Bridging Our Music History
The not-for-profit Jack Richardson London Music Awards (JRLMA), Jack Richardson London Music Week (JRLMW) and the Jack Richardson Music Hall of Fame are organizations that seek to honour and celebrate the music-makers of London Ontario and surrounding area. For over 15 years we have been committed to recognizing the achievements of London and area musicians, promoting and preserving our music history and promoting music education in Southwestern Ontario.
We work to celebrate, honour and promote London and area musicians that have gone on to national and international success. To that aim the JRLMA proposes and is prepared to work toward naming 3 city bridges in honour of great London musicians.
It is our goal that the Queens Avenue bridge spanning the Thames River downtown be named in honour of the late Jack Richardson. We also recommend that the Richmond Street Bridges (north of Epworth Ave.) be named in honour of Garth Hudson and Priscilla Wright respectively. Priscilla Wright hit it big in 1955 with her international hit single, Man In A Raincoat. The song was recorded at the CFPL radio studios with her father Don Wright (Western University Faculty of Music) and his septet. The song was such a smash hit, she was invited to sing it on the Ed Sullivan Show in July 1955 and she was selected by Cash Box Magazine as the Most Promising Artist of the Year. Garth Hudson achieved tremendous success as, keyboardist for The Band. Mr. Hudson attended Broughdale Public school as a young boy and later attended Medway High School, and Western University. We consider Jack "The Bear" Richardson as the first champion of Canadian music! Jack is an Order of Canada recipient and the Juno Award for Producer of The Year is named in Jack's honour.
Ward 6 Councillor Phil Squire says the time is right because these legends came from London and never forgot their roots. “It makes sense,” says Squire. “We have a rich music history and we should commemorate them,” he says.
According to Ward 5 Councillor Maureen Cassidy, "Richardson, Hudson and Wright are wonderful examples of the truly amazing talent to come from our city. To honour these long-time Londoners in this way – bridging the past with the boundless future for music in London - is especially exciting. I’m so pleased to support this endeavour."
London Mayor Matt Brown says, “JRLMA goals fit perfectly with the city’s music strategy.”
Biographical information for all three honourees available at: https://jrlma.ca/inductees/