Tim Tamashiro is passionate about living and learning. He lives by a simple philosophy: Be smart. Be funny. Be kind.
Tim grew up in Blackfalds, Alberta. Where he grew up playing music. It wasn’t until after high school that Tim chose music as one of his life’s missions. So he auditioned and was accepted into Red Deer College for Music.
After two rewarding years at RDC, Tim had co-founded a local rock band called "The Mile High Club" and started to work in music retail at HMV.
Soon Tim got a job in Edmonton as a representative for MCA Records. He sold millions of dollars of music, got to hang out with rock stars and went to record stores every day. It was a dream job. On top of that Tim was singing jazz standards with The Jump Orchestra. It was heaven. But he transferred to Vancouver with MCA to become the Marketing Rep. for B.C. He thought he had found his calling in the music business. But he fell in love, quit his job and moved to Calgary.
In Calgary Tim pursued his passion of playing music full time. He joined a local jazz group called The Swinging Bovines and began to sing at a local restaurant each weekend. In 1995 Tim branched out on his own to record his debut album called "Wiseass Crooner". Soon Tim was touring throughout Canada promoting the album. His next albums came in 1999 when he recorded a special holiday album called "Love at Christmas" which he sold 20,000 copies to La Senza Lingerie to sell at their stores across the nation. That sales and marketing job at MCA had paid off.
Calgary has always been a place where jazz is welcomed at special events. Tim began to specialize as an executive entertainer at events for business and world leaders. He’s sung for prime ministers and royalty. He even got to perform for Queen Elizabeth. Jazz turned out to be a pretty good business. So Tim concentrated on singing and MC’ing events for the next 20 years. Then CBC came calling.
CBC was looking for a new host for the launch of the "new" CBC Radio 2. They were looking for a new host for an yet unnamed jazz show that would be on six nights a week. They had heard about Tim’s delivery style and believed that he could host a show with jazz music for all Canadians. Tim was hired for a four month trial period for the weekend portion of the new show Tonic.
In June 0f 2017, Tim departed from CBC to pursue a new career in singing, speaking and digital storytelling.
After leaving his cherished job he dove head first into his YouTube Channel. The focus of Tim’s YouTube channel is "Living & Learning". He tells stories of his travels, ideas, challenges and triumphs.
Tim also started a podcast all about the music you grew up with. Hit Story is the podcast that tells the tales of tasty tunes. The goal of Hit Story is to tell you stories about famous songs that everyone knows. When you hear the stories hopefully the songs will feel brand new. They might even become MORE MEANINGFUL to you.
Tim is also available for music engagements read more…
Keynotes About Stage Craft
Tim Tamashiro has become a beloved entertainer and radio host over his 30 year career. He sings, speaks, jokes and tells stories that matter to audiences. He’s learned the lessons and secrets for mastering the stage. So now he’d like to share those secrets with you. Over 30 years with a microphone in his hand Tim understands that it’s not easy for most people to find comfort on stage. But he can help.
If you’d like to learn the art of storytelling and stage craft, Tim Tamashiro offers the following keynote addresses:
1. Mastering The Stage
When you’re on a stage in front of an audience you have a responsibility to use their time wisely. How do you do that? Tim Tamashiro has discovered fascinating secrets that can help anyone become a master of the stage. His keynote address contains his five step map for elements of mastering the stage.
It all boils down to the S. M. I. L. E.
Tim will show you how to S. M. I. L. E. on stage.
Find and tell your best stories
Making your stories matter to the audience
How insurance will always save your butt
How to get the audience to love you
The easy way to make eye contact with everyone
2. Storytelling For The Stage
When you step on a stage and make your way to the microphone… do you have your stories ready? People have been telling stories to one another for thousands of years. Why is it so difficult to do it with a microphone?
During his time on the radio, Tim Tamashiro had to research, write and deliver SEVENTY stories per week. Storytelling is something we do everyday with our friends and family. Storytelling for the stage can be just as easy as talking with your favourite people. Learn why storytelling for the stage is as simple as "once upon a time".
The magic of the "Best. Story. Ever."
How storytelling changes the way you hear music (or view boring pie charts)
The story rollercoaster. Emotions are the peaks and valley on stage.
Everyone loves an inspiring and entertaining keynote address. Tim has two a wonderful keynote that will fascinate and entertain any audience. Learn how to find more meaning in life thru…
"Ikigai: the map to a meaningful life".
This special keynote started over a hundred years ago on a small island called Hamahiga in Okinawa. Tim’s grandparents were born in Okinawa. There’s a reason why the people of Okinawa live the longest lives in the world. They understand what makes their lives meaningful. They have even have a map that anyone can follow to a more meaningful life.
Do you want more meaning in your life? Try ikigai.