Les Stroud

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Les Stroud was born on October 20, 1962 in Mimico, Ontario, Canada. His formal education was in Mimico High School (graduated in 1980) and Fanshawe College in Ontario where he completed its Music Industry Arts program. After graduation, Les Stroud worked both as an associate producer for MuchMusic (a Toronto-based music channel), and as an assistant director of music videos. Les Stroud was also the songwriter for his band New Regime which signed up with RCA Records. In 1987, Les Stroud had a radical career change and became a guide for Black Feather Wilderness Adventures, where he lead canoe excursions into the northern Ontario wilds. It was here that Les Stroud met Sue Jamison, his future wife. In 1994 the two got married and spent their extended honeymoon (one year!) in the remote Wabakimi area of Ontario. Here, the couple built a cabin with no metal, plastic, or otherwise manufactured stuff. They had a store of traditional foods and supplemented their supply by hunting and trapping. Les Stroud and Sue Jamison's experiences here became the basis of their 50-minute documentary, Snowshoes and Solitude. This film won the Best Documentary at the Muskoka Film Festival and Best Film at the Waterwalker Film Festival.

After the wilderness sojourn, Les Stroud and his wife settled in Huntsville, Ontario where they started an outdoor instructional outfit Wilderness Voice and Wilderness Spirit Productions, a media company. In 2001, Les Stroud produced two programs entitled One Week in the Wilderness and Winter in the Wilderness for the Discovery Channel Canada. The shows were inspired by the popular Survivor series but are more authentic, with Les Stroud filming his own survival in the wilderness. But no worries, as Les had extensive training with survival and primitive living experts Gino Ferri and David Arama, and at the Prairie Wolf for the much-needed survival skills. The popularity of Les Stroud's two shows (which was repackaged as two one-hour specials entitled Stranded) paved the way for his current show, Survivorman, which has a similar format. Les Stroud associated with producer Dave Brady to produce nine episodes of the said show which debuted in Discovery Chanel Canada in 2004. Currently, Les Stroud has completed filming Survivorman's second season which premiered last August 10, 2007 on Discovery Channel US.

In 2006, Les Stroud produced another special, this time documenting his family's experiences in building an off-the-grid home. The 90-minute show entitled Off the Grid with Les Stroud, recorded the process of buying an old farmhouse and equipping it with solar and wind power, and a raincatcher. Aside from making documentaries, Les Stroud also hosts numerous TV programs. He hosts Surviving Urban Disasters, which airs on The Science Channel, and the 20th annual Shark Week on the Discovery Channel.

Despite his penchant for the wilderness, Les Stroud never forgot his first love - music. In fact, Les is a gifted blues harmonica player, and this was featured largely in his self-titled debut CD. Les Stroud's CD has been described as "a collection of diverse roots/blues and traditional folk, acoustic music that reflects the uniquely northern spirit of freedom and adventure." He has won "Best Acoustic/Folk Act", "Best Blues Act" and "Best Overall" awards at the Spirit of the North music festival in New Liskeard, Ontario. Les Stroud's latest musical project is an upcoming collaborative album with The Northern Pikes to be released this year.

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