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

Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, Kristian is an accomplished pianist, drummer, composer & producer who has made Canada his home since 1995.

Growing up in a family of musicians, in Kristian’s home, music was revered and celebrated.  At six years of age, Kristian 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.

Recent career highlights include performances at the Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Eilat, Israel), Sochi Music Festival (Sochi, Russia), Bulgarian Embassy (Washington DC and New York, NY), Vibrato’s Jazz (Los Angeles, CA), International Trumpet Guild (Grand Rapids, MI), Brassfire at Benaroya Hall (Seattle, WA), All Star Brass (Banff Centre, AB) and the Order of Canada Big Band at Koerner Hall (Toronto, ON).

On the studio front, Kristian has been a part of two juno-nominated CD’s:  playing percussion and piano on Sweet Canadiana recorded by the Order of Canada Soloists (2017) and playing Hammond B3 and percussion on Legacy Live (2016) recorded by Jens Lindemann and Tommy Banks.  Most recently, he  co-produced and recorded piano & drums on Shannon Gaye’s Christmas CD Songs of Joy & Peace.

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Shannon Gaye

Shannon Gaye

Music critics describe her as “the slender singer with the big, soulful voice – the kind that knocks you for a loop.”

Recording artist Shannon Gaye has performed her compelling brand of Acoustic Soul at festivals across the country and abroad.  With seven albums to her credit, a number of Shannon’s 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.

This Vancouver-based singer/percussionist is delighted once again to be touring across the country with this great group of artists.  Shannon has had the good fortune to be a part of many of Tom Jackson’s fundraising musical endeavours over the years.

Shannon is thrilled to present her brand new Christmas CD Songs of Joy & Peace, a collection of songs she’s performed on tour with the Huron Carole over the years, as well as a few personal favourites.

This is the first time Ive recorded a CD comprised of songs written by other artists.  Many of these Christmas carols were composed over fifty years ago; in recording them, I was struck by the timeless beauty and power of song.”  – Shannon

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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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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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