Multiple Juno Award-winner Dave Genn is a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and performer whose musical pedigree boasts a diversity and scope that spans over twenty-five years in the business. Since 2003 he has been the lead guitarist for Canadian alt-rock heroes 54-40 and has appeared as a writer, producer and performer on the band’s most recent albums “Yes To Everything”, “Northern Soul” and ”Lost in the City”, in conjunction with playing over four hundred shows with the group. Prior to his tenure with 54-40 he was a member of the Matthew Good Band from ’95 until ’01. During his time with MGB Dave was the co-writer, guitarist, keyboardist and background vocalist on the number-one hits “Apparitions”, “Hello Time Bomb”, “Load Me Up” and “Strange Days”. Working closely with chart-toppers Hedley throughout their career, Dave has acted as a co-writer and producer for the band and helped craft the number-one hits “Gunnin’”, “For the Nights (I Can’t Remember)” and “Perfect”. He also produced career making hit singles for pop-rock juggernaut Marianas Trench, including the number-ones “Shaketramp”, “Cross My Heart” and “All to Myself”. Dave has written, produced, recorded and performed with artists as talented and divergent as Art Bergmann, Daniel Wesley, Thornley, The Grapes of Wrath, Strapping Young Lad, Holly McNarland, Faber Drive, The Lowest of the Low, Emm Gryner, Ten Second Epic, Northcote, and Pure, among others.
Dave’s soundtrack work for film has garnered him three Leo Award nominations to date. His notable scores for the short films “Direct Lines” (’95), “Second Date” (’99), “The Dogwalker” (’03), and “The Flying Lion” (’07) have led him to compose the original soundtrack for the feature film “Old Stock” in 2013. Directed by his brother James Genn, “Old Stock” was produced in conjunction with the Canadian Film Centre, distributed by E1 Entertainment and received glowing critical reviews throughout it’s theatrical release and tour of the film festival circuit. Dave contributed score for the National Geographic documentary “Yukonna” in ’98, and more recently has written and produced three exclusive original songs for the CAPCOM video game title “Dead Rising 3”, released Christmas ’13. He has acted in the capacity of Musical Director for award shows as well, most notably the NHL Awards ’07 and Canadian Video Game Awards ’12.
Dave is the son of the late Canadian artist Robert Genn. He lives in Vancouver with his wife, CTV News Anchor Tamara Taggart, their three young children and Airedale terrier, Stanley. Dave’s one singular hope is to witness the Vancouver Canucks lift Lord Stanley’s Cup during his lifetime.