He also gigged with the disco cover band Shag as a trombone player and back-up vocalist.
Enrolling at The Art Institute in Vancouver, he studied audio engineering.
It was with his 2014 hit single "Million Ways" released on 2 September 2014 that he gained popularity and following becoming his then most successful charting single on Billboard Canadian Hot 100 giving him three simultaneous hits on the Canadian Hot 100.
In 2013 He collaborated with DJ Poet Nam Life and Chebacca on a song called "Laser Ray", released on Listen Deep Records.
During his time in Los Angeles, he landed his first acting role as a guest star on the Fox TV show Bones.
Adopting the artistic name Shawn Hook, he released his official debut album Cosmonaut and the Girl produced by Jon Levine on EMI with "So Close", "Every Red Light" and "Two Hearts Set on Fire" as singles from the album.
When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, Maleficent, Vera Drake) discovers that her husband of forty years (John Sessions) is having an affair with her best friend (Josie Lawrence) she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones’ Baby).
The two could not be more different – Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling.