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Jason Wilson

Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee and Canadian Reggae Music Award winner from Downsview, Ontario. Born to Scottish parents, Wilson was the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and is the cousin of UB40’s Michael Virtue. Wilson played his first night-club gig with Messenjah when he was only fourteen. Known for incorporating jazz and Scottish and English folk influences atop a reggae foundation, Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist though is perhaps best known for his piano skills. The singer-songwriter has performed and recorded with UB40, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Ernest Ranglin, Pee Wee Ellis, Dave Swarbrick, Ron Sexsmith, The Mighty Sparrow, Percy Sledge, Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Dick Gaughan, David Francey and many more. Wilson has extensive studio-session experience on his native instruments the piano and voice, but also on bass, guitar and accordion.

A winner of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Dr. Wilson’s research has included works on Canadiana, pop culture, the First World War, hockey, immigration and, of course, music. Indeed, much of the material found on Wilson’s five critically acclaimed albums have largely been inspired by events in Canadian history. Jason’s song-writing combines, as journalist Nicholas Jennings confirmed “his historical perspective and inventive arrangements on thoughtful, genre-stretching songs about human conflict.”

 With intriguing lyrical imagery – mostly culled from moments in history – Wilson presents a uniquely irresistible take on the Jamaican art form.

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