You never know what will come out of singer/songwriter Blair Packham’s mouth. Could be a song, or maybe a comment about where that song came from. Often, it’s pretty funny. Lots of Blair's songs are deadly earnest, but he delivers them with sly wit and more than a little sarcasm.
When Blair first started writing songs, Elvis Costello, the Clash, and XTC were inspirations, and Blair wore those influences proudly, forming a group called The Jitters in the early 1980s. The Jitters, as EMI Music of Canada recording artists, had five Canadian hits, (including “Last of the Red Hot Fools” and “Closer Every Day), were Juno Award-nominated, and won a Toronto Music Award. Touring Canada relentlessly, the Jitters also performed in the UK, supporting Heart in 1988, appearing at Wembley Arena for three successive nights.
In 2016, Blair wears many hats: he composes music for TV and film (past clients include TSN, CTV, CBC, Global, Teletoon, Discovery Channel, etc.), he is a recording engineer/producer (UK singer/songwriter Max Croft's debut, recorded in Dublin, is his latest production), a broadcaster (he co-hosts, with Bob Reid, Newstalk 1010’s “In the Studio”, heard in Toronto on Saturdays at 8 pm), and a teacher (Seneca College's long-running Independent Music Production program).
Every July, since 2005, along with Rik Emmett, Blair has also been co-producing SongStudio, the weeklong songwriting workshop held in Toronto.
Currently, Blair is writing and recording his third and fourth full-length albums, with plans to release # 3 before 2016 is over.