Tim Tamashiro

Passion meets purpose: the power in finding your ikigai

A love of music, and a dream to create a life full of it, carried Tim Tamashiro all the way from childhood music lessons to a successful career as a jazz musician. Growing up in small town Alberta, Tamashiro felt differently than the other kids, and embraced that feeling to pursue creative outlets that he enjoyed. Piano lessons led to music school, work with with HMV retail, then a role with MCA Records. For twenty years, he enjoyed working in music, from performing with bands, singing at events and in front of prime ministers and royalty. He sang jazz standards with The Jump Orchestra in Edmonton, then moved to Calgary and joined a local jazz group called The Swinging Bovines. He released his debut album, “Wiseass Crooner,” in 1995, and toured Canada promoting it.

He sang and toured throughout Canada, eventually landing a job with CBC. They were looking for a new host for the launch of a new jazz show that would be on six nights a week, and believed Tamashiro could fill the role. After 10 years with CBC, Tim left to explore other opportunities including hosting his own talk show called Handshake on Facebook Live and YouTube. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two children.