It all started when…
Alex was a week into grade ten drama, and his drama teacher pulled him aside after class and said, “You should really think about being an actor”. That was that. Once high school finished, Alex furthered his studies at the George Brown Theatre School, and then at Humber College for Acting in Film and Television. At Humber, the faculty awarded Alex "The Brian Linehan Award", for possessing the most artistic creativity and promise.
Upon finishing training, Alex went to work in the theatre, where he played "Williamson" in a production of "Glengarry Glen Ross" (Lower Ossington Theatre), and then followed it up with a turn as "Juror #3" in a production of "12 Angry Jurors" (George Ignatieff Theatre).
Audition after audition led to a TV debut when Alex was cast as lead, "Baby Face Nelson", in CMJ Productions II Inc.'s "Natural Born Outlaws", which aired on History Canada at the end of 2015. In March of 2016, Alex was seen on CNN's new original series, "Race for the White House". He had a role as the "Telegraphist" in the episode, "Lincoln vs Douglas". In March of 2016 Alex appeared in a commercial for Veueve Clicquot, "On Making an Impression". Alex played "Dancing Napoleon". The spot was directed by Peter Glanz and narrated by Juliette Binoche. Recently, Alex appeared on CBC's Frankie Drake Mysteries as Al Capone.
Alex spends the other part of his time as a jazz singer. At the age of two, he started being taken to jazz clubs in Toronto. Without even knowing it, his musical training developed, sitting around at smokey jazz clubs into the wee small hours of the morning. When he got older, he discovered the music of Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Chet Baker, Peggy Lee, and Tony Bennett...just to name a few. The inspiration caught on, and he decided to pursue singing along with acting.
" I finally had the pleasure of seeing up-and-coming jazz vocalist Alex Bird perform live. To say that I was impressed would be a hyperbolic understatement. With his lush tone and fluttering vibrato, Alex Bird has one of the most entrancing voices I've ever heard on the Toronto jazz scene in recent memory. His style and effortless approach immediately brought to mind legendary crooner Bobby Darin, a compliment of the highest esteem. Alex Bird is one to watch, ladies and gents!" - Joe Thomas (@madforjazz)