Toronto-based drummer and bandleader Morgan Childs is a BC native, having been born in Vancouver and raised in Invermere, BC, a small town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Morgan began singing and playing music with his family at the age of 3, and by his early teens was playing professional gigs with his own band, as well as other local musicians. He began his first serious studies of the drum set with Vancouver drummer Blaine Wikjord of the Hugh Fraser Quintet when he was 15. Morgan attended the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts as a teenager, then Capilano University in North Vancouver, where he completed a degree in jazz performance. Morgan was awarded a scholarship and attended the renowned Banff Centre International Jazz Workshop in 2002 and 2003, where he studied with master musicians including Jim Black, Ari Hoenig, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, Django Bates, Dave Douglas and Clarence Penn. Morgan spent nearly 10 years on the Vancouver jazz scene before relocating to Toronto in 2009. Over the last 20+ years Morgan has recorded, toured, and performed steadily with internationally renowned musicians including Pat Labarbera, Phil Dwyer, Kelly Jefferson, Kirk MacDonald, Jodi Proznick, Lew Tabackin, Zach Brock, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Eric Alexander, Hugh Fraser, Guido Basso, Bernie Senensky, Neil Swainson, Amanda Tosoff, Chris Gale, and many more. In 2016, Morgan was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts study grant, as well as an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Prize, which funded six months of living in New York City, studying privately with jazz greats Billy Hart, Jimmy Cobb, and Kenny Washington. Morgan’s passion for music and drumming has taken him around the world, with performances at festivals, concerts and clubs across Canada and the US, as well as England, Germany, Ukraine, India, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, and Curacao.