Martin Tielli

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Martin Tielli
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Martin Tielli performing with the Rheostatics at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, 2007
Background information
Born (1967-02-28) 28 February 1967 (age 49)
Origin Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock, classical
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer, visual artist, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, tenor guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion, percussion
Years active 1981 – present
Labels Six Shooter
Associated acts Rheostatics, Nick Buzz, Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle, Instant Klazzix, Art of Time Ensemble, The Five Hole Band, Water Tower
Notable instruments
Steinberger GP-2T

Martin Tielli (born 28 February 1967, Italy) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He was a member of the Rheostatics, and has also released material as a solo artist and with the side project Nick Buzz. As well, he has appeared as a guest musician on albums by Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn, The Waltons, Jane Siberry, Ashley MacIsaac, Meryn Cadell and Mia Sheard. He is also a painter, and created most of the album covers for the Rheostatics.

Tielli's younger brothers are Doug Tielli and John Tielli. They were members of the band People From Earth. Martin co-produced People From Earth's 1997 album, Luvskull, with the band and Don Kerr.



Main article: Rheostatics


Tielli appears in the 2005 film, Black Widow, with Mary Margaret O'Hara and Sarah Slean, which was produced by CBC Television. Tielli took part in a 2009 interactive documentary series entitled City Sonic.[1] The episode in which he appeared, directed by Peter Lynch, featured fellow Toronto artist, Laura Barrett, speaking of her first concert experience, which was seeing the Rheostatics perform Music Inspired by the Group of Seven at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Tielli and Barrett perform the song "Northern Wish" together. Tielli also wrote and performed a sizable portion of the soundtrack for Payback, a 2012 documentary film based on the book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, by Margaret Atwood.[2]

Solo discography[edit]

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Tielli painted his Ibanez guitar with a "never quite presented idea" for the new Canadian flag, designed by A.Y. Jackson.[6] This design is often mistaken for one originally championed by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to be the Canadian flag (nicknamed "the Pearson Pennant"). This guitar appears on the cover for the Rheostatics album, Double Live. Tielli's Steinberger guitar is nicknamed "Steiny".

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