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Martin Tielli
Martin Tielli.jpgMartin Tielli performing with the Rheostatics at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario, 2007
Background information
Born(1967-02-28) 28 February 1967 (age 50)
OriginEtobicoke, Ontario, Canada
GenresIndie rock, classical
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer, visual artist, actor
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, tenor guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion, percussion
Years active1981 – present
LabelsSix Shooter
Associated actsRheostatics, Nick Buzz, Kevin Hearn and Thin Buckle, Instant Klazzix, Art of Time Ensemble, The Five Hole Band, Water Tower
Notable instruments
Steinberger GP-2T

Martin Tielli (born 28 February 1967, Italy) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He was a member of the Rheostatics, and has also released material as a solo artist and with the side project Nick Buzz. As well, he has appeared as a guest musician on albums by Barenaked Ladies, Kevin Hearn, The Waltons, Jane Siberry, Ashley MacIsaac, Meryn Cadell and Mia Sheard. He is also a painter, and created most of the album covers for the Rheostatics.

Tielli's younger brothers are Doug Tielli and John Tielli. They were members of the band People From Earth. Martin co-produced People From Earth's 1997 album, Luvskull, with the band and Don Kerr.


  • 1 Career
    • 1.1 Rheostatics
    • 1.2 Film
  • 2 Solo discography
  • 3 With Nick Buzz
  • 4 Compilation inclusions
  • 5 Equipment
  • 6 External links
  • 7 Citations
  • 8 References


In 1992, Tielli, along with Jonathan Goldsmith, Hugh Marsh and Rob Piltch, provided backup for a track on the album Back to the Garden; these four later formed the band Nick Buzz and produced two albums and an EP.[1][2][3]


Main article: Rheostatics


Tielli appears in the 2005 film, Black Widow, with Mary Margaret O'Hara and Sarah Slean, which was produced by CBC Television. Tielli took part in a 2009 interactive documentary series entitled City Sonic.[4] The episode in which he appeared, directed by Peter Lynch, featured fellow Toronto artist, Laura Barrett, speaking of her first concert experience, which was seeing the Rheostatics perform Music Inspired by the Group of Seven at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Tielli and Barrett perform the song "Northern Wish" together. Tielli also wrote and performed a sizable portion of the soundtrack for Payback, a 2012 documentary film based on the book, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, by Margaret Atwood.[5]

Solo discography

  • We Didn't Even Suspect That He Was the Poppy Salesman (2001)
  • Operation Infinite Joy (2003)
  • The Ghost of Danny Gross (2009)

With Nick Buzz

  • Circo (Nick Buzz album) (1995, re-release 2002)
  • Arnold Schoenberg and the Berlin Cabaret (2003)
  • A Quiet Evening at Home (2013)

Compilation inclusions

  • Kick at the Darkness (1991), "A Long Time Love Song" (with Jane Siberry)
  • Back to the Garden (1992), "River" (with Hugh Marsh, Jonathan Goldsmith and Rob Piltch)
  • More Large Than Earth (We Will Warn the Stars) (2005), "Our Keepers"
  • Live in Toronto (2006), "If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas)", "Modest Lover (Der Genugsame Liebehaber)" and "Gigerlette" (with Art of Time Ensemble)
  • Tielli sang the lead vocal on the opening track, "The Prisoner" from Ryan Granville-Martin's album Mouthparts and Wings (2013) which features a different vocalist on each song.[6]The song also features a guitar solo by Kurt Swinghammer.[7]


  • Encore arch-top electric guitar[8]
  • Fender 8-string pedal steel guitar[8]
  • Ibanez double-necked 6/12-string electric guitar
  • Steinberger GP-2T electric guitar[8]
  • Takamine CP-132S classical guitar[8]
  • Alesis Quadraverb[8]
  • Boss CH-1 chorus with EQ[8]
  • Boss CS-2 Compressor[8]
  • Boss GE-7 Equalizer[8]
  • Boss OC-2 Octaver[8]
  • DOD FX25 envelope filter[8]
  • Ernie Ball volume pedal[8]
  • PSK DD 2000 digital delay[8]
  • Rat Pro Co distortion[8]
  • Roland On/Off switch[8]

Tielli painted his Ibanez guitar with a "never quite presented idea" for the new Canadian flag, designed by A.Y. Jackson.[9] This design is often mistaken for one originally championed by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson to be the Canadian flag (nicknamed "the Pearson Pennant"). This guitar appears on the cover for the Rheostatics album, Double Live. Tielli's Steinberger guitar is nicknamed "Steiny".

External links

  • official website
  • Martin Tielli at AllMusic


  1. ^ "A Quiet Evening at Home unique and adventurous". Caper Times , Sep 15, 2013 page 6
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Nick Buzz: Nick Buzz". Vue Weekly, July 23, 2009
  4. ^ City Sonic: Laura Barrett with Martin Tielli at The AGO. CitySonicTV. YouTube. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  5. ^ Tielli's official site. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "What they're playing, Rheostatics Homepage, DROG website". Archived from the original on 5 December 2002. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Design Resource". Retrieved 20 April 2009. 



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