A.J. Benoit is known as one of eastern Ontario's premier entertainers. He is a native of Brockville and has been involved in music since the age of 15. A.J. plays a variety of musical instruments and is a triple threat performer having performed in numerous musical productions at the Brockville Art Center and the Kingston Grand Theater. He played the lead male character, Petruccio in “Kiss Me Kate”, Herbie in “Gypsy”, Johnny Casino in “Grease”, The Mikado in “The Mikado”, Bob Cratchit in "A Christmas Carol" and Don Lockwood (the part Gene Kelly played) in “Singin’ in the Rain” to name a few!
A.J. also wrote and produced the musical production “Bless ‘Em All – A Musical Tribute to the Veterans of WWII which he played the part of The Sgt. Major.
The show made a net profit of $25,000 which was donated to the Brockville Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund!
Aside from acting on stage A.J. has created many musical groups and is the lead singer in “The Blarney Show Band” a Celtic group made up of 6 musicians, "The Crooners” a quartet featuring pianist, bassist and drummer and a trio called “The Mixed Nuts” which perform most every genre of music you could think of to include opera! He has a two person group called "A.J. & Andy" which performs a show called "Around The World With A.J. & Andy" they sing and play songs from many countries in many languages! This group also appears as Capt'n A.J. & Andy performing Pirate songs and songs from the Caribbean! Another popular group is "The Memory Makers" a 4 piece group re-living the memories from The Rat Pack Era. For a comedic element A.J. performs in a trio called "The Hee Haw Boys" singing old time country & bluegrass songs with laughs along the way!
Another very popular group is "A.J. & The Buttercups" The Buttercups are 3 accomplished triple threat performers that back-up A.J. and have solo performances as well! His latest creation is "A.J. & The Cadillac's a 6 piece 50's Rock n' Roll band! He is well known for his Variety shows featuring over a dozen accomplished actors, singers, and musicians as they perform songs and skits reminiscent of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s era.
A.J. has represented the City of Brockville at numerous city functions and has written many songs including "The Good Ole' Hockey Game", "Christmas in Brockville Town" and “Brockville My Home Town” which he gifted to the City. This song was performed for the descendants of "The Brock Family" as part of the 1812 Sir Issac Brock Ceremonies in 2012. For Canada's 150th Birthday A.J. wrote a very popular song called the "Canada 150 Song" and to commemorate Canada's oldest tunnel reopening he wrote "The Brockville Tunnel Song".
In 2017 A.J. was awarded a Canada 150 Medal for his music contribution to his community. In Sept 2018 A.J. wrote and produced another music production called "Silver Wings" - A Tribute to Our Veterans and to the Men & Women Currently Serving Our Country. The show made a profit of $25,000 which was donated to the F-86 Sabre Jet War Memorial Restoration Project; a monument dedicated to the WWII Airmen that gave their lives for the cause of freedom.
In 2018 A.J. Received a medal of excellent from the Hon.Harjit S. Sajjan The Minister of National Defense for the service to our country and for honouring our Veterans and the men and women currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
And in 2020 A.J. was inducted into the Brockville and Area Music and Performing Arts Hall of Fame.
A.J. performs at many private functions and is often featured as guest soloist throughout the region.