Legacies -Remembering Departed Talents

A chance to #DoSomething meaningful on Twitter inspired by Gord Downie —a “ReconciliAction” to make a difference

Cindy Mackenzie art 'Illusions of Someday'

  Musician, radio host and music promoter Zest learned first-hand touring northern Ontario and playing in bars how the impact of oppression of indigenous peoples affects everyday life.  And it’s that memory, combined with inspiration from a painting of the late Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack by London, Ontario visual artist Cynthia Mackenzie, that prompted…

R.I.P. drummer icon Pentti ‘Whitey’ Glan

Whtey Glan @ Blue Goose with Danny B Band 2015 -pic by Big Walt's Toronto blog

Another iconic drummer from the heyday of the “Toronto Sound” of Rock and R&B/Blues from the 1960s has shuffled off the mortal coil. Drummer Pentti “Whitey” Glan passed away on November 7 at 71 years of age after a short bout with cancer, with which he was diagnosed in September after follow-up tests from treatment…

Mike Murphy services and memorial jam Sunday October 1

Mike Murphy -GARY 17

\ SCARBOROUGH \ A visitation with the family and memorial service for the late Mike Murphy will be held on Sunday, October 1 in the facility in Pine Hills Cemetery where he used to love riding his bike, the family has announced. Visitation will take place from 10-11 a.m. in the building at 625 Birchmount…

R.I.P. 60s Rock veteran Bill Dalrymple

Bill Dalrymple in action in 2014 -courtesy Marvn Vader

Another veteran musician has passed away as bass player, singer and songwriter Bill Dalrymple succumbed to the cancer he had been battling for some time on the evening of Monday, Sept. 25, friends report. He was a co-founder of WillyJon and The Wildcats, Rock/R&B band that, along with keyboardist “Michael Keys” Dowson, singer Marvin Vader…

R.I.P. guitarist Mike Murphy, gone in moments Saturday night

Mike Murphy in action -GARY 17

UPDATE: Information about Mike’s funeral services and memorial jam as well as the memorial music endowment page set up by the family can be found in a separate post published and sent to subscribers Friday Sept. 29. \ SCARBOROUGH \ A Scarborough guitar player “with a heart of gold” will be spending eternity in his…

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…