International SPEAKER and COMEDIAN


Candy can speak on a variety of topics. The core of her presentation, however, always centres around her key message of kindness and self-acceptance. Through personal stories, from her very fascinating and unique life, that she relates to whatever audience she is in front of, she gently offers an alternate way of perceiving the world. From front line workers to heads of industry/government, she leaves individuals feeling empowered to make a difference that can help change the work place and the world.  People are generally surprised at how entertaining her talks are and at the fact that she makes audiences both laugh and cry within one key note address. She draws on her experiences as a lawyer and a professional comedian to strike the perfect balance between humour and a very serious message. Garnering standing ovations every time she takes to the podium, clients both in Canada and around the world, consistently refer to her  “the most powerful speaker they have ever heard.”

Topics Candy is particularly adept at speak to, include, but are not limited to: change, empowerment, motivation, education, queer rights, Indigenous rights and diversity.

Canadian Comedian/ Aboriginal Comedian – Candy Palmater

Candy Palmater with Gloryhound - Season 4
Candy Palmater with Gloryhound – Season 4

World are you ready for something different?  Candy Palmater is something and someone very different.  Aboriginal Comedian, member of Eel River Bar First Nation, is a comedian story teller.  Her very unique style of Stand up comedy brings you to tears, has you rolling around in your seat, gives you an achy stomach and, in many cases, makes you spit your drink on the person sitting next to you.  That is okay, Candy has learned to live with that.

For years Candy Palmater has entertained hundreds of thousands of fans, and new fans with her very unique stand up style. Candy plays to SOLD out audiences across the country, Headlines big comedy nights such as WinterPLAY in Alberta, Halifax Comedy Festival 3 years in a row, “Licensed to Thrill” comedy tour, “Working Hard for the Money” comedy tour, “There,s No Place Like Home” comedy tour, Hubcap Comedy Festival,  Halifax Casino Natal Day Comedy night,  and countless First Nation Communities,  Private, Corporate and selected charity functions. Audience seize is not an issue for Candy, in this case, larger is always better.  (largest crowd to date is 5,000 people).  February 15, 2013 Candy delivered a stellar Comedic set on stage of the Prestigious Indspire Award Gala Stage. ( Televised on 2 Networks – March 2013) Indspire Website

Most notably Candy can make you laugh and cry in one show, she can captivate the most cynical fan and have them eat out of her hand, and Candy’s demographic is from aged 10 years to 100 years of age.  Candy receives emails daily from fans commenting:  “after a show they attended, they seem to “be  thinking” about the underlying message Candy delivered during Candy’s monologue, and while laughing at the time, fans realize later there was a message”.   I had a fan come up to me once and actually said , “ I did not want to like her, but now I love her, when can I see her perform again?!”

All of Candy’s material is written and delivered 100% by Candy.  She does not have multiple writers, or co-writers, (this is rare in Professional stand up comedy), and this gives Candy that unique style.

Improv or “off the cuff” as many call it, is a special gift Candy exudes.  It ignites within her when she performs, which gives the show a more powerful punch.  This is when Candy throws her “one-two” punch, after she has delivered the most incredible “punch line” to the opponent (the audience).   Incredible!

No wonder Candy is consistently being voted #1 stand up woman comedian in the Best of Halifax by The Coast multi thousand viewership, and most recently, in 2011, she was voted BEST comedian, with GOLD.   PLUS, Candy has been featured in many National Magazines, articles, newspapers, and has her very own National Variety TV series!  You can catch Candy regularly on CBC radio, DNTO ( definitely Not The Opera).

NATIONAL Variety Television series on APTN and APTN HD Channels: NEW Episode every WEDNESDAY night 10pm EST

Gloryhound performing on set of The Candy Show, Season 4. This episode is airing Wed. Jan. 22nd 10pm EST/ 11pm AST on APTN and APTN HD channels
Gloryhound performing on set of The Candy Show, Season 4. This episode is airing Wed. Jan. 22nd 10pm EST/ 11pm AST on APTN and APTN HD channels

Candy is consistently voted the #1 woman comedian in Halifax by The Coast readers/ voters. 2011 Candy was voted number one comedian all around! She is the Creator, Producer and star of The Candy Show which is currently in its second season of production for APTN HD and APTN channels.  In 2013, The Candy Show has been Nominated for a Canadian Screen ( GEMINI) Award – best Direction in a Variety or Comedy TV series.

The Prime time TV show is a night time variety program showcasing the talent of the East Coast of Canada, particularly East Coast Music and Performing Artists. Candy is the sole writer, Co-Producer and Star of The Candy Show.  In each episode Candy brings her musical guests into a replica of her high school bedroom to conduct her very unique interviews. Candy performs comedy on each episode, and is taped in front of a LIVE studio audience. This National TV show is one of kind, Season 2 currently airs on Thursday nights, prime time on APTN HD and APTN, Season 1 and can be found on line at APTN.CA ** All of Candy Palmater’s comedy/ material for The Candy Show, and for her on stage appearances is Written 100% by Candy Palmater.**

Due to The Candy Show  – Candy Palmater has received a Nomination for an ECMA (East Coast Music Award) for Media Person of the Year.

UPDATE: Season 4 is now airing. The 2014 Schedule.  

Candy surprises Carmen Townsend on set in Season 4
Candy surprises Carmen Townsend on set in Season 4


APTN website  ( Aboriginal People’s Television Network)


Aboriginal Speaker – Motivational, Educational, Inspirational

Candy is a powerful key note speaker both internationally and nationally, with the ability to captivate the audience with both humour and solemn emotion. As one of Canada’s key note speakers, her unique ability to deliver a powerful key note speech is one of a kind. Candy can speak about Gay Rights, Native Rights, Power of Language, and Diversity. Currently, Candy has been on a campaign speaking to high schools and junior high schools about Anti-Bullying and the power of Language. She receives emails from parents, young people, teachers, and Principals weekly about Candy’s mission to help young people stay in school message.

Candy Palmater speaking at PSAC AGM 2013 in Toronto - photo courtesy: Zoe Gemelli
Candy Palmater speaking at PSAC AGM 2013 in Toronto – photo courtesy: Zoe Gemelli

Candy’s work  in Education helps her provide the necessary tools to help Aboriginal Youth to be inspired, stay in school and push hard to never give up.  Traveling to First Nation Communities across the country and to Indigenous communities around the globe to spread the positive inspirational word about staying in school, education and loving and respecting yourself and each other, has Candy Palmater traveling extensively, and she loves it.   Healing with Laughter is serious medicine, and Candy is just the power house speaker to provide  the message required to heal.



At The Forks in Winnipeg, Candy hosted APTN,s largest annual LIVE televised Music festival, and she interviewed some musicians from her Big pink bed replica, like on her set of The Candy Show.

Look no further.  Candy Palmater is the only Host you need for your event.  Candy has hosted many events including Nova Scotia Music Week Award Gala, Canada Day outdoor musical event, Comedy nights, Serious and not so serious events, TV shows, Radio Shows, LIVE Televised events, and many more… No event is too large for Candy. March 7,8,9 2013 – Candy will be hosting the Late Night Molson Stages at the ECMA’s ( East Coast Music Awards), in Halifax.

In fact the greater the number of people, the better.  Candy’s unique Hosting ability includes  timing, ( your event is running on time), humour, ( when needed if it is not a comedy event – but when a comedic time is required), “in case of booboo’s” ( yes, we all know mishaps can happen, but with Candy in the house, you need not worry about anything. Candy will entertain the massive audiences until the technical difficulties are worked out, and you often will get more for your money than what you are paying)., NO WORRIES – that is right, when you hire Candy to host/ emcee/ Mistress of ceremony your event, sit back relax and let Candy look after your guests.  Candy is best as the ONLY Host – she loves the mic and she loves to entertain, book her for your next event, I assure you, you will not be disappointed.


To book Candy to speak on topics such as: Native Rights, Gay Rights, Humour in the Work Place, Aboriginal Perceptions Training or as the Mistress of Ceremonies for your event or function, please select “Bookings” as the subject in the Contact Form. If you are looking for either a key note speaker or a great comedian for your next corporate event, Candy may be just what you are looking for – if what you are looking for is something completely different!

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