In 1959 Don Messer's Jubilee started a 10-year run on CBC-TV. Its cancellation (1969) met with great protest and the show was syndicated from CHCH-TV, Hamilton, until Messer's death. Messer's TV and radio shows, his extensive personal appearances across the country, combined with more than 30 LPs, brought traditional fiddle and dance music into homes across Canada. His shows provided exposure for younger artists, including "Stompin' Tom" CONNORS, Fred McKenna, Vic Mullen, Graham Townsend and Catherine MCKINNON. Several collections of his music have been published. His papers and music are now kept in the Nova Scotia Public Archives, and one of his fiddles is on display in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Don Messer was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Association Hall of Honour in 1985 and with Chamberlain and Osburne into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1985 John Gray wrote the musical Don Messer's Jubilee. The 1971, NFB feature Don Messer, His Land and Music is available on video, as are highlights of his CBC-TV show. In 1992, the CBC broadcast a 22-week series taken from Don Messer's Jubilee and Singalong Jubilee. Don Messer's popularity endures.
Author RICHARD GREEN
Links to Other Sites
The World of Don Messer's Jubilee
View a video clip featuring maritime fiddler Don Messer and his group The Islanders in a CBC Halifax program.
A virtual exhibit devoted to Don Messer, renowned fiddler, music director, music writer, and entertainer. From the Nova Scotia Archives.
Entertainer-fiddler Don Messer seen through television equipment during production of the Don Messer and His Islanders show. From the Statistics Canada website.
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