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Coast To Coast Closeup – Jeff Orson

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August 23, 2019 at 9:58 am - Home, Coast to Coast Closeup
By Cal Gratton

The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by the Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt

Born in Niagara Falls, Jeff Orson received his first guitar as a Christmas gift at the age of six. An older cousin gave Jeff some basic lessons. He continued to play sporadically over the next three decades.

In the early spring of 2014, Jeff was diagnosed with colon cancer. After getting over the initial shock, Jeff once again turned to writing music for solace. A hospital custodian heard him playing from his bed during his recovery and urged him to take his music to the world. One tune seemed to lead to another and before long he had a catalogue of over 100 songs.

After receiving a clean bill of health, Jeff’s story was featured in the Toronto Star, followed by a bio segment on @Home TV. Playing at shows followed, where a loyal following began to emerge. Jeff’s fans appreciate his music’s straightforward style and relatable, heart-felt lyrics which are inspired by real life experiences. An artist with broad appeal, Jeff humbly aspires to compose authentic anthems for our times.

In June 2018, Jeff’s inspirational survivor story was extensively covered on national television and radio networks, including CTV and the CBC, as well as in major newspapers across the country as part of the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual drive to raise awareness of the need for regular screening and early detection in order to save lives. This coverage really solidified his credentials as a Canadian singer songwriter. 

Jeff played in New York City again in July 2018 and in August he made his Nashville debut. He has played numerous venues around the world. On the heels of successful features in Singapore, France and Sweden and a headline show at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern in 2016, Jeff has had a few busy years abroad with shows in Dublin (Ireland), London (UK), Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Honolulu and Mexico City. 

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