Born: September 23, 1965 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Tim Tamashiro loves jazz, strengths, food, life and new ideas. Many know “Tim Tam” as the national weekend host of Tonic on CBC Radio 2 but Tim is also involved in many other aspects in entertainment. He is a well known speaker and host for events throughout Canada. Sometimes he even sings.
Over the years, Tim has released many recordings starting back in 1995 with his debut album “Wiseass Crooner”. This little big band recording started not only his recording career but also the producing career of Dave Pierce who has gone on to produce music for some of the biggest entertainment properties in the world. (See www.davepiercemusic.com for more info.)
Tim went on to record two additional albums in 1999: Ai(Love) and Love at Christmas. His experience as a “record geek” with MCA Records Canada several years earlier paid off when he landed a deal with La Senza Lingerie to sell his Christmas album in 192 stores across Canada. He immediately followed up with a Valentines day recording for La Senza as well.
In 2004, Tim recorded an project that would allow him to combine his upbringing with country music and his love of jazz. Tim Tamashiro and his Bonanza Little Big Band was born and a CD called “Big Ball’s in Cowtown” was released. On the album, Tim performed along side legendary country crooner Ian Tyson for “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie”. One track from “Big Ball’s in Cowtown” even went on to be on an Alberta music compilation for The Smithsonian Institute.
Tim is often called upon to act as MC / entertainer for world, political or business leaders across Canada. He is married to his wife Michelle and has two children. He calls Calgary home.