Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 27 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award Winning singer, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences, Jackson’s also is an excellent songwriter, and there are plenty of his songs on many of the groups recordings. He’s also a fine harmonica player, and a special highlight of the band’s performances is a harp duet with Mr. Downchild. Chuck is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual award winning Tim Hortons Southside Shuffle Blues and Jazz Festival which has become an major event on the North American festival circuit. He is also the Artistic Director of Wasaga Beach Blues, the excellent new blues event in Wasaga Beach every September. With Downchild he has been nominated for 5 Junos and in 2014 won the Juno for Blues Album of the Year for their CD Can you hear the Music. Chuck has been nominated 7 times and won the Maple Blues Award, Male Vocalist of the Year twice. In 1999 and 2007. He was also honoured in 2002 with the Toronto Blues Society’s prestigious Blues With a Feeling Award for his achievements during a distinguished career. In 2012 Chuck received the prestigious Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2013 was inducted to the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame and Mississauga Legends Row. In 2016 Chuck will be touring across Canada with The Legendary Downchild Blues Band and The Last Waltz – The Music of The Band. Now in his 27th year with Downchild and 43rd year in the Canadian Music Industry, Chuck says “Being able to play the music I love and entertain the wonderful people across Canada and around the world is certainly a dream come true and one I will continue to follow”

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Chuck's Awards and Achievements

  • 2014 Nominated Male Vocalist of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
  • 2013 Inducted into The Mississauga Music Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Inducted into Mississauga Legends Row
  • 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Top 10 Blues albums "Cup Of Joe"
  • 2012 Received Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012 Inducted into Festival and Events Ontario Hall of Fame
  • 2007 Winner Male Vocalist of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
  • 2006 Mississauga Arts Awards - Laurie Pallett Patron of the Arts Award
  • 2005 Nominated Male Vocalist of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
  • 2003 Nominated Male Vocalist of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
  • 2002 Winner Blues With A Feeling Award, Maple Blues Awards (Lifetime Achievement)
  • 1999 Winner Male Vocalist of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
  • 1997  Nominated Male Vocalist of the Year, Maple Blues Awards

Awards with Downchild

 

2014 Winner Juno Award in Blues category for "Can You Hear The Music”
2010 Winner Recording Of The Year, I Need A Hat (Linus), Maple Blues Awards
2010 Nominated Entertainer Of The Year, Maple Blues Awards
2010 Nominated Entertainer of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
2009 Nominated Juno Award in Blues category for "I Need a Hat “
2006 Winner Entertainer Of The Year, Maple Blues Awards
2005 Winner Entertainer Of The Year, Maple Blues Awards
2005 Winner Recording Of The Year, Come On In (Downchild Music), Maple Blues Awards
2005 Winner Electric Act Of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
2004 Nominated Juno Award in Blues category for "Come On In "
1998 Nominated Electric Act of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
1998 Nominated Entertainer of the Year, Maple Blues Awards
1998 Winner Blues Group of the Year, The Jazz Report Awards
1994 Nominated Juno Award in Blues & Gospel category for "Good Times Guaranteed"

 

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