Kyte in September 2008
|Birth name||Jonathan Tyler Kyte|
|Born||July 24, 1984|
|Origin||Lindsay, Ontario, Canada|
|Instruments||Guitar, Piano, Drum|
|Associated acts||Instant Star
Jonathan Tyler "Ty" Kyte (born July 24, 1984; Lindsay, Ontario) is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his acting career with commercials and performing in the Musical Tommy in Toronto. Kyte was made famous amongst Canadian youth as a correspondent on the Canadian TV series Popular Mechanics for Kids alongside fellow Canadians Elisha Cuthbert, Vanessa Lengies and Jay Baruchel. He later appeared on the TV series Goosebumps (1997) and Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1999). He appeared in the made for TV movie Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story in 2004, and had a recurring role on the Canadian drama Instant Star as Vincent Spiederman until 2008. In his free time, Tyler records songs and plays drums for the Toronto band Sweet Thing, and in 2006, released a five-song solo CD. He currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. Not only does Kyte have his own music career and role as a drummer in the infectious Sweet Thing but he also plays guitar, organ, and piano as well as providing backing vocals for friend Nick Rose's band, Nick Rose & the Magnolias, who released their debut EP on February 20, 2008 and their full length album in mid-2009; also takes part in the roots/folk group Blue Fox, and the zany, comedic duo "Painter" with Dave Reale. He attended I.E. Weldon Secondary School. In addition to Tyler's acting and musical abilities, he is also known for his work with special needs children and adults. Tyler has spent his entire life living with those who are mentally and physically challenged. Tyler's brother, Paul, has Down's Syndrome.
Tyler got into music at the age of 12 when he started playing guitar. He lists his musical influences as Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Aerosmith, and Blue Rodeo. Kyte has released an EP, titled the Let's Talk EP. The EP has 5 original songs, written and performed by Tyler Kyte. Kyte played a rockstar on the show Instant Star (for 4 seasons) where he was the guitarist for the backup band for Jude Harrison (Alexz Johnson). In the show, he performs a different version of the song from his EP, "What You Need" (there are three versions: the original demo, the Let's Talk EP/Instant Star version, and the Talking Pictures version). The song is on the Songs From Instant Star Three soundtrack, along with two songs that were performed by Johnson on the show. Due to Johnson's management at the time, they were not put on the soundtrack. Instead, Kyte recorded the two songs and they were put on the soundtrack. The two songs are "Unraveling" and "Worth Waiting For". Tyler also performs a song, "Remind Yourself", on the fourth season of Instant Star, which is featured on the soundtrack, Songs From Instant Star Four. As well as singing an acoustic cover of the Degrassi: the Next Generation theme during the ending credits of season 9 And 10
Tyler Kyte has a Myspace under the name of Painter, which features demos of him and friends in the studio, or at home in front of a microphone. Some of the demos are Soft Spoken (ft. Alexz Johnson), Skips (ft. Alexz Johnson), Hurt, Dill Lake Road, I Call My Cookie Becky, Way Old, Nick's In The Garden, Seeking Love, Yellow Toast, and Practical Vain Man.
Tyler's debut CD, Talking Pictures, is now available in stores throughout Canada. It was released in both the Canadian and American iTunes stores. Some of the songs from the Let's Talk EP have been remastered for the CD.
He is also currently playing in the band Blue Fox (with Nick Rose and Ryan O'Reilly), and in the band Sweet Thing (with Owen Carrier, Nick Rose, Alex Winter, and Morgan Waters). Tyler also toured throughout Europe with The Ryan O'Reilly Band. He plays guitar, mandolin, and piano as well as providing backing vocals in Blue Fox, The Ryan O'Reilly Band and the drums for Sweet Thing.
Let's Talk EP (Lefthook Entertainment, 2006)
- This EP has 5 original songs, written and performed by Tyler Kyte.
Sweet Thing EP (indie, 2006)
- Kyte recorded drums on the 5 songs.
Don't Feel Cold (Questionable Records, 2006)
- Kyte cowrote and recorded 1 song ("Making You Happy") w/ Ryan O'Reilly.
Songs From Instant Star Three (Orange Record Label, 2006–2007)
- This soundtrack has 3 songs performed by Kyte, including a song from his EP "What You Need".
Blue Fox EP (Canterbury Music, 2007)
- Kyte cowrote and recorded backing vocals, guitar, and piano for these 5 songs.
The Cloverhill EP (Rogue Studio, 2008)
- EP by Nick Rose.
Songs From Instant Star Four (Orange Record Label, 2008)
- This soundtrack has 1 song ("Remind Yourself") performed by Kyte.
Talking Pictures (Orange Record Label, 2008)
- The debut solo album for Kyte, includes 10 tracks.
Sweet Thing (EMI Canada, 2010)
- Kyte cowrote 3 tracks and recorded drums and backing vocals
Tyler Kyte played many roles during his younger years. Roles include Goosebumps, Popular Mechanics for Kids, Due South, The Defenders: Payback, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Interstate 60, Darcy's Wildlife, and more. Kyte's first role was in Goosebumps' "Don't Go To Sleep" as Matt Amsterdam, a boy tired of being young who, after sleeping in his attic one night, wakes up in another dimension. In 1998 Kyte landed a role in the popular children's show replacing Jay Baruchel, Popular Mechanics for Kids. The show ended, but is still shown on BBC Kids Canada. His costars included Elisha Cuthbert and Vanessa Lengies. His role in PMK landed him a nomination in 2001 at the Geminis, "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series".
Tyler's roles on Popular Mechanics for Kids is now on DVD and can be purchased in movie stores across the country.
In 2003 Tyler played Charles Smart in the movie The Elizabeth Smart Story. The movie is based on the true story of Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping. Later in 2004, Kyte took a role in a popular gay themed movie, Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story. He played a minor part, but it was an effective part. Kyte played Murray, the friend of a gay teenager wanting to go to prom with his boyfriend. In 2006 Kyte played Charlie Walker, in the short film By Charlie Walker. The film portrayed the events of a boy becoming a man over the course of one day, after he discovers his mother having sexual intercourse with a man he never met before.
|1997||Goosebumps (TV series)||Matt Amsterdam|
|1998–2000||Popular Mechanics for Kids||Himself||1998–2000|
|1999||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Alan|
|2001||Interstate 60||Philip||Small Role|
|2003||The Elizabeth Smart Story||Charles Smart||AKA: Kidnapped: The Elizabeth Smart Story|
|2004||Darcy's Wild Life||Tyler||Guest Role|
|2004||Prom Queen: The Marc Hall Story||Murray|
|2004–2008||Instant Star||Vincent Speiderman||Main Role|
|2006||By Charlie Walker||Charlie Walker||Lead Role|
|2006||The Morgan Waters Show||Tyler the bear||Guest Role|
|2006||The Morgan Waters Show||Bad News Bear||Guest Role|
|2006||The Morgan Waters Show||Pickles and Chowmane guy||Guest Role|
|2006||Screwed Over||Himself||Guest Role|
|2007||Cock'd Gunns||Jay T||Guest Role|
|2008||The Latest Buzz||Brock Ravage||Guest Role|
|2008||Murdoch Mysteries||Clyde Dunbar||Guest Role|
|2010||Degrassi Takes Manhattan||Himself||Guest Role|
|2011||Alphas||busker on subway||Guest Role|