Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

There are entertainment legends, and then there is Tom Jackson, a triple-threat actor, musician, and activist whose achievements in each discipline are downright head-spinning. His career is unparalleled, not to mention wildly acclaimed, abundantly decorated, and almost ridiculously interesting. Heck, he could be a pub night trivia category all by himself.

It’s impossible to regard Tom’s music separately from the other aspects of his remarkable career which include (but are not limited to) countless marquee TV roles on hit shows like North of 60, Shining Time Station, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Law & Order.  Guest roles in Season 4 of Outlander and Season 3 of Cardinal aired in early 2019 and Season 3 of Red Earth Uncovered is due in 2020.   There are also movies, most notably the dark comedy thriller Cold Pursuit opposite Liam Neeson released worldwide in February.  Other onetime film compatriots include Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Kris Kristofferson, and Sissy Spacek (in 2012’s Deadfall), Bruce Greenwood (2005’s Mee-Shee: The Water Giant), and Bryan Brown (1999’s Grizzly Falls).

2018 marked the release of The Essential Tom Jackson, a dazzling two-disc, 21-track retrospective spotlighting his inimitable talent as a folk-pop singer/songwriter of the highest order and an artist intrinsically linked to the world around him, both the real and the ethereal.

Tom is understandably proud of all that.  Yet it is his extensive charitable work — in particular, helming the long-running Huron Carole Christmas concert tours – that is arguably his crowning achievement.  With $230 million in combined cash/in-kind value for food banks and disaster relief raised to date, it’s no wonder Tom, currently an Ambassador for the Red Cross, has been inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and received the 2007 Juno Humanitarian Award, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2014.

Multiple additional honours, including the 2007 Gemini Humanitarian Award, have been bestowed on him over the years.  But those above-mentioned three, perhaps more than any others, have cemented his status as one of Canada’s most influential, distinguished, and revered sons.

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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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Darryl Havers

Darryl Havers

Darryl Havers is a 40 year veteran of the Canadian music scene.  He is a first call session keyboardist in Vancouver since relocating from Winnipeg in 1990.  He has toured with such Canadian luminaries as Doug and the Slugs, Powder Blues Band, Colin James, The Bros Landreth, Long John Baldry, folk music icon Ferron and has been a member of Brickhouse for almost 20 years.  Darryl specializes on the Hammond organ but is equally well versed on piano, accordion and most anything with black and white keys.

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John MacArthur Ellis

John MacArthur Ellis

In addition to being an award winning multi-instrumentalist (acoustic/electric guitars, pedal steel, banjo, mandolin and keys) and songwriter, John MacArthur Ellis, is also one of Canada’s top record producers known for capturing the hottest sounds in the Americana, Alt Country, Folk, Singer/Songwriter and Roots Rock genres.

From playing $25 gigs at the age of twelve, to touring auditorium shows and major festivals around the world with artists such as Ferron, Aaron Pritchett, Ridley Bent, Bruce Cockburn, Doc Walker, Chad Brownlee, Barney Bentall, Chris Ronald, Leeroy Stagger and Colin James, John has made a name for himself both on the stage and in the studio as a session player.

While making his mark as a player, John also took to the studio to record all kinds of music for all kinds of artists leading him to becoming a highly sought out world class record producer. Over the past decade, John’s productions have appeared in the top ten on Canadian charts and his playing can be heard on award-winning television and films including the hit series Da Vinci’s Inquest, The Handler, and Intelligence.

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Kirby Barber

Kirby Barber

Kirby Barber, originally from Salmon Arm, BC now resides in Vancouver, BC and Nashville TN. Kirby has received the bass player of the year award at the BCCMA for multiple years and was a CCMA bass player of the year nominee in 2018/2019. She is also a two time Juno awards Nominee with the bluegrass group The High Bar Gang. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Asia and Europe with several artists from Canada and the USA. Kirby has also recorded Electric bass, Upright bass, and sang background vocals on several Canadian artist’s records. Recently she recorded background vocals on Barney Bentall and Shari Ulrich’s latest albums. She is currently found touring with artists such as Aaron Pritchett, Heidi Newfield, Barney Bentall, Shari Ulrich.

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Chris Nordquist

Chris “the wrist” Nordquist

Since the late 60’s Chris has been regarded by his peers as one of the most musical and versatile drummers around: fluent in many genres, and as entertaining to watch as he is satisfying to listen to.

Affectionately nicknamed “The Wrist” many years ago by his admirers, he has performed with many blues legends including: Big Mama Thornton, Louisiana Red, Robert Lockwood Junior, Taj Mahal, Shuggie Otis, Guitar Shorty, Pine top Perkins, Big Joe Duskin, John Hammond Jr, Jay Mc Shann, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Lloyd Glenn, The Shirelles, Katy Webster, Bo Diddley and recently (2017), with John Primer (from the great Muddy Waters band ) and most recently with Rick Vito from Fleetwod Mac.

His recording archives read like a who’s who of Canadian Blues, Roots and R&B musicians including:  Long John Baldry, Colin Linden, Will Millar, The Irish Rovers, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Tillers Folly, John Lee Sanders, Big Dave Maclean, Hans Staymer, Roy Forbes, Connie Kaldor, Colin James, Billy Cowsill, Murray Porter.

Chris has been nominated multiple times for the “Maple Blues Drummer of the Year” and is currently The Artistic Director of the Pender Harbour Roots and Blues Festival.

Chris is a very busy, working musician  involved in a number of projects in western Canada.  He lives with his wife in Vancouver.

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