‘The Gold Standard’: Vancouver rock music legend Tom Harrison dies

There is sad news from the Vancouver music scene, as rock journalist and musician Tom Harrison has passed away.

Tom Harrison’s name is synonymous with rock music in Vancouver. Since the mid-1970s he has been writing about pop and rock.

Harrison leaves a rich legacy as someone who was instrumental for local artists.

He also had his own group, Médaillon by Bruno Gerussi.

« When there was no internet and you heard about someone coming to town, it was from the newspaper or a music writer like him, » said Aaron Chapman, a music historian of Vancouver.

“(Harrison) was the gold standard. If you’re a local band and Tom Harrison has commented on you, the next time you play it will be packed because so many people are reading his column.

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In the 1970s he wrote for straight georgia before exercising his talents Province for 37 years.

He also hosted a radio show in Vancouver and produced 12 records.

The Vancouver rock critic was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2009.

Tributes poured in, including one from Bryan Adams of British Columbia, who thanked Harrison for being an early supporter of his music.

Harrison had a stroke in 2000 and reportedly died of another stroke on Christmas Day.

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Despite suffering a stroke in 2000, Harrison continued to write his weekly « The Garage » column every Friday from Provincepublishing its definitive copy in 2017.

He did not stop writing there, however, as he continued to share his thoughts on his website until his death.

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