Legacies -Remembering talents

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…

14 Hamilton artists doing mystery song swap for great musical cause | TorontoMoon.ca 170307Tu | Shows for Tues. March 07, 2017

Brian Lee Griffith at Hamilton Music Awards -HAMILTON MUSIC AWARDS

\ HAMILTON \ I’ve written a couple of times about local songwriters who frequently cover songs penned by their musical colleagues, most notably Brian Jantzi and his pretty impressive repertoire of tunes by fellow Roots and Pop composers as well as shows he’s staged along with violinist-keyboardist Zoe Henderson at which players “swap songs” by…

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…

3rd annual James Gray memorial tribute concert is tonight | TorontoMoon.ca 150805We Shows for Wednesday, August 05, 2015

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\ TO DOWNTOWN \ I was delighted to discover early today, only a few hours before it starts, that there’s another memorial/tribute concert tonight for the late James Gray, multi-instrumentalist and accompanist extraordinaire. It’ll be two years tonight (or early tomorrow) since Gray unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack overnight, the news spreading through…

Musical Legacies Online Museum project launched by Gary 17 and TorontoMoon.ca

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    I need the music community’s support for this new project: SHORT DESCRIPTION: A campaign to establish the Musical Legacies Online Museum website archive of articles, photos, music, etc. memorializing and celebrating the lives of deceased performers on the Greater Toronto Area music scene. About the Musical Legacies Online Museum project: A disagreeable but…

Jeff Healey to be inducted to Canada’s Walk Of Fame

Jeff Healey -Gary 17, c. 2003

Jeff Healey to be inducted to Canada’s Walk Of Fame \ TORONTO, Thursday, September 18, 2014 \ The late Toronto Blues guitar/Jazz trumpet player and songwriter Jeff Healey is to be inducted into Canada’s Walk Of Fame in one month’s time, the organization has announced. Healey, blind from the age of seven months after contracting…

Music writer remembers Rick Gunn

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by Diane Wells SPECIAL TO TORONTO MOON MAGAZINE I first met guitarist Rick “Boogieman” Gunn in March 2002 at the ill-fated Blues on Bellair club in Toronto, co-owned by Peter and Diane Jermyn. He was sitting in with the Paul Fenton Band for a live recording. At that time I had mentioned to him that…