Composer, teacher, and champion of Canadian culture John Weinzweig passed away on the evening of Thursday, August 24 at the age of 93. He will be remembered for being one of the first composers to bring music written in Canada both into the stream of current musical thought and onto concert programs at a time in Canadian music when there simply wasn't any. Over the ensuing decades, his compositions, teaching, influence, and outspoken opinions paved the way for the musical culture that we enjoy today.
A public memorial service will be held in Toronto at Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel located at 2401 Steeles Ave. West on Monday, August 28, followed by a reception at the Canadian Music Centre at 20 Joseph St.
Link to article on John Weinzweig in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Link to Cassandra Szklarski's Canadian Press article
Link to article in cbc.ca
Link to "John Weinzweig at 90" by Daniel Foley in the Winter 2003 Ontario Notations
Link to entry in the Canadian Music Centre site, with links to recordings and works
Interview on CMC Audio Gallery
Image hosted by the Canadian Music Centre