In Memoriam

Peter Oakley 1927-2014

I have just learned that a member of the Youtube community has passed away and thought I’d post something about him here.

Known as geriatric1927 on Youtube, “The Internet Granddad” had entertained people from all corners of the earth with his nostalgia and humour, this whilst introducing this new communication medium to his generation since 2006.

Having gained notoriety through his 400+ videos, he had worked on several well known projects, including The Zimmers, a cover band featuring elderly vocalists that charted in the United Kingdom. And I thought that his cover of "Old & Wise" would be the best tribute to him here :

He Said It, He Did It

Sam Sniderman, the founder of Sam The Record Man, has died at the age of 92.

The Sam The Record Man chain was founded in 1937 and had become Canada’s largest chain of record stores by 1982, which enabled the chain to be a major promoter of Canadian music.

In 1961, their flagship store at 347 Yonge Street in Toronto opened and had become a landmark due to its pair of rotating neon signs, which were prominently featured in film and television including Marvel’s “The Incredible Hulk” and one of my favorite music videos, Alphaville’s “Big In Japan”.

Unfortunately, the chain and flagship store closed by mid 2007 due to competition and advancements in music distribution technology. But Sam The Record Man will be remembered for his contributions to the Canadian music industry, including the independent scene, which flourished in the 80’s and 90’s because of his support.

Sam The Record Man RIP 1920-2012

Herma McIntyre 1941-2012

On a personal note, my mother passed at 10 pm Eastern on Monday night in Ottawa. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2011 and had gone though numerous treatments until her passing.

Consequently I will be taking a short break from this blog. Thank you for your understanding.

In Memory of Christopher William Cardno

Independent Canadian musician and composer Christopher William Cardno has passed away on November 29th, 2011 at the age of 28.

I will miss our humourous discussions about music and various other issues on Stickam, that we have had since 2007/08.

My condolences to his family, friends and fans in Vancouver and through-out the world.

Rob McIntyre (canucktunes/deathbypuppet)