Musician 2017-12-04T15:23:02+00:00

Musician (Bio)

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jeff Burns (Burnsy) began playing drums professionally in the early nineties with local rock band The Ravens, slinging out hard rock covers in pubs and taverns around Calgary, Canmore, and Banff. This ragtag band of musical miscreants eventually regrouped, polishing up their act with some original songs and a style all their own to become the all encompassing pop/rock tour-de-force known as The Household Saints, (1993 to 2002).

These were good beginnings to have, because they included recording a CD at Sundae Sound (Gravity, 1999) as well as several years performing at an array of diverse and memorable shows, such as: Taking the stage before legendary Canadian rock band The Headpins at “The Back Alley” nightclub; wrap up party for the cast and crew of Lonesome Dove (the TV Series); pit band for a few Just For Laughs comedy shows; Television appearances on A-Channel’s Big Breakfast and the CTV News Noon Show; and of course many a rowdy evening for the loyal masses down at regular haunts “The Mission Bridge Brewing Company” (Calgary), “The Drake Hotel” (Canmore), and the “Rose & Crown” (Banff).

The Household Saints

Soon after “The Saints” union ran it’s course, it was on to hard rock group My Mother Grooves (2002 – 2003), a regular fixture on Calgary’s local bar scene frequenting premier rock rooms such as “Morgan’s Pub”, “Buckinghams Pub”, “The Rusty Cage”, “The King’s Head”, “Joker’s Pub”, and “The Rose and Crown (Banff)”.

After a brief hiatus from playing music (2003 – 2007) it was time to pick up where he left off, and before long Jeff was recruited to play a limited run with Brian Mason and The Arrivals, helping to flesh out a uniquely retro-rock sound in support of Singer/songwriter Brian Mason’s CD “Almost There”. Several performances ensued including the CD Release party at “The Engineered Air Theatre” in Calgary’s Epcor Center.

In the summer of 2010 he was hired on for a brief stint with long-time local roots rock warrior Alex Boisselle with shows at “The Ironwood”, “Palomino”, “Ship & Anchor”, and “Original Joe’s (south)”. This was yet another in a long line of valuable experiences Jeff has utilized to great advantage over the years, integrating the different musical styles as building blocks towards honing his craft and developing a diverse and layered musical background from which to draw upon.

It was also in 2010 that Jeff yearned to once again find a permanent musical home, something in the form of an original collaboration he would feel connected to and inspired by. The bands that resonated most were those with a modern day indie/garage rock sensibility, and upon meeting Jonny Dukes and Joelle Glass it became apparent that a synergy was forming, and the essential ingredients would be a texture in sound reminiscent of bands from the 90s rock era – serving up power-pop melodies laced with punk-infused rock riffage.

Paris Envy

The resulting pre-meditated chaos became Paris Envy, an indie-rock trio that recorded a self-titled eleven song CD and had a three year run (2010 – 2013) playing many great Calgary original music venues: The Palomino, Dickens, The Unicorn, Blind Beggar, The Voodoo Lounge, Lord Nelson’s, Rock Lounge (Studio37), Vern’s, The Dog & Duck, and Morgan’s Pub …

Paris Envy Live

Most Recent

Shelter From The Storm

Since January 2015 Jeff has been a band member for the Shelter From The Storm project, a songwriter’s circle comprised of staff, clients, volunteers and artists-in-residence at Canada’s largest homeless serving agency – the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. This unique artistic collective transforms shared experiences and stories into songs that deliver an enlightened perspective and awareness around the plight of the homeless.

The 2015 project resulted in a Premiere Concert Performance (as part of Calgary’s Sled Island Festival), a TELUS Web-series, and a Full Length Studio Album.

READ >> Shelter From the Storm Songwriting project debuts as part of Sled Island

Shelter From The Storm


1991 – 1992        The Ravens (Calgary Cover Band)

1992 – 2000        The Household Saints, released the LP Gravity

2002 – 2003        My Mother Grooves (Calgary Cover Band)

2008 – 2009        Brian Mason & The Arrivals

2010 – 2010        Alex Boisselle & Ashbury Train

2010 – 2013        Paris Envy, released self-titled LP

2013 – 2014        Carla Olive and Bad Neighbor

2014 – 2015        The Leroys (Calgary Cover Band)

2015 – 2016        Shelter From The Storm, LP ( Videos / Press )

2017 – Now         Erwin Vesper  (Debut LP to be released in January 2018)