TORONTO, July 31, 2013 /CNW/ - The Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship
was created in 2006 to honour the legacy of an extraordinary Canadian
music legend. Donations from 136 individuals and music related
companies have funded $43,500 in scholarships for Canadian guitarists
Aimée Piché, Lucus Haneman, Shawn Pickup, Floria Nica, Paul Kosmac,
Michael Kolk, Jordan Laidlaw, Alex Goodman and James Graham.
The Trustees have reimagined the scholarship and are excited to announce
the new 'Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards'.
Three $5,000 prizes will be awarded annually to Canadian guitarists in
the categories of Jazz, Multi-Genre (Rock, Blues, R&B, Country, etc.) and Classical, with trophies designed by Istvan Fujkin. The deadline for submissions
of one 3 to 4 minute performance on video on Sonicbids is Friday,
November 22, 2013.
For application criteria and a link to the Sonicbids page visit domenictroiano.com.
Says RUSH's Alex Lifeson, "On June 30, 1967, I saw the Mandala at the
North York Centennial Arena. At the side of the stage Donny gave me his
autograph and his Mandala button. He told me how important it was to
keep practicing and if I worked hard, I might get the chance to stand
on stage and play for people some day. I was beaming. He was my first
real inspiration and to this day I have a deep love and admiration for
a man who truly knew the meaning of soul. I am proud to be a humble
part of his enduring influence".
The cash prizes and trophies will be presented with performances by the
award winners at the first annual Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards Dinner at Hugh's Room in Toronto on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
About Domenic Troiano (1946-2005)
Credited by many as the catalyst of the 'Toronto Sound' in the 1960s,
Domenic Troiano played a principal role in Mandala, The James Gang,
Bush and The Guess Who. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of
Fame in 1996 and scored multiple movie and television themes including
'Night Heat', 'Diamonds' and 'Hot Shots'. Troiano produced recordings
by Moe Koffman, Shawne Jackson, Kilowatt, David Gibson and John
Rutledge. He played on recordings by Diana Ross, Joe Cocker, Donald
Fagan, David Clayton-Thomas, Etta James, Ronnie Hawkins, James Cotton
and Long John Baldry. Three Dog Night, Skylark and John Rutledge have
recorded his songs.
See the Canadian Music Hall of Fame tribute click here.
Domenic Troiano Guitar Awards Trustees
Kevin Breit, Rik Emmett, John Harris, Shawne Jackson-Troiano, Bernie
LaBarge, Alex Lifeson, Jim Norris , Frank Troiano.
Image with caption: "Canadian Music Hall of Fame member Domenic Troiano (CNW Group/Harris Institute)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130731_C2844_PHOTO_EN_29430.jpg
SOURCE: Harris Institute
For further information:
John Harris, Trustee