A lifelong music fan, the octogenarian has and continues to help the careers of many Canadian artists and music-industry entrepreneurs, and he has also been a key factor in introducing capital city residents to a galaxy of entertainment, on stage as a promoter, recording through his record label, and on the radio.
In an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, he tells tales of rubbing shoulders with acts including Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon and Supertramp.
He is an extraordinary individual, as colourful as they come and yet in so many ways understated about his philanthropy. What he is not is quiet about his love of music, and his zeal in promoting Canada’s artists. His ears are as good as they come in hearing that unique voice before the world does, and in putting his money on the table when he believes in an act.
Listen to the interview here, and below is his convocation speech delivered at Algonquin College in 2015.