Wayne's professional life has led him on a
journey throughout Canada from sea to sea to
His unique understanding and perspective of
the Canadian mosaic make him exceptional
among Canadians. He’s been called ‘Mr.
Canada’, and ‘Canada’s Storyteller’ based on
his adventures and travels.
When Wayne began writing songs many years
ago, he wrote stories about real people and
places...and he continues that tradition today
from his home in Pakenham, in the heart of the
Ottawa Valley. And here in the heart of the
Valley that he loves so much Wayne wrote
what has now become one of Canada's
Christmas classics ...Christmas In The Valley.
It has become the theme of Light Up The Night,
and audiences know when they hear those
opening bars of the song ...that they are in for
a great show!
A few years ago Wayne discovered that people from
Valleys all across Canada were sure that he'd written
the song about the valley they called home. While doing
a radio interview in Kentville Nova Scotia, the radio host
assured Wayne that listeners were positive that he had
been inspired to write the song about their valley ... The
Annapolis Valley...and he has heard that same story
again and again over the years.
Wayne has garnered many awards and accolades over
the years and this year is no exception; in August he
was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of
In 2004, Wayne was awarded the Order of Canada for
his strong commitment to the people in his own backyard
and in communities across the country.