Thursday, January 21, 2010

goodbye to Paul Quarrington

(photo courtesy Paul Quarrington's website)

Canadian novelist and singer/songwriter Paul Quarrington died this morning in Toronto. He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last year, and had since been making a remarkably brave and public declaration of his love for life.

Two summers ago, I found myself on the same reading bill with Paul at the Prince Edward County Author's Festival. It was a great pleasure to meet him, to listen to him read and to hear his music.

Fellow singer/songwriter Dan Hill was a great friend of Paul Quarrington's. Just last night, I spoke with Mr. Hill about Paul. If you go to YouTube, there are a number of video tributes to Paul, including this saucy one from Dan Hill:

And finally, the man himself, on stage where he belonged:

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