Doug Wilde was born into a musical family and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Although initially self taught, Doug was able to talk his way into a few music schools, eventually spending time at The Eastman School Of Music (film scoring with Rayburn Wright), The Royal Conservatory, Humber College and York University (Masters Degree in Composition). During his three years at Humber Doug he studied arranging with the legendary Ron Collier, and was awarded the Duke Ellington Memorial Scholarship.
As a composer and one of the principals at “Harris Cole Wilde” (later known as “Jungle Music”) Doug spent many years writing and learning on the front lines—creating all kinds of music, working with great musicians and recording everyday. He also worked as a keyboard player with numerous artists including Leonard Cohen, Jane Siberry, Nancy White, Manteca, Simon Wynberg, and Scott Merritt. Doug has written music for and played keyboards on a couple of thousand TV commercials, most of which aired between 1984 and 2001.
Doug currently plays keyboards with David Woodhead’s “Confabulation” and since 2011 has been music director/keyboardist and principal composer for the seminal Canadian Jazz/World/Fusion band “Manteca”. In the last few years, as well as writing for “Manteca”, Doug has been composing and recording for his own “Scenic Jazz” and “Sonic Journeys” projects, and creating scores for Film & TV (documentary, comedy, and variety) and CBC Radio Drama. Doug also has extensive experience as a musical director for live television. He has composed, and led bands for the Gemini & Genie awards, weekly talk/variety shows and Canada Day from Parliament Hill. Doug Wilde lives in Toronto. Rhymes with Reason is his new album now as download only at CDBaby.