To call George Canyon “accomplished” would be the understatement of the century. Throughout his career he has won many awards, Juno Awards, CCMA Awards, and ECMA Awards to name a few, for his music, has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame, recorded 12 albums, regularly performs all over the world, and has acted in a number of films, television shows, and stage plays. He is a highly regarded humanitarian, strong supporter of the military, and, most important, a proud father and devoted husband.
Canyon’s tireless work as spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and his ongoing support for Canada’s Armed Forces has earned him much recognition. Among them, he was honoured with the Humanitarian Award by the Canadian Country Music Association, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and was also made the first ever Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets by The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defense.
Outside of his music and charitable work, many people might also recognize George for his numerous roles on the big screen. From Charlie Wells in the hit television show Heartland and the head forest ranger in Trailer Park Boys, to Bull Shelton in the Hallmark Channel’s highest-rated original movie “One Starry Christmas”.
George Canyon’s latest album, released on May 25th, is titled Southside of Heaven. His twelfth studio album, George was overjoyed to once again work with producer Jeff Johnson on this project. The pair have collaborated on twelve brand new tracks including “Better Off In Love” and featuring wonderful renditions of Stompin’ Tom Connors’ “The Hockey Song” and Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Guthro’s masterpiece “Falling”, with Guthro stepping in to provide guest vocals.
Why the name GhostBoy?
Have you ever watched Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks or Justin Beiber and been able to name the members in their band? The unknown heroes behind some of the most popular acts could be considered a Ghostboy.
Here we have just that. Denis Dufresne and Aaron Young (2 multiple award winning session and live players) met at 19 years old and had toured the world before the age of 22. World Instrumental Music was the genre and by the time they reached 25, had been played on every PBS station, documentaries and were part of “The Hottest Fiddle Show in the World” as dubbed by the Walt Disney Corporation.
The 2 moved on to explore other musical passions. Aaron became a sought after Guitarist and Vocalist in the Jazz community in Canada and Denis became a sought after player in the country music genre garnering him 5 CCMA’ awards for Instrumentalist of the Year. Together again, they are putting their superb playing, vocals and songwriting abilities together as Ghostboy. As country as The Eagles and as Rock as Blue Rodeo, the full band (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Fiddle and Mandolin) has been receiving rousing standing ovations wherever they play. This band separates the men from the boys…..and, rest assured, these guys won’t be Ghost’s for long!