Stefan Hegerat

Drummer | Composer | Educator



Parade is an experimental pop-rock trio based out of Toronto, Ontario and featuring Stefan Hegerat (Drums, compositions), Chris Pruden (Synthesizers) and Laura Swankey (Voice, electronics). Drawing on their diverse backgrounds in jazz, classical, and electronic music, the trio pushes the boundaries of genre and form by blurring the lines between improvisation and composition to create unique and immersive sonic landscapes. The band has toured across Canada and recorded their debut album in May of 2022. Largely inspired by Hegerat’s work as a grassroots organizer during the COVID-19 pandemic, the compositional content of the album provides both a critique of the institutions and systems which threaten our very existence, and utopian imaginings of a healing world. The hope behind Parade is that the music dwells on all we have to celebrate, while acknowledging all we have to mourn.


Icterus is Stefan Hegerat’s experimental math-rock band featuring himself (drums), Patrick O’Reilly (guitar), Robert Grieve (guitar) and Mark Godfrey (bass). The band plays Stefan’s compositions which serve as vehicles for improvisation/experimentation and are the confluence of his interests in progressive rock, jazz and classical music. The band has been performing since 2016 and released their debut album “Icterus” in 2018. They are set to record a follow up album early in 2023.

“A worthwhile listen for fans of jazz, progressive rock and improvised music, Icterus is a mature and self-assured debut from a talented drummer with a clear compositional vision.”

  • Colin Story - Whole Note Magazine