Nick is frequently called for session and sub work with jazz, rock/pop, and classical ensembles. He has toured or performed with jazz artists such as The Shuffle Demons, Brownman Ali, Nick Maclean, Mike Murley, Kelly Jefferson, Heather Bambrick, Frank Botos, Jeff King, Andy Ballantyne, and William Carn.
Nick performs regularly with a number of Toronto and Niagara-based groups. Below you will find information and links to these artists.
Nick Arseneau Sextet
The Nick Arseneau Sextet is Nick's original modern jazz project. The band consists of Marie Goudy on trumpet, John Nicholson on tenor sax, Josh Smiley on piano, Patrick O'Reilly on guitar, Harry Vetro on drums, and Nick acting as bandleader and bassist. The group performs Nick's original jazz compositions as well as some classic jazz repertoire and compositions by other group members. Their debut album was released in April 2020 and you can listen to it Here!
Chronophobe is an original indie/emo/math rock project featuring Nick as singer/songwriter/guitarist. Listen to their music Here!
Growing Fins is a Toronto-based math rock/emo/screamo band. The band has toured across Canada and had the opportunity to open for some major math rock artists including Tiny Moving Parts, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid To Die, and more. Visit their page Here!
Creature Speak is an indie-folk project headed by singer-songwriter Brittany Brooks. Formerly known as Howler, Brittany and Nick were originally a duo project based in Niagara. As a duo Brittany and Nick release two EPs together before the group evolved to feature a rotating cast of players. Today Creature Speak may perform with Brittany as soloist, with Brittany and Nick playing duo, or with various other musicians lending their talents to Brittany's songs. Watch a live video session Here!
Small Town Get Up (2009 - 2016)
Active from 2009 - 2016, Small Town Get Up was a 7-piece ska/punk band based in Niagara, featuring Nick as singer/songwriter/guitarist. The group released three albums/EPs and had the chance to open for a number of major ska artists including The English Beat, Five Iron Frenzy, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, and The Planet Smashers. Visit their page Here!
The Wrong Kids
The Wrong Kids are a Toronto Dance & Party Wedding Band providing professional, affordable, and unique live cover music for weddings and all other types of events. Specializing in energetic pop, alternative, hip hop, & oldies, The Wrong Kids bring the party wherever they go, leaving guests talking about the night’s live music long after the event is over. Visit The Wrong Kids' Website Here!
Contra-Band is an instrumental video game cover band led by Nick. The group performs music from games such as Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pokemon, Megaman, and more. Visit their Facebook page Here!
TranzitionzJazz is an eclectic quartet of Toronto musicians – Jim Thomas on flute, Jasmin Bailey on vocals and percussion, Richard Uglow on keyboards and Nick Arseneau on upright bass. They perform a wide variety of popular music adapted to the world of melodic Jazz, fusing elements of classical and pop into their arrangements. They perform the works of composer Claude Bolling as well as popular songs by Etta James, The Beatles, Drake and many more. It is a truly unique approach to jazz. Visit their website Here!
Fujian Funk is a soul, RnB, top 40, funk, and motown cover band based in Toronto. Check out their demo video Here!
Nick had the pleasure of working as session bassist for JUNO-nominated signer-songwriter Jordan Raycroft from 2014 - 2015. During this time Nick played a handful of shows with Jordan and his band across Ontario and recorded a Christmas EP with them, Ero Cras. Visit Jordan's page Here!
Brownman Ali's "Five Weeks For Miles" Miles Davis Tribute
Small Town Get Up
The Wrong Kids