With one foot planted firmly in the world of classical/orchestral music, the other planted in the world of contemporary popular music, and his other limbs flailing through all other genres and styles in between; drummer/percussionist Jim Toner has amassed a diverse skill set spanning many genres and eras. Working as a freelance percussionist has taken Jim from his small town beginnings in rural Niagara, to stages, theatres and concert halls all over the world. Jim has recently returned from occupying the drum set chair of the show orchestras for a number of cruise ship companies including Royal Caribbean and Cunard, which has allowed him the opportunity to visit 5 continents and play in front of thousands of people. Jim caught the travel bug when in 2014 he was asked to join the Dragonfly Orchestra, a joint project between Insect 8 (Calgary) and Joytitan (Beijing) productions. "Dragonfly Cafe" was the first show the Liuzhou, China based group was able to put on tour, and Jim was asked to join them for their 3 month national Chinese tour. Back home, Jim has performed as a sideman for a number of artists such as Stacey Kay, Krystle Payton (BLU) and Michael Vanhevel. He has also performed as section percussionist with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and International Symphony Orchestra (both under the direction of Maestro Jerome Summers), and was a member of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (led by Colin Clarke) for their premiere in the Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall in New York City. Jim was section leader of the Western University Wind Ensemble for multiple recording sessions culminating in the ensemble's very first album Apparitions, and was the auxiliary percussionist for the funk/fusion Toronto Area party band, After Funk. Jim earned a Master of Music in Literature and Performance degree from Western University Canada, where he also received his undergraduate degree in music performance and studied primarily under Dr. Jill Ball and Dr. Colleen Richardson. Jim then attended Humber College, studying primarily under Barry Romberg, Paul DeLong and Mark Kelso.