a.k.a. Manny DeGrandis
I love playing drums, listening to music from around the world and watching documentaries about space travel. I also like meditating and being out in nature.
Favourite Colour: Black
Favourite Album: Ten Summoner's Tales - Sting
Favourite Ice Cream: Drumstick Sundae Cone
Favourite Childhood Book: The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm
All of The Gassy Bubbles albums and live shows could not have happened without the hard work, dedication and love of all of the talented musicians listed below.
I enjoy playing the bass and goofing around with effects and synths. My favourite pastime is hanging out with my children Leah and Nash, playing in the park or skating.
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Albums: Off the Wall - Michael Jackson & Headhunters - Herbie Hancock
Favourite Ice Cream: Mint chocolate chip
Favourite Childhood Book: Anything Dr. Seuss
Favourite TV Shows: Fat Albert and Sesame Street
a.k.a. Daniel Picillo
Mr. Chris & the Gassy Bubbles are a fun, ever-evolving & interactive children’s music band from Toronto, Canada. The band is fronted by children’s educator and RECE, Mr. Chris (Chris Torti), who is also the band’s writer and producer.
Since 2005 the Bubbles have been spreading their brand of family music events all across the province of Ontario; performing for festivals, fairs, schools, daycares, hospitals, libraries, camps & many other corporate events.
The Bubbles brand of children’s music is unlike any other kind. Through extensive research and observation, the band is aiming for the stars, with their unusual take on children’s music. They’ve carefully crafted every song to have equal appeal to both children and adults.
The band has stayed authentic to their pledge to nurture and foster children’s imaginations by involving their own children to help create their music. On the Bubbles upcoming release, the band’s children have written the album dialogue, as well, they are singing on a few tracks.
The bubbles have a great deal of ground to cover; and hope the world will respond in a positive way, to their funky vibrations.
On June 24th, 2017, the Bubbles released their 4th family adventure album ‘Map of Icosahedron’.
CURRENT BAND BIO'S
Owner, Manager, Keys, Lead Vocals, RECE
When I'm not wearing my Mr. Chris badge, I'm out exploring and adventuring with my 2 little gassy bubbles, Aidan & Abigail, as well as my wife Lisa. I also enjoy sneaking up on people and farting on them & baking bread.
Favourite Color: Brown
Favourite Album: The Return of the Space Cowboy - Jamiroquai
Favourite Ice Cream: Chocolate Mint
Favourite Childhood Book: The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein
A Little More about Mr. Chris:
Mr. Chris Bubbles is the owner, front man and manager of the band. Between 1998 & 2003, Chris obtained his Early Childhood Education diploma & Honours degree. He has been working with children and families for nearly 17 years in a variety of different capacities.
In 2005, Chris shifted his focus to children’s music and puppetry. He realized his true talent while facilitating large parent/child circles for the Ontario Early Years Centre.
Since then, Chris has created 4 children’s/family albums with the Gassy Bubbles family.
Mr. Chris has a whole lot of shining to still do, so stay tuned to see what’s next
Mr. Chris Bubbles
a.k.a. Christopher Torti
a.k.a. Danny Gaudio
Bass, Producer & Audio Engineer
I am married to my soulmate Tania and I'm a father to 2 beautiful boys, Oliver and Austin. I love to eat and play sports but I especially enjoy hanging out at the park with my family.
Favourite Colour: Blue
Favourite Album: Rainbows - Radiohead
Favourite Ice Cream: Vanilla
Favourite Childhood Book: Mortimer - Robert Munsch
Josh Correia - Bass & Audio Engineer
Matt Howell - Drums
Nathan Farmer - Guitar
Vincent Andrisani - Drums
Frank Costabile - Guitar
Diana Apreda - Vocals
Jean Marc Lacoursiere - Fiddle
Julian Cedrone - Guitar
Luciano De Monte - Bass
Marco Stornelli - Drums/Percussion
Nicholas Torti - Saxophone
Andrew Vescio - MC/Album Dialogue