The Persuaders

Band Members:

Maurice Aucoin: Lead Vocals, Acoustic guitar 1989 - Present

Mike Ritcey: Lead Guitar, Vocals 1989 - 1992

Rick Martell: Lead Guitar, Vocals 1989 - 1994

Jeff MacNeil: Lead Guitar, Madolin, Vocals 1994-2008

Joey King: Lead Guitar, Vocals 1999 - Present

Darren Pinaud: Bass Guitar 1989 - 2004

Mark Hubley: Bass, Vocals 2004 - 2006

Tom MacGillivray, Bass, Vocals 2006 - 2007

Brian Zinck, Bass, Vocals 2007 - Present

Rick “Chopper” White: Drums 1989

Ian MacMillan: Drums, Vocals 1989 - 1992

Jamie Miles: Drums 1992 - 1994

Brian Warnica: Drums, Vocals 1994 – 2006

Gordon Roach: Drums, Vocals 2006 - Present



The Persuaders were founded in Halifax, NS in the spring of 1989. Hard work and a deep affection for their craft has made them one of the most popular bands in Metro and celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of their single “Sheba” and a show at ‘The Shore Club’ April 25th 2009.  

In 1998, the band released ‘The Persuaders – Live At The Shore Club’. It was an instant success, selling out immediately. This prompted them to embark on a full-length studio project. In May 2001, they appeared on ‘Halifax Plugged In II’ a compilation CD of ten recording Halifax bands produced by 2003 ECMA nominated Denmark Productions. In 2004, the band released their first full-length studio album ‘The Persuaders’, debuting at number nine on the local top ten.  

The band is most well known as a versatile cover band and continues to do about 75 shows a year.



The Persuaders ‘Live at The Shore Club’ (Full length live album released as cassette)1998

( Re-released as EP compact disc) 2000

 Halifax Plugged In II ( Compilation CD) (Denmark Studios) 2001

 ‘The Persuaders’ (Full length studio album) (Independent) 2004

 The Persuaders ‘Bittersweet’ ( EP ) (Independent) 2007

 The Persuaders ‘Sheba’ (Single Release) 2009


Info From Maurice Aucoin