Zachary Stevenson is an award-winning actor, musician and writer.

“Zachary Stevenson… is the epitome of effortless cool with a gorgeous voice and a star-quality stage presence.”

 Mark Robbins, Vancouver Presents 

Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, Zachary has been coined a “dead ringer for dead singers” by the Victoria Times Colonist for his portrayals of Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Phil Ochs and roles based on Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. In 2018, Zachary won the Jeff Award in Chicago for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Musical) for the Buddy Holly Story, a role he’s honed in more than a dozen productions of across Canada and the United States. Other acting highlights include Hair, Urinetown, Assassins, and Company.

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“Young Stevenson has [Buddy] down and he comes with bucketloads of puppy dog enthusiasm; If you don’t like him, you don’t like much of anybody.”

– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

Zachary has produced and recorded five independent albums and tours frequency as a musician.  He’s been featured as an original artist at countless festivals including the Ottawa Folk Fest, Blue Skies Festival, Summerfolk, Winterfolk (Toronto), Folk Alliance (Memphis, Ottawa and Kansas City), and the Ottawa Blues Festival. He shares a Toronto Virgin Radio songwriting award with songwriting partner, Jeff Bryant, for their song “The Man on Radio”.
Zachary is also active as a music director on productions such as Ring of Fire and Million Dollar Quartet and he is currently writing a new one-man show based on the life of folksinger, Phil Ochs entitled Louder Than the Guns.

“Zachary Stevenson doesn’t portray Phil Ochs.  He is Phil Ochs.  The complex, mercurial personality; the songs […]  Stevenson nails it all

-Patrick Langston, Ottawa Citizen

Zachary has proudly raised over $10,000 for MSF (Doctors Without Borders) through CD sales.

46 Replies to “BIO”

  1. Zach I hear U are taking the Buddy holly show on the road please tell me U are doing Kelowna . my wife and I had the pleasure of talking to U at the last show and we were totaly blown away with the entire production HOPING

  2. Loved the Buddy Holly Story – seen it in 2010 and then again last week. Only gets better eachtime I see it.
    Where can I purchase your CD?

  3. Hi Zachary, I just saw the “Holly Jolly Christmas”Show in Chilliwack and you were just awesome. The Best of the group. I saw the movie “The Buddy Holly Story” on TV and are you doing the Buddy Holly Story touring across Canada? Are you coming back to Chilliwack. I noticed tonight that our new Chilliwack Arts Centre was packed, I mean sold out.

  4. Saw your opening night in Chemainus last night. It was without a doubt the best
    live music performance that I have had the pleasure to see in many years on the
    island. The music was the greatest, high energy and lots of emotion,a fantasticly talented cast.Loved Jenni Burke , she was right into it during the finale.You have a real hit on your hands and deservingly so.

  5. Awesome show Friday night!! We thought everyone did an excellent job but you were outstanding to say the least!! Keep up the great work; we look forward to seeing you again.

  6. I really hope this show is preserved on DVD as it would be a real shame if it were not, it is THAT good even just for future TV use, all the cast are excellent
    so well produced, colorful, the works…tell me this will happen ????
    ps: See you in QB later, Cheers BB.

  7. Hi Zach
    We went to see your performance at The Chemainus Theatre April 10 /13 and the talent in your show is incredible totally awesome .. We enjoyed each and every one of you . If we ever see that you are at another theatre some day hold us some tickets because we will indeed be there.. Thanks again for the great day !! . Your mom must be very proud of you and don’t forget to have something to eat .. Love you guys .. Elaine & Ernie Burnett Port Alberni B.C.

  8. I was at the matinee performance on Sat Apr.13.Tremendous .When I first started work in Jan 1959.I worked in a Radio T.V. shop that had a record dept.. On feb 13 I came to work & the girl in the record dept.was crying .I asked what was up & she said that Buddy holly had been killed.She played his records all day long.It brought back all the memories .Thankyou.

  9. PLaying your Buddy Holly CD.s a lot and never tire of them…my son has them in Japan…you have friends out there!!Would love to see the show on DVD or on TV ?????

  10. Just saw the buddy holly show in kc. This was such a great show! The band was great. Your vocals were excellent. The acting was great. Made me smile all evening. Thanks

  11. Just saw you in “The Buddy Holly Story” at The New Theater in Overland Park, KS. You ROCK! And so do “Big Bopper” and “Richie Valens” and every musician and actor on that stage. What a great evening . . . Rock and Roll is Alive and Well. You and your fellow performers proved that. Kudos to you all!

  12. Just got home from seeing your fantastic appearance at the New Theatre in Overland Park. Hands down, the best show I have seen there…the waiter told me the same thing and he had been working there for years

  13. What a phenomenal show we had the privilege of seeing at the New Theater Restaurant in Overland Park, KS last night. Besides being the best play ever, the talent was amazing. You became Buddy Holly. In all our years as a season ticket holder at the theater, we have never seen two standing ovations. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent. We hope to come back and see the play again before the run ends. Best of luck to you.

  14. You were amazing When my family and I came to see the Buddy Holly story, Im in love rockabilly music, and Buddy Holly has always been my all time fav singer! Good luck in everything you do!

  15. Hi Zachary,
    Your performance was utterly fantastic last time I saw you in Red Deer, are you coming to Red Deer, Edmonton or Calgary anytime soon?

  16. Saw your show ‘Class of 59’ in Surrey this past Sunday. My group loved the show! All the cast were just great. Jerry Lee was something else!

  17. Just saw your performance last night with the Class of ’59.
    What a wonderful show! The energy was amazing and we had a wonderful time. Thank you!

  18. Saw the show yesterday and it was great had a good time . I bought a bus load down from Courtenay to see the show on tje drive back there all said it was a good day with a great show .
    thanks for coming back to do it again
    Neil Radbourne

  19. Saw your show for the second time in Chemainus on Sunday Feb 23/14. You are truly a gifted performer and your Buddy Holly show in fantastic. Worth driving through the snowstorm to get there!

  20. Wow. Still blown away by the performance we saw in Chemainus on February 27. Absolutely rocking. What a talented young man. Still playing the CD’s. What an inspiration.

  21. Saw your show Feb. 15 and met you afterwards. Your show is fantastic. Saw it last year in 2013 as well, superb!! Have told all my friends and some have had the let down of missing your shows in Chemainus as they could not get tickets. I hope that you decide to come back again in 2015 or sooner, please!!!! I would definitely see you again.

  22. We loved your superb performance of Buddy Holly on March 4, 2014. The whole show was fantastic. Thank you for sharing your many talents:-) I hope you’ll be back soon in Chemainus/Cowichan Valley:-)

  23. Thank you so much for bringing Buddy back to Chemainus..we enjoyed it so much (three times.) If you are finished with Buddy full time, Hank would be wonderful for next season – you have a huge following on the Island. Googled your Molly and she seems delightful – are you getting on with that proposal? Good luck with everything you do. You are a very nice young man.

  24. Heard so many good things about you, love Buddy Holly music are you ever coming to saskatoon in saskatchewan in Canada or anywhere close by?

    1. Hi Ann,

      I don’t have any bookings in Saskatchewan right now. But I hope to come through sometime soon, I’ll let you know! Check back here or join my Facebook page for updates 🙂

  25. How awesome you are at being someone else…We’ve paid big bucks to watch you many times over the last 5 years! We thought we would show you off to two of the couples we know, and take them with us to Parksville outdoor entertainment. We talked you up and said what a great musician you are. Then you didn’t show up.
    Too bad you disappointed so many home town people who now know what kind of commitments you break! You are a public person and this will not go down well. The buck stops here.

    1. Hi Josee,

      I’m so sorry to have disappointed you at Beachfest. I really appreciate that you’ve supported and enjoyed my performances over the years. This was a concert that I was really looking forward to playing as it is in the heart of my hometown and I have fond memories of the sandcastle competition (I even competed myself as a kid). I was contracted to perform “Red Rock Diner” at the Arts Club Theatre this summer that was due to close on August 2nd. However, the show got extended to the 23rd, thusly, I was contractually obligated to the Arts Club Theatre and was unable to perform at Beachfest.
      I have never had to cancel any performance in my career and it was very hard knowing that I’d be letting people down. I wish I could have been in two places at once.

      Again, my sincerest apologies.



  27. Hi Zachary,

    Just wondering if you ever play weddings? My fiancé are getting married at Shawnigan Lake School in (July) 2016, love your music, and are interested in possibly booking with you. Let us know if you would be interested and we can chat further.



  28. We saw you last evening in Milton . WOW . Just a terrific performance !!!

    We had to leave soon as show ended . How can we purchase cd , with same type

    of show from last nite .

    Best wishes Ann @ George

    1. Hi Ann & George! So glad you enjoyed my performance. The comments section wasn’t working properly on my site for quite some time. Sorry for the delay in response. You can purchase CD right here on my site from the STORE page 🙂

  29. Hello Zachary, My husband Bryson & I had the Wonderful Pleasure of seeing your Amazing Performance in Moncton, New Brunswick ! WOW ! We Sooo Enjoyed the Concert & are hoping to be able to see you again soon. We live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia & are wondering if you have any upcoming dates for Halifax , Nova Scotia or Charlottetown , P.E.I. ?

    1. Hi Anne,
      Happy New Year!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the show in Moncton! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. Im trying to get more savvy on using this website. If you’re on facebook, Im better at keeping that my site updated. At any rate, I don’t have anything booked for the east coast just yet. But I’m hoping to get back out there hopefully next fall!
      Again, thanks for enjoying the music and RAVE ON!


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  32. Just saw your show in Toronto tonight at the Randolph Theatre and was blasted to the past with your great rendition of Buddy Holly hits and others! Wow, you are one talented dude, as well as the rest of your band! Awesome show, nothing like great music and musicianship! Had so much fun!! Please come back soon!

  33. As I sit listening to the CD’s that we purchased at The New Theater Restaurant in Kansas City a couple of months ago, I am remembering that most enjoyable evening my husband I had watching your performance as Buddy Holly. You were amazing! The entire cast was amazing. But you sir truly made Buddy come to life. I hope to see you again in the future. You have made a fan.

    1. Thank you Peggy! I just saw this message now. It has truly been an honour to keep Buddy’s legacy alive over the years. I’m hoping to come back to KC to do my holiday show again this year. Hopefully I’ll see you again. Your Buddy, Zach

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