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Marathon celebration for fallen musician

"It was truly a wonderful celebration. Steve would be honoured."

Reports of laughter, cheer, and serious musical chops are pouring in from a touching affair, held in honour of North Bay musical legend, Steve Clarke Sunday.

Songs for Steve, originally planned as a benefit by Colin Norwood of Gravitas, had to switch gears and become a celebration of life, as Clarke passed away at age 66 of a brain tumour, before the benefit could be held.

Details of the planning of Songs for Steve:

The event was hosted in the Summit Room at The Voyager and was packed throughout the afternoon and evening.

A lineup featuring bands that Clarke had been a member of, as well as musical acts wishing to extend their condolences to the Clarke family, graced the stage, in yet another show of North Bay's musical community supporting their own.

Brian Risk, who participated in the event said, "The show was phenomenal, the room was packed, and the memories were strong. It was truly a wonderful celebration. Steve would be honoured."

The acts included:

  • North Facing Folk,
  • Whiskey Brothers,
  • Heart of Gold,
  • Reggie and the Hubcaps,
  • J Houston Band,
  • Gary Davision,
  • Jake & the Fundamentals,
  • Rambling Fever,
  • The Angry Pants,
  • Good Vibrations,
  • Uncle Alice,
  • Off The Floor,
  • Weekend Crew,
  • Bunz,
  • Stomp Box,
  • The Prophets,
  • Neesh,
  • Sleephound,
  • John McGale,
  • Night Ryders,
  • Peter Cliche Trio, and the
  • Gravitas Jam Band.

Special thanks to Dan Belanger Sound and Lighting, The Voyager, our sponsors and the leadership of Colin Norwood, Mitch Belanger, Gunner Grolman, Mike Foisy, and Brian Risk. An extra thanks to all the volunteers who made the day happen.

Here is Steve's obituary.

Clarke, Stephen – passed away peacefully at the North Bay Regional Health Centre on Monday May 23rd, 2016 at the age of 66 yrs. Beloved husband of Louise (nee Jackson). Loving father of Tyler (Tracy) & Melissa Campbell (Michael). He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Jackson & Molly. Also survived by his 3 brothers Paul (Ruby), Bruce (Nancy) and Tim (Sigrid); his brothers and sisters-in-law Murray Jackson (Danielle), Cindy Deschene (Chris), and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was a long-time employee of Boart Longyear. A well respected musician, he will be greatly missed in the North Bay music community. Stephen started and built his business RePercussion Drum Shop, his pride and joy which he ran for approximately 9 yrs. Family receiving family & friends at HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES, 362 Airport Rd, on Saturday May 28th, 2016 from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 pm. Donations in memory of Stephen to the Canadian Cancer Society or the All Heart Pet Rescue (cheques only) would be appreciated by his family. Online condolences can be made at

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