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Canadian Music Week honors Triumph with prestigious award!

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Published on May 20, 2019 with No Comments

The annual Canadian Music Week honoured Mississauga’s very own power trio Triumph with its highly esteemed “Legends of Live” award at a splendid affair held at Sheraton Hotel in Toronto on May 10, 2019.

Triumph is classic rock royalty that has its roots in Mississauga from back in 1975 and comprises of drummer Gil Moore, bassist and keyboardist Mike Levine and guitarist Rik Emmett.

Laying it on the line, Gil Moore said that “Mike and I knew each other for a while and invited Rik to join us in the spring of ‘75 after hearing him perform at a local tavern. We rehearsed all summer and had our first show in the fall of ’75.”

As we all know, Triumph went on to become one of Canada’s finest rock and roll bands with a global reach producing such hits as “Lay it on the Line”, “Magic power”, “Ordinary Man” “Fight the Good Fight” and scores more including their legendary cover of “Rocky Mountain Way”. The band wound up playing at huge arenas both in the US and here in Canada.

 “My most memorable moment was the US festival in May 1983 over the Memorial Day weekend with a crowd of 400,000 people in attendance!” chimed in Moore.

Asked who were his early influencers, Moore without missing a heart beat exclaimed “Buddy Rich; he was simply the best! Then my rock influencers were Ian Paice (Deep Purple) and John Bonham (Led Zeppelin). “

If that award wasn’t enough, the night before, on May 9, at the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards (CMBIA) Gala, the marquee event of the Canadian Music Week, Moore’s brainchild, The Metalworks Insitute, a school for grooming and mentoring new musicians, also shared the Music School of the Year citation with Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

That same night at the CMBIA ceremony held at The Rebel in Toronto, Robbie Robertson of The Band who toured with Bob Dylan in their early days was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to music.

Robertson also has the distinction of having performed with other members of The Band at the fabled Woodstock festival in 1969 (50th anniversary celebrations are coming up) alongside a host of other granddaddy bands.

CMBIA also honoured the Gord Downie (Tragically Hip) and Chanie Wenjack Fund with the Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit award. Patrick Downie, Gord’s brother, showed up to accept the trophy.

Several other well known personalities were celebrated on CMBIA night including Brother Jake Edwards, Carmela Laurignano, Guy Brouillard, Michael McCarty, Steve Herman and numerous more. The presentation of distinctions was syncopated with performances from Logan Staats, 54:40, Jonathan Butler, The Indigenous Youth Hand Drum Group and the McCarty Band featuring members of Billy Talent, Alexisonfire and Three Days Grace.

Throughout the week from Monday May 6-12, there were performances by a multitude of bands at more than 30 venues including Monarch Tavern, Horseshoe Tavern, Lee’s Palace, The Hideout and several more. This year’s spotlight was on music from South Africa though bands from all over the globe were present representing all genres, rap, hip-hop, jazz, rock and you name it!

Acclaimed India –based rock band ‘Parvaaz’ flew in from India to partake in the weeklong festival. Another super energetic Canada-based band “Delhi to Dublin” comprising of members of South Asian origin also performed.

Mississauga based Ian D’sa (Goan origin) of Billy Talent, who won the “Legends of Live” award last year, also delivered his guitar expertise at the CMBIA gala.

 

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