Cat and The Queen is the brainchild of songwriter Cat Montgomery. Playing piano from a very young age, Cat combines her musical skill with her love of theatre to create an unmatched live experience. Early on, the performances were more cabaret and satirical. This allowed Cat to let loose on stage as her quirky, talkative self. Her style evolved as time went on.
This energy is not lost on her recordings. Loba Loca, a collection of 8 songs, captures Cat’s effervescent presence. A moody but optimistic journey, this album invites you to ride the wave with Cat through love, fear, and everything else encompassed by personal development.
Cat began working with outside musicians after a few years of solo gigs. Since the development of Loba Loca, her lineup includes Dave Love on drums, Brent Maidens on bass, Tal Davidson on guitar and Quinn Hoodless on saxxxophone. She works with wizard producer Alex Gamble (@audiogamble) on the regular. He mixed and produced Loba Loca, as well as upcoming June, 2019 EP Release: PUMP.
In August, 2018 Cat created, LOVE IN SPACE! – a raucous series of live performances, theatricalizing the release of her newest album Loba Loca. Her signature brand of musical storytelling was taken to new intergalactic heights. Cat fused theatre, rock show, and dance party all into one electrifying evening. Think Ziggy Stardust meets Barbarella.
Upcoming: Cat and The Queen’s creation, PUMP in Toronto’s Fringe Festival, July 4th – 13th! Cat and The Queen tells some kind of bio pic story. Expect the following: fort talks, cabaret music, cats, insta interactions, isolated sadness, quiet joy, loud desperation, sweet projections with juuuust the right amount of irreverence and juuuust the right amount of Patrick Swayze reverence. And! AND! Music. Lots and lots of Live Music. Thank gawd. #lightitonfire #pump
June 14th: EP Release party for PUMP at The Grand Canyon, Junction, Toronto.
Dave Love has performed live with Cat and The Queen for 3 years and collaborated on 2 studio albums. Dave has performed live with songwriters, musicians, and bands for 18 years. He feels at home as part of the ecosystem of a forest, purple is life, Taurus Sun/Leo Rising/Pisces Moon/Aries in Venus. He's always yearning after points of connection between...well, pretty much everything.
Brent has played on Cat and the Queen’s last 2 studio albums and has performed live with the group for several years. Magic the Gathering enthusiast, whiskey explorer, and Hawaiian shirt eccentric, he carries 16 years of musical experience on a range of instruments.
Tal began playing guitar at the age of 11. He finally found an outlet for the constant melody that played in the background of every thought. He has devoted years to chasing the satisfaction of channelling that inner music through the guitar and the double bass. Through his relationship with the creative process, Tal developed appreciation for all music made with heart, and has a particularly deep love of jazz, Americana, and improvised musical forms.
S. Quinn Hoodless
Playing the saxophone, Quinn is the most recent to join. Quinn entered the entertainment industry via Fanshawe College's music industry arts program with a focus on audio engineering. This exploration into art as a career has led him to create solo, experimental music based off of field recordings. Quinn is influenced by artists like Brian Eno, John Cage, Sigur Ros, and Kate Carr.
A Toronto local for 5 years now, Quinn has been working his way towards some sort of career that will encompass all of his interests. Composing, sound design, foley, audio engineering, photography, theatrical stage work, interactive art exhibits and butt jokes are just some of the areas he hopes to explore.