Best known as a member of the crowd pleasing Halifax based band Caledonia, Zac Crouse is no stranger to a fan’s love when he pulls out his banjo for great hits like I’m Tired, Automatic and the ECMA nominated and top 10 charting Scott’s House.
Zac first started playing music seriously as means of coping with living in Oklahoma for employment. Upon returning to NS, his first gig was a brief stint in a folk band with Juno Award winner Loel Campbell of Wintersleep. He followed up that project with three albums, four ECMA nominations and a stack of music videos with his band Caledonia accompanied by his equally talented friends, Steve Gates, Ian Bent and Kris Pope.
Beginning in May, 2013 Zac toured a show that combined live music, story-telling & film. The documentary film and accompanying soundtrack (Paddle To The Ocean) told the story of how Zac toured his last album (‘you plan to do nothing’) from Ottawa, ON back home to Halifax, NS using only a sea kayak & bicycle.
There were a few altruistic reasons for touring without using fossil fuel, but the primary motive for the trip was to help Zac recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which he developed after witnessing the the death of a friend who died while both were paddling a class V creek in Nova Scotia.
Zac’s 1st solo album ‘You Plan to do Nothing’ has come about with the support of talented friends like Old Man Leudecke, Tanya Davis & Don Brownrigg. Helming the project is producer Daniel Ledwell (In Flight Safety, Jenn Grant, Christina Martin). Zac was nominated for Music Nova Scotia Best New Artist and Folk Album of the Year.
Zac’s single ‘So Fine’ has charted multiple times in the Netherlands (Dutch Roots Radio, Good Noise) while the accompanying video has won multiple awards at the Reel Paddling Film Festival & WaterWalker Film Festival.
Zac has toured throughout Canada & in the US with Multiple ECMA & MNS nominated groups/artists such as Caledonia, Acres & Acres, Tanya Davis & Don Brownrigg.
Still busy writing and performing with Caledonia, Zac continues to work on his solo banjo project, a collection of acoustic pop songs about ladies, politics and adventure. Inspiration can be found in the unique places and adventures he finds from the seat of his kayak. He’s traveled many white-water rivers in Canada, the US, Mexico and Uganda with a banjo or ukulele stowed snugly in the back of the boat, ready for inspiration.