Eight-time Music New Brunswick Award nominee Eldon Thiele (ZWERG) began singing onstage at the age of 3, and began studying piano at age 5 under the watchful guidance of his music teacher father John Betts. He later attended the prestigious Notre Dame D’Acadie music school, going on to win numerous 1st place awards at The Greater Moncton Music Festival. Much of Thiele’s childhood was spent touring with his family’s singing group The Betts Family.
At age 18, Thiele conceived his one-man band ZWERG, which has released 6 CDs to-date, as well as a DVD music video/single which aired on several times on MuchMoreMusic. His first two releases, Sepsis & To Myopic Mutts, were featured extensively on national radio shows Radiosonic & Brave New Waves, and were well-received by college radio. His more recent releases continue to receive airplay on CBC radio, among other stations in Canada and the U.S.
ZWERG has shared the stage with such musical luminaries as Jessica Rhaye, Matt Mays and El Torpedo, Wintersleep, and April Wine's Jim Henman. He has played numerous acclaimed music festivals such as Pop Montreal, The East Coast Music Awards, and Music New Brunswick Week. ZWERG performs as a solo act, and also showcases with his live band consisting of Dan and Mike Bourgeois (The Melanie Morgan Band/Chris Cummings/George Belliveau), Danny Roy (The Melanie Morgan Band), and Robin Anne Ettles (Roch Voisine/Sol/Shaun LeBlanc). ZWERG presently performs 3 nights a week at the Bistro 140 in Miramichi, NB, and continues to tour and play festivals in Eastern Canada.
ZWERG's latest release is Whims 'N' Words (2012), an album of East Coast Canadian covers and original compositions inspired by ZWERG's life in Atlantic Canada. The album features appearances by John WD Mullane (In-Flight Safety), Robin Anne Ettles (Sol/Roch Voisine/Shaun LeBlanc), Dan Bourgeois (The Melanie Morgan Band/Chris Cummings/George Belliveau), Tim Isaac (Lovestorm/Isaac & Blewett), Stacy Ricker (Sol), Alex Madsen (The Divorcees), Dominique Dupuis, Mel Keith, Mark Gaudet (Eric's Trip/Elevator), Jessica Leigh Cook (Jessica Betts), Devin Quinn (Feedback Scars), Jordan Kern (Emm Gryner/Yacht Rock), and more.
Covers on the album include songs by East Coast favourites Wintersleep, In-Flight Safety, Stevedore Steve, Corey and Trina (Don Fulford), Cajun artist Zachary Richard, among others.
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ACTRA Height: 5’8”
Canadian/U.S. Citizen Weight: 145lbs.
FILM & TELEVISION
THE LAND OF NEW BRUNSWICK Lead/Director Waspy Mi’kmaq Prods./Eldon Thiele
PACKAGE UP MY SOUL Lead/Director Waspy Mi’kmaq Prods./Eldon Thiele
*MAYBE TOMORROW Lead Gradual Upgrade Prods./Travis Grant
DEAD TO THE WORLD Principal CBC Pilot/Realm Prods./Richard MacQueen
G-SPOT Principal Showtime/Big Motion Pictures/Brian Roberts
NEARLY FELL Actor CMT/Latecomer Pictures/Tim McDonough
NATURALLY SADIE Actor/Musician FAM/DIS/NICK/Decode/Sadie/David Winning
TO STAND, KNEEL Lead/Director MUCH/Roadside/Positive Media/Eldon Thiele
RADIO FREE ROSCOE Actor FAM/Decode Prods./Steve Wright
RICK MERCER’S MONDAY REPORT Actor/Musician/Singer CBC/Monday Report II Inc./Rick Mercer
CHEETAH GIRLS Actor DIS/Whitney Houston’s Brownstone/Oz Scott
QUEER AS FOLK Principal Showtime/Temple Street/David Wellington
GO MOTION Lead Canadian Film Center/John May
UNIVERSITY Principal/Recurring VISION/Muse Entertainment/George Mihalka
VENDETTA (IRISH EYES) Principal Irish Eyes Prods./Daniel McCarthy
BLESSED STRANGER Principal CTV/Big Motion Pictures/David Wellington
106 FIRE HYDRANTS Lead CBC/Big River Hydrant Prods./Ilkay Silk
DARING & GRACE Principal CBC/YTV/Dick & Tracy Prods./Reid Dunlop
PARADISE SIDING Principal CBC/Big River Paradise Prods./David Peterson
DECEMBER 1917 Principal GLOBAL TV/December 1917/Scott Simpson
THE OTHER SIDE Principal CMT/Warf Rat Video Prods./Lara Cassidy
**TERMINAL LUNCH Lead CBC/Chronicle Pictures/Scott Simpson
*Nominated for Best Actor in a Drama – 2011 Silver Wave Film Festival (Fredericton, New Brunswick)
**Nominated for Best Actor – 1998 Yorkton Film Festival (Yorkton, Saskatchewan)
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Moonsnail for Best Actor (TERMINAL LUNCH) – 1997 Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, NS)
Theatre New Brunswick Mardi Cockburn Award and Scholarship – 1995 New Brunswick Drama Festival (Fredericton, NB)
Award of Excellence in Character Portrayal – 1995 District #2 Drama Festival (Moncton, NB)
ACTRA Auditioning Course – Jennifer Overton
ABU Acting Course – Scott Mealey
Acting for Film and Television – Gil Brenton
KVHS Theatre Weekend – Charlie Rhindress, Suzanne Yerxa
Moncton High School Theatre Arts 120 – Michael McArdle
Harrison Trimble High School Acting Seminar – Michael Granville
SKILLS/INTERESTS: Bilingual - English/French (some German & Finnish); Songwriting, Piano, Singing, Bass, Programming, Arranging, Producing, Mixing, Engineering, Drawing, Weight Training, Skiing, Swimming, Volleyball, Running; Released 6 CDs & 1 DVD as ZWERG.