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David 'Soulfingaz' Williams

Soulfingaz

David 'Soulfingaz' Williams passed away in his sleep on Wed. The music industry is in mourning.

A mainstay in Canada's music scene, Soulfingaz studied composition and piano at Humber College in Toronto and since graduating has been playing professionally in Canada, the US and Europe. As well as being self-taught, he plays rock, soul, funk, gospel, jazz, latin, classical, hip hop and other styles yet to be classified.

Geoff Lloyd, former band member of Matthew Good passes away

Geoff Lloyd

Canadian rocker Matthew Good has paid tribute to his former bandmate Geoff Lloyd, who died at the weekend, in late January. The bassist, who founded the Matthew Good Band with the star in the 1990s, was found dead at the end of January. The cause of death has not yet been publicly confirmed.

And Good admits he's still in a "state of shock" after learning of the tragedy. In a post on his official website, he writes, "I really don't know what to say right now. Having just found out that Geoff has passed I'm still in a state of shock. Geoff was one of the founding members of the Matthew Good Band, and, as far as I'm concerned, it was never quite the same without him."

"I remember a lot of things when I think of Geoff. Like me, he suffered from extreme mood swings and depression, something that he struggled with throughout his life. But, to be honest, most of the time I just remember how funny and utterly selfless he was."

Kate McGarrigle

Kate McGarrigle
The Canadian Press

Funeral for singer Kate McGarrigle to be held in Montreal today.

Singer Kate McGarrigle's funeral will be held today at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

The 63-year-old musician died at her Montreal home on Jan. 18 after a battle with cancer. McGarrigle's brother-in-law, Dane Lanken, earlier told The Canadian Press he expects singer Emmylou Harris to attend the service.

McGarrigle and her sister Anna became known as the McGarrigle Sisters and began their careers performing at Montreal coffeehouses in the 1960s with a group called the Mountain City Four.

They were perhaps best-known to Canadians for their distinctive rendition of Wade Hemsworth's "The Log Driver's Waltz," which was featured in a 1979 animated short done by the National Film Board.

Kate McGarrigle was invested with the Order of Canada in 1994, while she and Anna received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award in 2004.

Lhasa

LHase

Singer-songwriter Lhasa dies at 37

Montreal, Quebec
Courtesy of CBC

Influential Montreal-based singer Lhasa de Sela has died of breast cancer. She was 37.

Lhasa de Sela won a Juno Award for Best Global Artist in 1998. (CBC) The Mexican-American singer-songwriter died in her home late Friday, after a 21-month battle with breast cancer.

Known professionally as Lhasa, she marked the world music scene with her dreamy and ethereal songs, written and recorded in Spanish, French and English.

Her first album, La Llorona (the crying woman, in Spanish) was released in 1997 to critical acclaim, earning Lhasa a Quebec Félix Award that same year and a Juno Award for Best Global Artist in 1998.

After touring for two years, Lhasa settled in the south of France to write songs for her second album, The Living Road, recorded in French, English and Spanish. The Times of London recently named her sophomore work as one of the 10 best world albums of the decade.

TAMEI O'BRIEN

Tamei O'Brien

December 09, 2009

It is with great sadness that Cashbox acknowledges the passing of Tamei O'Brien, the wife of SNOW The Artist a.k.a. Darrin O'Brien.

Tamei O'Brien passed away suddenly last month and leaves behind friends and family who will miss her deeply. SNOW, the legendary singer who made his fame with the hit song,”Informer”, was married to Tamei and they have a one daughter, Justuss.

Quote from Facebook: “This morning we lost one of the most amazing people we have been fortunate to know. She was an unbelievable friend and an even better mother to her baby Justuss. We miss you so much!! Rest in Paradise beautiful!!”

Friends and fans are invited to join the Facebook group "Rest In Peace Tamei O'Brien!".

Haydain Neale Remembered

compiled by Bill Delingat

It was another star studded night at the Phoenix nightclub in the heart of Toronto, a scene that we are getting all too familiar in seeing as fans and family gather to pay tribute to a fallen star as his voice has been silent all too soon.

Nelly Furtado, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), K-Os, and Chantal Kreviazuk were among the artists that fans were privileged to see as they honored the musical legacy of Jacksoul’s Haydain Neale.

Photo Credit: Bill KingPhoto Credit: Bill King

HAYDAIN NEALE

Haydain

TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ -

At 39 years of age Juno Award-winning artist Haydain Neale of jacksoul passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, after a very private seven month battle with lung cancer.

On a beautiful, sunny morning with his wife Michaela, daughter Yasmin, brother-in-law Shawn Hudson and friends Davide DiRenzo and Jennifer Hyland by his side, Haydain passed away peacefully.

Throughout his rehabilitation after a car accident in August 2007 and during his illness, Haydain always maintained a positive spirit.

In a statement from his wife Michaela; "Through all these challenges, Haydain's sense of humour and love of music were ever-present. He constantly brightened the room with his singing and his smile. His joyful presence and beautiful voice will be missed by us all."

An interment with a private family gathering will take place later this week.

PAUL NAUMANN

Paul Naumann

OCTOBER 21, 2009

Paul Naumann, guitarist for legendary Canadian band, Foot In Cold Water, has passed away at the age of 57, from an unspecified illness while in Tao, Mexico. The signature tune, “Make Me Do Anything You Want” which made the radio charts twice, first in 1972, reaching # 25, and then again in 1974 with a shorter radio friendly version which made it to the Top Ten of the singles charts. A Foot in Coldwater regrouped in 1988 for short tours, and in 1998 Unidisc reissued their first three albums plus a two-disc compilation The Very Best of a Foot in Coldwater. Naumann had a unique style of guitar playing, and will be remembered for the sound that made Foot In Cold Water. Cashbox Magazine extends their condolences to his family and bandmates.>

MARY TRAVERS

Mary Travers

SEPTEMBER 18, 2009

One-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has passed away.

The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday September 16, 2009.  Travers was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years. Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in the early 1960s.The trio mingled their music with liberal politics, both onstage and off. Their version of "If I Had a Hammer" became an anthem for racial equality. Other hits included "Lemon Tree," "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and "Puff (The Magic Dragon.)".

LARRY KNECHTEL DEAD AT 69

On Thursday, August 20th 2009, Larry Knechtel passed away at the age of 69, the result of an apparent undetermined illness.  Apart from being a brilliant musician, Larry was loved by many for his character – honest, humble, hard-working, and charismatic.  He was a loving and devoted father and husband.  Larry preferred a simple rural lifestyle and valued the quality of life.  Those close to him knew Larry as a student of western lore and history, an outdoorsman, a farmer, and a good neighbor. 

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