Distinguished Patron Program
In 2009, we initiated a Distinguished Patron program. We now have six Distinguished Patrons: Larry Paikin, Michelle Gregoire, Bernie Turcotte, Jack Long, Dave Young and Heather Bambrick. All of them have been very involved with music, especially jazz, and all have been strong supporters of the All-Canadian Jazz Festival.
Together with his wife, Marnie, Larry has dedicated time, energy and leadership to their community of Hamilton ON, and to supporting the arts. To note a few - member of the Hamilton Downtown Rotary Club for 50 years, advisor to the Hamilton All-Star Jazz Band and the Steeltown Friends of Mohawk Jazz. Larry recognized Marnie’s birthday by sponsoring a Saturday evening concert of all-star performers in Port Hope. He is a thoughtful philanthropist and a gentle mentor.
A pianist and composer from Winnipeg MAN, Michelle is now on the faculty at Ambrose University in Calgary AB. She is a versatile and award-winning musician who plays across Canada. An active freelancer since 1984, Michelle can be a soloist, a sidesperson or a bandleader. She has performed twice at the Festival, and provides the All-Canadian Jazz Festival with a Western perspective.
With a musical family that includes his parents, his sister, Shelagh, son, Kevin and daughter, Carrol, Bernie is a clarinetist. His career found him combining music and education, as a school supervisor, an an integral part of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and as a consummate networker. Bernie gives the All-Canadian Jazz Festival the benefit of his common sense and understanding of the music milieu.
The face of the Canadian music industry was changed when Jack, the trumpet player, and Jack McQuade, the drummer, formed a company in 1956 to cater to the needs of professional musicians. The company is known for designing and building world class sound systems and amplifiers, and for being the first to offer rental instruments. Jack has been awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions to the music industry. He supports the Festival in several ways.
Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born, Dave was described by Oscar Peterson as “one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic sympatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the forefront of the jazz picture.” Oscar should know, as well as Lenny Breau, Peter Appleyard. Oliver Jones, and Ranee Lee, to mention only a few musicians Dave has accompanied. Awarded the Order of Canada for his incredible talent, Dave continues to play, educate, and support festivals such as ours.
Our favourite emcee at the Festival is a talented vocalist who has recorded and appeared with many Canadian “stars” such as Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell and Jackie Richardson. The native Newfoundlander is currently on staff at Humber College, ON and has been host of the morning show at Jazz FM.91. She is in demand as an educator, adjudicator and clinician but we know her best for her humour and incredible support of the All-Canadian Jazz Festival.