POWERHOUSE, originally formed in 1985 to recreate the sound of the 60’s horn bands. The band continues to emulate their motown and  classic rock roots, also adding CHICAGO TRANSIT ( Chicago ) and HAVIN’ A PARTY ( Rod Stewart ) tribute shows.




With four lead vocalists, 5 piece rythmn section and a three-piece horn section, the band has performed their Chicago Transit (a tribute to the band ‘Chicago‘) – the first of its kind and longest running anywhere in the world. CHICAGO TRANSIT has toured throughout Canada and the U.S. for over three decades.


If you like Chicago, you’ll love Chicago Transit!






Doug Varty has fronted the band as ROD STEWART in the HAVIN’ A PARTY show with CHICAGO TRANSIT for years.  The show has regularly travelled and performed throughout North America, at festivals, theatres, casinos and corporate events.








Still maintaining its soul and motown roots, the POWERHOUSE show features Paula Tessaro and the other 4 lead vocalists.  The band covers Eagles, Billy Joel, Ides of March, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and many more. This band is the basis for all of our shows and has been playing for 34 years.




Vince Rinaldo ~ Keyboards
Dr. Vince Rinaldo played in the first CHICAGO TRANSIT Band.  Also a former member of Powerhouse and the Rod Stewart Tribute Show.  Vince played in the band TA She and Read More
Tony Aquino ~ Keyboards + Vocals
Tony’s music background started very early at the age of six, sitting at the piano and later, singing with his father in the local church choir. Unlike other ‘early-piano-lesson’ band Read More
George Behr ~ Trombone
  Like many in POWERHOUSE, George’s musical start began as a child sitting at the piano for a few years. But it wasn’t until high school that his musical training Read More
Pete Crolly ~ Bass + Vocals
Pete, a regular in the Toronto scene, started his musical life early. “I actually started by taking drum lessons as a kid”, he says, but he moved over to the Read More
Carlo Di Battista ~ Trumpet + Vocals
  Carlo, a career musician and leader of the POWERHOUSE band, has been involved with just about every aspect of music over the years – performance, recording, production, booking, management, Read More
Nick D’Amico ~ Saxophone
Nick has been a member of POWERHOUSE since 2010 and has played the saxophone for over 40 years. Originally from Vancouver, he developed his passion for R&B, Soul, Funk and Read More
Steve King ~ Guitar + Vocals
Steve started playing the guitar around the age of eleven. “I never wanted to play anything else but the guitar,” he says, “and I did like every other kid back Read More
Paula Tessaro ~ Vocals
Paula Tessaro ~ Vocals Paula Tessaro is a singer, and for the last 35 years she’s collected a wealth of experience. She began her career in 1980, studying ‘Classical Voice’ Read More
John Persichini ~ Drums, Vocals
Like all the current members of POWERHOUSE, John’s musical resume is multi-faceted. “I started with sax in the high school band, but I always liked drums and I linked up Read More