In his late teens, Dave came to a fork in his multi-optioned career path. Having been training with Toronto’s York University Gymnastics team and given the opportunity to try out for the Canadian Olympic Squad, he had also been quite successful singing and playing piano on stage at several local bars. His choice was to make music and entertainment his priority. Shortly after taking his solo show on the road, opportunity knocked once again when he accepted an offer to be an Actor/Stunt Performer for a theme park stunt show, and in just two seasons his leadership and athletic proficiency helped land him a seat in the Directors chair in Sydney, Australia. While writing, directing and performing in the Australian production of “Don Quixote’s Great Pirate Attack”, the evenings were left wide open for Dave to exercise his talents as a singer/songwriter. His down-under accomplishments include honing his solo skills, and the formation of a band known as “Dave Bootle & the Producers,” a tight aggregation of competent musicians performing Dave’s Aussie-written originals. Among those is a track entitled “Australia,” which his critics and fans agree could be a tourism anthem. Even though his first love was music, Dave couldn’t seem to stay away from his gymnastics roots. When not performing solo or with The Producers, Dave found himself working as a stunt man with a Sydney based agency on Television commercials and Australian and American film productions. If he wasn’t jumping from a 75 foot cliff into rough seas, falling through a trap door with a noose around his neck or engaging in a high speed police chase, you would probably find him setting himself on fire in practice for the next big stunt! Coming from a strict gymnastics background, he generally aced all the familiar big screen stunt work with the same professionalism he employs on any musical project.
Dave Bootle possesses a killer comic presence, and a versatile, rangy and appealing voice. His big sound is meticulously crafted by Dave, personally. His amazing background sequences are envied by his peers, and greatly appreciated by his audiences. These are just some of the reasons for his enduring popularity.