ABOUT HARRISON IVAZ
Chicago born & raised and now living in Vancouver, BC, Harrison is a teen rock singer/songwriter/guitarist, actor and voiceover talent.
One of the lucky few youth acts to be chosen for Lollapalooza 2012, Zentsura AT Festival in Spain and Milwaukee Summerfest 2016, Harrison’s melodic, take-no-prisoners rock songs fuse influences from classic, alternative, punk and progressive with humor, sophistication and style.
Harrison’s lyrics address the issues young people face with timeless hooks and quirky melodies. A performer known for comedic timing, Harrison has appeared on radio, TV, theater, in “viral video” internet trailers, commercials and in theatre productions.
The son of professional musicians, Harrison was exposed to everything from Aerosmith to Zappa from birth, attended many concerts, and “sat in” with his parents’ band. His onstage concert debut came at age 9 when he performed Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” at a fundraiser where his father, guitarist Dave Ivaz (The Fifth Dimension, Nancy Wilson) was a member of Juno Award-winner Michael Creber’s band (David Foster, KD Lang). Harrison’s magnetism and stage presence ignited the crowd.
Vancouver, BC is known as “Hollywood North” for its film and TV industry. The video of Harrison’s dynamic vocal performance found its way to a prominent BC Talent Agency and Harrison was signed for acting work. Harrison received rave reviews in 2011 as the lead in the vocally challenging William Finn musical Falsettos (Peter Jorgensen/Patrick Street Productions).
Harrison was 2013 BC Youth Week First Place award-winner in the Kay Meek Amplifier Competition, and was one of 16 acts chosen from the BC Lower Mainland by Producer GGGarth Richardson for the 2013 Teen Band Nights At Science World Showcase. Harrison has also placed in the British Columbia-wide PNE Talent Competition Semi Finals two years in a row.
Harrison believes in social justice and giving back to community. After a bullying incident Harrison researched the phenomenon and how kids cope with it. This inspired his anti-bullying rocker, “Sweet & Sunny.” Harrison and his parents teamed with friends in the BC theatre and film community to bring “Sweet & Sunny” to life in a music video directed and edited by filmmaker Alexander Sharp. Today “Sweet & Sunny” continues to be shared by anti-bullying organizations throughout North America with over 60,000 views on YouTube.
Harrison’s many influences include Radiohead, Tera Melos, Elliott Smith, Green Day, Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello, The Beatles, Dave Matthews and myriad music genres.