Tony Padalino and Linda Cara
Tony Padalino studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and has studied Theory & Composition, Orchestration, History, and Arranging with renowned professors William Andrews, Dr. Roman Toi and Dr. Samuel Dolin. Tony is best known as the keyboardist on Canada’s longest running national late night talk show, Open Mike with Mike Bullard. Tony’s worked with international artists, from Paul Shaffer to Macy Gray, Kid Rock to Wayne Newton, and George Duke to Burton Cummings, just to name a few. His other TV credits include 6 seasons of Canadian Idol, Canada’s Walk of Fame, the NHL Awards, Hockey Night in Canada, Stars on Ice, the CFL Awards and most recent, The Canadian Screen Actors’ Guild awards, working along side host Martin Short. He has also written for film and TV–these credits include, ‘No Contest’, ‘The Rage’, ‘Stag’, ‘Brooklyn State of Mind’, and as a writer with Liberty Music Trax, Tony’s work has been featured on the CBS Emmy award TV series, “The Good Wife.” Tony is a Yamaha Keyboard Artist and has also adjudicated the Roland Synthesizer Contest. Currently, he is involved in writing and producing for a variety of recording artists.
Linda Cara is a singer/musician, a member of ACTRA, and Vice President of the Toronto Musicians’ Association. She has been performing for over 25 years in Canada and the United States. Linda attended the Royal Conservatory of Music where she was a scholarship recipient while studying with world renowned accordionist, Joseph Macerollo and acclaimed vocal coach Carolyn Leslie. Highlights in her career include being a successful competitor in the accordion world, featured soloist on CJRT’s Classical Live Radio Spotlight recorded at U of T’s Walter Hall, and Linda is also a Roland artist and adjudicates the Roland yearly V-Accordion National finals. Along side her classical roots, Linda has established herself as a vocalist in Toronto’s Top 40/R&B and jazz scene. Highlights in her career include vocal and accordion sessions for TV, film and jingles, and she has lent her talents to other artist’s CDs, along with releasing her own CDs. Her voice has been featured both on film – ‘Powder Room’, TV – ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’, ‘Squawk Box’, ‘He Said, She Said’, to name a few. Most recently, Linda has performed on a documentary highlighting the life of Oscar winning director Robert Altman, and was thrilled to be an adjudicator for the Scotiabank Rising Star Contest, a Canadian national singing/songwriting competition.
Linda also writes for and produces independent artists.