Barry Elmes has been a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene since the early 1980s. An internationally-known drummer, composer, producer, recording artist and educator, he has performed all over the world and his work has been documented on more than 70 CDs.
He has played and/or recorded with many renowned jazz artists including Tommy Flanagan, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden, Hank Crawford, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Oliver Jones, Phil Nimmons and the Moe Koffman Quintet.
His discography includes five releases by his own ensemble, the Barry Elmes Quintet (two-time winner of Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year), and recordings by the contemporary jazz quartet Time Warp, which he co-founded and co-leads with Al Henderson. His honours include five Jazz Report Awards, including two for Jazz Musician of the Year.
Barry Elmes represented Canada with Time Warp at the 1992 Venezuela International Jazz Festival and was featured with the Oliver Jones Trio on the Governor-General’s Tour of China, Japan and Korea in 1994. In 1996 he performed in Brazil and toured South Africa with the Canadian Jazz Giants. He toured Chile in 2000 with the Barry Elmes Quintet, and celebrated the ensemble’s 10th anniversary with a cross-Canada tour in 2001. He presides over the independent jazz label, Cornerstone Records, and performs frequently at major festivals and jazz clubs.
Professor Elmes taught part-time at York University for two decades before joining the full- time faculty in the Department of Music in 2004. He served as chair of the department 2007-2010.