Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Gabriela Laconsay grew up studying classical double bass, playing in the local youth orchestra and big bands. During her high school years she was enrolled in a classical performance academy with Mount Royal University where she learned recital etiquette and stage presence. Through her time there she received honours in her grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) exam. The Calgary music scene was a very nurturing musical environment for her and provided many performance opportunities with big jazz names like: Ted Nash, Luis Bonilla and Dick Oatts. At the age of 16, Gabriela was recruited by a local semi-professional big band, the Wednesday Night Big Band to become their double bassist for their performances at clubs and high schools across the city. In her grade 12 year, Gabriela set off to audition to many music schools across Canada and the States. She ended up deciding on the University of North Texas and spent her first year as a jazz studies major studying with the likes of Jeff Bradetich, Lynn Seaton and Alan Baylock. After her first year, she decided that she wanted to delve into more musical genres other than just the jazz and classical she had grown up with. Gabriela has since transferred to Humber College where she is now in her final year of the Bachelor of Music program. While still holding onto her jazz and classical chops, she now plays in funk, indie rock, punk and pop bands.