Michaël Filion

Michaël Filion is a drummer, performer, producer and teacher originally from Québec. He commenced studying jazz drumming and also became the main percussionist for his school’s Symphony Orchestra at 14 years old. Within two years he was accepted as the drummer in the jazz band, which was highly competitive and had many successful competitions in the United States.

Michael continued to be very active in his school’s ensembles and in private music endeavours throughout high school and Cégep. In 2015, he began attending Cégep de Saint-Laurent for studies in Music Theory and Performance, and at the same time he began giving private drum lessons.

Upon his acceptance to York University for September 2018, he began taking private drum lessons with Anthony Michelli, where he improves his technical and practical repertoire for university related groups such as Jazz Workshop and the Rhythm & Blues Ensemble. In the fall of 2019, Michael was requested by Karen Burke, instructor for the York University Gospel Choir, to drum alongside the choir in a five-piece rhythm section.

He continues to expand his musical capabilities outside of university through participating in the polish orchestra (Celebrity Symphony Orchestra), corporate events, facilitating drum circles alongside motivational percussionist and author, Jeff Salem.
In 2020, Michaël started his own Jazz Fusion Band titled Michaël and the Filions. With his band, he is planning to perform within corporate settings, live concerts and social media features, as well as do studio work. He also released his first single, a cover of Snarky Puppy’s “Jambone” in November 2020. He also recently recorded an original composition, “Morning Coffee”, which will be released in early 2022. In the 2021/2022 school year, while finishing his undergraduate studies at York University, Michaël has been involved in many ensembles practicing different genre of music such as Jazz, RnB, and Gospel, which allows him to be a versatile musician.

As a motivating educator, a perseverant musician, and an effective bandmate, Michael inspires drummers and musicians alike in the York University community as well as the Toronto/GTA musical community.