Nick Buzz

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Nick Buzz
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, classical
Years active 1995 (1995)–present
Labels DROG, Six Shooter
Associated acts Art of Time Ensemble
Members Jon Goldsmith
Hugh Marsh
Rob Piltch
Martin Tielli

Nick Buzz is a Canadian band composed of pianist Jon Goldsmith, violinist Hugh Marsh, guitarist Rob Piltch, and singer/songwriter Martin Tielli.[1][2]


Goldsmith, Marsh, Piltch and Tielli came together in 1992 to collaborate on a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River" for the 1992 Mitchell tribute album Back to the Garden.[3] The four began practising and performing under the name Nick Buzz, a nod to Tielli's chain-smoking habit ('nicotine buzz').

Nick Buzz released a full-length album, Circo Nick Buzz, in 1996 through Dark Light Music.[4][5][6] It was rereleased in 2002 by Six Shooter Records, with the music magazine Chart calling it a "virtually unheard-of 1996 classic".[7] In 2003, they got back together to perform four songs by Arnold Schoenberg, originally for Andrew Burashko's Art of Time series in Toronto. The group released a recording of these songs for Tielli's Tielli 2003 subscription series on Six Shooter.

The members previously collaborated on a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River" for the 1992 Mitchell tribute album Back to the Garden, although they were credited by their individual names rather than as Nick Buzz.[3]

In 2013 Nick Buzz released the album A Quiet Evening at Home on Six Shooter Records.[8][9]


  • Circo (1996)
  • Arnold Schoenberg and the Berlin Cabaret (2003)
  • A Quiet Evening at Home (2013)


  1. ^ H. Raymond Samuels II. (2005). Compendium of the Dominion: Canada's grassroots national newspaper : May 2003 to November 2004 editions. Agora Cosmopolitan. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-894934-14-5. 
  2. ^ "Nick Buzz: Nick Buzz". Vue Weekly, July 23, 2009
  3. ^ a b "A Quiet Evening at Home unique and adventurous". Caper Times , Sep 15, 2013 page 6
  4. ^ Michael Barclay; Ian A. D. Jack; Jason Schneider (2011). Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance, 1985-1995. ECW Press. pp. 910–. ISBN 978-1-55490-968-1. 
  5. ^ Library and Archives Canada. "AMICUS No. 28215361". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Sean Carruthers. "Circo Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Staff (CHARTattack) (23 April 2002). "CD REVIEWS: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Tea Party, Wilco and many more". Chart (magazine). Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "A Buzz that demands attention". Waterloo Region Record, By Michael Barclay
  9. ^ "Nick Buzz - A Quiet Evening At Home". NOW Toronto, by Sarah Greene August 29, 2013

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