Steve Frise - Biography


Steve Frise is a professional guitarist, composer, producer and instructor currently located in Toronto, Ontario; he is an accomplished guitarist in many genres and plays a variety of musical styles in several different local and international projects.

Originally from Alberta, Steve left a nearly completed religious studies degree to pursue playing music as a profession, after being accepted to attend the renowned Grant Macewan University’s music program to study under Canadian jazz legend Bobby Cairns. Having been entirely self taught, music school opened his mind to an entirely new understanding of the art form, and after two years of intense study he graduated at the top of his class and set out to apply what he had learned to the real world of modern music.

Since his studies, Steve has been an active performer and recording artist in the Canadian music scene, fronting numerous original projects and playing with dozens of artists as a sideman. In 2009 he released two albums: Atlas Shrug’s eponymous debut and The Pulse, a jazz/fusion collective with members in cities all over North America. In 2011, after moving to Toronto, he co-wrote and released Funkafeelya's highly anticipated sophomore album "Headphone Junky", began recording Atlas Shrug's follow up album at the legendary Metalworks Studios, and finished work on the second album from Toronto's own Ben Hur. As a performer, Steve has opened for and shared the stage with Smashmouth, Paul Rodgers, Streetheart, Prism, Johnny Reid, Aaron Pritchett, 2 Cellos, Wide Mouth Mason, George Canyon, P.J. Perry and Tommy Banks. In addition to his own projects, he has also become an active live and session guitarist for many Canadian artists like Colleen Brown, Portal, Derek Christie, Jill Peacock, Tiff Hall, Dani Jean, Rebecca Everett and Noel Johnson to name a few. Along with his performance career Steve has become an experienced instructor and clinician, having taught guitar, theory and composition at numerous music schools, including the Victoria School of Performing Arts in Edmonton. Along with his love for everything rock and roll, Steve is an avid jazz fan and can frequently be seen playing with his own trio, quartet and quintet or as a sideman in and around Toronto and across Canada.

Today Steve is focused on breaking new musical ground with Atlas Shrug; creating authentic hard rock music with integrity, modesty and respect for both the past and future of the genre. He has also played with the Toronto based band Ben Hur, where he enjoyed writing and performing in a different, but equally relevant style of rock music. You can catch him playing banjo in iSpy along with some of Toronto's best Gypsy Jazz musicians. Along with his live and session work Steve is also the creator and owner of, the web’s largest home for jazz transcription sharing, along with Mind For Music Studios; offering everything from transcription services to songwriting/arranging and album production. He is quickly becoming one of Canada’s most sought after guitarists and has gained the reputation of being a highly creative and professional musician, songwriter, producer and instructor.

(Thanks to Will Jaron for the bio!)