Fair was born on Remembrance Day, November 11,1981 to older brother
Shawn and parents Sue and Sandy. Although Rural Route # 4, Wingham was
home, Craig made his entry into the world at St. Joseph Hospital in
excitement for music was clearly visible even at four years of age. His
enthusiasm and imagination to be part of the rhythms and melodies was
always fun to watch and provided much entertainment. Lucky for Craig his
home community had talented teachers in its midst and by five years old,
had hooked up with two of these people. Gael
Lear began the building blocks with Craig on
the piano. Her patience and expertise made the piano one of
Craig’s best friends and a tool that he would use over and over in the
years to come. Janice Ballagh/McMichael
of the McMichael Sisters, taught Craig how to set em up and put em down when
it came to step dancing. Those foundations also would prove invaluable
in the years to come.
was instantly active in his music. He competed regularly at step dancing
competitions in southwestern Ontario as solo and with a troupe called
"Threes Company". Craig also involved himself at Turnberry
Central Public School
the choir and public speaking. Things really began to heat up
though when Craig and his brother Shawn heard Jerry Lee Lewis sing Great
Balls of Fire . With
Shawn hammering out the keys and Craig singing, a small one number act
evolved. The 1989 Teeswater Old Boys and Girls Reunion
was coming up soon and
needed entertainment for their festivities. With the help of Dad and
friends Mike Smith, Al Grant, and
Ken Wall, the group "Wild Pitch"
was born. Wild Pitch performed the single number to
almost 2000 people in the hot packed arena that night and the seed was planted. Wild
Pitch continued to entertain at just about any function, large or small.
It was at the Fergus
Fall Fair in 1991 that fate would visit Craig. It goes like
the artistic director at this point in time, of the Charlottetown
was looking for a young boy to play a leading role opposite a seasoned
veteran by the name of Bill
Hosie in a musical called "The
Great Adventure". Lemay had stopped by Guelph to visit a friend of his, by the name of
Henry who had just happened to be in the audience when Wild
Pitch performed at the Fergus Fall Fair several months past at this
time. Lemay was explaining that he had not yet found the boy he wanted
for his show even after auditioning across the country. Henry advised
that she maybe had seen who he might be looking for. Shortly thereafter
Craig was contacted and before we knew it, Craig and Sue headed down to
PEI’s Charlottetown Confederation Centre Theatre. Here in the midst of
professionals, Craig had the time of his life and the opportunity to
work and perform all season. His peers took him under their wing and
taught him so much. Upon returning to Ontario in the fall of 1992,
Craig settled back into school. In 1993 Craig performed in "Gypsy"
Stratford Festival Theatre
the following Christmas performed in
Carroll" at the Grand in London.
years really set the stage. The next phase of time in Craig’s trip
found him finishing public and high school. He worked hard and
continuously at his singing, dancing and piano playing. FE
Madill High School
Wingham always had a strong drama department, and when Craig arrived
there he was able to become very involved and performed in all of their
head of the drama department had the students stage such shows as
"Guys and Dolls" and "Grease",
and various music theatre reviews.
Craig’s enthusiasm for music did not stop inside the school. He was
constantly singing at weddings, and performing at local and charity
functions. For six years he performed with "Soundsation"
productions and as well acted as President of the organization
for a year. During Soundsation years Craig formed the dance group
“Rivanova” which pleased
many audiences. The farm home enjoyed numerous youngsters during the
week for step dance lessons from Craig. During this time he was
honored to accept a scholarship at the Kincardine
Summer Jazz Week.
In his last year of high school, he staged his
own show "A Christmas Gift" at
the Heritage Theatre
Wingham. The time at high school passed quickly and as Craig approached
graduation he made the decision to pursue his music at college.
Craig auditioned and was accepted into Sheridans Music Theatre Performance Program in the fall of 2000. Here, Craig found the studying environment that he had only ever imagined. Incredibly talented young people now surrounded him from all across Canada. They all had the same love and passion for singing, dancing and entertaining. The teaching staff, all professionals from the industry, were always pushing and feeding and fine tuning all the talents of the students. Craig was anxious to put some of his new skills and his hard work to use and in the spring of 2001 he staged his own show "Good Times" at the Blyth Festival Theatre. Three of Craig’s talented friends, Kelly-Anne Evans, Michael Power and Tanya Penny, shared the stage and the four of them had the house on their feet before the end of the show. Time passes quickly when you are having fun and the first year of college rolled by. Craig was successful in an audition for summer employment of 2001 and found himself performing on Paramount Canada's Wonderland main stage. The show was called "The Graveyard Shift". Wonderland continued until Thanksgiving, making the start of his 2nd year at Sheridan very busy in the fall of 2001.
Craig loves to perform and that is what Sheridan is about. Sheridan stages "Catch a Rising Star" each year and it features the graduating class “Nightclubs” as well as some of the outstanding dance critiques of the second year students. Craig’s hard work paid off and his critique made it into the show in early 2002. Following Catch a Rising Star, Craig auditioned for the Charlottetown Festival. He was absolutely thrilled to find out he would be returning there for this season 10 years after it started there. Craig returned to Sheridan for his last year after Charlottetown and at graduation was the recipient of the Triple Threat Award. This seems to be an appropriate place to end this story. From here on we will be in the present so please visit the www.craigfair.com to stay in touch.