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.

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  1. avatar
    Shelagh 21 January, 2010 at 22:47

    Thank you for this posting. It was, even though we knew it would happen sometime, shocking news. You are right to note his artistic bravery. Performing and writing in these past few months extended his life. His talent took many shapes but he was a genius at being human. Through his dying, Paul taught us the art of living.

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    moxywoman 24 January, 2010 at 16:09

    _Whale Music_ reminds me of a certain time in my life. I loved reading that book and entering into the world it created. Blessings to Paul. Thanks for the words, man.

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