Dave has performed throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, UK, and Europe and appeared at huge festivals such as Bonnaroo (USA), Glastonbury (UK), Alive Festival (Portugal), Nuke Festival (Austria), Blues and Roots (Australia), Austin City Limits (U.S.). He has also played major television performances including “Live at the Chapel” in Australia, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in Los Angeles. He has also recorded with Xavier Rudd on the film score for the major motion picture “Surfer, Dude”, starring Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson.
Dave attended York University (Toronto, Canada) and Berklee (Boston, USA) and has studied with Bob Tamagni, John Ramsey, Bob Weiner, Trichy Sankaran, and Gary Tomlin.
Dave currently is performing with Nine Mile, Brian MacMillan, Dayna Manning, Trent Severn, and Danny Michel as well as keeping up a busy schedule of sessions, teaching, and other musical endeavors. In the past Dave has performed with Dayna Manning, Trent Severn, Emm Gryner, Nine Mile, Villas, Melissa Larkin, Danny Michel, Xavier Rudd, Brian Macmillan, Peter Katz, Michael Franti, and Ted Russell Kamp
Dave Tolley loves Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Promark Drumsticks, Evans Drumheads, Fat Congas Cajons, Korg's Wavedrum and Native Instruments' Maschine.