Thank you to everyone who made Tom Jackson’s Stories, Songs & Santa Causes such a resounding success at the Arts & Letters Club in Toronto.
On December 9th, a packed house enjoyed Tom’s renditions of holiday classics and original tunes.
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.
You’ll never hear Tom begin or end any sentence “when I’m retired”. He thrives as a people
whisperer, a thoughtful collaborator in all facets of his work, and a force for positivity. His stride
matches his 6’5” frame.
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.
It’s impossible to regard Tom’s music separately from the other aspects of his remarkable career
which include (but not limited to) countless marquee TV roles on hit shows like North of 60,
Shining Time Station, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Law & Order and Red Earth Uncovered.
Guest roles in Season 4 and 6 of Outlander, Cardinal and Supergirl keep the phone ringing. Up
next for Tom is Sullivan’s Crossing, a 5-season series set for release on CTV/Crave in 2023.
There are also movies, lots of movies, including the dark comedy thriller Cold Pursuit opposite
Liam Neeson. The Irish actor joins a long and very boldface list of onetime Tom Jackson
colleagues — also including but not limited to — 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). Notably, many small- and big-screen parts have leveraged
Tom’s Indigenous heritage for their dynamic characters; still others have employed his mellifluous
tones for voiceovers.
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 for Canadian food banks plus
multiple other initiatives — that is arguably his crowning achievement. The act of giving comes
naturally and spreads easily with his indefatigable energy to be on the look-out for those in need.
2020 was no exception as he produced and hosted the 12-episode online variety series Almighty
Voices where artists and thought leaders delivered performances and messages to create joy,
health, and dollars for Unison Benevolent Fund, a charitable agency providing emergency relief
services to the Canadian music community. The Huron Carole toured virtually on Zoom and
YouTube in 2020 and 2021 and will continue in 2022 for various agencies as they search for
creative ways to connect and remedy a dramatic loss of donors. Tom begins a new Christmas
show and tour across Canada – “Stories, Songs & Santa Causes” – in November 2022 with
“causes” once again at the forefront. With over $250 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, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, and in November 2020
promoted to Companion – the highest designation within the order.
Multiple additional honours, including the 2007 Juno and Gemini Humanitarian Awards,
Playback’s Radio & Television Hall of Fame, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award
for Lifetime Artistic Achievement have been bestowed on him over the years contributing to his
status as one of Canada’s most influential, distinguished, and revered sons.
“I am of the opinion that art is the single most powerful vehicle for change in the history of the