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.