Born and raised in suburban Toronto, Canada, Patricia found herself reluctantly
entertaining her parents’ friends and family on the piano whenever they’d stop by for
visits. But what she found sometimes tedious in childhood and walked away from when
high school beckoned (much to her parents’ dismay, having paid for six years of piano
lessons), she returned to as a teenager, when she discovered an Elton John music book
and began playing her favourite tunes, by both sight and ear. It is on the piano as an
adult that she has written over one hundred songs.
Patricia has been a fixture on the Toronto music scene since 1983, having played
the lounge, wedding, private, corporate and country club circuit for much of that time.
Among the countless venues in which she has appeared are The Rex, The Fairmont
Royal York Hotel, The Art Gallery of Ontario and the famed Tom Jones Steak House,
where she was the resident pianist for 18 months. A highlight of this period was
accompanying the wonderful R&B vocal group The Temptations on piano during an
impromptu hotel lounge jam session one evening in Basel, Switzerland during her 1993
gig there. In 1991, she joined Toronto’s Hurricanes Dance Band, where she currently
sings big band swing classics. In addition, she joins the Patricia Duffy Trio for more
intimate engagements, covering the beautiful standards of the day.