Chris Trussell
Actor, Singer
“Chris Trussell is perfection……who uses his pelvis as a weapon of mass destruction.”
– Richard Ouzounian, The Toronto Star

Chris Trussell is a man who wears many hats and has scores of hidden talents. Well established as a singer/performer with a diverse range of style, Chris has worked with all levels of performers, directors, teachers, production teams and recording artists. He has developed his own Children’s music/fitness programs which have been implemented in the Toronto District School Board and Private Clubs through out the Greater Toronto Area.

Experienced as both a musician and sports/fitness coach and dedicated to healthy living and the local foods movement, Chris combined all his passions to create a unique lifestyle and co-founded a company called Daily Apple. Working alongside numerous organizations, such as Green Enterprise Toronto, Evergreen Brickworks, Local Food Plus and Farmers Markets Ontario, Chris, along with his co-partner in business and in life, Lesley, were able to establish the first ever North Toronto Farmers’ Market and run a community – wide, outdoor entertainment program dedicated to promoting local artists and musicians.

Chris was born and raised in Brockville, Ontario, where he began singing as a chorister in St. Peter’s Men and Boys choir at the tender age of 5. Having to withstand surgery on his voice at the age of 7, he was on complete vocal rest (including speaking) for a full year. Defying the odds against him, Chris began private lessons the following year and was offered his first professional solo performance by the age of 12. A few years later, he was given the opportunity to study vocal performance in Potsdam, New York at the Crane School of Music well before he was able to attend any college or university.

Throughout Chris’ teen years he was a featured singer in the Ontario Youth Chamber Choir tour and well-known for his musical abilities as a singer and musician – playing both trumpet and piano – around South Eastern Ontario.

After attending the University of Windsor’s Musical Theatre BFA Program and concurrent program at Sheridan College, Chris’s talents took him internationally where he performed for Disney and was asked to craft an original role.

Arriving back on Canadian soil, Chris was introduced to a producer of Children’s music where he was contracted to record and co-write songs teaching children the benefits of healthy eating. The CD was purchased by OPHEA (the Ontario Physical Health Education Association) and was distributed around the TDSB and Hospitals for children with Diabetes. Not long after, Chris was back in the studio doing voice over for a complete work book series teaching ESL students in Mexico, which he was contracted by the McMillan Company in London England.

Simultaneously, while working as an actor in feature films such as Skulls III, TV episodes of Queer as Folk, feature documentaries for CBC, A&E and Discovery Channel, and performing in shows across Ontario and Canada such as Dracula the Chamber Musical, Anne of Green Gables in PEI, My Way in Saskatchewan, Funny Business the Musical, Cinderella, Leader of the Pack, All Shook Up and Soup du Jour in Toronto, Chris was still able to fulfill his role as a director of Children’s music/fitness programs with many of Toronto’s private clubs and schools.

Just last year, Chris added another hat to his collection in becoming a husband to his Daily Apple co-founder Lesley Stoyan. Together they continue to help grow the local food movement and educate people in making healthy lifestyle choices. Chris is very proud of all they have accomplished both personally and in business. It’s true that “All the world’s a stage” and we need to relish in that!