R.I.P. Toronto Musician and the Diableros Frontman Pete Carmichael
Yesterday (January 21), a call for help was issued after Carmichael had been missing for a few days.
We are asking for those in Toronto to keep an eye out for @petevolts Pete Carmichael who has not been seen or heard from in the past few days. He resides in the west end of Toronto @ParkdaleRA pic.twitter.com/qS5mT1ris3— Outside Music (@OutsideMusic) January 22, 2020
Last night (January 21), a number of his friends on social media revealed that he had been found, but confirmed dead.
Carmichael formed the Diableros with drummer Phoebe Lee in 2004, and they released their acclaimed debut album You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts in 2006.
The band's second album, Aren't Ready for the Country, was released the following year in 2007. They also released an EP titled Old Story, Fresh Road in 2009, before disbanding in 2010.
Following his work with the Diableros, Carmichael continued to perform and release solo music.
A number of Toronto musicians and friends have paid tribute to the late musician. Read some of their messages below.
So saddened to hear the news of Pete Carmichael's passing. That 1st Diableros LP is an unsung 2000s Can-indie classic, right up there w/ 'Funeral' + 'You Forgot It in People' when it comes to guileless, gut-spilling passion. Play it loud, now and forever: https://t.co/JfNEceiWmv— Stuart Berman (@stuberman) January 22, 2020
This is so sad and shocking. I caught the tail end of the Diableros. I think I saw them at the opening party for the Garrison? Pete played with such passion. He was always good to talk to when I saw him around. Seemed like such a sweet guy. https://t.co/XBuQ08FlRT— Richard Trapunski (@trapunski) January 22, 2020
So heartbroken to hear that Pete Carmichael has died. All my love to Toronto's bars and music— Kate Robertson (@katierowboat) January 22, 2020
community. We've lost a kind kind soul
Saddened by the news of the passing of local musician/music enthusiast Pete Carmichael. If you're ever feeling down, people have your back more than you think they do ❤️— TEENANGER (@teenangerTO) January 22, 2020
So sad to hear of Pete Carmichael's passing—I didn't know him personally, but the Diableros were such a massive presence when I moved here, and many friends have been part of their orbit. You always feel it when we lose one of our own. RIP. Spin this today https://t.co/JunEC0V3LI— the chronicles of rittich (@ruhee_) January 22, 2020