helped curate the song list, and played from the ceremony until the end of the night and made everything super easy. He was a spectacular singer and musician and I would happily employ Brian's services again in the future.”