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RIP: Kenny Forde remembered at May 21 service

Kenny Forde in 2005 -GARY 17

\ ETOBICOKE \ A little article I wrote in my to-nite magazine in August of 2002 about bass player and singer Kenny Forde, who was remembered Sunday May 21 at a private service following his recent passing at 52 years of age, perhaps summed up how he was perceived by many on the Etobicoke music…

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RIP Michelle Lecce-Hewitt, another talent lost to cancer

Michelle Lecce screen capture from Ori Dagan video of live performance August 2016

Another talent approaching the peak of her career, hoping to release a full debut album this year, has had her musical journey cut short by cancer. Songwriter, pianist and singer Michelle Lecce-Hewitt, who would have turned 44 next month, “gently” passed away on the evening of Saturday April 8 surrounded by her family in Toronto…

Hefedine to carry on jamming; Brian Cober’s funeral set for Tuesday

Bill Hedefine @ Grossman's in 2013 -GARY 17

\ TORONTO \ Drummer/singer Bill Hedefine will be carrying on a longstanding tradition tonight as he helms the open jam at Grossman’s Tavern despite the death of his longtime Blues guitar ace bandmate Brian Cober on Thursday. “We will be playing music this Sunday night,” Hedefine posted in the Grossman’s Sunday Night Jam group on…

R.I.P. John Mays, singer for Fathead

John Mays looking and sounding vigorous in October 2015 -GARY 17

After a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer, multiple award-winning Blues singer John Mays of Fathead has succumbed to the disease at 76 years of age. A short statement on the band’s website on December 10 said: “It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Mays, 76, who succumbed to cancer after a…

Tommy Flannigan RIP -benefit for family Thursday October 27 / UPDATED

Tommy Flannigan at a jam at The Danny -GARY 17

Bass player, soundman, guitarist and sometimes bands promoter/booker Tommy Flannigan wasn’t always easy to like.  But he was impossible not to love. The reedy, feisty music warrior, who was 63, passed away in hospital in east Toronto Sat. October 22 after a short, vicious battle with liver cancer. He had complained of a sore back…

R.I.P.: Memorial for Rock bassist Rob Tollefson set for Sept. 24

Rob Tollefson -GLENN RODGER PHOTOGRAPHY

\ SCARBOROUGH \ Cancer has claimed yet another talented and popular local musician well before his time as Rob Tollefson, bass player with a number of local Rock bands over many years, passed away on Sept. 10 after a short battle with the disease at age 50. He’ll be remembered at a gathering on Sat.…

R.I.P. Roots songwriter and dear heart Christine Gaidies

Christine Gaidies -COURTESY

Editor’s Note: Many people in Toronto’s Roots community were profoundly affected by the passing on Sunday, July 17 of songwriter and sunny presence Christine Gaidies.  I didn’t really know Christine —I don’t believe I ever met her, actually— nor was I familiar with her music, although several of my musical friends and TorontoMoon.ca subscribers performed…

RIP Authentic acoustic Blues songwriter Mo’ Kauffey

Mo' Kauffey -pic posted by sister Noma Nel

According to posts on Facebook early on Monday, March 14 by his two sisters, acoustic Blues songwriter Mo’ Kauffey (nee Gary Wickizer) succumbed the previous day to the cancer he’s been battling for some time. Despite dealing with the debilitating disease Kauffey continued to perform when he was able nearly until the end, including a…

RIP guitarist Bruce Adamson of Crown Jewels, StagX

Bruce Adamson in the sweet zone with The Crown Jewels at Dora Keogh in May, 2013. -Gary 17

\ TORONTO \ The former spouse of Rock/Pop guitarist Bruce Adamson announced today that the one-time member of the former indie Pop band Staggered Crossing and longtime part of jam host combo The Crown Jewels, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 15. While a cause of death was not announced it is known earlier this…