Jack Richardson Passes Away At Age 82

Jack Richardson was not only a creative innovator, but he also brought a new level of technical expertise to a burgeoning industry and through teaching and mentoring for over half a century raised the level of quality of all Canadian music production and engineering.
Jack began as a musician, playing bass in The Westernaires and later The Bobby Gimby Orchcestra ![](/content/images/Jack & Garth Richardson 2.jpg)and became a groundbreaking creative executive at McCann Ericson Advertising where he met his future partners and where he discovered and first produced The Guess Who. He and his partners left the agency and pooled their personal resources to form Nimbus 9, the soon to be world-renowned production company and record label, and to sign and record the Guess Who helping them to become the highest selling group in the world at the time.

To the world, Jack symbolized the new Canadian music business: powerful, positive, tireless, intelligent, innovative, and excellent. In 2002 the Juno Award for Producer of the Year was renamed The Jack Richardson Award.

Jack spent his career teaching and mentoring even as he was working tirelessly and constantly all over the world. In the mid 1980’s he retired from active production and became a Professor in the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in London, ON, and also taught at the Harris Institute in Toronto. In 2003 he was awarded the Order of Canada for his unique contribution to Canadian Arts and Culture.

Jack passed away on May 13th, 2011 after a lengthy illness. He died peacefully and without pain. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, and his four surviving children: Garth, Brooke, Tracy, and Kelly.  He is joining his oldest son Craig who passed away in 2009.

Written by Bob Ezrin

The family would like to deeply thank Dr. David Massel and the dedicated medical team at University Hospital’s London Health Sciences Centre, and the wonderful staff and residents at Amica.

Funeral services will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral
472 Richmond Street
London, ON
Thursday, May 19 at 2 p.m.

If you wish to honour Jack’s memory and help the music live on, you can make a donation to the annual Jack Richardson Music Awards (, which are given to support local artists in London.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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