Marc Rivest is a freelance performer and instructor currently based in Vancouver BC. Born and raised in the greater Toronto area, Marc's musical journey began with piano lessons as a child. Switching to the guitar at the age of 13, Marc never put it down. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Guelph in 2011, Marc's career as a performer began with busking outside grocery stores and the local LCBO. After relocating to Calgary in 2013, Marc was able to make busking a well-paying full-time job. With daily performances through Calgary Transit's Musicians in Motion program, Marc successfully funded an independent solo album called "Breathe," which was released in 2014. The album is available for streaming at www.marcrivest.bandcamp.com.
After the release of "Breathe," Marc decided to advance his musical training through a Diploma in Jazz Studies at Capilano University. While at Cap U, Marc studied jazz guitar and voice with instructors including Bill Coon, Ron Samworth, Andre Lachance, Geordie Roberts, and Steve Maddock and performed in the Capital Jazz vocal ensemble under the direction of Rejean Marois. He graduated with distinction in May 2018.
Marc is currently performing regularly in the Metropolitan Vancouver area and has shows scheduled at farmer's markets, small festivals, pubs, and hotels. For more information on upcoming performances, please visit the Shows section of this website.
In addition to performing, Marc teaches private, semi-private, and group music classes. He currently leads guitar, voice, ukulele, band, and beginner piano and drum lessons at CW Music and Edmonds Community Centre.