Domenic Troiano

Domenic Troiano Guitar Scholarship

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"I'm sure the heavenly jam sessions with Lenny Breau and Jimi Hendrix are taken to a new level, now that Dom has arrived."
 - Randy Bachman, guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer.

"As a musician, he was always a step ahead of everyone else. His love of music was a joyful thing from the time he started to amaze people at the age of 17. He mastered rock, R&B, soul and jazz, and he was able to call on everything he'd ever learned in an instant. He brought respect to his instrument, and I believe he influenced every important guitar player who came after him. The best thing about him was that he never set a standard for himself... he was always growing, and never looked at the end, never counted the steps."
 - Jay Jackson, R&B band The Majestics' singer, a friend since 1965 and Troiano's former brother-in-law.

"I remember when I first saw him play in 1962 at Le Coq D'Or with Ronnie Hawkins on Yonge St. We were around the corner at The Bluenote on Yonge and Gerrard. He was an impressive guitar player even then. Everyone was coming in to check him out. What I heard in his playing was raw emotion. It was very soulful music, straight from the heart. It was mindboggling to have him join our band just two weeks later. And from the minute he came in, he was the leader."
 - George Olliver, singer and frontman for the bands (Whitey And The Roulettes, The Rogues) that would become Mandala

"Domenic was the first person I ever interviewed on the radio. It was for CHIC radio in Brampton. He was so gracious to someone so green. It's something I've never forgotten. What a special man and what a super talent. Heaven is rockin' now."
 - Gloria Martin, 680 News

"He was so into that guitar and music. That came first. And guys who are like that become the great musicians."
 - Ronnie Hawkins, musician - "The Band"

"I first met Dom way back when I recorded the first Mandala album at RCA Victor Studios on Mutual Street. He was as awesome then as he was till the day he passed. A great individual as well as a giant of a musician."
 - Peter Houston

"The scholarship fund is a wonderful idea and I know it made Donnie very happy and very proud. Hopefully it will help another young guitarist to become the next Domenic Troiano. Thank you for your heartfelt words about a truly amazing man."
 - Shawne Jackson, (Donnie's ex-wife)

"Domenic was a trouper and an amazing individual who always cared about everyone else more than himself."
 - Howard Ungerleider

"I met him in the '70s when I was a VP at Mercury Records and he did his solo stuff. We connected as friends and as fellow Canucks. We talked or emailed a lot, but not over the past year so I feel kind of low that we hadn't been in touch in the final days. But he was a great friend and I was proud to know him from the day we met."
 - Mike Gormley

"He was truly an inspiring human being not to mention a Canadian icon. He will be dearly missed by all."
 - George Rondina

"What a great guy he was. Talented as he was, he was truly nice to everyone. So sad."
 - John Alexander

"I was a big fan of his and I still have many of his LP's. I enjoyed his playing and learned quite a few guitar licks from him. Short story: When I went to college in NY for broadcasting, I used one of his songs, 'All Night Radio Show', from his solo album 'Tricky' as part of my final college project. That was in 1979. I still think of that and of Domenic!"
 - Ernie Santella

"Dom is deserving of such a measure of immortality. He was a sweet man with an innate nobility."
 - Ian Thomas