R.I.P. Influential Canadian Music Executive Deane Cameron

He signed artists such as Tom Cochrane, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Nickelback
R.I.P. Influential Canadian Music Executive Deane Cameron
Deane Cameron — an influential Canadian music executive and the president and CEO of the Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall, has died. Cameron suffered a heart attack at his cottage near North Bay while walking in the woods, Billboard reports. He was 65.

"His unwavering passion for supporting an promoting Canadian and Indigenous artists, and his contributions to the music community have inspired so many," Toronto's Massey Hall wrote in a statement. "We will miss him with all of our hearts."

Known to many as "Captain Canada," Cameron started in music playing drums in a band named Harvest alongside school friend Tom Cochrane. In his teens, Cameron landed a warehouse job at EMI Music Canada before taking a number of other industry jobs.

Cameron returned to EMI in 1977 as manager, talent acquisition, going on to become director and then vice-president. He became president in 1988, making him the youngest Canadian president of a major record label.

Artists signed by Cameron while heading up EMI include Cochrane, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stompin' Tom Connors, Helix, the Tea Party, Moist, Susan Aglukark, Glass Tiger, Nickelback, Serena Ryder, K-os and more. He served as president and CEO of the label until 2012, when it was acquired by Universal Music.

In 2010, Cameron was made a Member of the Order of Canada, awarded to him for being "a persistent and passionate executive in the recording industry," in addition to "an outspoken advocate for First Nations artists and their music."

Cameron also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) for 14 years and worked to develop Canadian music charity MusiCounts. Cameron was named president and CEO of the Corporation of Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall in 2015. 

Find tributes to Cameron from friends and colleagues below.