He won a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2012 for Outstanding Performance by a Male (Musical) for his performance in Caroline, or Change. He has also appeared on stage in productions of We Will Rock You, Of Mice and Men, The Lion King, Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park, Matthew Lopez's The Whipping Man and Lynn Nottage's Ruined, for which he garnered a Dora nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role – Play.
On television he has had guest roles in Undergrads, The West Wing, The Eleventh Hour, 'Til Death Do Us Part, The Border, The Bridge, InSecurity, Warehouse 13, Covert Affairs, Suits, Lost Girl, Nikita, and Degrassi: Next Class.
Jarvis has also been an R&B songwriter and performer. With the group Spunkadelic, he cowrote the Juno Award-nominated 1990 single "Take Me Like I Am". He released a single, "Alone With You", on Canopy Records in 2011, and recorded the theme music for the television series Donkey Kong Country and Zoboomafoo.
- "On the town with Sterling Jarvis: Song and chance". National Post, March 20, 2013.
- "‘Crash,’ ‘Caroline, or Change’ big winners at Dora Mavor Moore theatre awards". Canadian Press, June 25, 2012.
- "Clybourne Park: Two generations of race, class and real estate angst". The Globe and Mail, April 6, 2012.
- "Ruined: An earthquake of acting that will shake you". The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2011.
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