VANCOUVER: After 37 years at the helm of the music department at Vancouver’s Province newspaper, Tom Harrison has tendered his resignation after a career that had him both diligently serving and participating in the Vancouver music scene.
In addition to his duties as the music critic for the Vancouver daily, Harrison hosted a weekly show on CFOX radio called “Demolisten” which spotlighted Vancouver indie bands. His tireless efforts led to the popular Vancouver Seeds competition on CFOX which helped launch the careers of Nickelback, Bif Naked and Matthew Good, among others, including his own late '80s almost-made-it band, Bruno Gerussi's Medallion. Harrison was the frontman in the ensemble and the group released one album, In Search Of The Fourth Chord, on the Warner Bros. Canada imprint.
His start as a music critic was suitably auspicious. In his own words:
"I was hired by the Georgia Straight to fill a hole created by Bob Geldof. In 18 months in Vancouver, Geldof had increased the Straight's music coverage significantly but he was going back to Ireland, muttering something about forming a rock band, which eventually became The Boomtown Rats. In four years at the Straight, I increased the music coverage even more, freelanced on the side, and took up drums. As a novice drummer, I pounded for The Explosions, the Straight’s house band'.
"We issued a single and opened for Talking Heads at the Commodore the day Keith Moon of The Who died, September 7, 1978..."
More recently, he authored Tom Harrison's History of Vancouver Rock 'N' Roll, an ebook available at most online stores including Google Play.