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Johnny Burke Passes Away On Sept 21/17 of Cancer
A Canadian Traditional Country Music Legend
By John Gavin, Sunday, September 24, 2017


Johnny Burke, a Traditional Country Music Legend passed away on September 21, 2017 in Ontario at age 77 of cancer.

Johnny was born Jean Paul Bourque in the French Acadian community of Rosaireville, New Brunswick. He moved to Toronto in the early 60's and the rest is history. He began his career performing in a country/rock group and landed a gig at the famous Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. For 4 years he backed up many Nashville arttists, too many to mention here.

Johnny performed for 3 years on Carl Smith's TV show. In 1967 he formed The famous Caribou Showband and for the next 7 years hosted a synidicated television show called At The Caribou, and the Late Great Harry Hibbs was the shows top performer.

In 1972 the band changed it's name to EASTWIND and became the houseband on the CTV network show, The Funny Farm. He also had a 7 year engagement on the syndicated Opry North Show.

Johnny's vocal style gives the traditional country sound a unique flavour. Few can match his talent for song presentation. He and his band won several awards and was inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012. He had 14 albums of his own and performed on countless others. He performed on The Grand Ole Opry, Wrap Around Nashville and Nashville Now.

Johnny will be creameted with no funeral and visitation will be on October 5, 4-8pm at The Best Western in Coburg.