Kevin Walters Mourned in the Music & Entertainment Community

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A well-known music promoter is being remembered now as an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and an advocate for his own city, Winnipeg.

Kevin Walters passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Kevin Walters had long been a prominent festival and event organizer for Culture Days, the Manitoba Homecoming 2012, the BBQ & Blues Festival, the Red River Ex and the Junos earlier this year.

Across the country through social media, Walters was being mourned as a staunch supporter of music, film and art in the city. He played an instrumental part in bringing the Juno Awards back to Winnipeg just this March in 2014.

A tweet from the official Juno Awards Twitter account Monday was one of many pouring in from around Canada.

“We are saddened by the passing of Kevin Walters. We will miss you. From Winnipeg, MB and beyond, your legacy remains,” the tweet read.

Rick Fenton, who worked alongside Walters in running the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues festival, called Walters one of his best friends.

“Kevin got me involved and certainly professionally was important to the community and to me, and very selflessly introduced me,” Fenton said. “Throughout his career with everyone, he was always so engaged. He could talk to the premier, he could talk to the mayor, and at the same time be helping a young artist and they all walked away feeling like they had a connection. “Coupled with ability and a great mind, he was a very rare person.”

Kevin Walters also worked for a number of years with Manitoba Music and Film. He was mentioned in a blog on the Manitoba Music website as an inexhaustible supporter of local musicians, and a jack-of-all-trades who helped bring music to the city, and the city’s music to the world.

“He leaves behind a great void,” Fenton said. “Kevin was the guy who said ‘Yes, we can.’”

Kevin Walters was 54 years old.