Beyond The Open Door
Everything is waiting, beyond the open door.
Recognizing that door and having the courage to go
through it; that’s when our character is revealed
and we must confront fear and overcome it.
An event filled with
inspiration, entertainment and thoughtfulness, Carl
Dixon takes you on a journey as an exciting and
dynamic speaker who has come back from the brink,
has reinvented himself and will share his personal
triumph over what can only be described as a life
Many of you will know Carl
Dixon by name. If not then you’ll know the music.
Coney Hatch, April Wine, The Guess Who; three iconic
Canadian rock bands whose music spans the
generations. These are just some of the great
musical institutions he’s had the pleasure of being
a part of. Carl had it all. He had the glamorous
rock and roll lifestyle. Touring North America as
the front man of The Guess Who, life was indeed
charmed. Singing and playing the music of his
generation to thousands of thrilled and grateful
fans each night in some of North America’s most
beautiful cities, Carl’s professional high seemed
boundless. His personal commitment to fitness,
strength and community living appeared super human.
Then one day it all changed. While recording music
for a television show in Australia, Carl was
involved in a catastrophic head-on collision that
turned his world upside down. Emergency crews and
hospital specialists thought he was a goner, but
don’t ever underestimate the human spirit. They put
Carl back together again just like Humpty Dumpty.
But no amount of surgery can rebuild a life. It
seemed that nothing was ever going to be same. But
isn’t change good for you? Well, that’s the
Adversity doesn’t build
character, it reveals character. Through stories,
music, and ever-building insight Carl’s not here to
preach but there are some things he thinks he should
"Carl almost instinctively tailored his message to
enhance our key message that zero injuries are
achievable. He also showed how a few seconds of not
focusing on the right thing can result in a life
changing experience. "
"His presentation style is engaging and the emotion
of his very personal incident captivated the
audience which gave him two standing ovations. "
"If your company needs a powerful message mixed in
with world-class music for entertainment, then I
believe that Carl Dixon may be your best choice – I
highly recommend him."
President and CEO, Verdian Corporation
We were in the audience, March 9th in Haliburton for
Val Lougheed and Carl Dixon's presentation.
My husband and I woke up the next morning having
absorbed all we'd heard and started to talk it over
and we both spoke of how the "room" changed at the
end of Carl's singing of "Laughing". We were along
for the ride and braced ourselves as that song
transitioned us into the hard part of the story.
He allowed us to really share in the view of that
real life ordeal.....with all his human frailties
and infinite hope.
There was one moment where I felt I had to "detach"
as I am not entitled to such intimate detail...but
since the holder was entrusting me with such
vulnerable honesty...I am permitted (and so
grateful) to accept it for the gift it is.
Thank you for inviting us to a memorable evening.
Karen & Mick Frybort
you for inviting me to attend Beyond the Open
Door with Carl Dixon. The evening surpassed my
expectations and made me glad I had braved the
snowstorm to attend. Hearing Carl's story was
incredibly moving, and the way Carl was able to
incorporate his songs into the conversation made the
evening a wonderfully meaningful journey. Having the
opportunity to hear Carl's music in an intimate,
storytelling setting like Beyond the Open Door
has made me come to appreciate Carl's talent in a
whole new way. I would recommend Beyond the Open
Door to anyone who appreciates good music, an
inspirational story, and just an all round great
evening of entertainment.
utter delight of everyone there, Carl wove his
beautiful music seamlessly into his talk, providing
a depth of feeling one seldom gets to experience
I have been working in the field of rehabilitation
for the past 33 years, and have been speaking
professionally for most of that time. From my
perspective as a practitioner-patient-survivor,
Carl’s compelling and profound story is engaging,
enlightening, and moving. He is well-spoken,
intelligent and so very enjoyable to listen to. Carl
already knows how to connect with an audience, and
his professional grace on-stage is obvious.
Carl’s story is one that I believe everyone must
Val Lougheed, M.Ed, RSW, CCRC, CVE, RRP
Northern Lights Canada
it May Concern:
Dixon was a keynote speaker at our Global TapRoot®
Summit. Carl shared his riveting account about
his life as a muciaian who, faced with overcoming
catastrophic injuries sustained in an automobile
accident, triumphantly returned to music.
evaluations from his presentation at our conference
were extremely positive.
"I was so motivated by Carl's story. A fantastic
recovery from a near fatal injury." -David B.
"Very inspiring to hear the impact accidents have on
our lives." - Scott G.
"Moving story; powerful vocalist."- Cody D.
"From the heart, excellent."- Chuck T.
also rocked our reception with a solo acoustic set
that included his original music and well-known
classics providing an unforgettable evening of
inspiration and entertainment.
I highly recommend Carl Dixon for professional
keynote speaking engagements. He goes the extra
mile, and is passionate about both his music and his
message. We look forwar to working with him again.
System Improvements, Inc.