CARL DIXON

 


Carl Dixon's career as a musician and performer began in 1979. Over the decades since then he recorded and toured with Coney Hatch, The Guess Who and April Wine. Such things don't happen by accident. For each of those career milestones there was a period of preparation and planning. Each success came about through careful management.

In a stunning and sudden reversal of fortune, Carl was knocked off his flight path by a 2008 head-on auto accident in Australia. His recovery from the devastation of 50 injuries was now dependent on the successful management of one specialists team after another: the Emergency Rescue Team, the Police, the Air Ambulance and Paramedics, the Hospital Trauma Unit, ER Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Psych and brain therapists, even a Music therapist, each playing their critical role, each executing their individual plans but everyone working as team with one primary goal…..get Carl back on stage performing. Those many hands on deck made it possible for Carl to resume his own project, namely the restoration of his broken body to a state that he could one day return to where he'd left off, singing for The Guess Who.

Carl's actual rescue & transfer from ground team to air ambulance

Australia 2008

Carl with nurses, surgeons and therapists

Melbourne 2008

Carl's return to The Guess Who 2016

“Wanting to get back what he may have lost, Mr. Dixon is a real life example of the indomitable human spirit”

Attendee, Saskatchewan  Conference 2015

 

ABOUT CARL  

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"I sat on the edge of my chair captivated by the story" Michael Williams Head Safety 

Carl Dixon is described as a man of titanium rock and soul. Here's why: CARL is a Canadian rock musician and recording artist who originally hails from Sault Sainte Marie, in Northern Ontario. He was signed to his first international record deal at just 22-years old with his break through band CONEY HATCH.  He toured North America opening for IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, PETER FRAMPTON and RUSH. He's toured with some of the biggest names in North American music. Carl's powerful vocals soon led to him being offered the spot of lead singer of THE GUESS WHO after Burton Cummings left the iconic Canadian band.

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Carl pictured with the late and great Walter Gretzky, CM, O.Ont - both sustained brain injury


Carl jumped at the chance and stayed as lead singer of The Guess Who for eight years in total. Due to family problems issues Carl took leave from The Guess Who and travelled to Australia in 2008, but the stress took its toll. Money troubles resulting from his business advisor saw Carl distracted and worried. Carl forgot that in Australia they drive on the left. he was involved in a horrific head on car collision. He sustained 52 injuries including traumatic brain injury, crushed legs and internal organs. (Thankfully the other driver survived.) Remarkably driving behind Carl were ordinary citizens with special skills. These strangers helped save Carl's life, along with dedicated professionals, surgeons and therapists. "I didn't have an angel looking after me that night - I had a squadron" says Carl.
 
14 years on, Carl Dixon is walking tall. Carl regularly tours sharing his lessons, music and observations to companies across North America. His raw account of his accident and rehabilitation is inspiring and uplifting. In 2015, Carl became a published author his book of memoirs titled "Strange Way to Live" is in his publisher's Best Seller list. It will soon be released as an AUDIO BOOK.


Join a legend of Canadian rock as he weaves his story in words and music and helps show your team the journey back. Post COVID lockdowns, it's time to rejoin our workmates, rebuild team spirit and find out what's beyond our open doors. 
 

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