RIP: Big Sugar Bassist Garry Lowe, 1953–2018

The entire Canadian music community is very sad to learn that Big Sugar bassist Garry Lowe passed away this weekend, on Saturday, July 7th, following a private two-year battle with cancer. He was 65.

Lowe was long heralded and admired for not only his extensive musical talents, especially with Gordie Johnson and Big Sugar, but also for his infectious energies of love, humanity, humour, and kindness.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Lowe moved to Canada in 1976 at the age of 22, and began playing bass with reggae legend Jackie Mittoo. He joined Big Sugar in 1994, touring and recording many of their most classic and notable records. One of his most recent and final appearances was with Big Sugar and Alex Lifeson of Rush.

“We lost our dear brother and sweet friend Garry this morning,” shares Gordie Johnson. “He was my greatest musical collaborator, our wisest elder. We were blessed to be on life’s journey together. We were blessed to know him and share his music. Please remember Garry Lowe in all your thoughts and prayers.”

Johnson added in tribute, “Rally round the Lion.”

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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