Tom was born in Nova Scotia, and raised in New Brunswick until the Hill family moved to Ottawa in 1972, when Tom was a teenager.
Tom played for over 40 years in venues throughout the Ottawa Valley in Ontario and Quebec and was a regular performer at Gentle Annie’s Pub in Westboro and The Bayshore Hotel in Bayshore. He played extensively with the Desmond Brothers, Jan McCambley, Doug Champagne and many others. Tom never hesitated to add his tremendous singing and guitar talents to various fundraisers over his many years in the Ottawa Valley. In addition to playing for his many fans, he also managed to write and record "'The Church on the Dwyer Hill Road".
He was more recently best known for his exceptional ability for hosting Open Stage events. He spent 10 years hosting the Open Stage at Danbys Bar & Grill, making it "the" place for musicians to hang out on a Saturday afternoon. Prior to this, he spent 12 years hosting the Open Stage at Cagneys in Ottawa. Through his Open Stages and individual efforts, he has encouraged and mentored hundreds of established and aspiring musicians from ages 8 to 80.
In the last few years of his life, Tom was so happy to have met and made sincere friendships with Dan Paul and Rick Rogers, Jeff and Jamie McMunn, Barry Munro, Ray Adams, Maureen Young, as well as the boys from Unwound...and though it took him a long time to acknowledge it, the lady he spent a lot of time with, golfed with, sang with, and eventually married ... Judi Moffatt-Hill.