When Jim got his first guitar at the age of ten, the first song he learned was Gordon Lightfoot’s “That’s What You Get For Loving Me”. Today, twenty-five years after the formation of Blue Rodeo, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are widely respected as one of Canada’s best songwriting teams. In 1998, Jim released All in Time which went on to sell Gold in his native Canada. His next album, 2006’s The Light That Guides You Home, was released to critical acclaim and won the Juno for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. In 2011 Jim released Skyscraper Soul, his 3rd solo album. His voice, always a voluptuous instrument, has never sounded better and Cuddy proves once again that his songwriting ranks with the best Canada has to offer. In January 2018 Jim will release Constellation, his 4th solo album and will tour across Canada starting in February.
Blue Rodeo’s awards and honours include eleven JUNO Awards, the Governor General’s Award for Performing Arts, a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, membership in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, 15 SOCAN Classics Awards and National Achievement Award, and the keys to the City of Toronto. Jim Cuddy has received two JUNO Awards for his solo work and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.
The Caverners debuted in 1994 and have since been exciting audiences with their note for note perfect portrayal of The Beatles in concert. With authentic instruments, costumes and stellar vocals this all Canadian cast recreates an incredible performance night after night leaving audience screaming, stamping their feet and shouting for more.
David Clayton-Thomas began his amazing journey as a homeless street kid and developed into one of the most recognizable voices in music, to date selling over 40 million records. In 1996 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and in 2007 his jazz/rock composition “Spinning Wheel” was enshrined in the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. In 2010 David received his star on Canada’s Walk Of Fame.
Matt Dusk is one of Canada’s most beloved male vocalists, forging a career in music that has resulted in 4 critically-acclaimed studio albums. Dusk’s latest release, MY FUNNY VALENTINE: THE CHET BAKER SONGBOOK, pays homage to one of the most popular musicians of the twentieth century, Chet Baker. Dusk has been awarded two GOLD albums, one PLATINUM album, had three number one radio hits, and studied under jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson at York University.
Dubbed “the man of 400 voices”, André-Philippe Gagnon has won over audiences around the world with his note-perfect vocal impressions of musical entertainers spanning the history of popular music from Louis Armstrong to Psy of fleeting Gangnam fame. A veteran performer who has broken box office records and earned international critical acclaim, Gagnon has come a long way from his humble beginnings doing Tweety Bird impressions as a youngster in his native Quebec. By one recent estimate, he has delivered more than 5,000 shows to live audiences totalling some 6 million people in countries around the globe
Randy Bachman, is an Canadian singer, guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. He has earned over 120 gold and platinum album/singles awards around the world for performing and producing. His song writing has garnered him the coveted #1 spot on radio play lists in over 20 countries and he has amassed over 40 million records sold. Randy also hosts Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap on CBC.
Debby Boone, is an American singer, author, and stage actress. She is best known for her 1977 hit, “You Light Up My Life,” which spent a then record ten weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and led to her winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year
Chantal Kreviazuk is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Born in Winnipeg she is one of the most successful and popular contemporary music artists. Chantal’s sultry voice and lyrical skill have garnered her five Juno nominations and awards for “Best Pop Album” and “Best Female Artist”.
The Nylons, With seven gold & platinum recordings, this four member vocal group is a true international success story. Known for their great acappella sound, dazzling harmonies and smooth arrangements, The Nylons immense appeal has taken them across North America, Europe, Australia, China and Japan. The group is celebrating their 25th Anniversary in the recording industry with the release of their 14th CD Sterling. The Nylons continue to perform worldwide to passionate audiences and critical acclaim.
Leahy, a family of instrumentalists, singers, and dancers brings a rare level of originality and musicianship to the stage. Leahy writes, arranges, and produces thier own music which is known for their unique blend of musical styles and genres.
Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone, Peter Noone is touring in a group called “Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone”, delivering on stage and capturing the charm of the original band. Peter Noone appeared on the televised singing competition American Idol on 20 March 2007 as a mentor for the male contestants.
The Pointer Sisters, in recent years, has performed with some of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world, including San Francisco, Jacksonville, Atlanta’s symphony orchestra and the renowned Boston Pops. In 2003, Ruth’s daughter; Issa Pointer enthusiastically joined the group. Issa has been singing since childhood and is a natural performer. Over the years, she has occasionally joined her mother and aunts on the road and on stage–just for fun! Well, she’s all grown up now and has the vocal chords to prove it.
Jeff Healy Band is one of Canada’s most celebrated and accomplished musicians. With the original lineup intact, and after a 5-year absence, Healey and company returned with a vengeance.
Master Magician Greg Frewin is the first magician to have ever won all three of the top international world competitions held by the International Brotherhood of Magic (IBM), the Society of American Magicians (SAM) and the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM). For winning the prestigious “Triple Crown” Greg was named International Grand Champion of Magic by his peers.
As a kid in his hometown of Quebec City, André Philippe Gagnon did his first impression and he never looked back. In 1985, he brought his remarkable brand of vocal impersonation to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival and wide recognition soon followed. Gagnon’s voices span decades and genres, and whether he is doing Nat King Cole, Mick Jagger, the Beatles, R.E.M, or any one of the almost 400 people and characters he impersonates. Whoever he decides to bring, it is certain that André Philippe Gagnon will make it a starstudded and very entertaining evening.
Canadian singing icon Holly Cole and her famed trio kept the audience entertained. The Toronto Star and the University of Toronto won Corporate Awards. Paralympic athlete Daniel Wesley, Famous People Players’ Diane Dupuy and Henry Wohler, President of the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, won King Clancy Awards.
Energetic, Calgary-based troupe Barrage entertained. Senator Joyce Fairbairn, Wheelchair athlete Chantal Peiticlerc and CNIB President and CEO Jim Sanders won King Clancy Awards. CIBC and Bank of Montreal were Corporate Award Winners.
Singer Michelle Wright delighted fans. Stephanie Dixon, Lisa Franks and Patrick Jarvis won King Clancy Awards. Corporate Award winners were Greyhound Canada Transportation Corporation and UnumProvident.
Popular Canadian band Leahy was front-row-centre. Walter Gretzky, Terry Kelly and Stephanie McClellan won King Clancy Awards while Pfizer Canada Inc. and Scotiabank were Corporate winners.
Singer Jann Arden entertained and Kelly Klassen, Jim Knox and Frank MacIntyre won King Clancy Awards. Canadian Airlines and York University were Corporate Award winners.
Singer Neil Sedaka delighted everyone. Amy Doofenbaker, Joan Mactavish and Dave Shannon were King Clancy Award winners while Bell Mobility and Ford Motor Company of Canada won Corporate Awards.
Dionne Warwick sang her way into everyone’s heart. Jeff Adams, Jesse and John Davidson and Henry N.R. Jackman won King Clancy Awards. The Eaton Foundation and The Toronto Sun were Corporate winners.
TV star Bob Newhart was at his usual, hilarious, low-key best. Kurt Browning, Betty & Rolly Fox, Rhonda Mickelson and Dr. Robert Steadward won King Clancy Awards. The Corporate winner was General Motors.
Comedian Milton Berle left them laughing. Rob Snoek, Spencer Bevan-John and Jack Donohue won King Clancy Awards. Citytv and The Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co. were Corporate winners.
Catherine McKinnon and Comedian Don Harron delighted the audience. Reverend Robert L. Rumball and Joanne Bouw received King Clancy Awards while Via Rail Canada Inc. and Air Canada won Corporate Awards.
Entertainer Red Buttons graced the podium while Gary McPherson, Jeff Tiessen and Karl (Karlo) Hilzinger (post-humously) won King Clancy Awards. Chrysler Canada and Rogers Cable TV won Corporate Awards.
Impressionist Rich Little was at his outrageous best. David Onley and Dick Loiselle won King Clancy Awards while Imperial Oil and C.P. Hotels (Royal York Hotel) were corporate award winners.
Comedy duo, the Smothers Brothers, kept them laughing. Barbara Turnbull, Terry Fox (post-humously) and André Viger were King Clancy Award winners. The Corporate Awards were established and winners were the Royal Bank, IBM Canada and Bell Canada.
The velvet tones of singer Harry Belafonte filled the ballroom while Lieutenant Governor John Black Aird, Arnold Boldt and marathon swimmer Vicki Keith received King Clancy Awards.
Ageless, cigar smoking comedian George Burns was at his hilarious best while Rick Hansen, Jackie Rodger and Kerry Wadman won King Clancy Awards. A huge $798,000 was raised.
Comedian Bob Hope kept them laughing while Dinah Christie entertained. Robert Wilson Jackson, Beryl Potter and Mona Winberg won King Clancy Awards and an amazing $671,000 was raised.
The King Clancy Awards were created to honor individuals whose outstanding accomplishments have raised awareness of the potential of physically challenged persons. Richard Beecroft, Carl Hiebert and Ron Turcott won the inaugural awards.
Inspired by Terry Fox, Steve Fonyo ran coast-to-coast to raise funds and awareness for the physically disabled. He also helped to raise an additional $330,000 as guest at the Gala.