Peter Katz

Peter Katz

JUNO-Nominated Musician and Storyteller

Peter Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. He has toured the world for the past decade in support of his music, sharing the stage and studio with legendary musicians like Academy Award winner and Grammy nominee Glen Hansard, and Garth Hudson (from The Band). A gifted storyteller, Peter infuses his presentations with songs which inspire audiences to create their own path, overcome obstacles, and find success in whatever they desire.

CBC Radio Host Tom Power called Peter’s latest release, We Are The Reckoning, “One of the most heartfelt, beautiful and vulnerable records of the year…an astonishing record,” and NOW Magazine named him “Best Male Vocalist” in Toronto. Peter’s songs have been used in movies and TV shows such as Reign, Felicity, and Hello-Goodbye, as well as in CBC’s Olympic coverage in 2016.

As a speaker, Peter is a four-time TEDx fellow, who has given countless talks and workshops across Canada.

Staying In It

In his new talk, developed for change-makers and dreamers across industries, Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz uses his experience of surviving and thriving in the music business, which requires wrestling with the paradigm of a highly vulnerable career path and an outward perception of constant forward progress in order to be successful. How do you find the strength and courage to ‘stay in it’ within that tension? How do you stay open to the unexpected as your vision is unfolding? Through his powerful songs and stories, Peter pulls his audience in, and leaves them inspired to keep going against the grain and finding their own path.

*Songwriting workshop for this topic is also available.

Why I Seek Discomfort

Part concert, part talk, Juno Award and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter and 4-time TEDx fellow Peter Katz uses his journey from nervous first-timer at the open mic to playing to thousands of people all over the world, to show how he discovered the direct correlation between the moments of greatest discomfort and fear in his life, and his moments of greatest discovery and growth. What’s on the other side of that cloud called fear? What happens when you do something you thought you were too afraid to do? As it turns out, our biggest challenges are our biggest opportunities, and through his songs and stories, Peter gives permission to his audience to bravely take on their own challenges and in doing so, discover the important lessons and hidden joys that they contain.

Please note: Within the context of the talk, upon request, Peter is able to incorporate sections that specifically address: mental health, creative process, career selection and bullying. Peter is also able to adapt to further themes upon requests.