Scott Walker was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, into a family with a diverse musical and entertainment background, tracing back to his great-grandfather Harry Walker, who played with John Philip Sousa, and was the first Bandmaster of the North West Mounted Police. His maternal grandparents were both musicians. His mother, Marilyn Whittet Walker, was a dancer. And his father, Bill Walker, was a pioneer of television in Canada.
Scott's involvement with the entertainment industry began at the age of seven, when he appeared with his father in a series of live commercials for Ford of Canada on the The Ed Sullivan Show. His career was interrupted by his parents' desire that he enjoy a normal childhood. It resumed upon his graduation from the University of Toronto in 1971 (where he majored in Economics), and has involved him in many areas of the entertainment world.
His career really began in radio. He served his apprenticeship at a small station in Ontario. He then worked at CKRC, a Top-Forty station in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Later, he became Music Director and Afternoon Drive host at Toronto Classic Pop station CJCL. During that time, he twice sang the national anthems at Toronto Blue Jays games. Then he became a familiar voice on CBC radio where he hosted The Radio One Business Network, and anchored the National Radio News. For twelve years, he shared his interest in the history of popular music with Scott Walker’s Musical Almanac. In addition, he adapted and starred in the musical Colette – the Colours of Love for CBC's Music Around us, and was featured in I Concentrate on You, a CBC Radio special commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Cole Porter.
He was a co-founder of Reprise Concerts, a Toronto company that introduced the concept of great musicals in a concert setting to Canada. Scott appeared in two Reprise productions: COMPANY and ANYTHING GOES. He has also performed across Canada in productions such as As You Like It, Anything That Moves, Urinetown, The King and I, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, The Legend of the Dumbells, Of Mice and Men, Company, Man of La Mancha, Love Letters, Closer Than Ever and Passion.
He was featured in the Hallmark TV film, Freshman Father, and appeared in such television and film roles as reporter Steve Tate in the series Forever Knight , and in the Disney/Touchstone film The Ref.
His critically-acclaimed solo CD contains a collection of standards from the Great American Songbook, on which Scott is accompanied by a full 40-piece orchestra made up of members of the legendary Boss Brass and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Scott has created two cabaret shows: What Exactly Is the Great American Songbook? And Too Marvelous for Words, a show he has created about life of Johnny Mercer, the legendary songwriter and founder of Capitol Records.
Scott is the narrator of Spiders on Drugs, a two-minute parody of the Canadian HINTERLAND WHO'S WHO series that has become one of the biggest hits on YouTube. An expanded version -- Down to the Sea on Drugs – premiered at the Victoria International Film Festival in February 2011.
Scott is also an accomplished dancer. Well, not really. But once - just once - he did dance with Karen Kain.
Scott is married to Anne Wootten, a Director, Choreographer, and International Protocol and Etiquette consultant. They live in Toronto. Scott’s latest recording, Someone I Don’t Even Know, is a song Scott wrote after meeting Anne.
For a complete list of Scott's credits, click here.
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