Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

Actor, singer, activist Tom Jackson claims music is his first love. It was the social heartbeat of his early family life, and after being handed a guitar at age 10, he is rarely seen without a six-stringed instrument.

Tom has recorded 16 albums, and his rich bass baritone is recognizable to music and television fans across the country.  From Chief Peter Kenidi on the CBC hit series North of 60, to feature roles on Star Trek and Law & Order, he is ranked among the famous 50 personalities of the first 50 years of television in Canada.

Tom’s musical gifts have parlayed into his acting and philanthropic causes and his passion for creating change has generated over $200 million in combined cash/in-kind value for food banks, family service agencies and disaster relief.  Awarded both a Juno and a Gemini in 2007, Tom is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds Honorary Degrees from nine Canadian universities.  In 2014 he received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

Tom’s most recent CD “Ballads Not Bullets” and his book “364 – Timeless Wisdom for Modern Times” are raising money for the Canadian Red Cross, for which he is an Ambassador.

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Kristian Alexandrov

Kristian Alexandrov

Winner of the 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Award for Best Pianist, this accomplished Bulgarian pianist is definitely hitting his stride.

Kristian grew up in a family of musicians in Sofia, Bulgaria. At six years of age, he was accepted into the prestigious L. Pipkov School of Music where he completed twelve years of intense training as a pianist and percussionist. Kristian’s natural ability, extensive training and passion for performance enabled him to tour across much of Europe by the age of nineteen.

Since moving to Canada in 1995, Kristian has firmly entrenched himself in the Canadian music scene – as an active composer, performer, producer and musical director. Onstage Kristian has worked alongside some tremendous Canadian and International artists, including:  kd Lang, Eric Marienthal, Allen Vizzutti, Alain Caron, Bob Mintzer, Jackie & Kim Richardson, Wycliffe Gordon, The Canadian Tenors, Tommy Banks and All Star Brass. Kristian has also been the musical director for Jens Lindemann’s “BrassFire”, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Youth Singers of Calgary and recording artist Shannon Gaye.

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Vancouver-based singer/percussionist Shannon Gaye

Shannon Gaye

Vancouver-based singer/percussionist Shannon Gaye is delighted to be performing in the Huron Carole tour once again. Shannon has had the good fortune to be a part of many of Tom Jackson’s fundraising musical endeavours over the years.

Shannon has been busy touring in support of her latest CD “Little Wonder” – urban music with matter for the mind. “Little Wonder” pays homage to Soul and R&B, an acoustic gem with a modern spin. Music critics describe her as “the slender singer with the big soulful voice, the kind that knocks you for a loop.”

Shannon has performed her compelling brand of Acoustic Soul at festivals across the country and has completed eighteen cross-Canada tours. A number of her songs have been featured in TV series and films in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. Recent career highlights include performances in New York and Los Angeles alongside her longtime music partner Kristian Alexandrov.

Shannon and Kristian’s latest stage collaboration is titled “R.E.S.P.E.C.T”, a show celebrating trailblazing female artists of Soul, Rhythm & Blues.

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Beverley Mahood

Beverley Mahood

A successful singer, songwriter, actress, model, and television host, Beverley Mahood is truly a dynamic entertainer. She returned to radio/video, in 2013 with “Hope and Gasoline”, her first single in 4 years. Says Beverley – “Lyrically, for me, it speaks of returning to, and starting fresh, with my first love, music. My life has been interesting and somewhat challenging but music has always been the steadying influence”. A new studio album, also titled “Hope and Gasoline” is due out in late 2014. A new single, “Sunday I’m an Angel” is currently running up the charts at radio.

Though in many respects a seasoned veteran of the entertainment industry, Mahood’s career is set for a new beginning. Her past includes several albums, Girl Out of the Ordinary (1998), Moody Blue (2004), Unmistakable (2009) and a partnership with David Foster on the female trio, Lace (1999), each album as diverse and acclaimed as the entertainer herself.

Beverley’s audience broadened in 2004 when she began hosting TV shows, the latest being the hit, “Pick A Puppy”, a family-oriented series seen on CMT (Canada) and GAC (USA). Add this, to a lead role in the 2014 TV-movie, Changing Seasons; songwriting credits which include Celine Dion; a performance schedule that has included exclusive performance for the G8 World Leaders, CDN Troops, The Royal Couple; a commitment to community that rivals her passion for entertaining, and the unique character of Beverley and her career shines through.

Beverley is a devoted supporter of Canada’s Food Banks with a focus on children. “As artists, we have the privilege of a voice and a stage. We have a responsibility to use that privilege so those without can be heard. Children need that voice.” Beverley is currently the national spokesperson for the Pink Mitten Campaign (Breast Cancer Research); 2014 was her 17th year hosting Saskatchewan’s, Kinsmen, Telemiracle, and she has been part of the Magna family in their charitable endeavors since 1998.

At this years CCMA Award show weekend in Edmonton, Beverley was awarded with the “2014 SLAIGHT MUSIC HUMANITARIAN AWARD”

Born in Belfast, Beverley lives between Ontario and Nashville. “I am a proud Canadian, I can’t wink, I can’t whistle … but I love my hockey!”

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