A graduate of York University (Honours BFA), Ben Riley has been actively engaged in the Canadian music scene for over fifteen years. He has played alongside many luminaries such as Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, Michael Burgess, Molly Johnson, Joe Sealy, Doug Riley, Jake Langley, NOJO, Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, Moe Koffman, Domenic Troiano, Joshua Nelson (gospel singer/ Oprah Winfrey guest), Matt Dusk, Wynton Marsalis and Gary Burton among others.
Ben has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S., China and Japan with many highly acclaimed acts including Michael Kaeshammer, Bruce Cockburn, Bowfire, Sophie Milman and Matt Dusk. He has played on countless albums and hundreds of commercials, as well as music for film and TV.
Ben co-leads an original soul/R&B project in Toronto, Planet Earth, which has opened for Maceo Parker as well as for the Toronto International Film Festival.
Ben drove the beat on drums while accomplishing what many drummers never do, providing a consistent and appropriate percussive presence by reading the strength and mood of the ensemble in each piece.” —Marjie Smith, Stage Left