John Evans
1943 – 2019

In both his life and work, John Evans brought passion and fire to everything he did.

As an actor, Evans sought truth. Preparing for the role of the drifter “Lee” in Sam Sheppard’s play True West, he would rise in the middle of the night, don his character’s filthy wardrobe and walk the gritty streets for hours, inhaling the margins, observing the hustle, and finding his way into the spirit of his character. In 1982, John was recognized for that role by his peers with the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Lead. “A great honour,” he would later joke, that “was immediately followed by a year of unemployment in the great Canadian tradition of ensuring that our actors, at all times, maintain their humility.”

John played principal roles in numerous film and television productions opposite actors of note including James Woods, Matt Dillon, William H. Macy, Tommy Lee Jones, Gordon Pinsent, Bruce Willis, Cate Blanchett and Billy Bob Thornton. He brought great precision and deep feeling to his craft and was warm and supportive of those he worked with, but he was not known to suffer fools gladly, and if that happened to include the director, so be it.

John’s roots as a Macedonian were central to who he was, and he created and produced numerous concert events for the community at Roy Thomson Hall and other venues that reinforced the profound and sometimes fragile Macedonian connection with the homeland.

In 1986, John married Lyne Tremblay, an actor, dancer and singer best known for her role as “Cassandra” the Siamese, in Cats. John and Lyne’s relationship was filled with artistic collaborations including Lyne’s award-winning CD Break ‘n Enter, and celebrated cabaret shows Gauche, The Decadent Berlin Revue and Cabaret Deco.

Their most beautiful production was that of their two daughters, Michelle and Lisa, both of whom are pursuing careers in the creative arts. John had a remarkable relationship with his girls, by turns, father, mentor and best friend and though Evans and Tremblay separated in 2007 they remained very close friends. Lyne, Michelle and Lisa were by his side when he took his final breath – his passing will be deeply felt forever.

An artist to the end, John finished his most recent work, Standardized Patient, a satirical psychological thriller that explores an academic’s fascination with AI as a testing tool for psychiatrists, a week before his passing. Standardized Patient is currently in development with The Buchwald Agency in New York City.

John was the eldest son of Mary and Jim Evans and is survived by his beloved daughters, Michelle and Lisa, his younger brother George and George’s wife Nancy, his niece and nephews, Peter, Michael, Katie, his cousin Michael, and Michael’s son William, and his grand-nephews River, Luke and Austin.

John Evans will long be remembered for his passion, vision, kindness and raw commitment to cutting through artifice to find deep meaning. He was an original, a rebel, and a man who was profoundly loved by so many.

Matt Zimbel
Ken Gorin
1933 – 2019

Loving husband, father, and grandfather with a kind spirit who touched so many. Survived by wife Hazel, his best friend for 65 years having met in the Air Force, brothers Ron and Fred (deceased), daughters Stephanie and Christine, sons-in-law Joe and Brett, grandsons Devon, Jesse, Bryce and Dorian.

Ken Gorin was a proud member of ACTRA for over 25 years and enjoyed many hours on set.

Ken had a gorgeous singing voice and adored all things musical. He was the winner of Chartwell’s Search for a Star, and member of The Golden Horseshoe Chorus, Burlington Senior Choir, Georgetown Globe Productions (where he won the Thea Award for Alfie Doolittle) having played his favourite role in seven productions, and Clarkson Music theatre. Often Ken and Hazel entertained groups as the Pearlie King and Queen.

Ken loved being a member of the Barbershoppers for over 30 years with the Brampton Townsmen and Oakville Entertainers. He always had an open, friendly smile and was liked by everyone fortunate enough to meet him.

Ken loved to sing, and his beautiful voice gave such pleasure to his family, friends and anyone willing to pull up a chair and listen.

We will miss him more than words can say.

Stephanie Gorin
Margo MacKinnon (Baculis)
1929 – 2019

Born in Windsor, Ontario, and gifted with Welsh musical genes, Margo MacKinnon had a natural and beautiful voice from the moment she made her very first recording, “There Are Fairies in The Bottom of My Garden,” as a young child to travelling to Detroit on the bus all alone at the age of 14 to sing with big bands on radio station WJR during WWII. It was no accident her childhood nickname was “The Windsor Spitfire!” Margo’s gorgeous mezzo soprano voice won countless national awards and scholarships as a teenager. She attended The Royal Conservatory in Toronto with Glen Gould and Mario Bernardi in the golden age, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in 1951 and a Graduate Artist Diploma in ‘54. It is befitting that Margo MacKinnon was universally praised as “a musician’s musician” by her esteemed colleagues across Canada.

Margo’s career took off in Toronto where she sang both classical and popular repertoire with The TSO, appeared in Mavor Moore’s seminal annual review, Spring Thaw, for several years and was a stalwart in the Toronto musical theatre scene. She worked regularly in both TV and radio during the early days of the CBC. After marrying fellow musician Al Baculis in 1963, Margo moved to Montreal and was one of Montreal’s busiest ‘session’ singers in both French and English with over 300 jingles, countless French TV and live shows, and singing with ‘vedettes’ including Michel Legrand, Gilles Vigneault and Ginette Reno. Margo was highly regarded as a master of contemporary 20th century music, premiering seminal works with Société du Musique Contemporaine du Québec. Margo even portrayed an opera singer in Denys Arcand’s prescient 1973 Quebec film, Rejeanne Padovani, and her soaring voice can be heard in the Academy Award-winning documentary film, If You Love This Planet. Ironically, her most famous gig went uncredited, singing back up vocals on John and Yoko’s iconic Give Peace a Chance song, recorded in a Montréal hotel room. Unmistakably, Margo’s voice rings loud and clear. She was also a respected voice teacher at Vanier CEJEP and Concordia University before retiring to Florida.

Margo spent the last nine years living happily at Performing Arts Lodge in Vancouver, where she was a cherished member of the PAL chorus. Her solo for the spring concert was to be, When You’re Young at Heart, and there isn’t a song more befitting to describe her life and her personality. At her 90th birthday party on Easter Sunday, Margo sang one of her favourite standards, Night and Day, accompanied by her son, Alan, on piano. It was to be Margo’s last gig and it was just lovely.

Margo was blessed with perfect pitch, a lightning quick ability to read music, and a glorious voice that could magnificently perform seemingly effortlessly in every genre throughout her career. My Mother did it all and she did it brilliantly.

Heather Hodson

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