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"Strange Way To Live" 
Carl Dixon's autobiography

Carl Dixon''s journey through the twists and turns of a music performer''s life began in Northern Ontario, where his boyhood dreams, shaped by the 1960s, collided with a new musical culture.

Though Carl''s road was rocky, it was still paved with gold. It has led from his early days with hard-rockers Coney Hatch to tours and lasting friendships with huge acts like Iron Maiden. The ups and downs were meteoric, as Carl became a member of the legendary bands The Guess Who and April Wine and then faced the greatest test of all: a horrific auto collision in Australia that left him in a coma, barely clinging to life.

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CARL DIXON

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

*INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER,
*CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENT SURVIVOR



 

Clients include:

"You may have achieved in just a few speeches, what we would be proud to achieve in months, or years. So, thank you, for helping to keep my people safe." Dale Harris, CRSPSr. Supervisor, Safety & Security.  Nutrien, Canada

S.T.A.R.T.  OVER
 


50 minute keynote

Carl Dixon takes the audience on an emotional journey with humour, insight and poignancy that will make  listeners think differently about how to meet adversity. Carl shares stories, from his rock star journey across three decades to the tale of his body-mangling MVA. That accident was a turning point. His unlikely recovery showed Carl the many heroes that walk among us everyday. In the years following his accident Carl analyzed what led to his unlikely survival and re-starting his life.​ Carl's presentation in story and music focuses on his S.T.A.R.T. formula - to help people build Mental Strength, Resilience, Reinvention, Commitment and Focus. 

S: STOP
T: THINK
A: ACCEPT
R: RENEW &
T: THANK

 

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"The only comeback story greater than Team Canada 72" - Ron MacLean, Broadcaster

S.T.A.R.T. is the central philosophy of Carl Dixon’s speech. Carl sustained 52 serious injuries including traumatic brain injury from his 2008 accident. Rescuers and surgeons believed if he survived he would never walk or talk again and he'd likely be blind.

Carl recognized the intrinsic communal fact of our lives: we are all on a journey with many peaks and valleys. Carl's experience in the rock industry taught him how to survive the peaks and valleys. His accident truly put that to the test. The aim of Carl's presentation is to inspire you team. Cause and effect... people who are more inspired, aware and committed will be more productive.  When we are all inundated with so many voices - how do you choose the right guides in your life? S.T.A.R.T. is a helpful acronym to fall back on every time.

For Carl, his mentor was NHL, WHA and Chicago Black Hawks, great Pat Stapleton.

"We met through Pat's sons and quickly Pat became like a father-figure to me. Sadly Pat died during the pandemic but his words and advice continue to guide me daily" says Carl.

"You never fail until you quit" - "that line from Pat has helped me countless times", says Carl.

With music performances, a video back drop and his compelling story, Carl will take your audience on an emotional journey. It will make them think differently about survival, teamwork and staying safe. "Survival of the organism is paramount. I'm going to teach you about survival and Thrival (how to thrive).

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"Carl  also showed how a few seconds of not focusing on the right thing can result in a life changing experience. I highly recommend him."  

- Michael Angemeer, President and CEO.

Veridian Corporation

Inspire your audience with a keynote from Carl Dixon

The Audience
 

Carl's presentation works best for audiences  who are keen to build team spirit - and focused on keeping their teams safe:

- Workplace Safety conferences

- Health and Wellness events

- Groups that are constantly facing change 

- Workplaces looking for a “lift” of inspiration for their

team.

- It also plays well to a convention simply looking for something “different” this year!


Many of us today seek to find the mental strength to endure, the resilience to bounce back.

Carl Dixon’s credentials back up every word of his talk. From a seemingly ordinary life, at just 22 he was signed to his first international record deal with CONEY HATCH. Opening for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest's North American tours was "like rock music university" but along the way Carl made significant personal choices that would later prove to be the difference between life and death. He also befriended Pat Stapleton - so when Carl's biggest smackdown came, in the form of a catastrophic car accident in rural Australia, Carl had the resolve to find a way back to life. In spite of heartbreaks and huge setbacks, Carl Dixon has the wisdom and experience to share deep insights on getting through hard times. Carl was assessed as having a 75% loss of ability following his accident and brain injury, yet he thrives today. His showmanship and open candour bring a compelling energy to the speaker platform.

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Carl Dixon in The Guess Who

Books & music

Carl Dixon is a published author of "Strange Way to Live". Copies of his book can be obtained for your event and Carl will be available for signings.  He still performs with Coney Hatch (40 years together) and also plays as a solo artist or in various bands that can be incorporated at your event. 
 

Carl Dixon biography "Strange Way To Live"

Diversity and equity, keeping all audiences and speakers feeling included is important to Carl. Therefore Carl only accepts speaking engagements from organizations that are committed to both representation and inclusivity in the speaker lineup. Thank you.

Carl's natural warmth and connection to an audience make him a compelling keynote speaker. He weaves music throughout his presentation

CARL INITIATES NEW WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT OUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEYS IN LIFE

  • USING S.T.A.R.T.

  • INCORPORATING MUSIC

  • SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

  • BREAKOUT SESSIONS

  • PLAYS AFTER PARTY SOLO OR WITH BAND

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TESTIMONIALS

"Carl did a wonderful job of sharing his message and opening our employees minds to a new way of thinking"

MUSTANG RANDALL, TRANS CANADA PIPELINE

"​One of the hardest things we do as safety professionals, is try to deliver a message that sticks. For us the hallmark of achievement, is when we hear that people have adopted the information we have given them, at home. Even better, shared it with their families. This tells us that they have truly started to develop a safety culture of their very own, one that could likely last generations. Achieving this is understandably quite rare. Carl, after your run of shows here I received feedback from DOZENS of people that they went home and shared your message, story, and learnings, with their families."

Dale Harris, CRSPSr. Supervisor, Safety & Security.  Nutrien, Canada

TEXT 1-705-455-3800

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