Toronto Faculty - Phil Dwyer

Phil Dwyer, C.M, FRCMT(Hon.) J.D. Candidate

Phil Dwyer started his professional career in his mid-teens and by the age of 20 had joined the top echelons of the Canadian music business. Over the subsequent thirty years he performed, arranged and composed in a wide variety of musical styles and worked with some of the world’s leading musical artists. Phil has appeared on eleven Juno award-winning recordings including his own projects and collaborations with artists such as Molly Johnson, Joe Sealy, Guido Basso, Don Thompson and others. Since 1988 he has appeared on over thirty recordings that have received Juno nominations. Phil also received the 2001 K.M. Hunter Artists Award for music.

Phil has also been active as a music educator, as a faculty member at York University and Humber College. He was also the founder and director of the Phil Dwyer Academy of Musical and Culinary Arts, an innovative summer music school which ran on Vancouver Island from 2005-2014. He has also been a guest instructor at leading music schools across Canada, the U.S., U.K., and Europe.

Over the last 10 years Phil has spoken in public and in the media about his experiences with bipolar disorder and concurrent substance use issues. He has been a keynote speaker for CMHA events, TedX, and on CPAC’s “Rockburn Presents”, and was the subject of a multi-part feature interview with the Ottawa Citizen. In the summer of 2016 he worked in the mental health and addiction sector in Toronto.

In 2013 Phil was named as a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2015 he was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Since 2014, while still remaining active as a musician and co-owner of SeaWind Musical Instruments — a boutique saxophone and woodwind company based on Vancouver Island — Phil has been enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick and will be graduating in the spring of 2017.

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