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We are Clan Destiny

We are Clan Destiny the hottest new music group to come out of Montreal.

Clan Destiny band is made up of extremely talented musicians performing in Shows, Festivals, Outdoor Venues, Concerts and yes bars, taverns, and nightclubs because we love to perform!

You can find us shooting music videos throughout Montreal including most recently coming up at the Rialto theatre during the Portuguese music festival June 2022.

Clan Destiny music collective is also slated to play P’tit campus in July 2022. These new Montreal musicians are in their own right very Talented and as a musical collective they are able to have a vast range of music to set the mood in any venue they play. You can catch us on tour this fall of 2022 in Montreal, Laval, Quebec City, Gatineau, Ottawa, Toronto, Detroit, New York and Nashville.

Possible European destinations are in the works for Bucharest (Romania) and Copenhagen. Clan Destiny has a message to convey to the world through our music and we hope to help heal people after what we have all been through.

Our band wants to entertain you and hope you have a great time at our shows and enjoy our music and our vibe. We definitely have the rhythm and our message of life, pain and love in the big city of Montreal is a story told in our 2 albums Outlier and Goliaths Minus. It’s a story about love and hope and sometimes loss and pain but mostly of hope for a bright future.

Enjoy our music and cheers from the members of Clan Destiny and the Clan Destiny Music Collective. Please hear us on Band-camp, Instagram, Facebook and our YouTube videos of 6:30 in the morning and Once in a while, plus a third video coming soon – “Soul Surrounded”.

We hope to see you at our next live performance!

Clan destiny bio

Clan destiny

The hottest new music group to come out of Montreal

Clan Destiny was started in September 2020 by Singer/songwriters Benny Graur and Lauriel Lewis. Quick additions were Drummer Michael Rien, Bassist Zied Lakoud and lead male vocalist Julien Arsenault.
The partnership with John Jordan (Me Mom and Morgentaler)eventually led to the bands momentum and recruiting began in earnest.
Auditioning started in November 2020 with the band adding female vocalists Leesa Mackey, Rachel Dara, Marta Raposo and Kimberley Dunn to their roster.

Male vocalists Micah Zumar and Jeff Lauber rounded out the vast range of sound Clan Destiny was producing and 20 pre production songs emerged by April 2021
The partnership with world renowned Director Herman Alves and Choreographer Dale King led to the bands final formation.

With support from members of Arcade Fire, Bran Van 3000, April Wine and Edwin and the Bedouins and numerous support staff from Graphists to Webmasters, Videographers and friends, the bands potential multiplied throughout its developing year.
New songs were added in May 2021 and preparations began for a Clan Destiny first featured album and videos to be released in early 2022.
At the time of this writing September 2021 the band is celebrating their first anniversary.

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After releasing their first album “Outlier” and their first video “6:30 in the morning” the Band signed with John Jordans label Osmosis unlimited and in association with Hermedia productions. A Clan Destiny music collective was also started in order to include friends, family, support staff and other musicians and artists in order to share ideas and support the band.Clan Destiny continued pursuing their sound and by the Spring of 2022 had released their second full length feature album “Goliaths Minus” followed by a live performance video of “once in a while”

At the time of this writing May 2022 Clan Destiny is set to release their third and self titled album and planning their third and fourth videos “Seasons” and “Soul Surrounded. “
Additions including Julian Rice-Violinist and singer/songwriter Vicky Rai are growing the band and the collective. This summer the band plans on doing select live shows at outdoor festivals and venues. An EPK is being prepared and ready to send out to a waiting world and an upcoming short North American and/or European tour is planned for the fall of 2022.

Member Bios

Herman Alves

Director Member of Clan Destiny music collective

Heman Alves has lived many lives in just 60 years. He has been at the bottom and he has been on top. He’s made fortunes and lost fortunes. But he has never given up. He has persisted and he has dealt with whatever life has thrown at him.
His philosophy is about hope, about overcoming all odds, about coming to terms with one’s self, and, above all, about the joy of giving back.
Alves was born in a rural mountainous region of Portugal. The setting may have been mid-20th century, but the living conditions were Stone Age; no electricity, no running water, no creature comforts of any variety.
Alves’s odyssey from a boyhood spent with his best friend, Burro the donkey, in Portugal to the social alienation he experienced in Germany to the culture shock he felt in Montreal, where his family moved when he was a teen.

The adventure continues as Alves tries to find himself as everything from a wannabe rock star to a worm picker, a club-owner to a calèche-driver, a landlord to a political activist, a steel-worker to a high-tech consultant, a restaurateur to a philanthropist. In the midst of everything, Alves experiences the euphoria and heartbreak and tragedy of marriage and fatherhood.

And ultimately, the kid from the Stone Age emerges intact and wiser in the Internet Age.

Specialties: Creating, launching and promoting commercial brands in the digital age.
He thrives in bringing dreams to life and support artists and musicians to learn how to earn a decent living from their art form and thrive on the World stage.

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Vicky Rai

Musician

Radar Love Record’s singer-songwriter Vicky Rai is a brand new shining star ..a young vocal sensation from Toronto Canada who is finally ready to step up and become Canada’s musical sweetheart. Having been singing live at a number of Portuguese music events since the age of 9 – and then spending some time honing her vocals with some girl groups along the way, she met Producer Michael Hanson (Glass Tiger, 5 Junos, Grammy Nominated, Multi-Platinum ) and the musical sparks flew. “She had the vocal acrobatics of a ‘Christina Aguilera’ when she was only 11” Hanson states. “Tiny frame, huge voice. She drop-dead knocked me out when I heard those kind of wild moves for that age”. Both decided pop & dance pop would be the way to go, and a number of tracks led to the 2020 Debut single “Every Single Night”, and the release of “A Star To Guide Me Home”. Vicky has honed a number of crafts from acting to dancing to playing piano. She also recently won Toronto’s VCR Vocalist show and has been featured on music blogs such as Moan Barrow Productions and ESC Covers.

A Star To Guide Me Home is an epic, beautiful ballad written by Juno Award winners Michael Hanson and Alan Frew, both original members of Canadian Pop icons “Glass Tiger”. Vicky Rai’s vocal acrobatics are on full display as she delivers a heart stopping performance to be remembered for years. An artist who lives to be on stage with a larger than life presence!

Rachel Dara

Singer Songwriter

There are many words that might describe Rachel Dara. chanteuse, storyteller,, poetess, bard. She crosses boundaries all the time, but one thing that differentiates her from the rest is her ability to transform a story into a song in her Indie folk rock genre.

Rachel Dara began to play onstage in front of audiences for Talent Nation, weekly at “open mic at Boulzeye” and the annual “Argenteuil en Blues” festival.  She was Invited to audition directly in New York for producers of America’s Got Talent and also attended Vocal Star to learn about the business behind the music industry.

Dale King

Choreographer

She has been teaching dance to generations of students. She is the best performance instructor in the city, having had multiple dance studios throughout Montreal for over 35 years.

Seasons was written by Benny Graur and Lauriel Lewis

Lauriel Lewis

Lead Female vocalist

Singer / Songwriter

Lauriel Lewis has been singing for as long as she can remember. What started out as a hobby has turned into a career. This Toronto native chose Montreal to debut her music career.
With an acoustic R&B flavour her smooth tones create a relaxing sound reminiscent of Sade and Tracy Chapman.

For the past 2 years she has been playing at open mics and lounges around Montreal. She has participated in music competitions (La Voix and Ma Première Place des Arts), and played in summer music festivals. She is also a regular musician at Montreal’s infamous Yellow Door and was privileged to be featured at the 50th anniversary celebration. Her talents have taken her across the boarder to the legendary Bitter End of New York, New York. While performing at these various venues she has developed a fan base and a regular following.

In terms of original musicKeep an eye out for her up and coming EP. “BY FAITH or BY FATE” 2 Versions will be released soon: expect an acoustic and a fully produced version

John Jordan

Artist

Born in 1969 to parents Jane and Bill, John Jordan arrived in NDG when he was 4 following the death of his father. He attended Willingdon and LCC and went on to study creative arts at Vanier and Dawson Colleges.

He joined what would become the very popular independent alternative ska/pop band Me Mom & Morgentaler in 1989 on saxophone and vocals, and moved from NDG to The Main in 1991. He also served as art director for the group, supervising the design of their advertising and album covers and came up with many of the band’s renowned stage concepts and scenarios. The group disbanded in 1995 and Jordan co-produced their two reunion appearances at The Montreal Jazz Festival in 1999 and a sold out 4-night Club Soda engagement in 2007. He produced a documentary on the band called From Here to Maternity that screened at the Fringe Festival at the notorious Cinema l’Amour in 2000 to a sold out house.

Following MM&M’s demise Jordan set up shop in the offices of Fogel- Sabourin Productions on Rachel and St. Laurent as an independent graphic artist. He produced much of the advertising and promotional material for Montreal’s concert promoters and record labels. Concurrently he began playing with The Kingpins and The Planet Smashers live and on record and designing for the label both bands started, Stomp Records. In 1996 he helped launch the Fantasia International Film Festival as their art director and program editor.

Julien Arsenault

Artist

Julien Arsenault has been gigging, writing songs and recording music as part of various Montreal-based musical projects since he was 15 years old. He has contributed vocals, guitar and bass to many projects and in 2020 he began releasing music as a solo artist under his own name. To date, he has co-written and helped arrange over 20 songs with Benny Graur as part of the Clan Destiny project, many of which were included in the group’s debut album “Outlier” as well as its follow up “Goliaths minus”. He is eager to continue playing a key role in the growth and development of this dynamic musical collective in the future!

Irving Silverman

Clan Destiny Photographer

Renowned photographer Irving Silverman has photographed bands playing at Montreal venues both large and small since the 1970’s and even has never been seen portraits of everyone from Queen to Led Zeppelin  in concert. He is a wealth of Rock history information and regularly schools the band on Montreal’s rich music history. Now retired, he is the bands beloved photographer.

Mike Rien

All Rounder

Multi-Instrumentalist Drummer, Pianist & Keyboardist, Score Composer, Music Producer, Teacher & Consultant Michael began playing piano at age six, drums at age ten, and composing at age twelve.

Having a strong passion for music and the yearning to learn more, Michael continued his studies and went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. As well, Michael studied online at Berklee College, receiving a high grade and Coursera Course Certificate.

Michael has a deep love of performing, playing and recording with many types of bands, including Rock, Pop, R & B, Reggae/Dub, Grunge, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Trance, Techno, Jungle and Drum and Bass. Multi-Instrumentalist Drummer, Pianist & Keyboardist, Score Composer, Music Producer, Teacher & Consultant Michael began playing piano at age six, drums at age ten, and composing at age twelve. Having a strong passion for music and the yearning to learn more,

Michael continued his studies and went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. As well, Michael studied online at Berklee College, receiving a high grade and Coursera Course Certificate. Michael has a deep love of performing, playing and recording with many types of bands, including Rock, Pop, R & B, Reggae/Dub, Grunge, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Trance, Techno, Jungle and Drum and Bass. Multi-Instrumentalist Drummer, Pianist & Keyboardist, Score Composer, Music Producer, Teacher & Consultant

Michael began playing piano at age six, drums at age ten, and composing at age twelve. Having a strong passion for music and the yearning to learn more, Michael continued his studies and went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Music at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. As well, Michael studied online at Berklee College, receiving a high grade and Coursera Course Certificate. Michael has a deep love of performing, playing and recording with many types of bands, including Rock, Pop, R & B, Reggae/Dub, Grunge, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Trance, Techno, Jungle and Drum and Bass.

Benny Graur

Executive producer of Clan Destiny singer/songwriter

In September 2020 Benny Graur and Lauriel Lewis co-Founded Clan Destiny as a musical initiative to rewrite Songs that Benny had written and recorded in Donald K Donalds studios. With Marcus Paquin associated Arcade Fire as his wife was a member of the band and Drew Malamoud the executive producer for DKD his roommate; 2 albums were recorded but never released UNTIL now. As of this writing Benny is now the executive producer of Clan Destiny and has released those 2 albums called Outlier and Goliaths minus.

Benny is currently writing songs for the next album and has enjoyed producing the band and music videos and upcoming shows. He is looking forward to touring with the band and entertaining people with his music. With the launch of the website he feels that Clan Destiny can become the hottest band to come out of Montreal in 2022 and next year looks even better! The band will be hoping to host shows at the Jazz Festival, Pop Montreal and numerous other venues throughout the city. A short North American and European tour is also planned as is Album 3 Clan Destiny self titled full feature album ! So the future for Clan Destiny looks bright!

Covid soldier

Press-Investigated cases of Covid in seniors residences, palliative care and CLSC’s and informed press and governmental bodies to the rising cases.
-Acted as liaison between Press, Municipalities, CLSC’s, Governmental bodies and the CAF.My company Les Services Media Sources-Kept operational as an essential service to deliver flyers, Election material, newsletters and city information to Montreal residents during Covid.

Started an emergency initiative called AC for Seniors-Emergency response action to provide free Ac’s for vulnerable seniors during the summer of 2020. Raised $65000 through private donations and go fund me.
www.acforseniors.com

Started a media and lobby initiative to provide free AC in CLSCs through advocacy-Convinced the Minister of health and the provincial government of Quebec with the aid of Sarah Ferguson the secretary for the minister of Native affairs and Marie Whitley secretary to Francis Scarpaleggia minister of parliament for Point Claire to invest $30 Million in “la grande initiative pour climatiseures” to provide AC’s in every CLSC in the province of Quebec. Ontario followed suit 2 weeks later Started an emergency initiative called Pro-V 3D- An all volunteers initiative to 3D Print Face Shields for Northern Lights organization to provide Face Shields for front line hospital staff, schools and northern communities www.pro-v3d.ca

Started what is now the largest Facebook Group Montrealers helping Montrealers- Founding member with Leah Lasry to start the largest Montreal Facebook group page devoted to helping fellow Montrealers. To date there are 30 000 members.

Clan Destiny-Musical band formed to provide local artists with work and to help heal people through music especially after what we have all been through.

Holocaust Museum Mural-Helped the construction of a Mural on the Schreters building in commemoration of the arrival of the new Holocaust Museum slated to open in 2025 and to honour Aristide de Souza Mendes the Portuguese consul who saved Jewish people in WW2.

Saturday Mental health Zoom meeting- Co-Founded and hosted a mental health group to help people cope with addiction and mental health issues related to Covid and it’s fallout.Portuguese Music Festival-Helped the event by shooting live videos with Clan Destiny and helping the shows creators to create content.

-Hosted live music concerts to offset the effects of Covid and help a return to normalcy. Wheel club, Ptit Campus, Rialto Theatre, Montreal Improv, Bar lounge St-Denis

Service Media Source-My company was kept operational to service candidates with door to door flyer distribution for the Municipal, Provincial and Federal elections from 2020-2022.

Marc Vallieres

Marc Vallieres

Bassist

Marc Vallieres is currently the Bass Player of Montreal-based Metal band Warpit and has just joined Clan Destiny. He also works on Hip-Hop under the name Stucco with the first bit of material set to be released shortly.

Upcoming Event

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