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James Reaney

James Reaney

Lifetime Achievement Recipient

James Stewart Reaney covered everything from operas to Neil Young concerts in more than 30 years at The London Free Press. He retired on Jan. 26, 2017.  Born in Winnipeg in 1952, James moved to London in 1960 when his parents decided to return to their London-region roots. Encouraged by LFP colleagues, he produced the first extensive Top 10 listing devoted to London albums and has been named a London music scene personality of the year. As a columnist and reporter, he profiled many London creative spirits. In collaboration with LFP colleagues, he hosted weekly videos devoted to London performers & creators for eight years.  He continues to champion the London scene on multiple platforms. James is a passionate supporter of the Jack Richardson London Music Awards as a board member & advocate for its Jack Richardson London Music Hall of Fame at 182 Dundas Street. He is also an active member of the London & Middlesex Historical Society & helmed its three editions of The Great London Songbook (events matching local performers with hits associated with the Forest City’s glorious musical history). In other community roles, he has volunteered his time at St.Paul’s Anglican Cathedral and the Orchard Park Sherwood Forest Ratepayers. He is married to Susan Wallace. Their daughter, Elizabeth, teaches in Toronto. For decades James was the go-to writer for area musicians looking for support. His support of local music has been un-matched and his retirement from the London Free Press was met with sadness, dismay and tremendous gratitude by the music community for his support and dedication to the scene.

Mario Circelli

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