R.I.P.: Hervé Basset to be remembered July 1 at Hideout

Hervé Basset facebook pic from 2011 after returning to performing.

  Shock and dismay has engulfed the Facebook profile of keyboardist extraordinaire Hervé Basset since it was learned he passed away shortly after being carried out on a stretcher from a gig he was playing Tuesday June 27 at Cadillac Lounge. A wide range of musicians from disparate genres recounted not only his huge talent…

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


\ 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 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…