Back-to-back performances for the Entrepreneur/Crooner
Pax Nouvelles – André Désiront – February 15, 2016
Sunwing’s Chairman of the board was in Quebec over the weekend and it wasn’t to oversee the company’s operations. Instead, he travelled to the province to fulfill his contractual obligations as part of his other career as a jazz singer – more specifically, as a crooner.
On February 12th, Colin Hunter performed at Montreal’s Maison du Jazz and did the same on the following day at Laval’s Maison du Jazz. On March 11th and 12th, he is scheduled to return to Quebec to perform at the Hôtel Clarendon’s Jazz Bar, in the old capital. Ten days after that, he will be performing in downtown Toronto, at the Jazz Bistro, a jazz club he created, runs and operates alongside his wife Joan. On April 2nd, he will be on stage at the Boca Raton Jazz Club, in Florida. After that, he will be in Quebec City and back to Montreal, performing at Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, this time on Complexe Desjardin’s big stage. In August, he will be giving a show at the Festival de Jazz in Lévis, before once again making his way back to Montreal – this time at Upstairs and at the Ritz Carlton.
Colin Hunter gave his first public performance as a crooner at the tender age of thirteen, at a radio station in his native city of Mumbai. For the seven years that followed, he continued by covering hits from his four idols: Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Nat King Cole.
After a hiatus that lasted several decades (and a small detour in the United Kingdom, where he worked mainly for British Airways, which was called BOAC at the time,) he started singing more seriously again in 2006. While getting ready to launch an advertising campaign of his company Sunwing, the publicist, aware of Hunter’s passion for jazz, suggested the musician play his very own rendition of “Come Fly with Me”, which he had recorded with the Starlight Orchestra – an ensemble of 16 musicians. During this time he took full advantage of the orchestra and the studio time to record ten more melodies. Come Fly With Me was his first album and, since then, he’s made eight more and has been on tour multiple times.
There are a total of 37 shows on the agenda for Hunter in 2016 – ten more than the previous year. Actually, the crooner plans to take the stage on many other occasions throughout the year and negotiations are ongoing with organisers from several other festivals and events in Canada, the United States and abroad.