Entertainer

James Bruce Lyttle.  Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in North Bay, Ontario on September 20, 1952. Grew up there and in Toronto, then attended high school in the village of Rodney (60 kilometres West of London). Known as Bruce Lyttle until the mid-1980s, respecting Dad’s prior claim to the name Jim Lyttle.

Travelled back and forth across Canada in showbands with Bill Caldwell’s Canadian Talent Productions out of London and later with the Hogan Entertainment Agency of Toronto: playing guitar and occasionally keyboards or bass, singing, providing patter and limited comedy, while arranging both the music and vocal harmonies.  Created 20-minute medley of songs from The Beatles, another with songs of The Beach Boys, and another from songs by The Four Seasons. These were a big hit in show sets, but were hard to dance to.

Left full-time performing in 1980 to take a job with Electrohome Electronics in Kitchener working on the Canadian government’s Telidon Project under Patrick R. Anthony. While doing that, played in part-time bands, produced musical arrangements for The Johnnie Johnston Show, and designed and/or operated the lighting for dozens of plays in Toronto theatres.

MUSICIAN/VOCALIST, 1970-1988

Knowbody’s Children
    — Part-time, 1970-1973
Anticipation
    — Full-time, 1974-1975

Parnell
    — Full-time, 1975-1977

Britannia
    — Full-time, 1977-1978

Johnnie Johnston
    — Full-time, 1978-1980

Johnnie Johnston and the Shamrocks, I served as musical director.

Country Fever
    — Part-time, 1980-1983

Dianne and the Cavaliers
    — Part-time, 1983-1985

Awesome Possum
    — Part-time, 1986-1988

Pearl City
    — Summer Tour, 1988

LIGHTING OPERATOR, 1991-1992

    Apparitions
    — Theater Passe Muraille

    The Love Talker
    — Theater Passe Muraille

    Coming Out of the Fridge
    — Tarragon Extra Space

    The Unveiling
    — International Drama Ensemble

    Frenzy for Two
    — International Drama Ensemble

    The Learned Women
    — International Drama Ensemble

    The Lower Depths
    — International Drama Ensemble

LIGHTING DESIGNER, 1992-2001

    No Sex, Please. We’re British
    — York Centennial Theatre

    A Murder Has Been Arranged
    — York Centennial Theatre

    The Playboy of the Western World
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Hay Fever
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Blithe Spirit
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Nude with Violin
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Same Time Next Year
    — York Centennial Theatre

    My Three Angels
    — The Village Playhouse

    You Can’t Take It With You
    — York Centennial Theatre

    The Man Who Came to Dinner
    — York Centennial Theatre

    George Washington Slept Here
    — York Centennial Theatre

    The Affections of May
    — The Village Playhouse
    I am a Camera (Cabaret)
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Arsenic and Old Lace
    — York Centennial Theatre

    All My Sons
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Steel Magnolias
    — The Village Playhouse

    Night of the Iguana
    — York Centennial Theatre

    A Walk in the Woods
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Breaking Legs
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Charley’s Aunt
    — The Village Playhouse

    No Sex, Please. We’re British
    — The Village Playhouse

    Lost in Yonkers
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Dancing at Lughnasa
    — York Centennial Theatre
    Brighton Beach Memoirs
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca
    — The Village Playhouse

    Rosemary & Thyme
    — Tarragon Extra Space

    A Slight Case of Murder
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Of Mice and Men
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Other People’s Money
    — York Centennial Theatre

    Dining with Friends
    — The Glen Morris Theatre

    Andrew My Dearest One
    — The Lab on Britain Street

    The Golden Pathway Annual
    — Studio 311 (Ryerson Theatre)

    Outside of Heaven
    — Studio 311 (Ryerson Theatre)

    Coming Out of the Fridge
    — Canadian Stage Upstairs Theatre

    Gesundheit
    — Canadian Stage Upstairs Theatre

IN AMERICA SINCE 2001

    Stand-Up Comedy Experience
    — American Comedy Institute
    — Under Stephen Rosenfield
    — Did 5 minutes at Caroline’s

    Certified Community Producer
    — Brooklyn Cable Access TV

    Television Producer
    — Public Access Cable TV Duluth