London’s music history will celebrate its new home on Saturday, when the grand opening of the Jack Richardson London Music Awards Hall of Fame will take place at the London Music Hall.
The Hall of Fame itself will be located adjacent to the music hall in the old Nash Jewellers building on Dundas St., which was purchased by the London Music Hall last year.
The Hall of Fame will feature profiles of Jack Richardson London Music Awards inductees and musical artifacts from London’s past — which includes gold records awarded to Richardson for his work producing The Guess Who’s “American Woman” and Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” and a red blazer from Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians.
The grand opening will be highlighted by a performance by The Band’s Garth Hudson. The London native co-founded the legendary roots rock group in 1964. Hudson’s performance, which will also feature his wife, Sister Maud Hudson, will kick off their world tour in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz – The Band’s farewell concert.
“The Nash building used to hold jewelry of the illustrious type and now it’s holding jewelry of the music type,” Mario Circelli, founder and chair of Jack Richardson London Music Awards, told AM980.
“[Before this] it was always a virtual induction,” Circelli said. “Of course we would have these inductees show up to an awards ceremony, and give them a plaque, but now we’re moving into a brick-and-mortar building so that we can share it with all of London.”
The awards, which were first handed out in 2005, honour the late Jack Richardson. The London-born producer worked on iconic albums by The Guess Who, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, and Kim Mitchell. He later became a Professor in the Music Industry Arts (MIA) program at Fanshawe College.
Past inductees of the Hall of Fame include Garth Hudson, Tommy Hunter, the Lombardo family, Denise Pelley, Helix and Don and Priscilla Wright.
FM96’s Sarah Burke will be co-hosting the event, which starts at 7 p.m.