Canadian musician, best known for being an outstanding guitarist, Craig Peterkin, was born in Toronto on May 7, 1961 and passed away after a brief but bravely fought battle with lung cancer on March 19, 2018 at his home in Oshawa, Ontario
PHOTO OF CRAIG: credited to Denise Beyers
He was raised in Richmond Hill but, established his adult life primarily in Oshawa. He made a huge contribution to the Durham Region music scene and was also well known throughout the Greater Toronto Area.  In addition, he made a big impact on the music scenes in Ontario's Ottawa Valley and that of Victoria, British Columbia, best known for leading the band PETERKIN, Craig's bands over the decades included The Sidewinders and
Snake Boogie. 
Photo of  Organizers Denise Beyers and Earl Johnson credited to Liz Sterner Pine
​Above, fr
iend of the family, Denise Byers and friend, Earl Johnson, best known for being the lead guitarist of the iconic Canadian band “Mox” organized a Craig Peterkin musical tribute at Drums and Flats in Ajax, Ontario on Sunday, April 22, 2018 which featured MC AL Joynes of Q107 FM radio fame, performances by Earl Johnson & Tommy Rocker both of Moxy; Ron Mcleod, Chris Hume, Al Reilly and very special guest, US Blues Hall of Fame 2017 inductee, Frank Cosentino with famed drummer, Danny Bilan (Moxy and Wild T & The Spirit),  Guenther Kapelle (Wild T & The Spirit) and headliner, the legendary "Wild T" himself, Toney Springer, who had a huge influence on Craig's playing style and a well respected mentor, who eventually the brilliant guitarists "jammed" together and became friends.

MC Al Joynes

Photo Credit to: Deb Draper

Frank Cosentino​
Photo credited to  Ray Cheung

Photo of Wilde T & The Spirit featuring: Toney Springer, Dan Bilan and Guenther Kapelle accredited to Deb Draper
Toney Springer (Wild T & The Spirit) with Craig Peterkin's daughters Mercedes and Nadine Peterkin. 
Photo credit to Ray Cheung
The well attended event raised over $1,000 for Craig’s two beautiful daughters, Mercedes and Nadine Peterkin.  At Craig's request, he was cremated, with his ashes spread by his family in a private location.

For those who could not attend this spectacular event & worthy cause,  but still wish to donate to the daughters of Craig Peterkin,  please e-transfer your donation to Craig's sister, Patti Peterkin at:  She will ensure your donation goes directly to Craig's children. No amount is too small and all donations are greatly appreciated.

God Speed my "Friendly Giant," you will be missed tremendously CRAIG PETERKIN.
Photo Credit of Deb and Craig 2009 ~ Michael Cochrane

Photo Credit: Deb Draper 

Elvis Rock and Gospel with Thane Dunn, Bill Baize & Icon Photographer John Rowlands. HOSTED by Thane Dunn and the Cadillac Kings at The Christian Performing Arts Centre, Toronto, April 28th, 2018

Thane Dunn Press Release

Unseen Elvis footage added to World Premier April 28
Long Lost Footage of Presley To Be Revealed as Elvis confidantes participate
in Thane Dunn’s award winning “immersive Elvis experience” and benefit show.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : (Toronto, April 4)  
Elvis fans in the GTA already had Thane Dunn’s exciting Elvis Rock and Gospel Show on
April 28th marked down in their calendars - but today’s announcement will have them
scrambling to make sure they have tickets.

Celebrity photographer John Rowlands, who worked closely with The King and took
many memorable photographs of him has revealed that the world hasn’t seen everything
he has on Elvis.   During a recent move, while going through his personal archive of
negatives, slides, Super 8 movies and videos shot over his decades documenting rock
and roll’s biggest stars -- he “happened to find some short Super 8 movie reels of Elvis,
I shot with permission, in Buffalo on a 1972 short tour. The camera was Bauer
(made in Germany) and the optics are excellent.”  Rowlands is having the film transferred
to video and it will be aired exclusively in Rowlands presentation at the Toronto show.  
Except for a couple of family showings,” says Rowlands, “this home movie has never
been seen. It’s an exciting flashback.” 

They already knew it was going to be a night to remember - what with renowned celebrity
photographer John Rowlands (who took many photos of The King) and Bill Baize
(who performed with Elvis from 1971 til ‘76)  joining award winning performer Thane Dunn
on stage, sharing their memories and stories of the real Elvis.   Dunn, who presents an
exciting musical approximation, truly embodies what fans love most about Presley --
evidenced by his winning of  the "World's Largest International Elvis tribute artist contest"
and the “World’s Largest Elvis Gospel Competition".”  It has been said that “His portrayal
of Presley is eerily close onstage - and it's like he is channeling Elvis in front of your
very own eyes.”

And that’s no joke… Bill Baize, who spent years working with Elvis says “He is the closest
thing to
Elvis I’ve ever seen and if you never saw Elvis ….you need to see Thane Dunn!”
 - and John Rowlands,  
with his photographers eye and many years watching Elvis
agrees: “He is a split second away
from the real Presley.”
Toronto audiences
will get a chance to see this amazing show for themselves at the “Elvis Rock and Roll
and Gospel show with Thane Dunn” on April 28 at the Church on the Queensway.

At the event, Thane Dunn and Bill Baize will also be presenting one lucky fan, contest
winner Patricia Neese, with a very special prize - a professionally mounted original
Elvis Presley autograph.  Thane says, “I’m really excited to be giving away Elvis
Presley’s actual autograph! It’s beautifully mounted, and it comes with a certificate of
authenticity signed by Marty Lacker of the famed Elvis’ Memphis Mafia….and
John Rowlands- who photographed Elvis for RCA in the 70s! - will take our
pics together.”

To mark his Toronto performance debut, Dunn is donating 40% of the show's proceeds 
to the Haven on the Queensway, an organization that feeds and clothes the homeless
and those less fortunate in the Greater Toronto area. For more info,

Show Starts at  7:30 pm
VIP - Meet & Greet (1st 5 rows in Centre floor) $55.00
Main (Main floor and under Balcony rear) $30.00
General Admission (under Balcony left and right and Balcony) $25.00

Tickets available at :

Order tickets by phone 1-877-700-3130 - Fee of $4.00 per order applies
Includes fees and HST

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