Traveling From: Toronto
Fees:up to $2,500
Kathy Thompson is a Bette Midler Tribute Artist, Singer, and Entertainer. There is a focus on two things in Kathy’s life – Teaching voice, and performing.
Experience: Since her first performance at age 16, Kathy has been a busy professional singer, getting a voice major at Humber College in Toronto and studying with private voice teachers. Joining the Royal Canadian Air Force, she was posted in Ottawa where she was the vocalist for the RCAF 55-piece Central Band for three years. After Sergeant Thompson’s “retirement”, she has done performances numbering into the thousands at clubs, festivals, corporate events and private functions. She has made numerous television and film appearances, and recorded with the finest local musicians.
Kathy was a founding member of The Singers Guild of Toronto, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Toronto Musicians’ Association chapter of the American Federation of Musicians from 1994 to 1996, where she was also active on the Public Relations Committee to support live music. Kathy was the editor of the “See the Music” live talent guide. She studied animation voice acting in Los Angeles and Toronto, jazz dance, and improv comedy at Second City and Theatresports Toronto, Level V. Her varied resume includes standing in for Debbie Reynolds, recording commercial jingles, many for Irwin Toys as the voice of a little girl, and performing as a singing host at Yuk Yuk’s owner Mark Breslin’s venue “Sing Sing”. She also coaches pop singers and vocal groups at her teaching studio in Toronto.
Performance Style: Kathy Thompson will dazzle you as everyone’s favourite Diva-Superstar, the Divine Miss M, featuring “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Stuff Like That There”, “I’m Beautiful”, “The Rose”, “You Don’t Own Me”, “Under the Boardwalk” with an acute, eclectic sense of humor it’s all extreme fun and, outrageously hip.
Personality: Kathy says, “One of the reasons I continue to do live singing and acting performances is because being on a stage keeps my performing edge sharp, which is dedicated energy I always bring to students during singing lessons.”
Why hire Kathy Thompson? Kathy does live performances singing jazz, as a celebrity tribute artist, and sings with various bands for events. Kathy established her own band with a repertoire of over 400 songs for corporate and private functions.
Works Well in this Type of Event: Private Events, Conferences, Corporate Events, Cruise Lines, Comedy Festivals, Comedy Clubs, Sports Events, Casino Events, Charity Events, Conventions, and Trade Shows.
Contact: You can request information on our entertainment options through our on-line request form. Or, you can call us Toll Free at 1.800.693.6665
“Kathy Thompson’s portrayal of Bette Midler ranks among the best celebrity impersonations the local “Legends” franchise has ever offered. Thompson’s physical resemblance to Midler is striking: She has the same toothy grin, blonde locks and she ably captures Midler’s body language. Her right-on-target vocal impression enhances the illusion it’s actually Midler on the Palace Theater stage as she offers such signatures as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “I’m Beautiful” and a “The Rose /Wind Beneath My Wings” medley.”
TGIF Daily Record, New Jersey
“One of the best acts yet seen in Ballys celebrity impersonation revue is Kathy Thompson, and she is just wonderful as Bette Midler. Clad in tight toreador pants & high heels, Thompson presents an excellent physical & vocal portrayal of the superstar. But she actually goes beyond mere mimicry. Her turn is so energetic & entertaining that she transcends simple impersonation. The performance stands as a great piece of work in its own right.”
Whoot Magazine, Atlantic City
“When Kathy Thompson took the floor and made with the pipes, her talent was disarming and a tough audience melted in record time. Pseudo-Midler, tribute singer, call her what you will, this gal can belt a song and on key. At times the resemblance was startling, from the sheer lung power to the good-time gal/gay-bonhomie schtick that the real Bette Midler does so well. In between there were twangy Midler inflections and camp demeanor, as she cracked wise with the guys and won over cynics with self-deprecation. Two words can account for Thompson’s success in pretending to be what she’s not: authority and generosity. The former she’s got in spades, just like the real Bette. The giving vein was there in her big smile; she was enjoying herself. She tapped into Midler’s energy and joy just for you singly and collectively and made us a gift of her voice.”
XTRA MAGAZINE, TORONTO (Spa X/S)
“Kathy looks & sounds so much like the real Bette … it’s spooky.”
The Branson Tribune, Branson MO
Partial Client List
Atlantic City / Trump Taj Mahal / Millenium NYE
Atlantic City / Bally’s Park Place
Atlantic City / Claridge Hotel & Casino
Banff, Alberta / Silver Springs Hotel
Basel, Switzerland / Habst Theatre
Berlin, Cologne, Germany / Stars in Concert
Branson, Missouri / Osmond Family Theatre
Cancun, Mexico / Fiesta Americana Hotel
Cincinatti Radisson Hotel
Hamilton, Ontario / Dundurn Park / Hamilton Pride
Florida / Amelia Island Resort
Florida / Coral Springs Performing Arts Centre
Fort Erie, Ontario / Crystal Ridge Arena
Freeport, Bahamas / Big Red Boat
Hamilton Ontario / Flamboro Downs Casino
Hamilton, Ontario / Ronald McDonald House Gala
Hamilton, Ontario / Sheraton, Pride Auction and Fundraiser: Bette Emcee / Host
Hartford, Connecticut / SRO Cabaret – One Woman Show
Jackpot Nevada / Cactus Pete’s Casino Resort
Japan / Yokota, Atsugi & Yokosuka
Las Vegas / Imperial Palace
Las Vegas / Las Vegas Hilton