Originally from Saint John, New Brunswick, Geoff was first introduced to Northern Ontario while working as a tree-planter just north of Chapleau. After graduating from McGill University, Geoff moved to Sudbury for a four month contract with the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra. The city’s vibrant community, rugged outdoor landscapes and wealth of opportunities caused him to declare Sudbury home.
A lifelong student and avid entrepreneur, Geoff has designed beer recipes for Stack Brewing, co-founded the critically acclaimed local restaurant The Motley Kitchen, taught a generation of young musicians, learned to sail on Lake Ramsey, and renovated a house in the Donovan - where he lives with his partner Marie-Josée, and their Border Collie, Doug.
For the past decade Geoff has been working across our region’s growing creative industry - bringing his energy, discipline and expertise to stages and classrooms across Northern Ontario. He teaches private violin lessons to students of all ages, directs a community string group in Timmins, and can be seen performing with orchestras across the province.
For eight years Geoff was violinist, director and treasurer of Sudbury’s Juno-nominated Silver Birch String Quartet, and since 2013 he’s turned his violin into a fiddle with the Sudbury-based bluegrass band Murder Murder. Geoff has recorded on eleven albums, performed in fifteen countries, and shared the stage with many notable artists, including Serena Ryder, Tanya Tagaq, and Iskwé.
Between tours and contracts, Geoff has worked both in front of and behind the camera in Sudbury's growing film industry - as Assistant Director, Grip, Electrician, and actor.
When not working, he enjoys playing hockey, hiking, camping, porketta-bingo, photography, and live music.
With his passionate energy, financial management experience, diverse skillset, and creative problem-solving abilities, Geoff will bring a fresh perspective to our city council.