Tom Harrison was born in St. Boniface, a French-Canadian speaking area within Winnipeg, MB. He became enthralled by music, collecting records and listening to the radio constantly. Tom also discovered that he had a talent for writing and became the music director at the University of British Columbia’s campus radio station, then known as CYVR. In the mid-seventies, Tom was hired by the Georgia Straight to fill a hole created by Bob Geldof, who returned to Ireland to form The Boomtown Rats.
Tom played in several local bands along the way, including The Explosions, The Potatoes, Bruno Gerussi’s Medallion and Lumpy.
He began to write for the Vancouver Province at the height of the punk rock hysteria in 1979. He continues to be a columnist for the Province.
Tom Harrison joined us in the Out-Of-Control Room on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Here’s his playlist:
- I Can See For Miles – The Who
- S.F. Sorrow – The Pretty Things
- Dream On – Aerosmith
- Stroll On – The Yardbirds
- Time of the Season – The Zombies
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Classic Rock 101’s On The Record was hosted in the studio by celebrities and local guests who dropped by the Out-of-Control Room with an armload of favourites from their personal vinyl collection. They took the helm to speak about their musical passions and how music of their generation affected your life.