Who's Your Daddy

Rest In Peace X-Ray (Michael) MacRae

How I Knew X-Ray

X-Ray was a neighbour, friend, and a fellow lover of music. He was a club owner and music booker who played a large role in legendary Toronto music venue The Horseshoe Tavern. He passed away on January 26, at the age 72.

I had not known X-Ray for many years like some others have but I am very grateful for the short time I did know him. At one visit, I shared with him some of my own stories of playing on the road and later teaching music. He was as interested in listening to my stories as I was to his. He commended me on keeping music alive with my career as a musician in spite of my vision issues. He was impressed by the fact that I never gave up. That meant a lot to me.

Celebration of Life

X-Ray’s Celebration of Life was held at the Legion in Sydenham this past Saturday, May 25th. Peter Lloyd and his band Who’s Your Daddy put on an excellent performance. As a surprise to some of us, Dan Ackroyd joined the band on stage in the second set and blew some great harp and laid down some serious vocals. He also shared some memories of his friendship with X-Ray.

On the stage were X-Ray’s drums, a kitchen table, and a fridge. X-Ray typically entertained around his kitchen table while he shared his music adventures.

What a great afternoon in remembrance of X-Ray!

Tributes to X-Ray

If you are interested in reading about the tributes from others that had known X-Ray have posted, this article on Billboard Canada is a good place to start.

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