Big Sugar and musician friends’ tribute to Garry Lowe @Danforth Music Hall Toronto – Friday, December 28, 2018
by Sally Warburton
The Danforth Music Hall was packed on Friday, December 28. It was a sold out tribute concert to honour Garry Lowe – bassist for Big Sugar who died July 7, 2018 of cancer. Big Sugar is a Canadian blues, reggae rock band from Toronto whose 1st album was released in 1991.
Big Sugar band members knew that Garry was very ill with cancer, but it still came as a very sad shock when Garry died in July 2018. On December 28th at the Danforth Music Hall held a night to remember the musician, remember the friend and to pay homage to a wonderful person, Garry Lowe, the blues-reggae bassist for Big Sugar.
Garry was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Toronto in his teens with his mother and sisters. A self-taught musician, he joined Big Sugar in 1994 touring all over North America and Europe. The group even opened for Black Crowes and the Rolling Stones. Garry was described as a low key, gentle guy whose music had a natural sound.
Given the sold out crowd on Friday night, it was evident that Big Sugar has remained a favourite Toronto band for thousands of fans.
The music was a fantastic mix of new and old favourite songs – greatest hits and included songs from other groups. There was so much musical talent at once on stage!! What a beautiful way to honour Garry Lowe with all this talent.
Big Sugar frontman Gordie Johnson along with Big Sugar band members Ben Richardson, Rey Arteaga, Chris Colepaugh and Alex Johnson were joined by a long list of musicians including Tyler Steward of Bare Naked Ladies, Chris Murphy of Sloan, Danko Jones, Mark Holmes of Platinum Blonde, Leroy Sibble, the dynamic Crown Lands, Edwin of I Mother Earth, among others.
The crowd loved every minute! Concert goers standing on the main floor were dancing and moving to the beat of the music. Second floor people who’d bought tickets with seats enjoyed the concert– both locations gave fantastic sound and excellent views of the action on stage. Before and after the concert, and during the 20 minute break there was lots of chance to buy t-shirts, posters, music at the merchandise table which was popular with the fans.
For the last song ALL the musicians and family members came back on stage to join Big Sugar in their final tribute to Garry Lowe.
December 28th was Garry Lowe’s birthday. It was a night to remember Garry Lowe. To reflect on the wonderful person he was. To remember his music. To thank him for being part of our musical lives. That night everyone at the Danforth Music Hall realized that Garry Lowe’s soul lives on. A wonderful live music event. A beautiful musical tribute concert. It couldn’t have been done better. Rest in peace Garry Lowe.
We would like to thank Eric Alper for the invitation to this amazing event.
With Friends From:
Broken Social Scene
I Mother Earth
Adrian Sheriff Miller
The New Deal
Wide Mouth Mason
& Many More!