Tim Tamashiro to be given an RDC Honorary Degree during 51st Convocation Ceremony
Host of CBC Radio’s Tonic and Red Deer College alumni, Tim Tamashiro will receive an Honorary degree in Interdisciplinary Studies during RDC’s Convocation celebrations on Friday, June 5.
Tim Tamashiro is a self-described jazz evangelist. Since choosing music as his life’s work, Tim has been a supporter and champion of jazz artists throughout Canada and around the world. His contributions to Alberta’s arts and culture scene are plentiful.
Tim grew up in Blackfalds. Being Japanese in a small town in rural Alberta presented both challenges and opportunities. Above all, it helped Tim embrace the thought that standing out from the rest of the world might be a good thing.
Tim always had a love of music but it wasn’t until high school that he chose it as his life’s work. He auditioned for Red Deer College and after spending his summer learning basic music theory, he was accepted in 1986.
After two rewarding years at RDC, Tim began building a career that has enriched the vibrancy of the arts community across Canada. As a building block, he worked as a representative for MCA Records out of Edmonton. He sold millions of dollars of music, got to hang out with rock stars and visited with the music staff every day. In the evenings, Tim spent his time singing jazz standards with The Jump Street Orchestra throughout Alberta.
After a brief period living in Vancouver, Tim returned to Alberta, this time to live in Calgary. It was during this period that Tim pursued his passion of playing music. After playing in a local jazz group, Tim branched out on his own to record his debut album called “Wiseass Crooner”. Soon Tim was touring throughout Canada promoting the album.
Tim continued to perform over the next several years, specializing in executive entertainment, including singing and acting as Master of Ceremonies at events for business and world leaders. He has sung for Prime Ministers and royalty, even performing for Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2007, CBC came calling. The Corporation was looking for a host of a yet unnamed jazz show for the launch of the ‘new’ CBC Radio 2. They had heard about Tim’s delivery style and believed that he could host a show with jazz music for all Canadians. Tim was hired for a four month trial period for the weekend portion of the new show, Tonic. In 2012, he became the full-time host six nights a week.
As a radio host, Tim sees himself as a conduit between jazz artists and jazz listeners. His role allows him to shine the spotlight on some of the great Canadian jazz talent and has truly created a community for jazz lovers in Canada.
Tim lives in Calgary with his wife and two children. He continues to be a leader in discovering and supporting Canadian jazz talent. His radio show allows him to share his music education and love of jazz with Canadians and he continues to perform with many of the artists he supports on the radio in cities and towns across Canada.
Red Deer College bestows an Honorary Degree upon a notable individual who has made an indelible contribution through advancing social, cultural or economic development in a way that has had significant impact for RDC and the region of central Alberta. This will be the second Honorary Degree granted by RDC with the first being provided to Mr. Morris Flewwelling in 2014.
Red Deer College will recognize Tim Tamashiro with the Honorary Degree during Convocation ceremonies on June 5 at Westerner Park.
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