Harris Institute Honours Jack Richardson

"Jack Richardson (1929 - 2011)" (CNW Group/Harris Institute)

TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Harris Institute will celebrate the life of Canada's most honoured record producer with the presentation of the first 'Jack Richardson Award' and $1,000. to its top graduating student on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at a lobster Awards Dinner at Captain John's on Toronto's waterfront.

Jack Richardson, who passed away at 81 on May 31, 2011, is a Member of the Order Of Canada and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the SOCAN Special Achievement Award. He produced 38 gold and platinum records by The Guess Who, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Rough Trade, The Association, Poco, Badfinger, The Irish Rovers, Max Webster, The Boss Brass, David Clayton Thomas, Bobby Curtola, Moxy, The Brecker Brothers, Hagood Hardy and countless others at his legendary Nimbus 9 Studios in Yorkville. The Juno Award for 'Producer of the Year' was renamed in his honour in 2002. He taught at Harris Institute for thirteen years, helped develop and taught in Fanshawe College's Music Industry Arts program in London and played a role in the creation of his son Garth's Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver.

Richardson's longtime friend David Greene will present the award. Greene engineered Richardson's production of The Guess Who's pivotal "These Eyes" at Phil Ramone's renowned A&R Studios in New York City in 1968. The recording was the first stereo single released by RCA in the US and it launched The Guess Who's international career. In 1971, Greene relocated to Toronto to be the Chief Engineer at Canada's leading recording studio, Manta Sound, which was built and operated by Harris Institute faculty member Andy Hermant. In 1989, Greene created the first ever course in the field of "Audio Post" as a founding faculty member of Harris Institute.

"Jack the Bear was a much loved member of our faculty and we look forward to honouring his memory on an annual basis", says the college's president John Harris, "He was the antithesis of the saying, those who can't, teach and an inspiration to us all".

Jack Richardson discusses some of his career highlights  click here

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For further information:

John Harris at 416.367.0178 or john@harrisinstitute.com