"Lorie Wolf is a talented and enthusiastic drummer...she plays the instrument musically and with authority."-Ted Warren
Lorie began studying the drumset at the age of 17. By the time she was 20, she had formed her own band, arranging music and performing at local festivals, clubs and private parties.
At York University, Toronto, she studied South Indian music with Trichy Sankaran, earning two scholarship in this genre. Around this time, Lorie Wolf also started studying jazz drumming with renowned drum set teacher, Jim Blackley.
After finishing at York with a B.F.A., and completing a B.Ed. at the University of Toronto, Lorie began studying music performance classes at the Humber College, one of the best programs of its kind in Canada, studying drumset under the auspices of Rick Lazar, Mark Kelso, Chendy Leon, Ted Warren and Paul Delong.
In 2006, Lorie was selected through an extensive international competition to be part of the Sisters in Jazz All-Stars at the annual IAJE Conference in New York City. The heavy honour of this extraordinary opportunity will include performances at the Lincoln Center and The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C.
In 2008, Lorie released a recording of original jazz music entitled "Taibele (TAI-bell-eh) and Her Demon". This suite is a musical interpretation of a short story written by Nobel prize winning author, Isaac Bashevis Singer. The musicians' roster features some of Toronto's best known jazz artists such as Don Thompson and George Koller as well as up-and-coming musicians Andrew Kay and Mike Wark.
2010 marked Lorie's foray into childrens' music with her release of Mazel and Schlimazel. This wonderful new musical interpretation was featured at the 2010 Ashkenaz Festival to a packed audience. She remounted the performance at the 2011 Toronto Fringe festival, also playing to sold out crowds (see promotional kit on Mazel and Schlimazel link)
In her native Toronto, Lorie continues to perform in many popular venues on the scene, including favorites such as the Rex Hotel, the Gladstone Hotel, the Toronto Center for the Performing Arts, the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Distillery Jazz , The Ashkenaz Festival and the Toronto Roots Festival. Lorie's current projects include "The Sisters of Sheynville", an all-female Yiddish swing band (who were awarded the 2008 Vocal Group of the Year award by the Canadian National Folk Association) and "The Lithuanian Empire", a funky klezmer-based world music band and "The Dull-Eyed Llamas", a pop quintet with clever and catchy songs. You can see group pictures and download music from both projects in the Audio and Photo pages.
Along with her love of music, Lorie is also an accomplished music educator and certified teacher in Ontario ( B.Ed., U of T, 2003.) Lorie currently teaches music part-time at Clinton St. Public School in downtown Toronto.
---Updated Oct. 2008