has been working in the arts since the mid nineteen-nineties. Maxwell was formally trained in music theory, piano and choral for nine years at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto. After graduating he began to use his training in a less formal setting, namely starting band he would lead to international critical acclaim over the next decade. From the age of eighteenMaxwell fronted The Deadly Snakes. He not only managed the band but undertook a large part of the songwriting duties and almost all musical arrangements. The band recorded and released four records over ten years, the last two produced by McCabe-Lokos himself. Their fourth record, Porcella, was shortlisted for the esteemed Polaris Music Prize in 2006, but ironically, at theheight of their popularity, the band broke up before the winner was even announced.
Touring and recording with The Deadly Snakes began to interfere with his growing success as an actor. He had begun acting while still in the band, in 2003, first in television and eventually moving into film. Recognized for his innovative work in critically acclaimed films such as Lars and the Real Girl, The Tracy Fragments, and Mouth to Mouth Maxwell showed a specific talent as a character actor; always playing against type and with a noted originality.
Since 2009 Maxwell has started to hone his skills as a scriptwriter and filmmaker. His first feature script, The Graduates, (co-written with award winning director Kelly Harms) is currently in development. He has written several shortfilms, including Paris 1919, which he also directed. Judging from Maxwell’s successes in the above mentioned fields, and considering his substantial experience as an actor, there is no doubt he will prove to be one of Canada’s finest upcomingfilmmakers.