Jake grew up in Timmins Ontario, where he completed most of his elementary and secondary education, graduating in 2015 in London Ontario. Jake grew up in a fully bilingual household. In his adolescence, Jake had command of both the English and French languages, often choosing poetry and song writing as methods of self expression. Jake quickly became a regular at the monthly Timmins Voices coffee shop open mic nights and was published in a quarterly feature at 15.
In 2013 Jake took a lead role and holds a lyricist credit in a stage production of “Aurore l’enfant martyre” by Léon Petitjean and Henri Rolin. Jake accomplished his goal of appearing in stage productions each year with supporting roles in Luc Boulangers “Corridors”(2014), Linda Woolverton’s, “ Beauty and the Beast” with music by Alan Menken (2015).
While in high school in Timmins, Jake had the pleasure of attending and participating in the Festival Théâtre Action en Milieu Scolaire; an annual school based francophone theatre festival with Ottawa and Sudbury as host cities. Jake participated in this festival for three years (2011-2014), performing as well as taking technical skill workshops in clown, juggling, acrobatics and other recognizable performance arts.
This experience fostered a desire to do more and in the interim, Jake took advantage of the time between to define his skill as a bartender and barista, building a new kind of performance from behind the service counter. In the fall of 2019, Jake began performing on stilts with Incirque and hopes to bring the flair bartending juggling show - Highball to the streets in the very near future.