Jacob Hoggard

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Jacob Hoggard
Hoggard performing in 2008
Hoggard performing in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJacob William Hoggard
Born (1984-07-09) 9 July 1984 (age 36)
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
OriginAbbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano
Years active2004–2018
Associated actsHedley, Artists Against Bullying

Jacob William Hoggard (born 9 July 1984) is a Canadian singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the pop-rock band Hedley. Before Hedley was formed, Hoggard competed on the second season of Canadian Idol, in 2004; he placed third.[1]

Early life[edit]

Jacob Hoggard was born on 9 July 1984, in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.[2] He was raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia and Surrey, British Columbia.[3] He is of partial Italian origin.[4][5] He was educated in Surrey, British Columbia at Senator Reid Elementary School and Mennonite Educational Institute, Yale Secondary School in Abbotsford and at L.A. Matheson Secondary School, he was also in the City Central Learning Center.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hoggard married his high school sweetheart in 2005, which ended in divorce in 2009.[7] Hoggard married Canadian actress Rebekah Asselstine on December 31, 2018.[8]

Allegations of sexual misconduct and rape[edit]

In 2005, Hoggard and his band members were suspects in a sexual assault case where a minor was found unconscious and shoeless outside a London, Ontario venue where the band had played. Rohypnol was present in the victim's blood. The police investigation ended when the victim refused a rape kit and the band sent the venue management a letter stating any discussion of the incident would result in a lawsuit.[9]

On 25 February 2018, an Ottawa woman accused Hoggard of raping her after the pair met on Tinder in November 2016. Attorneys for Hoggard denied the allegations in a statement sent to CBC News on his behalf, stating that their interaction was consensual.

In February 2018 he announced that he would be stepping away from his career indefinitely following Hedley's tour.

On 5 March 2018, a Toronto woman also accused Hoggard of rape, detailing an encounter she had with him in March 2013. Hoggard stated that this, too, was consensual, and that the allegations were "startling and categorically untrue". The identities of both women have been withheld for their privacy.

On 23 July 2018, Hoggard was charged with one count of sexual interference and two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm, involving a girl under 16 and a woman.[10] His trial date was scheduled to begin on 28 November 2018.[11] On 23 August 2019, it was announced that Hoggard's trial would begin on September 27.[12]


Week Theme Song choice Artist Result
Audition N/A "Forever in Blue Jeans" Neil Diamond Advanced
Top 32 "Only the Good Die Young" Billy Joel
Top 10 Canadian Hits "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" Paul Anka Safe
Top 9 British Invasion "Space Oddity" David Bowie
Top 8 Rock & Roll "Everything" Lifehouse
Top 7 Lionel Richie "Brick House" Lionel Richie
Top 6 Gordon Lightfoot "Sundown" Gordon Lightfoot Bottom 2
Top 5 Summertime Hits "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Aerosmith Safe
Top 4 Standards "Straighten Up And Fly Right"
Nat King Cole
Top 3 Judges' Choice "If You Don't Know Me by Now"
"I Want You to Want Me"
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Cheap Trick


  1. ^ "Famous Last Words by Hedley on Apple Music". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Official site of Canadian Idol - CTV's search for Canada's best". CTV.ca. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Interview: Hedley Refuses to Be Idol". Dose.ca. 24 March 2010. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  4. ^ Walker, Liz (28 April 2008). "Rock star Jacob Hoggard's workout a little too hard-core". The Globe and Mail. Toronto, Canada: The Woodbridge Company.
  5. ^ "Hedley takes a role in fight against cancer". lfpress.com. 18 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Jacob Hoggard"[permanent dead link], Movie Tome. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  7. ^ Stevenson, Jane (29 December 2009). "Hedley singer gets personal with new CD", London Free Press. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
  8. ^ Mahjouri, Shakiel (1 January 2019). "Report: Hedley's Jacob Hoggard Gets Married On New Year's Eve". Entertainment Tonight Canada. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  9. ^ Hughes, Josiah (15 February 2018). "Hedley Were Allegedly Investigated for Drugging Underage Concertgoer". Exclaim Magazine. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard charged with sexual assault". Global News. 23 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Sexual assault case of Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard put over to Nov. 28". Global News. 7 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Sex assault trial for Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard to begin next month". CP24. 23 August 2019.

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