Born in Renfrew, Charlie Kitts is a true “son” of the Valley.
He grew up in Almonte, Lancaster and returned to Renfrew as a teen. Here his active involvement in country music began when classmates formed the original Countrymen and he became a “roadie”.
The lads have remained friends for more than 50 years and frequently appear on stage together.
A graduate of St. Patrick`s College, Charlie was a marketing manager, a business consultant and has recently retired from his career as a high school teacher.
As a young man Charlie was frequently asked to MC at family weddings, community events and fundraisers. After introducing the late Johnny Duncan, at a stage show, Duncan told him: “Man, you gotta stay out front.” And that he did.
Summer weekends will find Charlie as the voice of jamborees in Shawville, Greely, Renfrew, Winchester, Adolphustown, and more. He is well known on stages throughout the Valley.
He has served as National Vice President, Marketing, for the Canadian Wheelchair Basketball Association, a Director of the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame and with a number of local organizations. Charlie has six years experience as an on-air radio host and contributed a column to the Almonte Gazette for 18 years.
In 2010 he was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame.