The Team

Dave Freeman, Founder

Dave’s first musical instrument was an acoustic guitar that was given to him in his youth from his grandfather. Like most people, his early exposure to music came from TV and radio. While still learning guitar, Dave also tried saxophone, violin, tuba, trombone and percussion, in school music programs. None of them spoke to him.

Then in high school, an opening in the stage band for bassist came up. Dave jumped at it because bass was so cool. But he had never played bass before, lol. What followed was the beginning of a life long love of bass. 

Dave’s musical influences include classical, pop, rock, R’n’B, jazz, and he studied Jazz at Humber College in Toronto. He has performed for over 25 years in Toronto with various artists and styles from jazz to rock opera, theatre concert shows, and festival stages including a show with 100,000 people in attendance! 

Along with being a musician, Dave has been an editor/columnist and written for several Canadian national music publications as a columnist and a reviewer.

Richard Bales, Master Tech

Richard began repairing string instruments when he acquired his first guitar while in his teens. There were no music shops close to him, so he learned to do setups and repairs himself.

Word of his skill got around and soon Richard found himself doing work for other local musicians. For the next fifty-odd years Richard continued to do instrument repair work, first as a sideline, then as a full-time business.

Richard has worked with Club Bass as Master Technician for more than 20 years.  In this time, he has developed techniques and tools used in the setup and repair of basses and guitars, helping to raise the bar for quality and accuracy in this work in Toronto.  His influence has also extended across North America through his participation in a number of online forums where he has shared his substantial knowledge and research.

Lise Anne Hardy, Marketing Manager

Music has always been in Lise Anne’s life. Her father performed in a drum corp marching band. In her youth, she studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Lise Anne has experience in both retail and service sectors, and in team organization and leadership. She’s a take charge person!

With us, she is store manager and marketing manager, and our conduit to our social media platforms. And she has another great talent; barista! Yup she makes a wicked espresso with our custom roasted coffee.