"Howie Beck" is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Toronto. His debut album, 1997's ''Pop and Crash'', was recorded at home while Beck recovered from a nasty bout of mononucleosis. It's not hard to imagine that his quiet, introspective vocals and acoustic guitar strumming were influenced by those circumstances.
Beck began to attract attention outside Canada with 1999's ''Hollow'', a more confident effort that mixed some uptempo tracks with his usual quieter tunes. Around this time, some of Beck's songs made surprise appearances in prime-time TV shows like ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' and ''Felicity''. Picked up by the independent record label Easy!Tiger, ''Hollow'' was released in Europe nearly two years after its Canadian release, and regular international tours soon followed.
Beck regularly trades guest appearances, in recording sessions and onstage, with other Canadian artists such as Sarah Harmer, Hayden, Leslie Feist, Jason Collett and Ed Harcourt. Beck is also an accomplished drummer, and briefly played drums for the well-loved Bourbon Tabernacle Choir in the mid-nineties.