R.I.P. Canadian Music Publicist Darryl Weeks

R.I.P. Canadian Music Publicist Darryl Weeks
Toronto music publicist Darryl Weeks passed away this past Sunday (February 10).
 
While a cause of death has yet to be revealed, Weeks' long-time clients Paper Bag confirmed his death today. The label wrote: "We are devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague Darryl Weeks. Darryl was a wonderful person, husband, father, respected publicist & member of the music community. We were lucky to count him as a friend & part of the Paper Bag family, representing the label & artists."

UPDATE (2/14, 12:15 p.m. EST): A GoFundMe has been launched by family member Bryan Weeks, with all proceeds going towards Darryl's children's education fund. More details about the fundraiser are available here.
 
Weeks, a devoted music fan, started in the music industry as the Marketing Supervisor at Toronto's HMV Superstore before launching a career as a publicist at Outside Music.

After five years at Outside, he founded StageFright Publicity, where he acted as publicist for artists including the Acorn, Art D'Ecco, Average Sex, Austra, Born Ruffians, CFCF, the Charlatans, Elliott Brood, Frog Eyes, Helena Deland, KASHKA, the Luyas, Michael Rault, Moonface, MUNYA, OGenesis, Preoccupations, PS I Love You, Royal Canoe, the Rural Alberta Advantage, Tim Burgess, Tim Hecker, TOY, Wolf Eyes, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan and Yves Jarvis, among many others.

The announcement of his passing has been met with an outpour of grief and kindness from all corners of the Canadian music industry and beyond. Many spoke of his kindness, his goodness, his laughter and his love of music. You can read some of it below.

Darryl will be missed greatly.