Ian Thomas; Host of The 2016 Hamilton Music Awards
In June of 2014 Ian was honoured with the SOCAN National Achievement Award. He first hit internationally in 1973 with "Painted Ladies". Over the years he has acquired a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes, Hold On and Pilot, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, Juno and Gemini nominations,15 albums and nearly as many top twenty records. Ian's lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Man, Chicago, Bette Midler and Ann Murray. Ian founded the internationally acclaimed group The Boomers (1990-2000) that produced four acclaimed albums and two European concert tours. Orchestral film music has always been a love of Ian's and to that end he has 21 movies as a film composer to his credit. Ian has also added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008). When he isn't performing his own shows, he also records and tours the country regularly with good friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church in a band called Lunch At Allen's. Ian was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hamilton Music Awards in 2011.