* Is the producer for “Daytime” on Rogers TV
* Was the co-host of “The Music Store” on CHCH Hamilton
* Was a singer and dancer with “Project People”
Film & Television
Karen (McCall) McLaughlin was born in London , Ontario but her childhood was spread out across North America because her father was in the Air Force.
In 1974, she moved to Kitchener – and has been here, making an impact, ever since.
Karen started her career as a singer and dancer with “Project People” (along with her twin sister Kim). They performed at local and provincial events, including traveling the campaign trail with Premier Bill Davis. They also performed at venues such as Ontario Place ahead of acts like Blood Sweat and Tears and Michel Legrand.
Following her time with “Project People,” Karen was the back-up singer for Robert E. Lee, with whom she traveled across Ontario again. Karen also spent some time as part of the show band for Skylark, providing back-up vocals.
Next, Karen tackled television and served as the co-host of “The Music Store” on CHCH Hamilton for 26 episodes and “Traveling Music” (shot in Mexico ) for another 26 episodes.
Karen and Kim appeared on two episodes of John Byner’s weekly Canadian sketch comedy series, “Bizarre.”
Her band, Karen McCall and True North, opened for performers such as Tanya Tucker, Chubby Checker and Jerry Lee Lewis at Kitchener ’s iconic Lulu’s Roadhouse.
Soon after, Karen recorded “To Ease Your Mind” (written by Eddie Eastman) which reached 32 on Canada ’s RPM charts. She followed that single with “Rebel Getaway” (written by Doug Biggs and produced by Rick Hutt).
Karen has appeared on a wide variety of television shows but she now makes her mark as the producer for “Daytime” on Rogers TV. She has held that position for 15 seasons and has been widely recognized for her leadership role on that program.