Ethan Ardelli



Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ethan Ardelli is a Juno award winning drummer and composer based in Toronto. 

Ethan graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006, and has since been one of the most in demand jazz artists in Canada.  Ethan has had the pleasure of working with acclaimed international artists Dewey Redman, Mark Turner, Mark Feldman, Jeremy Pelt, George Mraz, Mulgrew Miller and Greg Osby. 

Ethan won the 2006 Grand Prix de Jazz at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of the David Virelles Quintet and has played on two Juno award winning albums, Jane Bunnett's "Radio Guantanamo" and Mike Downes' "Ripple Effect.”

Since 2014, Ethan has been leading his own ensemble showcasing his original compositions.  The quartet features saxophonist Luis Deniz, pianist Chris Donnelly and bassist Devon Henderson.  Their debut album entitled "The Island of Form" will be released in November 2018. 

As well as leading his own ensemble, Ethan is currently a member of the Darren Sigesmund Quintet, Nancy Walker Quintet, Alexander Brown Sextet, Brian Dickinson Trio and the Harley Card Quintet.  Ethan is currently on faculty at the Humber College Community Music Program and has also been on faculty at The Univeristy of Manitoba in Winnipeg. 



Upcoming gigs


August 25th - The Jazz Bistro - 9PM

Brian Chahley Trio

Brian Chahley - bass, Bernie Senensky - piano, Ethan Ardelli - drums


August 31st - The rex - 6:30pm

Trevor Giancola Quartet

Trevor Giancola - guitar, Michael Davidson - vibraphone, Hayden Farrar - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums


September 5th - Home Smith Bar - 7:30pm

Allison Au Quartet

Allison Au - alto saxophone, Todd Pentney - piano, Jon Meyer - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums


September 15th - The REx - 9:30pm

Brian o'Kane quintet

Brian O'Kane & Kevin Turcotte - trumpet, Brian Dickinson - piano, Neil Swainson - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums


September 28th - HOme Smith BAr - 7:30pm

Nancy Walker Trio

Nancy Walker - piano, Kieran Overs - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums


September 29th - The Pilot TAvern - 3pm

Luis Deniz Quartet

Luis Deniz - alto saxophone, Teri Parker - piano, Mark Godfrey - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums


October 23rd - Artword Artbar (Hamilton) - 8pm

Allison Au Quartet

Allison Au - alto saxophone, Todd Pentney - piano, Jon Maharaj - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums


October 26th - Gigspace (Ottawa) - 8pm

Harley Card Quintet

Harley Card - guitar, Dave French - saxophone, Matt Newton - piano, Jon Maharaj - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums


October 27th - Home Smith Bar - 7:30pm

Jim Vivian Quartet

Jim Vivian - bass, David French - tenor saxophone, Dave Restivo - piano, Ethan Ardelli - drums



ethan ardelli quartet cd release tour

Luis Deniz - alto saxophone, Chris Donnelly - piano, Devon Henderson - bass, Ethan Ardelli - drums

November 2nd - Clinic at University of Toronto - 3:15pm

November 3rd - Clinic at Humber College - 11am

November 5th - Brandon University (Brandon, MB) - 8pm

November 6th - Clinic at University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB) - 4pm

November 6th - Forth (Winnipeg, MB) - 7:30pm

november 7th - yardbird suite (edmonton, ab) - 8pm

november 8th - the nexus at first united (salmon arm, BC) - 7pm

november 9th - kelowna forum (kelowna, bc) - 8pm

November 10th - Clinic at Long & McQuade (CAlgary, AB) - 12pm

November 10th - Jazz YYC at Ironwood Stage & Grill (Calgary, AB) - 7pm

november 11th - frankie's jazz club (vancouver, bc) - 8pm

November 13th - Hermann's Jazz Club (Victoria, BC) - 8pm

november 14th - denman island community hall (denman island, bc) - 7:30pm

November 15th - avalanche bar (courtenay, bc) - 7:30pm

November 16th - Lighthouse bistro (nanaimo, bc) - 8pm

november 17th - the jazz room (waterloo, on) - 8:30pm

November 19th - The REx (Toronto, ON) - 9:30pm

November 20th - The REx (Toronto, ON) - 9:30pm

November 22nd - Sydney Curling Club (Sydney, NS) - 9pm

November 23rd - SChwartz Auditorium - ST. F.X. University (Antigonish, NS) - 7pm

november 24th - Gigspace (ottawa, on) - 7:30pm

This tour is made possible by the generous support from the Canada Council For The Arts!





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Darren Sigesmund - "Jigtok" (2016)

Darren Sigesmund - trombone; Mark Feldman - violin; Gary Versace - piano, accordion and Hammond B-3; Jim Vivian - bass; Ethan Ardelli - drums and percussion

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Al Gorman - “Bisco Blues” (2016)

Al Gorman - guitar; Janis Steprans - tenor saxophone; Rob Clutton - bass; Ethan Ardelli - drums

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Amy Noubarian - “Better Late“ (2016)

Amy Noubarian - vocals; Matt Newton - piano; Dan Fortin - bass; Trent Reschny - tenor saxophone (I Told Ya I Love Ya); Steafan Hannifin - low and penny whistles (Raglan Road); Ethan Ardelli - drums