Jon Park-Wheeler was born in Ottawa, Ontario at
some point in the previous millennium, and declines to be more specific on the
topic. Carbon-14 dating performed on mustache clippings, however, reveals his
date of birth to be sometime after the Roaring Twenties, and sometime before
the advent of Gangsta Rap.
He cannot remember a time in his life when he
did not play music. (This means that either he has been playing forever, or has
a faulty memory. We choose to endorse the former, without ruling out the latter
entirely.) Like most children of his era, he was dragged kicking and screaming
to piano lessons when he was barely out of diapers, and in spite of himself
acquired the rudiments of music.
Jon was drawn to the guitar when the Beatles led the British Invasion of
music into North America, and has been working at playing the instrument for
the last 40 years (Drat! That kind of blows the whole
And so the die was cast. During an academic career noteworthy only for it's
utter lack of noteworthiness, Jon realized that he was destined for a career in
music (much to the consternation of his parents, who felt that his talents were
better suited to sign-painting or clerical work. They may have been right.)
The years since then have been a whirlwind of performing throughout Canada,
from coast to coast to coast, and as far abroad as Europe and Australia. The
last twenty years have seen a steadily growing studio career, first as a
musician, and for the last decade as a producer/arranger/songwriter as well.
The styles of music that Jon has recorded and produced range from Country to
Gospel, Folk to Native, Christmas to Contemporary, and quite a few Children's
recordings in both English and French.
As an aspect of his musical career, Jon has appeared frequently on
television. There have been five "True North" specials for CBC,
multiple appearances on each of Dini Petty, Canada AM, and "Open
Mike" with Mike Bullard. In addition, he has performed on Canada Day on
Parliament Hill, worked as a staff guitarist for a great many telethons, and
appeared in a variety of specials. Jon was house guitarist on CTV's
"Spirit of the Country" series, and Dominic D'Arcy's musical sidekick
on the CHRO series "D'Arcy's Beat". In addition, he was the puppeteer
on the popular CTV/YTV children's television show "Marie Soleil" for
all one hundred and thirty episodes of it's run.
Over the years, Jon has performed live with the following artists on a
regular basis: Colin Amey, Susan Aglukark, Tracey Brown, Stephanie Beaumont,
the Sons of Maxwell, Caroll Baker, the Family Brown, and Tudjaat, to name a few.
In recent years, he has been teaching guitar, mandolin, and bass in a variety of styles, as well as doing occasional live performances. He is releasing his first solo CD in the Fall of 2013.