2013 Directors Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Récipiendaire du Prix « Oeuvre de toute une vie » du Conseil d’administration 2013
Ken Tobias is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer songwriters with a career that has spanned over four decades. Ken reached national prominence in the 1960’s as a cast performer on the Canadian television series Music Hop and on Singalong Jubilee. Early in his career Ken moved to Los Angeles where his first record, “You’re Not Even Going to the Fair”, was produced by Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers.
Everyday throughout North America and Asia the songs of Ken Tobias are heard on Classic Radio. Ken’s songs still resonate and bring joy to listeners because they are easily remembered. Songs like “Dream #2”, “I Just Want To Make Music”, “Every Bit of Love”; Give A Little Love”, Fly Me High, New York City and “Stay Awhile” are staples at radio. The Bells’ recording of his song “Stay Awhile” became an international hit, selling over two million copies and reaching No. 7 on the Billboard charts. His credits include: nine award winning songs, ten charted songs, five songs documented by SOCAN for over 100,000 radio airplays in Canada and one song with 2-million worldwide sales by various artists in several languages. Throughout the 1970s Ken recorded and released several albums on labels such as MGM/Verve, Polygram and Attic Records. In the ‘80s Ken went independent and continued to record, perform and produce. Ken’s talents go well beyond his achievements in music. Now based in his hometown of Saint John, New Brunswick he is also an accomplished visual artist with hundreds of his paintings now hanging in homes in Canada and the United States.