October is one of the transition months where we find ourselves being appreciative of all the things and people we have in our lives, and also, remembering those that have been part of our musical past. I would like to acknowledge a few of the people who have made their transition in 2017; we are grateful for their contributions to the Canadian music industry.
Gord Downie, Tragically Hip’s lead singer and lyricist, passed away Tuesday evening; he was 53. Downie was the face and voice of a band whose discography sold more than 8 million copies. He was a rock poet who wrote Canadiana-laced lyrics and had an undeniable stage presence. He sang about Canada, but disavowed nationalism, spoke out in support of Indigenous people and united a diverse array of music lovers.
“Do the work. Create the spark. Then sit back and see what happens because it’s not like you can control it. Sit down. Shut up, until it’s time to do it again. See where the sparks land.” Gord Downie
Johnny Burke, Canada’s “hidden gem” of country music, passed peacefully at home on September 21, in his 78th year, only weeks removed from his last string of concerts. In 2005, he was inducted into the New Brunswick Country Hall of Fame and in 2012, inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Johnny will be remembered for his music, carpentry and kind spirit.
Skip Prokop, founder, drummer and vocalist for the legendary Canadian rock band Lighthouse, Skip was a driving force in Canadian rock music, creating seminal bands including, The Paupers and co-founding Lighthouse with Paul Hoffert.
Gerry Lacoursiere, the man responsible for the launch of A&M Records in Canada and later, Chairman of Polygram Canada. This music industry executive helped launch the careers of Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, Rita MacNeil, Raffi and Gino Vanelli.
To all, rest in peace… and thank you.
In the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, the country community has rallied, and now a group of Canadian top female country stars, are playing a benefit for the victims. The event will take place on October 25, 2017, at the Love Child Social Club in Toronto, and features Jessica Mitchell, Madeline Merlo, The Lovelocks and Vanessa Marie Carter. The evening’s proceeds will go to the Music City Cares Fund, benefitting the victims of the horrific mass shooting. Thanks ladies!
In the coming months, we will be hearing, via our newsletter, messages from all our Committee Chairs on coming events, initiatives and new opportunities for our members!
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