Pork Belly Futures

Brief Biography

The Pork Belly Futures - Paul Quarrington, Martin Worthy, Chas Elliott, Richard Bell and Stuart Laughton - describe their music as "north country, born of the blues." Their original songs are witty and touching and their live performances are characterized by "masterful instrumental work...and the occasional magic trick." Experience their musical magic at Mariposa this year!


The Pork Belly Futures began as a bar band, emulating the likes of Paul Butterfield Blues band but their original material seemed to be tinged with country influence. The Toronto Star called their CD "Way Past Midnight" exceptionally colourful and "an authoritative dedication to fundamental folk, roots and blues grooves."

The band members are an impressive lot. Paul Quarrington is a winner of the Governor General's Award for fiction, has been nominated for a Giller Award, won two Genie awards and his book "King Leary" won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1987. It was also selected as the top choice of CBC's Canada Reads this past winter. Martin Worthy had a number one hit "Baby and The Blues" in the 80s and was drummer for Joe Hall and the Continental Drift. Trumpeter Stuart Laughton was a founding member of the Canadian Brass (at age 19!) and was principal trumpet at La Scala in Milan, Italy. In the Porkers, he plays guitar and harmonica. Bassist Chas Elliott has been a member of the Toronto Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Orillia connection is very strong with this band. Paul Quarrington, won the Leacock Award and was also the Orillia Public Library's Writer in Residence for a year. We welcome Paul and the Pork Belly Futures (back?) to Orillia and to (Leacock's) Mariposa.