Torquil Campbell

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Torquil Campbell
Torquil Campbell performing live with Stars.jpg
Torquil Campbell performing live in Milwaukee during The Five Ghosts tour.
Background information
Also known as Dead Child Star
Born (1972-03-17) 17 March 1972 (age 45)
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Indie rock
Occupation(s) Musician, actor
Instruments Vocals, melodica, trumpet, synthesizer, tambourine
Labels Arts & Crafts, Soft Revolution
Associated acts Broken Social Scene, Memphis, Stars, Dead Child Star

Torquil Campbell (born 17 March 1972) is the co-lead singer and a songwriter for the Montreal-based indie rock band Stars. In addition to singing, he also plays the melodica, trumpet, synthesizer, and tambourine.[1] Campbell is a co-host of The Basement Revue Podcast, along with musician Jason Collett and poet Damian Rogers.[2] He was previously a regular contributor to the CBC radio program Q.

Music career[edit]

Torquil is involved in a solo project, called Dead Child Star, created in March 2008. The first album from Dead Child Star came out in January 2011, titled Cold Hands, Warm Heart. He is a member of the band Memphis. They have released three albums, the latest of which, Here Comes A City, was released in 2011 by Arts and Crafts.[3] Their fourth album is due in 2017.[4] In addition to his involvement in these projects, he occasionally records and performs with Broken Social Scene, a Canadian indie rock band and musical collective.

Theatre career[edit]

He worked as an actor for much of his life, appearing onstage throughout North America, playing roles as diverse as Gary, the teenage prostitute in the original New York production of the controversial play Shopping and Fucking,[1] starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the title role in Shakespeare's Henry V.

He has directed theatre, including a production of Romeo and Juliet for the Hamptons Shakespeare Festival. Campbell has also had numerous acting roles in Canadian television series and TV movies, including the role of Bill Badger in the animated series, Rupert, Pray for Me, Paul Henderson, and guest appearances in Sex and the City and Law & Order.[1] He has also appeared in several feature films. He has also designed music and sound for theatre.[5]

Campbell will be performing in a play co-created with Chris Abraham[6] about convicted murderer and imposter, Christian Gerhartsreiter, in April 2017. Entitled True Crime, the play will be mounted at Toronto's Crow's Theatre,[7] with plans to tour Canada.

Personal life[edit]

Campbell was born in Sheffield, England and came to Canada during childhood with his family.[1] He is the son of the late actor Douglas Campbell and his wife, Moira Wylie. He attended and graduated from Oakwood Collegiate Institute in Toronto before going onto study theatre. Torquil is married and has one child. He and his family live in both Vancouver, and Niagara-on-the-Lake (the latter for the duration of the annual Shaw Festival, where his wife is an ensemble member).[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Baumgarten, Suzanne (5 February 2009). "Heavenly Music: The Sun Interviews Torquil Campbell of Stars". The Cornell Daily Sun. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "The Basement Revue". iTunes. 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Stars' Torquil Campbell Releases Side Project LPs | News". Pitchfork. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  4. ^ "new memphis album!". indiegogo. 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Creating Hamlet's Playlist". Bard on the Beach. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
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  8. ^ Churchill, Caryl. "Moya O'Connell | Shaw Festival Theatre – Great theatre in the heart of Niagara Wine Country". Retrieved 2015-08-12. 

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