A thunderbolt for the soul

Juno Award, Canadian Screen Award and 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz has been described by many of his fans and speaking clients as "a thunderbolt for the soul".

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About Peter Katz

Juno Award, Canadian Screen Award and 2-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz has been described by many of his fans and speaking clients as "a thunderbolt for the soul”.

Alongside his career as an international recording artist, Peter Katz serves clients across the globe by delivering highly customized ‘Keynote Concerts’. Going beyond the standard keynote presentation format, Peter utilizes customized-to-your-audience performance enhancers with meaningful musical anchors. The end result is an audience transformed by the power of his message and the authenticity of his delivery, helping them see their purpose through new eyes.

“Peter's presentation changed peoples' lives. His ability to connect to people’s souls is unlike anyone I’ve ever seen. To be the highest standard of being a storyteller is to be like Peter Katz". Jeff Pulver - Vonage Founder and VOIP Pioneer

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Splintered work forces, remote working environments and marketplace disruptions are making it harder than ever for workplaces to follow through on their mission, values and goals. Fortunately, one of the most impactful solutions is also the most joy-filled: if we want to be aligned with our highest values, we need to celebrate them.

In his newest keynote concert, Peter Katz shows audiences how to harness the remarkable power of celebration. Far from superficial pleasure, Katz’s version of celebration is a co-created experience that can revolutionize individuals and teams before, during, and after their most pivotal moments.

As a Juno Award-nominated and internationally recognized singer-songwriter, keynote speaker, and facilitator, Katz understands how to create the right container to identify and amplify our brightest milestones to propel ourselves towards our biggest wins yet.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to co-author an elevated and growth-oriented company culture.
  • How to uncover the hidden victories within their organization.
  • Practical steps to create the right “container” for celebration to thrive, supercharging an organization’s goals, mission, vision and values.
  • Evergreen exercises for developing a deep sense of belonging and connection within teams (a critical ingredient for impactful celebration).
  • How to increase individual and collective resilience and give work a greater sense of purpose.

“In our business, like any other competitive business, we’re constantly challenged, have tough decisions to make, things are changing all the time. Being comfortable in that sort of space was actually at the core of Peter’s message. We had 1100 managers at these sessions, all varied in their backgrounds, none of them connected to the music industry, but Peter’s down to earth approach was incredibly relatable, which was so important in allowing the team to self-reflect. We had a lot of fun, the mix of songs and stories was a great format; we got very consistent feedback from all 5 of sessions that Peter did for us across the country. I would hire him again in an instant”.

Declan Brady – Senior Vice President, Field Operations, Bell Canada

“His speaking was so inspirational and unlike any other speaker that I’ve seen before. The way he mixed the songs and stories, the way he relates to you and brings out the emotion in you, all combine so that at the end of it you are inspired to do greater things.”

– Steven Nerayoff – Founder and CEO of Cloudparc & Alchemist


How do you find the strength and courage to show up wholeheartedly when life is constantly presenting you with new challenges? How do you stay connected to the bigger picture so you can create the positive impacts you wish to make?

Part concert, part keynote — Juno-nominated singer-songwriter Peter Katz draws on his experience of surviving and thriving in the music industry to motivate attendees to stay on their path wholeheartedly, while also being open to change and embracing the unexpected along the way. Through his powerful songs and stories, Peter pulls attendees in and leaves them inspired to show up with purpose every day.

Audiences will learn:

  • That we don’t always know the impact we have in the world, and why it matters how we show up everyday.
  • How to feel more connected to the bigger picture of what they’re actually contributing towards, beyond day-to-day challenges.
  • How to nurture and sustain meaningful connections.
  • Research-based and immediately actionable self-regulation techniques to support mental well-being and intrinsic motivation so that they can continue to show up wholeheartedly.

Katz offers follow-up sessions and/or workshops to facilitate deeper training on the topics covered in his presentation.

“Peter created a customized message for our leaders based on our retreat theme. The reaction that we got was that he really spoke to their hearts. He pulled them in emotionally. It wasn’t just about knowing how to be a leader and the things that you do and the knowledge that you have; it really was about speaking to our leaders from the heart, and pulling on their heartstrings to remind them of why they do what they do every day and the people and clients that we serve. It was a beautiful moment”.

– Amber Smith – Learning and Development Specialist – Ontario Shores CMHS

“I felt like he understood me and I understood him. There were 400 people in the room but it felt like we were connected”

– Michael Landsberg – Legendary TSN anchor and Host of ‘Off The Record’


Peter is regarded as one of the pioneers of highly-engaging virtual experiences. Over the past several years, he has performed to over 150,000 people virtually from his state-of-the art broadcast studio, including The House of Commons of Canada. Using multiple cameras, studio-quality microphones, real-time editing and cutting-edge interactive elements, Peter unites remote teams around the globe by presenting his acclaimed keynote concerts as both virtual and hybrid experiences.

“I’ve been in the events industry for 35+ years and with SITE Canada since 2012. I can’t remember a time, either in a live or a virtual environment, where the outpouring of positive comments was this high. What Peter achieved today for our members virtually totally surprised me; I think it’s even unprecedented.” Gabrielle Spanton, President, SITE Canada | Smart Meetings Hall of Fame

“As an event planner for my organization, I’m cautious at booking online speaker because often, the speaker just doesn’t connect in the same way as if they were live with the audience. Peter Katz did that. Peter Katz took the time to get to know who my members were in advance of the session and connected with them throughout. It was an impactful, moving, inspirational hour-and-a-half that really motivated our members and gave them a sense of wellness during these uncertain times.” Jeff Pelich, Vice President, ETFO Waterloo Region



Unlock Your Story to Celebrate
When was the last time you created the right conditions to unlock collective wisdom, allowing you and your teams to experience a true sense of connection, belonging, intrinsic motivation that endures?

Each fully-customized facilitated experience uses a combination of approaches, tools, and conversational choreographies, thoughtfully designed to support unprecedented connection and alignment. Whether delivered in a single morning or as an integrated multi-year initiative, facilitated events increase performance capacity, job satisfaction, and overall cohesion within and amongst your teams.

“[This was] “the best retreat, virtual or in-person that I’ve ever been to. I don’t think we could ever do this again without you.” Dr. Wayne Lee, Clinical Director of Diagnostic Imaging, SickKids | The Hospital for Sick Children


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Connected Cultures at Corporate Conferences and Association Member Gatherings

When your employees enjoy their workplace and feel a deeper sense of connection with each other, it creates space for unexpected collaboration and innovation, and an emotional infrastructure to see it through over the long run. Similarly, within a conference setting, Peter is a catalyst for meaningful connection between attendees, turning a typical conference into an experience they’ll never forget.

“In our 5 year history of operating this conference we have not had the type of meaningful feedback and positive response to a keynote speaker like we got for Peter Katz. He made a huge impact on the group and caused so many important conversations to happen”.

– Sara Bentham – Xcelerate Summit

“I go to a lot of conferences. I’ve never seen people get as emotionally involved at a conference as what I saw happen during and after Peter spoke”

– Jeff Lehman – Mayor of the City of Barrie”

Engaged Employees and Members at Appreciation or Professional Development Days

An employee who feels seen and appreciated is an employee who will remain loyal to the brand and build their future within the organization. Through Peter’s customization, he tells YOUR story with custom-crafted stories and relevant songs that help your organization celebrate milestones, feel refreshed and appreciated on a professional development or staff appreciation day, a year-end wrap up or a kick-off to a new year/quarter. Clients frequently say that it’s a breath of fresh air for their employees to have a keynote that is inspiring while also being entertaining, fun and highly engaging.

“We expected a lot from Peter after doing our research, but he absolutely exceeded all of our expectations. He was incredible from start to finish. I laughed, I cried, I cried from laughing so hard. A lot of what he brought into his talk was really reflective of us, and what we do here. I think his messaging hit home with everyone in the room. It was an hour that we will never forget and we are so grateful for this incredible day”.

– Kathleen Gratton, Director of Support Services at SBCI

Energized Entrepreneurs at Conferences and Retreats

With so many parallels between a life in the arts and the life of the entrepreneur, Peter provides a powerful and inspiring analogy that allows entrepreneurs to stay the course through the hard times and navigate the unpredictable waters of entrepreneurship. In fact, many of Peter’s most impactful talks have been at entrepreneurial conferences, business networking events and any gathering of individuals where self-motivation is key to their success.

“The amount of people that walked up to us afterwards, with tears in their eyes, who said that he had absolutely changed their lives… I can’t even count on 2 hands, it was unbelievable”

– Daniel Levine – Fireside Conference Founder

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    Peter Katz is represented by Speakers Spotlight. To be connected to the appropriate point of contact, please email Trevor Campbell (Director of Operations & Communications, Peter Katz Speaks) at info@peterkatzspeaks.com.