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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Tom McKillip

Tom McKillip

Award-winning producer, musician, music director and event producer –Tom McKillip continues to collect accolades for his involvement in the Canadian music industry. Some of his most successful production credits appear on albums by multi-award winners Lisa Brokop, One More Girl, and Aaron Pritchett, whose first two albums yielded an unprecedented dozen top ten hits.

Tom’s name is well-known in Canadian music circles: his resume includes many years of touring both Canada and the US with artists such as Lisa Brokop, One More Girl and Susan Aglukark. For the past fifteen years he has also acted as music director for artist/humanitarian Tom Jackson O.C., assisting on his many charitable entertainment initiatives – a highlight being the annual cross-Canada Huron Carole aiding the Food Banks. In 2014 Tom performed with Tom Jackson in Ottawa when the latter was honored with the prestigious Governor General’s Award for ‘Lifetime Artistic Achievement’ at the National Arts Centre.

One of Tom’s career highlights was in 2007 when he travelled to France and acted as music director for the re-dedication of the Vimy Monument on the ninetieth anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The moving performance by the Canadian Forces Band left an indelible mark on Tom, and continues to motivate him today. He was inspired to create an entertainment initiative honoring Canada’s remarkable military history, and in 2015 his company was awarded a Department of Canadian Heritage contract to musically commemorate Canada’s significant military contributions on the world stage, resulting in the filming of an Ian Tyson performance of his classic “Four Strong Winds” with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Tom also served as music director of the CCMA’s nationally-televised annual awards show for twelve years. His involvement with that production saw him work closely with a multitude of Canadian artists including Michelle Wright, Paul Brandt, Susan Aglukark, Jann Arden, George Canyon, Gord Bamford, Brett Kissel and Tom Cochrane, and exponentially enriched his relationships within the Canadian music industry.

During the 2010 CCMA’s, Tom teamed up with Juno award-winning Kevin Churko, CMT and the Canadian Forces Band to produce and film a video tribute to the Canadian Forces called ‘Standing Strong and True’, which aired in November 2010 on CMT and has received over a million YouTube views to date. Not only is Tom a writer on the song, he also coordinated the production, recording and filming of the entire project, which featured a huge cast of country stars. Proceeds were directed to Boomer’s Legacy in support of families of fallen Canadian soldiers.

As a long-time believer in the incredible depth of the Canadian talent pool and the reformative power of music, Tom is passionate about involving himself in the many possibilities for change, awareness, connection and entertainment that can be created by Canadian music initiatives.

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Carly McKillip

Carly McKillip

Although only in her twenties, over the past same amount of years Carly McKillip has built an impressive resume in the entertainment industry that reflects her creative scope, talent, drive and accolades. Known as an Actress (multiple roles in movies and series including lead Alice McLeod in CTV’s critically acclaimed “Alice I Think”); Songwriter (dozens of co-writes with award-winning writers such as Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift), Sarah Buxton (Keith Urban), Jeff Trott (Sheryl Crow), Richard Marx and Linda Perry; Musician (multiple B.C.C.M.A. winner for “Keyboard Player of the Year” & three-time nominee of the corresponding C.C.M.A. award); Engineer/Editor (Small Town Pistols, The Fray, Jonathan Cain, Journey, The Timejumpers, John Oates); Producer (David James, The Heels, Warner Music recording artist Meghan Patrick for which she won the 2017 CCMA ‘Producer of the Year’); Carly is probably best known as Artist, being half of the multi-award winning Canadian country duo One More Girl with her sister, Britt.

Having grown up in a music industry family (dad Tom is an award-winning producer himself), Carly comes by her entertainment chops naturally.  With her background and experience as an artist, songwriter and musician, Carly brings great added-value to the process of making and performing music, not to mention superb creative vision.  In addition, she has been teaming up with CCMA ‘Guitar Player of the Year’, producer, band-leader (Dallas Smith) and husband, Darren Savard – pooling their formidable talents is proving to be a winning recipe.

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Suzanne Levesque

Suzanne Levesque – Over The Moon

Born in BC’s beautiful North Okanagan, Suzanne began her musical career at a very young age, performing with her family in The Levesque Family Band. Over the past 20 years, she has become an award winning instrumentalist/vocalist performing and recording with artists such as Gord Bamford, Charlie Major and Susan Aglukark, to name a few.  In 2011, her then group, The Traveling Mabels were honoured to receive the 2011 ACMA Group Of The Year Award.

That same year, she met Craig Bignell serendipitously, at one of Tom Jackson’s dinner parties and the two haven’t left each other’s side since. They found that they not only loved to be together, but they also loved to sing together.  Not only that…People loved when they sang together as well, so they started their own project called “Over The Moon”, an acoustic roots/swing duo.

With the release of their first album “Moondancer” they received  rave reviews from around the world, top 20 radio charting on BBC and interviews from as far away as the UK, Europe,  Russia and China. In fact, they have an 18 day tour of China starting in the middle of May 2019. Mandarin courses started in September 🙂

They are currently recording their 2nd album “They Can’t Blackout The Moon” due to be released on January 15th.

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Craig Bignell

Craig Bignell – Over The Moon

Multiple nominee and winner of CCMA’s Drummer Of The Year, Special Instrument Of The Year (banjo) and Backup Band Of The Year, Craig has enjoyed a very successful career recording and playing live concerts for some of today’s top artists and musicians.    Since 1995 he has been the driving force and music director for multiple Juno award winning Susan Aglukark’s concerts, using a unique blend of traditional drum kit and world percussion to recreate her beautiful CDs live.

Currently, he is focusing all of his time writing, recording and touring with his wife (Suzanne Levesque) with their  Longview, Alberta based roots/swing duo “Over The Moon”.

When you set up home in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, it’s inevitable there will be a strong sense of place and the rhythms of the land when you start to create music. The couples debut album “Moondancer”, mostly written and recorded on the ranch where they live, reflects the pulse of life, living in a territory that is rugged and beautiful.

Their music is a wild ride from 40’s western swing and Appalachian old-time, to cowboy blues, all featuring their meant-to-be vocals and the wide array of acoustic instruments they play.

Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are both award winning multi-instrumentalist/vocalist that have spent most of their lives as studio and live performance musicians for other artists. After they discovered that their voices blended together so well that people were often moved to tears upon hearing them sing together, they decided to try their own project.

Simple and sweet, from their song, “Moondancer” (given to them by their neighbor Ian Tyson) to “Turtle Mountain” which documents the 1903 Crowsnest Pass disaster known as the Frank Slide, all of their material seems to have a common thread that speaks the Canadian west.

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Darren Savard

Darren Savard

Darren Savard is an award winning first call session guitarist and bandleader based in Vancouver BC. His main gig is with multi-award winning country superstar Dallas Smith. Credits include, Deric Ruttan, One More Girl, Jason Blaine, Tom Jackson and many more. Darren has played on hundreds of studio recordings both as an electric and acoustic guitarist.

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