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Inductees:  1993


Etienne Larocque

Etienne Larocque Né en 1933 à Cap-Bateau, un village de pêcheurs sure l'Ile de Lamèque, au nord du Noveau-Brunswick, Etienne Larocque est un passionné du violon depuis l'âge de cinq ans.


Dès l'âge de 11ans, Etienne Larocque étale son talent aux danses communautairs du Samedi soir, événements où il devient vite populaire et où il se forme aux exigences de la musique folklorique et traditionelle. Si bien d'ailleurs, que certains adeptes de la danse le suivent partout où il se produit.


Dans le début des années '80, il devint une figure marquante dans les concours de violoneux. Son palmarès est intéressant: quatre fois champion de Nouveau-Brunswick et gagnant, en 1983, du célèbre concours des maritimes a Dartmouth , N.-E.


Il décrocha aussi les honneurs aux compétition de l'Atlantique et de l'Est du Canada . En 1990, il fut choisit pour représenter le Nouveau-Brunswick au “Championnat de maitres au violon à Napean, Ont.


Ecouter Etienne Larocque, c'est partager sa passion pour le violon.


Etienne Larocque was born in Cap-Bateau, a small fishing community in northeastern New Brunswick. He has been a passionate fiddler since the age of five. By the age of 11 he was already making the locals swing on Saturday nights to the traditional sounds of his island.


He has won awards for his fiddling including, four times New Brunswick top fiddler and winner of the Maritimes competition in Dartmouth, N.S. in 1983. In 1990 he was selected to represent his province in the “Grand Masters Fiddling Contest” in Nepean, Ontario.




Grenville "Pat" Patterson

Pat was born in Salmon Creek, Queen's County in 1929, and moved to Cody's in 1944. After a career in Forestry with the provincial government, he is now returned and living in Norton, New Brunswick with his wife.


Pat has been active in community activities since his senior teen years. He has been with the Ground Observer Core, Royal Canadian Airforce, held several offices in the NB Civil Service Association and NB Public Employee's Association Inc. He has a long time affiliation with Boy Scouts of Canada, has coached minor baseball and hockey as well as served on the Norton Village Council and Recreation Council. He is also an active member of his church.


Presently Pat is a Director of the Sussex Kiwanis Nursing Home, a member of the Sussex Vale Golden K Kiwanis Club and a singing member of Golden K Ramblers.


Pat is always interested in country music and singing in church choirs. In his later teens he organized a group called the Balsam Boys, entertaining at house parties and community functions.


In the fifties he began to M.C. variety and local talent shows providing comedy and song as required. This continued until recent years, when other demands & health conditions have caused cutbacks on those requests.


Beginning in 1966 and continuing for seven years, Pat performed with Sussex Town and Country Orchestra. In 1986 he was back on stage with the Sussex Valley Jamboree, performing as a comedian. Presently, he enjoys singing in the church choir and with the Golden K Ramblers.



Jim Burns

Jim Burns got his start in country music with the Capital Co-op Jamboree in the Teacher's College Auditorium on Queen Street in 1949. During this period, Jim was often a guest performer on CFNB radio. In May 1955 he formed his own band and booked his first personal appearance which was held in Tabusintac and drew a capacity crown.


He made several guest appearances with his personal friend, the late Kid Baker and Hal Lone Pine on the Kid Baker Show and on occasion shared the stage with Hal Lone Pine in the State of Maine. He also performed with Fred McKenna and George Beck in Nova Scotia in the late 1950's.


Jim has also appeared on radio and television shows over the years including, The Earl Mitton Show, Maritime Farmers, The Diamond Trio Show and The Capital City Jamboree.


In 1977 he released three singles. The single entitled “Three Times a Fool” stayed on the CFNB charts for a total of nine consecutive weeks.


Jim founded the Capital City Jamboree on April 3, 1982 at the Playhouse in Fredericton and that production is still in operation under the name of the New Brunswick Country Showcase. Jim is a regular performer as well as Producer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Through his work with the New Brunswick Country Showcase, Jim has provided newcomers to the field of country music with an opportunity to be seen and heard by an audience in a professional setting.


On January 3, 1993 Jim was awarded a Governor General's 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for his years of service to the community and the Province through the New Brunswick Country Showcase and other productions.




Joey Knight

Joey Knight was raised in Minto, New Brunswick where he still makes his home and is the youngest of nine children. His teenage years were spent honing his craft while leading his own four piece band and playing in local night clubs. Joey's reputation and popularity continued to grow throughout the Maritimes which later enabled him to expand across Canada. Constant requests for recorded product led Joey to Nashville, and in 1984 his first album was released which did exceptionally well, gaining him national exposure and reaching number 1 on the various charts of radio stations across Canada.


In 1986 Joey released three new singles including, “Weakness Tonight,” “Nights Like This,” and “Midnight Whispers.” All three songs reached the top ten. From there he performed on several radio talk shows, concerts, festivals and television shows such as “The Tommy Hunter Show” and “Canadian Country Music Award Show.” Soon Joey was chosen as opening act for such U.S. performers as Mickey Gilley, George Jones, Gene Watson and Tanya Tucker. He also performed in Craven, Saskatchewan in what is now considered to be Canada 's largest outdoor festival.


In 1988-99 Joey was nominated for Entertainer, Male Vocalist and Vista Rising Star awards. Joey and his band then toured across Canada and into the United States to Nashville where he performed at the Nashville Place, thrilling the packed audiences beyond all expectations.

(Joey has passed away since the time of this bio)




The Wade Brothers

The Wade Brothers, Richard and David, have been entertaining professionally since the age of eight. They began with piano lessons and after five years started playing guitar.


Singing was always a favorite hobby for them. They were always picking and singing country and cross-over rock in the background as they joined in with the junior choir, school glee-club, and for 20 years with the Barbershoppers.


In university, they sang in Red ‘n Black, coffee houses and hootenanies as well as eleven live CBC shows in Halifax. Since 1982 the Wade Brothers have been associated with Capital City Jamboree and Country Showcase always mixing humour and good fun with their own kind of country music.


They have also sung in fairs as well as countless churches, beauty pageants, senior citizen's homes and numerous charities throughout the province of New Brunswick. Several national television and radio shows have featured them including, “Up Home Tonight,” Mid-Day Magazine,” and “On the Road Again.”


As dentists, the Wade Brothers have tried to promote good public relations for their entire profession by bringing the “common touch” to their many listeners.









































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