Jeremy Taggart

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Jeremy Taggart
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Background information
Birth name Jeremy Ronald John Taggart
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Our Lady Peace
Website Jeremy Taggart on Myspace

Jeremy Ronald John Taggart is a Canadian drummer, best known for playing with Our Lady Peace from 1993 until 2014.

Early life[edit]

Taggart was born in Toronto, Ontario, later growing up in Mansfield, Ontario [2] and has two brothers and one sister. Music was a central part of his youth, as his parents were also musicians, and Taggart learned to play drums at an early age. He auditioned for the then up-and-coming Our Lady Peace in April 1993.

Career[edit]

Our Lady Peace[edit]

In 1993, Jim Newell, Our Lady Peace's previous drummer, left the band due to commitment issues. The remaining members and their management held open auditions for his replacement. They auditioned over a hundred drummers, ultimately choosing Taggart, who was 17 at the time.[1]

The band offered him the drumming position which Taggart accepted. Our Lady Peace had also recently been given a record deal with Sony Music Canada and were playing some small club shows. Taggart's age created a legal issue for the band; he was only seventeen and performers have to be legal drinking age, nineteen in Ontario, to perform in bars and clubs.

In June 2014, Taggart announced that he had left Our Lady Peace.[1]

Other projects[edit]

In addition to drumming for Our Lady Peace, Taggart has worked on various side projects, including providing the drums on Chantal Kreviazuk's song "Blue", Geddy Lee's song "Home On The Strange", and The Beautiful Unknown's song "Riot in the House of Ruin". He also appears in the music video for Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott's song, "Hero", off the Spider-Man soundtrack, although he did not perform on the actual recording.

He ran a radio/podcast show called Taggarts Take, which mixes interviews of bands and politicians with Taggart's personal remarks.

Taggart is also a member of the judging panel for the 10th and 11th[2] annual Independent Music Awards. as well as judge for the 9th[3][4] Season.

Taggart is involved in mentoring aspiring musicians such as Arkells .[5]

He is also a frequent guest on Fox Sports 1's, Jay and Dan Podcast, hosted by sportscasters Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole.[6]

In 2013, Taggart, who grew up in nearby Mansfield, emceed an event in Melanchton, Ontario celebrating the decision by The Highland Companies to withdraw its license to start mining in the area for limestone . He became involved in stopping the mine when a childhood friend alerted him about the issue.[7]

In January 2014, Jeremy teamed up with fellow Canadian Jonathan Torrens[8] to create the Taggart and Torrens Podcast.[9] They discuss everything from sports to politics and offer a unique perspective on the issues. They also play games they have created such as "Poem Sayin"[10] and "Callin Pranks".[11]

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Preceded by
Jim Newell
Our Lady Peace percussionist
1993–2014
Succeeded by
Unknown