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It seems like every celebrity dabbles in philanthropy. But Tom Jackson has been walking his charitable talk for 20 years, crossing the breadth of Canada with his guitar and filling food banks along the way. He's back with a new Christmas CD and the latest incarnation of his annual charity tour.
You might know Tom Jackson best as an actor. His TV and film roles span sci-fi, horror, and one of the most beloved shows in the history of the nation. It was on 'North of 60' that Tom became a household name. A tragedy on the set of that show sent him reeling. He responded with the Dreamcatcher Tour, a series of workshops and empowerment seminars that took on suicide in Aboriginal communities.
Tom's always been socially conscious. His Huron Carole and Singing for Supper series of concerts raised millions for Canadian Food Banks, and showcased his first love - music. Tom's recorded 15 albums, two of which have received Juno nods. But he still found the time between studio sessions to organize relief efforts for Alberta prairie farmers and cattle ranchers, and Manitoba flood victims.
His work has been recognized with national accolades. He's an Officer of the Order of Canada, received Humanitarian Awards at the Junos and the Geminis and he's been the Chancellor of Trent University since 2009. Back in December, Tom embarked on a new fundraising concert series. It was called 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime'. He'll talk about that tour, as well as what's next for Canada's wide-hearted troubadour...