On Nov. 22, 2018, the Cashbox Canada Legacy Awards in Toronto, which are presented by Cashbox Magazine Canada, honoured Canadian music industry builder and educator, John Harris. The presentation ceremony took place at Harris Institute in Toronto, a music industry school Harris founded in 1989.
Cashbox CEO and Editor-in-Chief Sandy Graham presented the award to Harris, who gave an emotional and heartfelt speech thanking those helped him in his personal and professional life along the way. He sent out emotional thank you to his late parents, pointing up to heaven an saying, “two people who are unable to attend because of the distance, and it’s a really far distance, so thanks Mom and Dad who are up there.”
Lisa Hartt (pictured above with John Harris), whom Harris used to manage, gave a live solo performance of her hit “Old Time Movie” and Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song,” which was a fitting choice for Harris and the evening honouring his legacy.
A video highlighting Harris’ early days as a band manager kicked off the evening, with tributes to The Creeps, Tranquillity Base with Ian Thomas, Ocean, The Lisa Hartt Band, and Ishan People. The video also included the story of how Harris and Bob Hahn formed Rising Records and created the musical Rockabye Hamlet.
Other attendees who were on-hand to pay their respects to Harris’ life and work included photographer John Rowlands, Juno-winning producer Chris Birkett, music journalist Bill King, Harris instructor and Toronto publicist Jane Harbury, Kathy Hahn and her mother Neva, Entertainment lawyer Paul Sanderson, Lynx Dean of Random Order, Harris Institute VP Bob Roper, Michael Watson, Canadian Musician Publisher Jim Norris, and many more.
For more information and highlights from the evening from Cashbox, go HERE.