" To understand the talent that is Beau Dixon is to see him
as well as hear him. As a singer, he is bigger-than-life,
aided by a tall frame and a soul-searing voice that reaches
the far side of the room and threatens to blow out the doors
on exiting. As an actor, he has honed his craft well,
delivering, through his oratory, expression and actions, in
most convincing fashion. "
Paul Rellinger, Peterborough This Week
Beau Dixon is a musician / singer / songwriter / producer / actor / director and playwright raised in Canada and
currently based in Peterborough, Ontario. Beau developed his passion for performance at an early age, singing and
playing piano at church services and in school plays. This passion is evident in his body of work and sustains his
commitment to his art.
Beau is a storyteller who crafts his songs based on personal experience. The melodies incorporate a familiar roots
feel that encourages the listener to engage in these experiences and to explore the thread that links their life with that
of this talented performer.
Stylistically Beau's music has been called "soul flavoured urban folk" with such eclectic influences as Shuggie Otis,
Stevie Wonder and Van Morrison. It is pop with an edge. Folk with a beat. Soul with flavour.
He began his professional music career immediately following high school while living in Ottawa, touring the province
with the popular 'Freeway Band'. In 1993, he moved to Toronto to sing in numerous bands (Whetherman Groove Tube,
The New Deal, One Step Beyond, Gypsy Soul, One, Woebegone). While touring the folk festival circuit, he performed in
Peterborough, met Willie P. Bennett, Fred Eaglesmith and fell in love with the Kawartha region. While staying in
Peterborough, he was hired as apprentice producer for a reputable jingle company called Davinci Marketing
(Alarmforce, Fleming College, Nadeau's Collision, Call A Cab, Kidspot, Lampton Mall...) Beau has shared the stage
with a wide range of artists; Serena Ryder, Chili Gonzales, Ronnie Hawkins, from Raffi to Eric Burden, Prairie Oyster
and Willie P. Bennett to The New Deal and Feist.
As a producer, engineer and private music instructor, Beau has been operating out of Sound Kitchen studio located in
He has three solo albums under his name (purchase on itunes), as well as numerous production credits.
Beau's second full-length CD, "from here to east city", was recorded in Ottawa at the legendary Little Bullhorn Studio
with co-producer/ engineer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Jim Bryson, Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars). A few
tracks were recorded in a church somewhere in Peterborough, and some wonderful mixing was done by Joa
Carvallho at Umbrella Sound in Toronto. "from here to east city" is full of gutsy soul, and raw rootsy rhythms.
Beau has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe and USA performing as a solo artist and with other musical
Not only is Beau an accomplished musician, but he has also been working on film, television and theatre as an actor,
playwright, director and producer for the past twelve years.
He is artistic director and co-founder of Firebrand Theatre. His plays have toured throughout Canada and have been
translated into French. Over four thousand people have attended his plays. He has just finished an exciting position as
Apprentice Music Director with Obsidian Theatre (Toronto, Ont.) and Shaw Festival (Niagara On The Lake, Ont.)
At present, Beau is splitting his time between acting, playwriting and other musical endeavours. Visit the News
section to find out more about Beau's projects.
A few highlights of Beau's awards, appearances, and festival performances:
Nominations & Awards:
WIRE Magazine (Keyboards 2012)
Peterborough's Pathway Of Fame (2011)
Emerging Artist Award 2004 (Peterborough Folk Festival)
FACTOR (Showcase Support 2002)
Toronto Arts Council (Music Creators & Composers Grant 2002)
WIRE Magazine (Best Male Vocalist 2001)
WIRE Magazine (Songwriter, Single Act, and Keyboardist 2000)
Basketball City 2003
CityTV Breakfast Television July 22nd 2002
CBC Radio - Featured Artist on various shows 2002
CIUT 89.5 - featured artist on "What is Hip" 2002
CFFF 92.7FM - Trent University Peterborough Radio On-Air Host for "Strictly Canadian"
CityTV Fashion Television - airplay of Hangin' On and All My Friends
Harbourfront Toronto "Kick up Your Heels" - Mainstage Headliner July 2002
Hillside Festival Guelph - Workshop 1999
Peterborough Folk Festival - Performances & Workshops 1999-2004
Killaloe Festival - MC & Mainstage 1999-2002
Ottawa Urban Music Fest 2001
Dub Collective Festival 2004
Photo by Corianna Heise
Photo by Evan Holt