||Friendly Rich is a composer from Brampton, Ontario. Mr. Rich has composed background music for 3 seasons of MTV's The Tom Green Show. Since 1994, he has recorded exclusively for his own eclectic record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation, with retail distribution across Canada by Sonic Unyon Distribution. He recently graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music with a focus in classical guitar and music education. Rich just finished a Masters degree in music at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Dr. Lee Bartel and composer R. Murray Schafer. His main areas of study include musical instrument construction and parade pedagogy.
Friendly Rich has produced and composed 7 full-length CDs to date, having been featured on CBC Radio One (3 documentaries for Outfront), CBC Radio Two (continuous airplay on Brave New Waves and RadioSonic), TFO (VOLT) and Muchmusic (Muchnews, BradTV).
Friendly Rich is also the founder and director of the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, an annual event which promotes underground artists, held in February at the Heritage Theatre in downtown Brampton. Since 2000, this event has attracted such notable artists as Nash the Slash, The Nihilist Spasm Band, Ron Sexsmith, Cuff the Duke, Bob Wiseman, John Oswald, Scott Thompson, Hayden, Lee Demarbre and many more...
Friendly Rich just finished a new studio recording entitled We Need a New F-Word, which will be available in early 2006. The album introduces his new experimental pop ensemble, The Lollipop People. Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People will be touring in the Summer/Fall of 2006 to promote this new recording and an new live vaudeville show entitled "The Friendly Rich Show".
Life is busy with Friendly Rich and The Pumpkin Pie Corporation, but as Friendly always says, “one can either produce, or become produce”.
1996 Friendly Rich...
1998 - Diarrhea of a Lawnmower
2000 - Brampton
2002 - Magnified Lyle [book/CD narrated by Bill Exley, Nihilist Spasm Band]
2005 - The Lollipop People Live at the Cameron
2006 - The Lollipop People in We Need a New F-Word
1994 to 1996 - Composer for children’s tv series "The King Stanlislav Show" (Russia)
1998 to 2001- Background music for MTV’s “The Tom Green Show”
2005 - 3 pieces used in Thom Fitzgerald’s 3 Needles (director’s cut) starring Lucy Liu.
2006 - Currently composing original music for Old Trout Puppet Workshop short film (featuring The Lollipop People).
2006 - Recently finished a short film for director Martha Colburn (US).