New members were inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame on Sunday, September 11th during the Southside Shuffle.
The 2016 inductees:
Bobby Dean Blackburn – His forebears came to Canada via The Underground Railroad. From his Malton base, he became a trail-blazer in Toronto’s R & B scene. His sons’ Maple Blues-winning band of brothers bears the family name. Still a regular fixture at clubs and festivals, Bobby Dean bears relentless faith to a rich musical heritage.
Steve Demarchi – He co-wrote the monster number one hit 1990 hit by Alias More Than Words Can Say in his Mississauga home. His career also included mega hit When I’m With You by Sheriff. Both songs are wedding compilation and first dance staples. Steve’s long playing and song writing career also included a stint with the Cranberries.
Jeff Healey – Ever since he was invited onstage to play guitar with Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan at 16, Jeff Healey’s skills proved undeniable. Unique technique revealed unlimited talent. Though he made records, films and shared stages with the world famous, his greatest gift was his transparent pleasure in sharing the pure, unbridled joy he felt for the music he loved.
Cliff Hunt – From rock musician, to booker of talent at the CNE grandstand to negotiator of international publishing and record deals for Triumph, Cliff Hunt carefully learned the music industry ropes. As founder and president of Yangaroo he later engineered a digital revolution in Canadian radio, setting new industry standards for award shows such as the Grammys and Junos.
The Mississauga Music Walk of Fame, located in Port Credit Memorial Park, was established in 2012 with the support Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey. To qualify, a nominee must have been born or spent a significant amount of time in Mississauga and have contributed greatly to local community as well as their profession.