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Member Feature – Ron Thompson

Posted December 09, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

Thoughts by Ron Thompson. What are your musical activities? What genres of music do you play?  I think of myself as an "Urban Utility Musician". I work mostly as a sideman for various bandleaders and an accompanist for many singers. I often work as a solo guitarist, mostly providing backgr...

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In Memory of Robert (Bob/Bobby) Arthur Hales

Posted December 03, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

With profound sadness the Hales family announces the sudden passing of Bob/Bobby on October 15, 2016, at 82 years of age. He was a devoted husband to spouse Marj, best dad ever to daughters Karen, Cheryl and Kim, as well as a caring, supportive and fun grandpa to four grandchildren: Nadin...

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Doug Edwards: The humblest of the great

Posted December 03, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

“I often feel like music is like the ocean, that there’s so much of it that if you want some you can just dip your hand in. If you want to write a song you can just scoop up some and there it is.” Doug Edwards VMA lost another beloved pioneer member November 11 when Doug Edwards died...

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Member feature – Vern Griffiths

Posted December 03, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

Vern Griffiths Wednesday Nov. 2 to Wednesday Nov. 9th was a whirlwind week for Vern Griffith. As VSO Principal Percussionist Vern usually presides over his domain in the back corner of the Orpheum stage. This particular week started off however with the front of the Orpheum stage transfor...

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Kenneth Grant Aldcroft

Posted December 03, 2016 by Julie-Anne Saroyan

The extended family of creative music in Toronto, throughout Canada, and internationally is mourning the sudden, shocking death of guitarist, composer, educator, and producer Ken Aldcroft from a heart attack on September 17th, 2016. He was 46. Above all, Ken was an utterly devoted and lov...

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