Scotch and Soda was formed for the love of music. Whether it's catering to high end dining or a corporate event, Scotch and Soda has a play list that will fit any event.
Teresa has been singing for as far back as she can remember. Even as a toddler, her parents would say...
About Teresa Estrada
Teresa has been singing for as far back as she can remember. Even as a toddler, her parents would say she had a loud, well-pronounced voice, and that one day she would probably be a singer!
At the time Teresa turned about 8 years old, she started listening (and becoming obsessed) to Madonna's "True Blue" album. She would listen to her 2 favorite songs before bed: "La Isla Bonita", by Madonna, and "Nothing Compares 2 U", by Sinead O'Connor. It was then that she was inspired and became determined to sing.
In her high school years, she began auditioning for shows and productions. Being a shy girl, her nerves always got the best of her. She didn't succeed the first few times, but was determined enough that one day she landed a lead role in one of her high school productions. This involved singing and dancing; one of her other passions.
Following high school, she participated in many other performances and volunteered as a vocalist in bands for shows and special occasions... not to mention, she became an avid karaoke enthusiast. ;)
In 2011, Teresa auditioned for the Becket Players; a long-standing, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the performing arts in the west island. Teresa is still, to this day, a vocalist in the Becket Players annual show.
In May of 2017, Teresa was asked to join Scotch and Soda. She gladly accepted and strived to learn the repertoire in a timely manner for their first gig. She is honored to be singing with such a wonderful group of musicians. Teresa continues to display talent, heart, and soul in all she can do, and never forgets that music being fun is key in any musical function.
MICHAEL Di Paolo
Piano & Keyboards
Michael began playing the piano at age 13, and wrote his first song called, "In The Middle Of Nowhere" by age 15...
Michael began playing the piano at age 13, and wrote his first song called, "In The Middle Of Nowhere" by age 15, for the high-school drama show "Grand Illusion" at Laurier McDonald. Teaming up with co-writing partner Ago Jeremy in 1988, (aka Jeremy & De Paul), the duo began a prolific partnership of original music, composing over 150 hundred songs, and recording over 60 demos.
In the summer of 2002, the duo teamed up with SONY recording act Aldo Nova, in an effort to write songs for Céline Dion's upcoming album. Their collaborative song called "Pour L'amour d'Une Femme" was officially released in May of 2003 by Sony recording star Garou on his album 'Reviens'.
His influences include Keith Jarrett, Dave Brubeck and Roy Bittan. Michael owns and operates a commercial wood seating manufacturing company in Montreal called PAVAR, and is never too far away from his beloved Yamaha C3 Grand Piano... nestled centre-stage in his office.
Dave is a CPA and full time dad by day, and a rock star by night! His passion for drumming started...
Dave is a CPA and full time dad by day, and a rock star by night! His passion for drumming started at the age of 12, when he caught his first glimpse of his dad's old 4 piece drum kit from the sixties.
Mesmerized by the energy and dynamics of playing the drums, he became hooked for life. For his 15th birthday he received a new 5 piece set of Tama's, the drums of his idols and influences at the time - Stewart Copeland and Kenny Aronoff.
His style of drumming is rock and pop, which he enjoys playing hard and intensely! He is known for picking apart the covers he plays and learning all the nuances in them…like the original! Dave has played in various cover bands throughout the years and most recently played with Dusty Vinyl. He is also a drum set collector and has several studio DW and vintage Ludwig kits.
My earliest recollections of listening to music date back to when I was 4 years old, when my aunt Angelina would play...
My earliest recollections of listening to music date back to when I was 4 years old, when my aunt Angelina would play her favorite Sinatra, Bennet and Elvis records. From there, I remember connecting with my uncle Vito’s “more acoustic” musical interests, artists like Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart and other singer/songwriters. I later graduated to the artists of the day like Springsteen, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, with a special love for the legendary British bands like Queen, with Freddy Mercury as their enigmatic frontman.
I loved the music, but most of all, I noticed the singers and their unique vocal styles, and tried to emulate them as best I could.
When I was in grade-6, I wrote my first song in a Hilroy copy-book …. and the rest is history. I met my song-writing partner, Michael Di Paolo, in 1988, and immediately started working on original compositions, which we continue to do to this day, 30-years later! We recorded many songs, and also released a compilation of our best original recordings in 1998. A decade later, we collaborated with Aldo Nova and pitched songs to Celine Dion and Garou. As a result, one of our compositions was released on Garou’s second album, Reviens, in 2003.
Scotch and Soda is my current musical journey, where I sing alongside our wonderful Teresa Estrada. See you soon!
Michael is an educator computer instructor at a Rehabilitation Centre in Montréal, Québec. Mike teaches students who...
Michael is an educator computer instructor at a Rehabilitation Centre in Montréal, Québec. Mike teaches students who are blind how to use screen readers (such as The Mac with VoiceOver, ), scanning and reading software (such as KNFB reader on the iPhone), and other assistive devices used by the blind, such as the PC with screenreaders.
Indeed, it is Mike's passion for music which has defined much of his personal and professional endeavours over the years. Inspired by his grandfather's love for the accordion, Mike was strongly encouraged to pursue his musical interests by his family, ultimately learning the accordion, piano and guitar before starting high school. In 1984, he was afforded an opportunity to appear on Don McGowan's television show - and it was at this point that music became a serious affair for Mike.
Crucial to Mike's success has been his learning and knowledge of music Braille. Mike asserts that knowledge of music braille is essential for serious pursuers of the craft, in much the same way as knowledge of sheet music is essential for sighted students. Many musical subtleties simply cannot be accurately represented - and more importantly, communicated - in any other way. That being said, at the time, resources were very limited, and it was only through the tireless efforts of his center volunteers that Mike was able to participate fully in the music program at Vanier, including Mable Edgerton and Don, the security guard, who together spent several days each week transcribing music into braille.
Where does this leave Mike now? Happy and content to teach at the Mab-Mackay Center during the day, play in his bands, direct and accompany his church choir (and, more recently, teaching instruments such as the Guitar, Piano, Bass, and vocal coaching, in private studio’s here in Montreal), Mike has reached a point where he will, as he put it, "probably stay for the rest of my life."
Issue d’une famille de musiciens, j’ai eu la chance d’être exposé à toutes sortes de rencontres et...
Issue d’une famille de musiciens, j’ai eu la chance d’être exposé à toutes sortes de rencontres et d’influences musicales ou la fête était au rendez-vous.
Ce cheminement m’a permis de réaliser et comprendre que la musique est devenue le principal médium qui me permet de communiquer le mieux mes émotions.
En tant que bassiste, j’ai eu l’opportunité de participer à plusieurs événements, festivals, corpo, mariage, bars, évènement bénéfice et enregistrement d’albums avec différents artistes.
J’affectionne particulièrement les musiques traditionnelles du monde, le reggae, le latin et le funk.