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JIMMY WIGGINS

Jimmy Wiggins

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Jimmy Wiggins has had his hands in the local music community for well over a decade. He got his start as a promoter putting on local shows for his friends’ bands at the age of 16. Over the years Jimmy has played drums in several local bands and projects, from his first band, Last One Standing (pop punk), to Jordana Divinorum (shock rock) and Vega (alt-rock) as well as a number of cover bands. Passionate about the TBay music scene, Jimmy formed the promotional company, Wiggins Productions and began booking venues around Thunder Bay and working with touring bands of all genres from all over the globe. He’s gone on to create and develop many annual events and festivals, including The Cover Show, Wigginstock, and The Wig Wars Drag Competition among many others. He’s an avid supporter of the LGBT+ community and hosts many of the City's drag shows. Since the birth of TBshows in 2004, Wiggins has helped develop the site by shamelessly promoting it to venues, bands, and music fans in the city. He also holds diplomas in both Business Marketing, and Advertising and continues to use his skills and experience to promote and support local music.

JEAN-PAUL DE ROOVER

Jean-Paul De Roover

Although he was born in Thunder Bay, Jean-Paul De Roover moved back to his place of birth in 2001 after living overseas (Africa, Asia and South America) for most of his life. Upon his return, he quickly got started with his passion for music. Over the next six years he performed in several different bands and ensembles from his first band Vaya (post-hardcore) to Night Safari (rock/pop), while also performing with the Thunder Bay Barbershop Chorus and other groups ranging from bluegrass to punk. During this time he also became the tour manager for local acts like AdverseVitalSigns. In 2007 he began his solo career as “Jean-Paul De Roover”. Since then he has released 4 studio recordings, toured Canada and the US over a dozen times, been featured on MuchMusic and CBC, showcased at international music festivals like CMW and NXNE while sharing stages with acts like the Goo Goo Dolls, Beach Boys and many, many more. In 2007, he founded the Superior Youth Festival, which is committed to promoting the next generation of musicians. Through TBshows he’s excited to keep developing Canada’s best kept secret: the Thunder Bay music scene.

KEVIN SIDLAR

Kevin Sidlar

Kevin has been involved with music for a long time - long enough to require a database to keep track of the early stuff. He is the mastermind behind the Thunder Bay Bandwiki: a record of this city's musical history that anyone can edit. Reluctant to be nailed down to any one band nowadays, he nonetheless ends up on stage 40+ times a year doing percussion for a wide variety of groups.

ANDREW RYAN

Andrew Ryan

A huge music fan, Andrew is the original architect of TBshows.com. He is responsible for the design and coding of the very first version of TBshows as well as several variations afterwards. Back in 2004, Andrew noticed that there was a gap when it came to finding information about shows happening in Thunder Bay and came up with the idea to create a one-stop community driven site for people looking for show info in Thunder Bay. Andrew along with Wiggins created and promoted the site to venues, bands and music fans around Thunder Bay. He has since stepped down but remains a fundamental part of the TBshows history.

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