At the age of 6, Lucas Haneman started playing the guitar, originally focusing on roots styles such as folk and blues, but he began delving into jazz and alternative rock as a teenager. Today all of these influences still make up the fabric of his sound on the guitar and the other instruments he plays (including mandolin, banjo, bass and drums).
While in high school Haneman received a CBC Galixy Rising star Award at the 2005 Ottawa International Jazz festival. In 2010 he graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Jazz Studies (where he received the prestigious Oscar Peterson scholarship in 2008, and more recently he has been a 2 time winner of the Ottawa Blues Challenge, a 2018 maple blues nominee, and along with Megan Laurence, will be competing (for the 2nd time) at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (January 2020).
Over the past few years Lucas Haneman has developed a reputation as a fiery guitar wielding force to be reckoned with, and a creative ever evolving songwriter with a unique and exciting sound. His project "The Lucas Haneman Express" was founded in 2014, and had a top 5 Canadian roots album in 2019 with "Catch The Westbound". LHE features Lucas (on guitar and lead vocals), Megan Laurence (co-lead vocals), Martin Newman (bass and vocals), and Val Nehovora (drums).
LHE have releaced 3 full length albums to date including their debut CD "Welcome Aboard" (in April 2015), their critically acclaimed sophomore album "Tearing Up the Rails" (in December 2016), and their top 5 "Canadian Roots Music Report" album "Catch The Westbound" . " (in April 2019). Both Tearing Up The Rails" and "Catch The Westbound" have received extensive airplay and universally positive reviews worldwide.
Haneman has toured Canada with different projects, as well as performing on world famous Beale Street in Memphis TN, Pubs in London England, L.A., Nashville, and New York City (just to name a few).
Lucas Haneman has opened for or performed alongside musicians in a range of styles including The Dave Matthews Band, the late great Jeff Healy, Legendary bluesman Robert Cray, The Down Childs Blues Band, jazz trombonist Curtis Fuller, saxophonist David Newman, Canadian jazz legend Guido Basso, Australian bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, former Allman Brothers guitarist Jack Pearson, blues legend James Cotton, Canadian finger style guitarist Don Ross, Canadian rock band Sloan, and singer songwriters Terry Kelly and David Usher. Along with Megan Laurence, he also had the honor of recording with legendary producer Rob Fraboni (who has produced artists including Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Band, and many more).
Lucas Haneman's one of a kind guitar sound lends itself to styles as diverse as Funk, Folk, Jazz, Reggae, Rock and World music, but finds it's home in the blues.
“Haneman, a guitarist with an almost frighteningly broad stylistic reach and tone that ranged from clean and warm to distorted and aggressive.”
- John Kelman, All About Jazz Magazine
"It is fundamental that a great performer approaches every performance as if it is their last. Lucas haneman absolutely does that. He always leaves a part of himself on that stage.”
- Farley Flex, Canadian Idle judge
Awards and Accolades
Lucas has been very fortunate to receive a number of scholarships, awards and accolades for his musical efforts over the past few years. These include:
CNIB’s National Jazz on the Mountain Guitar scholarship, August 2011
Astral Media Emerging Artist Award, May 2011
1st Place in CNIB’s National I Factor Competition, August 2010
The Oscar Peterson award/scholarship for jazz performance at Concordia University, 2008
An Ontario Independent Music Award (Best Blues Song) for “How to Dance” co-written and recorded with Elyssa Mahoney, 2008
The people’s choice award and 2nd place winner in jazz at the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix in 2007 as well as finger style awards at the same competition in 2007/2009
The CNIB Walter Gretzky Academic Achievement Scholarship, 2006
The Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship, 2006
A CBC Galaxie “Rising Star” award and scholarship
Ottawa International Jazz festival, 2005
Best overall Performance from the Canadian Galaxie Jazz Youth All-Stars, 2005
Best rhythm Section Performance at National Music Fest Richmond BC, 2005
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