From the mid to late 1960s, Wayne performed with a number of local bands at high school dances, parties, etc. It wasn't until early 1970 when Wayne became one of the founding members of the popular Toronto based nostalgia show band, BANANAS. Later in the mid 1980's he went on to perform with MIDDLE AGED CRAZYS and in 1989 founded "The Bluenotes". In 1991 Wayne moved to Central Ontario's, Orr Lake community near the town of Elmvale where he often performs solo in local venues and resorts.
Wayne Buttery with Rita Johns
Toronto native, Rita Johns began her singing career in 1965 as a studio vocalist lending vocal support to several recording artists including; Johnny Rivers, Terry Black, Little Jimmy Dickens, Bobby Duvall and Patriciananne McKinnon. In 1981 Rita became a JUNO nominee in the "Most Promising Vocalist" category and in 1985 she was nominated for a CASBY AWARD for "Best New Artist". Soon thereafter Rita recorded the Danny McBride composition, "She's In Love With Her Radio" which was produced by Jack Richardson and later recorded by Sheena Easton. Since coming out of retirement, Rita has been performing both cover and original compositions in the Blues and R&B genre.
Wayne Buttery with Roly Platt
Roly Platt has enjoyed a long and musically rewarding career as both a live and studio harmonica player in the Canadian music scene. Over the past 40 years, he has had the pleasure of touring and recording with many greats in the business, including: Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, David Clayton-Thomas, Rita Chiarelli, Suzie Vinnick and Ronnie Hawkins. In 2010 Roly recorded the "Tangle Roots" CD with Wayne Buttery. "Tangled Roots" with the exception of a few overdubs was recorded live off the floor in a single take. It was nominated for "Best Self Produced CD of the Year" by the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Roly was nominated for a Maple Blues Award for "Harmonica Player of the Year" for his contribution. For more information about Roly Platt please visit: http://www.rolyplatt.com
Wayne Buttery with the Collective
For larger stage shows, Wayne performs with the Collective. Band members include keyboardist Gabor Szepesi, guitarist Danny Weis, drummer Joey Dimarco and bassist Neil Numminen. The horn section is often comprised of sax-man Steve Kennedy, baritone sax-man Simon Wallis and trumpeter Chris Howells.