Bryce Thomas
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Bryce Thomas

Oakville, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | SELF

Oakville, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2002
Solo Rock Folk

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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"Bryce Thomas makes top 50 in CBC national music competition"

While Bryce Thomas’s two young children slept, he managed to write, perform and record a song that made the top 50 in a CBC national music competition.

The Oakville singer-songwriter was selected by CBC Music’s Searchlight 2018 judging panel as one of 50 entrants to move on to Round 2 of the contest, out of 2,000 entrants nationwide. Though he didn’t make the final cut to the national top 10 list (based on online votes), he was happy just the same.

“I’m simply thrilled at being selected as one of the top 50 nationally selected by CBC Music’s judges’ pick,” he said. “It’s an accomplishment made more notable by the fact my song wasn’t selected by number of votes, but by the CBC judges.”

His song, Midnight in the Garden, is a lovers’ waltz, and features him on piano — the first instrument he learned, at six years old. He can now play guitar, trumpet, drums, mandolin, accordion and harmonica.

At the time he recorded Midnight in the Garden, he had two children under two; Thomas and his wife Lisanne (who sings on his first album) are now parents of three children; Anélise, Blake and Chantale.

A songwriter most of his life, Thomas, 45, was in the Searchlight contest last year as well, but in a very different style — pop-punk. That song got him into the top 10 regional spot.

“Midnight in the Garden takes me back to my old roots,” he said.

“When I realized the judges picked me, that was even a better surprise, because I’m not a millennial who’s got a million YouTube followers,” he said, noting half the finalists were chosen by number of votes. “Basically I’ve got my kids, my family and my day job (for voters).”

Thomas, who grew up in Brampton, said he’s been flirting with the music industry most of his life and has always been a member of a band.

In fact, his first band got its wings in Grade 3, when they did a cover of Let’s Get Physical, and dedicated it to their phys-ed teacher.

Despite his love of music, he never decided to make it into a full-time gig.

“It’s something that I never really felt comfortable doing full time — it’s been more of a creative outlet for me, a way to express thoughts and feelings.

Midnight in the Garden was on his second album, which he produced five years after the first. He also shot a music video while walking down the street in Paris in 2016, and featuring his wife dancing.

When he’s not songwriting or singing, he’s busy with his own company. Since 2003, he’s been operating a brand-name communications and marketing business, and in 2013, he began a technology startup providing club management software for clubs and athlete tracking among clubs. - InsideHalton.com


Discography

IMMOVABLE FEAST (2017)
MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN (2012)
ONCE WERE EXPLORERS (2004)
501 NEVILLE PARK EP (1999)

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Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Thomas writes, performs, records, and produces his unique blend of folk, pop, and mariner rock. Bryce was a CBC Music Top 50 judges’ pick in Searchlight 2018 for his song, “Midnight in the Garden”, and a regional Top 10 finalist in Searchlight 2017 for his song “Suburban Wreck”.

Bryce is an adept story-teller, both in song and from the stage, energizing audiences with tales of love, life and libatious lingerings. He is equally at home delivering a captivating solo performance on piano and guitar, or as the front-man to his full-tilt rock ensemble.

Bryce's fourth album, Immovable Feast, continues his quest to inspire audiences through artfully-craft songs that blend the sounds of The Waterboys, David Bowie, Paul Simon, and Matthew Sweet.

When not caught in the tidal pull of the suburbs, Bryce traverses the murky depths of international stardom… a fable of his own making.