SPEAKING QUOTES

“We were delighted to have Zac Crouse speak and perform at our Contact Atlantic Conference in Fredericton on October 29, 2014. We had a tall order to fill … we wanted someone to help our delegates understand how to best deal with mental health issues and we wanted our group to be able to relax, laugh some and be entertained after a long day of conference sessions. Zac fit the bill perfectly. He was able to share with the group his own struggles with mental health and wellness and he spoke about the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on his life, but he did it in a light-hearted, real-world manner. He also entertained us with a few tunes on his banjo and with his great singing voice. Big thanks to Limelight for recommending Zac to us, and thanks as well to Zac for coming to Fredericton and sharing his story with our group. Cheers!”
– Cheryl Steadman, Membership & Operations Manager, ContactNB

“Zac Crouse has a real talent for connecting with his audience. His ability to make people laugh while sharing such a difficult story is remarkable. I was one of the 650 people he held in the palm of his hand during a recent Living with Mental Illness and Addiction Conference in Sydney. His positive attitude and energy filled the room with hope and optimism.”
– Starr Dobson, Executive Director, Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia

“Zac’s journey and story resonated with Laing house members. He was completely honest about his personal journey and how hard it was, and still is. He made them truly believe that they have the ability to take action in their own recovery, and I’m sure they will.”
– Sarah Murphy, Community Support Staff, Laing House

“Zac was amazing; very interesting and talented guy.”
– Bonnie Nyman, 
Treasury Office, Finance Department – York Municipality

“It was a successful conference and Zac’s keynote address was well received. Very positive comments from participants. Zac connected well with the audience and with the conference theme – Change, Challenge and Opportunity. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a speakers for other conferences – NSCC, Associations and other organizations.”
– Lisa Smith, 
Community College Local

“Zac Crouse was the highlight of the conference for me.”
(Living with Mental Illness and Addiction Conference Evaluations – 
Mental Health and Addiction Services Conference)
– Jenna MacQueen
, Health Promotion Specialist, Cape Breton District Health Authority, Nova Scotia

“Zac’s story was my favorite of the day. Brings so much awareness; that it can be you or I tomorrow.”
“I particularly like Zac Crouse’s advice and talk about his experience…”
“Compelling songs…full of offbeat charm. Sometimes plans go awry, and in this case, be glad that they did”
– David Cowling, 
Americana UK

“His sad and sweet intimations, alluring melodies and novel features, such as the tabla-style percussion on ‘Scott’s House’, make for some superior contemporary folk.”
– Lorraine Carpenter
, Montreal Mirror

“Zac’s presentation was fantastic! The students really enjoyed his presentation and afterwards many went up to him to ask questions and speak with him. We were told many great reviews from not only the students but also some of the advisors (teachers) that watched him speak. I enjoyed his presentation extremely and thought it was certainly suited for the students there. Thank you so much for being our liaison with Zac and helping him to get to our conference, it’s been very much appreciated. We are definitely just as interested as he is in keeping him involved with our organization in the future.”
– Lindsay Carroll, 
The Nova Scotia Secondary Schools Students’ Association

“You’re a very personable young man and a joy to meet. If your speech you reaches out and touches just one person and helps them see the way to better health and well-being, then the hour or hour and half has been well worth it. Please keep on telling your story, telling people how you overcome the effects of PTSD and how to cope with such a stigma of Mental Illness.”
– Brad Ramey, 
National Board of Directors for the Canadian Deafblind Association

“Zac Crouse was an outstanding keynote presenter! He captured the audiences attention and inspired them with his personally stories, knowledge, videos and music. He was able to discuss serious topics in a comfortable and professional manner. The audience didn’t realize they were learning, it was pure enjoyment to hear about Zac’s adventures. The best thing about Zac’s presentation is that is stayed with you. (Yes, it was great that Zac stuck around a chatted with delegates, people really enjoyed that.) The way he was able to present his message was very memorable. The next day many delegates were referring to Zac’s key messages, a month later they are coming up in conversations and meetings, and I think they are going to stick around for a long time. According to our evaluation and the personal comments that I heard, Zac was one of Recreation NL’s best presenters. All delegates; practitioners, volunteers, government officials, etc. were able to enjoy, relate and laugh with Zac.”
– Pam Mills, Recreation Specialist – Professional Development, Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador

MUSIC QUOTES

“I hesitate to call You Plan To Do Nothing a labor of love, simply because the friendship and smiles Zac shared with a stable of NS music vets ooze from this record and make you think everything about this process was invigorating and rewarding. That being said, the passion to grow these songs from a few notes strummed in a location so far from home to a record that slowly burns its way into your brain and soul is not for the weak of heart or lazy musician. This journey may not have required the physical intensity some of Zac’s other journeys required, but it’s no less impressive and one of which he should be extremely proud.”
– Herohill.com

“Scott’s House” chronicles the journey of personal sovereignty that bassist Zac Crouse contemplated as he attempted to choose between pursuing music full-time or remaining at his desk job. “You can try but you can’t keep me down,” he repeats over a folky atmosphere of lap steel guitars, banjos, and a hazy organ, perhaps indicating his choice of personal sovereignty with his word choice.”
– Obscure Sound

“Casually optimistic country folk”
– Mike Mineo, 
Obscure Sound

“You Plan to Do Nothing, Crouse’s sweet and melodic debut solo album.”
– Allison Saunders, 
The Coast, Nov 11, 2010

“We were immediately immersed in the music created by Zac Crouse.”
“You Plan To Do Nothing” is a beautiful album full of subtle solid soft pop with personality and character. Zac’s songs are inspired and moving
– BabySue,
 January 2011

“Compelling songs…full of offbeat charm. Sometimes plans go awry, and in this case, be glad that they did”
– David Cowling, 
Americana UK