Imagine if the Blue Man Group grew out their hair and ditched the make-up – that’s BAM Percussion. Individually, the group members have all achieved success in different fields: talent contests, television appearances, freestyle skiing, martial arts competitions…and many years of drum studies! Founded in 1999 by comedian, percussionist, and film producer Steve Burman, comedian and percussionist Jean-Sebastien Dallaire, and Frederic Gauld, the group found initial success at the 1999 Canadian Just for Laughs search-for-new-talent national contest, where they received 2nd place - not too bad for a group who was just starting out.
That same year, at the Culture Awards of the Foundation of Arts, Literature and Culture of the Outaouais, the group was awarded the Best New Creation prize for their work. BAM’s pulsating energy is contagious, and the performers speak a unique language they call BAMspeech as they wow the crowd with powerful rhythms and funny sketches. They’ve worked with Cirque du Soleil on their TV series Solstrom in Montreal, and have been a sold-out hit on world tours since their formation. BAM has evolved due to member departures and death, most notably of their co-founder Burman in 2007. Their current line-up honors him with every performance, saying they “will continue to do what BAM does best, and what Steve loved to do more than anything - make people laugh like crazy!”