The Rock'N Resiliency Project combines the power of storytelling with live music - a rock concert with a message. Using my most requested conference keynote "The Road to Resiliency", with songs that compliment the message of overcoming adversity.

One of the things that makes this even more powerful is that the musicians are high school students; high school students inspiring high school students. Our band 'Aside from Sorrow' have been working on original and cover songs that both depict the struggles of adolescence and that inspire hope.

Click below to view sample of "The Road to Resiliency":

What People are Saying

Jim Burchell, Principal, Brooks High School, Brooks, Alberta

Our students loved your presentation Troy and your resilience message came through beautifully. In their words, “This is our first time with a live rock band at school - it was awesome! The music that Aside From Sorrow performed was amazing: they played songs that spoke to me.” The staff are fans too and they were right up front with the kids dancing. It was a rock concert atmosphere with a powerful message. Thank you for kicking off our Student Relationship and Wellness Fair in such a memorable way!

JoJo, Student, Spruce Grove Composite High School, Spruce Grove, Alberta

I just wanted to say that I absolutely loved your presentation. Thank you for choosing us at SGCHS for Aside from Sorrow’s first show. I had a blast being up front with my friends singing along to every song. Your unique approach to sharing with us helped us keep our focus throughout the duration of the show. Thank you so much for the awesome show and good luck in the future with Pepsi and wherever your lives may take you.
Amy, Student, Spruce Grove Composite High School, Spruce Grove, Alberta

You helped me be more open to the option of expressing what’s inside. You gave me inspiration mentally and musically. You taught me that no matter what you go through, there is something deep down in everyone that lets us forgive the people that have done us wrong. Keep on Rockin Man. Syched to hear your upcoming original Tunes!

Kristyn, Student, Spruce Grove Composite High School, Spruce Grove, Alberta

Thank you for allowing Spruce Grove Comp to be the first to see Aside from Sorrow perform the Rock’N Resiliency Project. The experience was one I won’t forget. Your story and message were extremely powerful to me. I can’t tell you how many times I have listened to the songs on the set list after having an argument with my mom. The fact that you were able to share your story with a room full of strangers makes me feel more comfortable with knowing that my situation can be bad sometimes but people who have been through much worse, they can still become such inspirational people like you.

The Band: Aside From Sorrow

Troy Payne

Music has always been Troy's escape. Troy is a singer and guitarist. He loves all genres including punk, folk and metal. His influences are Led Zepplin, Bob Marley and the Eels.

Jordan Ewasiuk

Jordan has been playing guitar since he was 8 and is the lead guitarist for Aside from Sorrow. He has been heavily influenced by guitarists such as, Slash, Santana, Doug Aldrich, and John Petrucci.

Mark Lawlor

Mark plays drums for Aside From Sorrow. He's been drumming for 7 years and is influenced by drummers such as Matt Griener, Niel Peart and Daniel Williams.