FROM CORPORATE DESK TO SOLD OUT SHOWS!
The unlikely route from there to here:
At the youngish age of 50, Thomas Kovacs leaves his career as a computer programmer/analyst at a large Canadian corporation to pursue his passion for music full-time.
Highlights along the way …
Tyler Viaene, Thomas Kovacs, Chris Taylor-Munro, John Carroll, and Sean Dimitrie together formed Sister Moon
Kovacs leaves his jazz vocal studies at Humber College to become lead singer of the band Sister Moon. They are flown to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf to perform for U.S. troops at the height of Desert Storm. Playing every night for five months in the two-hundred person bar of the Cunard Princess influences Kovacs's chops as an entertainer - close to 150 performances later, Kovacs returns to Toronto.
Kovacs performing at the Kiwi Kick in Toronto's trendy Bloor West Village in 1997
Kovacs becomes a 'musician in residence' aboard an Adventure Canada expedition in the Arctic. (In 2023, Adventure Canada wins the top spot in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice for Best Adventure Cruise Line for the sixth consecutive year!) Between 2001 and 2022, Kovacs delivers his unique entertainment brand aboard twenty-six Adventure Canada expeditions. Staff include Bill "Father Goose" Lishman, Farley Mowat, and Margaret Atwood. These voyages take his singing talents to Iceland, Greenland, the Northwest Passage, numerous Inuit communities in Nunavut, Baja California, the Galapagos Islands, and the Antarctic.
Kovacs moves from Caledon back to downtown Toronto where he now lives with the lady of his life, her teenage daughter and their black Lab. That's when he's not living in his car driving to and from shows in Barrie, Orangeville, Sauble Beach, Mississauga, Prince Edward County, Uxbridge, and Pickering.
After a return to acting, Kovacs films a commercial with world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay.
Kovacs's heavy singing schedule eventually takes a toll on his voice. He undergoes surgery on his vocal cords with the same otolaryngologist who, in 2005 performed a similar operation on Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo. For the several months following the successful surgery, Kovacs learns proper vocal technique to avoid injuring his cords again. Joyfully he regains full use of his voice.