Carl Dixon’s stellar rock voice has made him one of the most sought after rock musicians in North America. In 1983, Carl sealed his first international record deal with CONEY HATCH as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter. The Canadian hard rockers opened for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest’s North American tours; also Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Accept, Rush, Krokus and many more. Four decades on CONEY HATCH has just signed a new album deal and continues to tour in Canada, US and Europe. Carl’s impressive vocals saw him signed to The Guess Who for eight years after Burton Cummings left the band. Carl also opened for, and toured in, April Wine for four years.
Carl’s written music for film and television including Jersey Girl, Baywatch, Degrassi, Tornado Hunters, Dawson’s Creek and The Saddle Club. In 2008 a high speed car accident in rural Australia almost killed Carl. That accident left him comatose for 10 days with 52 injuries and a traumatic brain injury. Against the odds he’s returned to music and a career that continues to flourish. His wide playing repertoire is a feature of his seemingly inexhaustible solo show. Carl plays hits from the bands he’s been part of and songs that shaped his teen years in the 1970s. Carl makes one man, one guitar, one voice sound like an entire band.
The Guess Who Alumni band
Carl also tours in The Guess Who Alumni band – featuring former members of The Guess Who, including golden era members who co-wrote those Guess Who classics.
THE GUESS WHO ALUMNI is a musical ride through the iconic hit songs of THE GUESS WHO, in a two hour foot stomping night of entertainment. Performed by former band members who were in The Guess Who. Led by Carl Dixon who remains one of Canada’s stellar rock voices. Carl Dixon was asked to join The Guess Who after Burton Cummings left the band. Carl was lead singer for a total of eight years until a terrible car accident forced him out of the role. Today his powerful vocals and stage presence breathes new life into the Guess Who hits, staying true to the original sound. THE GUESS WHO ALUMNI features Bill Wallace who wrote some of those famous Guess Who chart busters and his long time friend and band mate Donnie McDougall from The Guess Who glory days and reunion tour. On drums is Mark Santer of Canadian rock band Santers, who subbed for Garry Peterson, and brilliant guitarist Laurie MacKenzie, who was in The Guess Who for eight years. Together it’s an uplifting night of music, harmonies and stories from top musicians who have played in The Guess Who.
“The first 45 I ever bought was The Guess Who. That music inspired me! I’m honoured to still play these great world class songs and bring it to you.”
– Carl Dixon 2023
Carl Dixon remains one of Canada’s stellar rock voices. He’s a musician and keynote speaker. Carl joined CONEY HATCH in the 80’s opening for Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Accept and Rush. Four decades on CONEY HATCH are still rocking. They performed at Sweden Rock Festival June, 2023 and have a new album and a slate of shows across Toronto, NY and Germany this year.
Carl Dixon Speaker Bio
Carl Dixon is a Canadian rock musician and inspirational speaker.
His career took off opening for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest’s North American tours at age 23 – but his life nearly ended in Australia. As lead singer of The Guess Who, Carl was in a high speed car accident, almost torn to shreds on a remote rural road. Carl Dixon’s incredible survival story, emphasizes that the small decisions we make have life changing consequences. Rescuers believed that with 52 injuries and traumatic brain injury there was no chance of Carl’s survival. Surgeons expected Carl may never walk, talk or even see again let alone play music on the world stage. Carl shares his inspiring lessons learned from standing in front of 20,000 people to not being able to stand at all. Then, to make an incredible recovery. Carl weaves music into the narrative. His talk is suited to any groups wanting to:
• Improve safety
• Inspire renewal after hard times
• Emphasize the value in teamwork.
Carl Dixon's Presentation:
How to Get Back Up – 50 minute keynote
Carl Dixon shares stories, from his rockstar journey across three decades to the tale of his body-mangling MVA, with song performances and brief video clips to illuminate the key points. He takes the audience on an emotional journey with humour, insight and poignancy that will make the listeners think differently about how to meet adversity and undertake reinvention.
He teaches his S.T.A.R.T. formula to help people build Mental Strength, Resilience, Reinvention, Commitment and Focus. *S.T.A.R.T. offers a simple and easy compass to help build or renew.
S.T.A.R.T. is the central philosophy of Carl Dixon’s speech. It’s an idea that came to him in an Australian hospital during months of recovery following his devastating motor vehicle accident. Carl sustained 52 serious injuries including traumatic brain injury. Rescuers and surgeons believed if he survived he would never walk or talk again and he’d likely be blind. Carl’s S.T.A.R.T. is about much more than increasing performance in the workplace. Cause and effect… people who are more inspired, aware and committed will naturally be more productive.
Carl takes your audience on an emotional journey that will make them think differently about adversity.
Carl Dixon’s credentials backup every word of his talk. He made a career navigating the peaks and valleys of one of the toughest professions. From one milestone and achievement after another, in spite of heartbreaks and huge setbacks, Carl Dixon has the wisdom and experience to share deep insights on getting through hard times. Carl was assessed as having a 75% loss of ability following his accident and brain injury, yet he flourishes today. His showmanship and open candour bring a compelling energy to the speaker platform.
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