Canadian country music singer George Canyon has established himself as a bit of a renaissance man. A native of Nova Scotia, Canyon initially tried his hand at a music career in the 1990s, recording a pair of solo albums before abandoning his aspirations to work in law enforcement and support his young family. In 2004, at the urging of his wife, he auditioned for the second season of the U.S.A. Network’s talent competition Nashville Star, where he eventually landed runner-up. With his newly acquired international profile, he resumed his recording career, signing with Universal and releasing his third album, One Good Friend, which won him a 2005 JUNO Award for Country Recording of the Year. The 2006 follow-up Somebody Wrote Love fared similarly, earning him another JUNO and establishing his audience throughout North America.
He is an honorary colonel of the 14 Wing Greenwood Base and a national spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Sharing his personal struggles with the disease, he has flown his own plane across Canada, giving concerts and visiting with children afflicted with the disease. More records have followed, as well as acting credits on Heartland and the Trailer Park Boys. He was even named the official anthem singer of the Calgary Flames NHL team.