SPENCER COLE hails from North Vancouver’s coastal mountains. Born to professional musicians in 1986, he excelled first in piano, then classical percussion, touring with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. In 2000, he began to explore the realms of jazz. As his interests expanded into experimental music, he attended the School for Improvised Music in Brooklyn, studying with Jim Black and Tyshawn Sorey, and then later at the Banff Centre, studying with Clarence Penn and Han Bennink. In 2008, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto under the tutelage of Terry Clarke. He is the recipient of the Fraser Macpherson Galaxie Rising Star Award. Spencer is a Toronto-based freelance musician and composer who has recently performed in the Stratford Festival and is a member of the strange pop/rock outfit “Weaves”. He joined SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC in 2008.