Why I Seek Discomfort with Peter Katz

Join singer-songwriter Peter Katz on his journey from nervous first-timer at an open mic to playing to thousands of people all over the world in this presentation for secondary school students that’s part concert, part talk. Along the way, learn how Peter discovered the direct correlation between the moments of greatest discomfort and fear in his life and his moments of greatest discovery and growth.

JUNO-award and Canadian Screen award-nominated Peter Katz has been touring the world for the past 10 years in support of his music, has five albums under his belt, and has shared the stage and studio with legendary musicians such as Academy Award winner/Grammy nominee Glen Hansard and Garth Hudson (from The Band) as well as some of the greatest speakers in the industry. CBC Radio host Tom Power called his release We Are the Reckoning “one of the most heartfelt, beautiful, and vulnerable records of the year…an astonishing record” and his songs have been used in movies and TV such as Reign, Felicity, Hello Goodbye, and CBC’s Olympic coverage in 2016. Peter is also a four-time TEDx fellow and has given countless workshops and keynotes across the country.

Curricular Connections:
• Encourage goal-setting and career planning with your students
• Explore personal emotional responses to music
• Discuss how the rhythm and melody in Peter’s music emphasises its motivational message
• Explore different career opportunities and the many different paths to attain them
• Upon request, Peter is able to incorporate themes such as mental health, the creative process, career selection, bullying, and more. Inquire for details.


Duration: 60 minutes
Recommended Audience: Grades 9-12
Max Audience Size: Dependent upon venue
Space Requirements: Auditorium or Gymnasium, projector and screen (artist will provide own laptop), microphone and amp (full technical requirements can be forwarded to you upon request)
Cost: $1,000, limited funding and multi-school discounts available, inquire for details