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Thomas Kovacs

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Contact Email:

tom@thomaskovacs.com


Songs by Thomas Kovacs

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Region:

Greater Toronto Area

Level of Experience:

PROFESSIONAL

Genre:

Country | Folk | R&B | Rock

Biography:

“Congratulations … you passed the audition!!”

Several months later, in March 1991, Thomas Kovacs flew from Toronto to the island country of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf to perform for U.S. troops during Desert Storm.

Kovacs interrupted his jazz vocal studies at Humber College to be the lead singer for the newly formed rock/dance band Sister Moon. The band would play in the large two-hundred person bar of the Cunard Princess every night for the next five months ... close to 150 performances!

The Cunard Princess was a 900-passenger luxury ship on which U.S. soldiers would spend three days of rest and recreation away from the desert. Soldiers were not allowed to drink alcohol in Saudi Arabia so understandably the bar was their most popular destination! Performing for troops every night for five months was a tremendous influence in developing Kovacs as an entertainer.

In 1996, Kovacs began a nearly five year stint as the weekly house performer of the Kiwi Kick Restaurant in the trendy High Park area of Toronto. He built upon the skills he learned on stage in the Persian Gulf by singing for audiences who wanted to leave their workday behind for an evening of fun.

In 2001, he was invited to be the musician aboard an Adventure Canada cruise in the Arctic. Incredibly, the flight carrying AC staff and many passengers landed in Iceland on September 11, 2001, about six hours before the 9/11 tragedy.?
Since then, Kovacs has been the musician on board sixteen Adventure Canada cruises. He has traveled with guest passengers such as Margaret Atwood, Bill “Father Goose” Lishman, and Farley Mowat; cruises that took Kovacs and his singing talents to Iceland, Greenland, the Northwest Passage, many Inuit communities in Nunavut, as well as to Baja California and the Galapagos Islands. He is scheduled to return to the Arctic with Adventure Canada in July 2015.

In January 2010, Kovacs left his job as a computer programmer/analyst at Canadian Tire home office to pursue full-time his passion for music. In July of that same year, he graduated from the online Berklee College of Music with a Songwriting Specialist Certificate.

Shortly after, he spent two weeks in Nashville to learn more about the business of songwriting. While there, he sat in on five songwriting sessions with local writers and sang at several open stages including the famed Bluebird Cafe. He’s since been back to Nashville on three more songwriting trips.

In December 2013, Kovacs moved from his six-year home in the Caledon area to downtown Toronto where he now lives with the lady of his life, Cara — that’s when he’s not living in his car driving to and from shows in Barrie, Orangeville, Sauble Beach, Mississauga and Prince Edward County!

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