known as the lead guitar and voice of the critically acclaimed Rheostatics,
the Italian born, Canadian bred, enigmatic Martin Tielli's charismatic
performances, entrancing vocals, and brilliant song writing has earned
him nation-wide respect as one of Canada's premiere musical artists
of his time. Instantly recognizable by his signature guitar style, enchanting
songs, and unique voice, Martin Tielli was a driving force behind making
the Rheostatics one of the most important bands to emerge from the Canadian
musical landscape in decades.
In his 13 years with the Rheostatics, Tielli has toured stadiums, written
soundtracks, and earned the accolades of the critics and adoration from
fans all over the continent.
The true Renaissance man is invisible. That's not one of his murals
hanging in the bank and he didn¹t write that song playing in the
mall. That flash car driving by does not belong to him and no, he will
not be attending the reception and he¹s never been seen shopping
either. Yet, everybody knows him. Everybody¹s seen him. Everybody
waits for him and everybody wants him. But when he looks in the mirror
he sees the mirror. When they¹re calling him he wonders at his
name. You see, the true Renaissance man is in a constant state of shock.
he survived the accident: he walked out of the flames. But he doesn¹t
know what year it is and he mixes up his telephone number and gets his
birthday wrong. He knows the city though, and if you¹re lost he¹ll
show you the way. Even in his sleep he is navigating the alleys, melting
into the streets like they were rivers. He is not really of this world
and somehow shows us secrets of this place, this place he¹s not
from, this place we thought we knew. The confessional voice and unearthly
guitar that made the Rheostatics seep into the countryside stands bare
before you. His fame is so natural, like the phenomena of winter. His
songs are scenery, his paintings unfold melody and somehow Martin Tielli
is invisible. We didn¹t even suspect that he was the poppy salesman.