Paul Quarrington has died
Today is another sad one for the arts in Canada. Paul Quarrington, award-winning author, beloved songwriter, performer, member of Pork Belly Futures and a dear friend to many in the music community, has died.
Paul’s website reports:
His brave battle ended on January 21, 2010. He passed peacefully at home in Toronto in the early hours surrounded by friends and family. It is comforting to know that he didn’t suffer; he was calm and quiet holding hands with those who were closest to him.
Our own Andy Frank had the chance to conduct a remarkably candid interview with Paul Quarrington with his friends and peers Andy Kim, Dan Hill, and Blair Packham at Toronto’s Bluebird North songwriter’s showcase in December.
Paul and Dan had recently recorded a song together, poignantly titled “Are You Ready.” Paul Quarrington had made his process of becoming ready a very public one, and it was a great act of artistic bravery to live and perform that way – literally dragging his oxygen tank with him as he went from stage to stage.
Roots Music Canada sends our condolences to those who knew and loved Paul. He inspired us all to the end.
Contributions to the Quarrington Arts Society are being accepted in memory of Paul.