Canadian Coast To Coast is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza in Whitecourt.
My Special Guest is Jeff Orson.
Born in Niagara Falls, Jeff received his first guitar as a Christmas gift at the age of six. An older cousin gave Jeff some basic lessons and left him to it. 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, 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 recent years Jeff 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 had another busy year abroad in 2017 with shows in Dublin (Ireland), London (UK), Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Mexico City. 2018 has been even more eventful. Jeff’s music career passed a major milestone in March when he got his first ever radio play in the Maritimes. In June 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. In July he played in New York City again and in August he made his Nashville debut. August also saw additional radio play of his latest single in Canada’s second largest city, Montreal.
Over the past few years here in Canada Jeff has played in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto and at festivals like the Burlington Sound of Music. He is a previous recipient of a FACTOR Artist Development Subsidy. Jeff released his first EP entitled “California” in February 2016, and is currently working on a full-length album for release in 2019.