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Dave Carroll and Jon Park-Wheeler

Dave Carroll

Dave Carroll is an award winning singer-songwriter, professional speaker, author and social media innovator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He began his music career with his brother Don in the band Sons of Maxwell and has been enjoying success as a solo artist since 2008.  He released his debut solo album Perfect Blue in 2008 and a second solo album in 2012 called Raincoat in Vegas. For over two decades, Dave has charmed fans with his approach to music. His ability to extract the essence of a message and craft it into song is a rare gift that is attracting fans of all ages, while his sense of humour and disarmingly warm stage presence makes each live experience a memorable one for audiences around the world.

Known as a master storyteller, Dave’s incredible talent was introduced to millions when his 2009 anthem United Breaks Guitars became a worldwide sensation. The song chronicled his experience in the customer service process with United Airlines. His creative use of social media to share that message as an Independent Musician, has reached over 150 million people. As the #1 most watched YouTube Music Video in the world in July 2009, United Breaks Guitars has been called ‘one of the most important [videos] in Google’s history,’ and became a metaphor for change and innovation. Dave Carroll and United Breaks Guitars are now recognized as ‘household names.’ United Breaks Guitars won the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Video of the Year Award and Dave Carroll was award the 2009 Music Nova Scotia Digital Artist of the Year. Dave was also nominated for the 2010 ECMA for Entertainer of the Year.

Jon Park Wheeler

Jon Park-Wheeler is one of Canada's most versatile and experienced session guitarists, who has in addition been writing songs and producing records for over two decades. He has worked as a puppeteer on a long-running television series, and for a few years contributed regularly to the music industry bi-monthly magazine Muzik Etc.

As an aspect of his musical career, Jon has appeared frequently on television. There have been five "True North" specials for CBC, multiple appearances on each of Dini Petty, Canada AM, and "Open Mike" with Mike Bullard. In addition, he has performed on Canada Day on Parliament Hill, worked as a staff guitarist for a great many telethons, and appeared in a variety of specials. Jon was house guitarist on CTV's "Spirit of the Country" series, and Dominic D'Arcy's musical sidekick on the CHRO series "D'Arcy's Beat". In addition, he was the puppeteer on the popular CTV/YTV children's television show "Marie Soleil" for all one hundred and thirty episodes of it's run.

Over the years, Jon has performed live with the following artists on a regular basis: Colin Amey, Susan Aglukark, Tracey Brown, Stephanie Beaumont, the Sons of Maxwell, Caroll Baker, the Family Brown, and Tudjaat, to name a few.


Opening with Sarah Mariko Skinner

Later Event: January 29