In 1999, Mark Pezzelato began to create and record music for Vanek. Since those early beginnings, he has written over 100 songs, played all instruments (drums, guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals) on 3 full length albums; "Vanek Self-titled Debut", "Open Arms (Acoustic Ablum)", and "Beyond Recognition" and played over 30 shows. The development of Vanek has seen many changes, one of those is becoming a full 5 piece band including two drummers. Noteably, 2009, was a monumental year for Vanek with much growth and success happening very rapidly.
In February, Mike Crombez joined Vanek and became an instant fit. Cody Rosenstein, (a former co-op student at Pezmosis Music Productions) was brought onboard in late March 2009.
A short time later, the trio found themselves beginning to play shows in the Newmarket, Ontario area.
Kieran Fay came to meet Pezzelato also as a co-op student at Pezmosis. He joined Vanek in June 2009. Fay began to master the music of Vanek so the band could play as a 4 piece for a show in Ottawa that was only about a month away from the time he joined. As the final member of Vanek, Mike Capobianco joined the ensemble in October 2009, with the intention of being background percussion, that soon evolved into being a full time second drummer. Vanek now plays to capacity crowds at many venues throughout the GTA.
The band has just recently finished recording an EP with producer Simon Head. Recording took place at Pezmosis Music Productions, consisting of the tracks: 6 Feet, Bodies, and Without Fail.
The main influence for Vanek's music is Pearl Jam. The musical sound of Vanek is a combination of Neil Young, The Tragically Hip, and early Arctic Monkeys. It is from early days in 1918 when Jesse Vanek opened a corner store in Oak Ridges, Ontario. With the help of her family, Jesse went on to operate a summer camp for kids on Lake Wilcox. It is from this mission of love and respect that the music of Vanek lives.