The original Riff Raff (circa 1989): Devon Panko, Rory, Blaine Schaan, Brian
Riff Raff (circa 2014): Dave, Brian, Rory and Kevin
Riff Raff toured across Canada during the eighties before disbanding in 1989. In March of 1999, the band was invited to reunite for a one-off fundraiser performance. After thunderous crowd response, it was obvious that Riff Raff was back for good and in 2012, the band celebrated it's 25th anniversary.
Featuring original founding members Rory Lawford (lead vocals / lead & rhythmn guitar) & Brian Kendall, (lead & rhythmn guitar) alongside David Denowski (bass guitar) & Kevin Sick (drums) , the band is a top draw on the best stages in Saskatchewan - including Saskatoon's Bud's on Broadway (with lineups as long as 40 minutes to get in).
In 2005, readers of Planet S Magazine, Saskatoon's popular lifestyle & entertainment publication, voted Riff Raff as one the Top 3 Best Local Bands in Saskatoon. Over the last 10 years, Riff Raff were handpicked to perform at Credit Union Centre to perform in the Backstage Lounge for sold-out concerts by Aerosmith and Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams and more.
They were one of the featured headliners at the BrierPatch- the official party of the 2004 Nokia Brier, and headlined the official wrap party of the Juno's in 2007 and the 2009 IIHF Worldfest New Year's Eve Gala in front of 4,500 people. Riff Raff have opened the show at concerts for legendary rock acts like The Sweet, Nazareth, April Wine, Harlequin, Prism, Dr. Hook and Kenny Shields & Streetheart. They also won first place at Minnedosa RockFest Battle of the Bands, earning the right to share the mainstage with such acts as Jerry Lee Lewis, Badfinger, Starship, Trooper, the Headpins and more.
With a set packed full of classic hard rock hits from the late 70's & 80's and early 90s, an explosive live show and powerful musical ability, Riff Raff is with the top of the pack for live classic rock in Western Canada.
Operatically trained at a young age as a member of the Saskatoon Boy's Choir and the Saskatoon Opera Society, Rory has been blessed with one of the most powerful and versatile voices in the Saskatchewan rock scene. With an enviable range and an uncanny ability to mimic tone and inflection, he is able to faithfully recreate many of rock's most celebrated voices. Rory is also an accomplished guitar player and a professional graphic designer at rorylawford.com.
Rooted in the vintage guitar stylings of the 70`s and early 80`s , Brian is an explosive presence onstage - always moving and egging on the crowd to go crazy. A veteran of the Canadian live music scene, Brian`s guitar has propelled bands in multiple genres across the province. Brian is also an experienced sound engineer, booking agent, is the owner of Saskatchewan`s premier charity poker tournament - Maxem Poker, and of the astrological consulting firm - Sunsign Solutions (featured on CBC's Dragon's Den).
LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITAR
Dave's flying fingers and rhythmic intensity push the sonic boundaries, keeping Riff Raff's bottom end powerful and grooving. A veteran road warrior, Dave also slings the 4-string in the the Topher Mils Band and the Milcreek Boys.
Classically schooled, Kevin's prowess behind the kit is formidable. His skilled drumming keeps the band in the pocket - and keeps the songs firing up the dance floor with groove, power and finesse. Kevin also keeps the beat in the heavy rock band Screamer, the Topher Mils Band and the Milcreek Boys.