WHO IS WIZ?

Who is Wiz?  Well his actual name is Wizner and he is named after his father T.W. “Wiz” Bryant a Major in the 1st Canadian Army and a much decorated veteran of the Italian, Belgium and Netherlands campaigns in World War II.  Major Bryant is credited with having led the liberation troops into Arnheim Holland.

Wiz has been a professional country folk singer and songwriter specializing in Canadian Identity songs for four decades. He was a Christian music celebrity for ten years from 1979 until 1989 singing his own country gospel songs on “100 Huntley Street” during the golden age of television evangelism. He played a major role as “Canada’s Balladeer” in 100 Huntley Street’s Salute to Canada, a historic live to satellite broadcast that had the television program broadcasting from locations across the nation during the month of June 1981 and sang “Terry’s Song” for Terry Fox from the Saint John’s Newfoundland location on the day Terry died.

He also produced and hosted a number of national documentary television series including Wandering Canada in 2004/2005 for the CBC Television Network. For many years Wiz was a close friend and sometimes collaborator of Stompin’ Tom Connors whom he credits as being the greatest single influence on his career.

A favourite performer for children Wiz has performed literally more than a thousand concerts in Canadian schools and appeared on such popular children’s television shows as “Mr. Dress Up” where he got to sing a duet with Casey and Finegan appearing as the Mountain Man.

“Wiz Bryants lyrics on great Canadians of yesterday and the beauty of our landscape arouse curiosity and pride. In his own exuberant way with guitar and voice he is helping us to appreciate Canada’s rich diversity. He is battling barriers of distance and indifference with folk songs, a painless and pleasant way to know Canada better.”- John W. Fisher O.C., CBC broadcaster and personality

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  • “His music is simple and forthright, his words evoke powerful and eloquent images. When he speaks about his country, his manner becomes sure and intense.” Teresa Pagnutti
    Northern Life