“Five Minutes With” Toronto Musician Chris Readshaw

“Chris Readshaw is a rarity in today’s music scene, as he’s not “selling” anything but the truth. His songs are beautifully crafted from honesty, with a vocal authenticity to match. As both a trained musician, and vocalist- Chris delivers the one thing there is in fact no training for- and that is his ability to transport and move his audiences by one thing only- himself.” – Marla Joy

Born in Toronto and growing up in Oakville, music was a permanent fixture in the Readshaw household. Chris grazed on and found himself connecting to a variety of music genres from an early age, never isolating his listening habits and always searching for sounds and lyrics that resonated with him.

Chris’s writing journey began almost fortuitously. Around the age of 14, he would find himself aimlessly writing lyrics in his notebooks, napkins, or anything that was available. The evolution from songwriter to singer-songwriter progressed slowly and it wasn’t until his early 20s that Chris found his voice and fell in love with performing. He released his first EP ‘Miles’ in 2013 and subsequently began playing live solo shows across the GTA.

As a solo acoustic performer, Chris has found a niche in the art of looping, lending him the freedom to create a unique sound that lends itself to that of a “one man band”.

Today, Chris’ focus is centred around producing his first LP while continuing to enhance/elevate his live performances to create music that leaves his audience wanting more.

Chris Readshaw

Name: Chris Readshaw

Genre: Folk/Rock/Indie folk

Founded: Born in 1988 haha

# of Albums: 1

Latest Release: Miles EP – 2014 – working on new material

Latest Single: ‘Miles’

Latest Video: ‘Billie Eilish – Bellyache’ (Chris Readshaw – Loop Pedal)

Favourite Restaurant:

Uncle Tony’s – 38 Wellington Toronto

Favourite band as a teenager:

Led Zeppelin

Favourite band now:

Kings of Leon

Guilty Pleasure Song:

Aqua – Dr. Jones

Live Show Ritual:

Arrive an hour before, set up, have a beer with friends until show time.

Favourite local artist:

Arkells / Bahamas

Sneaky Dees nachos, pasta from Terroni or a superfood salad from Fresh?

Pasta from Terroni

Queen or College St?

Queen St

Trinity Bellwoods or High Park, Riverdale or Kew Gardens?

High Park walking my dog

EP or LP?

EP, never had the opportunity for an LP. Hoping to change my mind one day!

Early bird or night owl?

Early Bird

Road or studio?


Swiss Chalet or Roti?

Swizzy all the way

Where can we follow you?

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Any shows or albums coming up?

I’ll be featuring in Faculty of Sound on Thursday May 23rd at Jam Factory but stay tuned for upcoming shows in the Oakville Burlington area via website/Instagram.



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