Getting high with Garry Lowe

Culture Shock

Written by Joe Taylor

December 29, 2018

The Danforth Music Hall was sold out for a very generous send off. Big Sugar’s Bass player Garry Lowe passed away earlier this year. He was a gentle dreadlock Jamaican guy who played on two very important Big Sugar records; Hemi-Vision and Heated. His added reggae dimension added to the entire rock and blues flavor of this band and gave them a very unique sound you don’t hear every day

Big Sugar put on a concert that had all Garry’s family and friends join together one more time. The lineup was very extensive, so I will just put this out without elaborating on every act. You would be reading this until tomorrow if I did.  The acts I remember showing up were, Leroy Sibbles, Maestro Fresh Wes, Molly Johnson, Willi Williams, Danko Jones, Crown Lands, Julian Taylor, Carl Harvey, Tom Wilson, Sloan, Errol Blackwood, and Garry’s son Benny Lowe. Other bands that had representation were, Bedouin Soundclash, I Mother Earth, Human Rights, Dream Warriors, The Road Hammers, Barenaked Ladies, and Culture Shock. Sorry if I missed anyone, there were just so many of you putting your all into this event.

Every artist that graced the stage put in at least 150% of their energy for this great jubilation. In fact, the entire room was filled with love, peace and a feeling of complete giving. I think everyone who spoke into the mike gave some kind love towards Garry. The audience was happy and well behaved as they got to see some of their earlier heroes singing songs from 25 to 30 years ago. People came from all over Ontario for this event.

What made the evening special was the fact that that the music had a flair for Rock”N”Roll, the Blues, Reggae, Rap, Pop, and even some Country. Somehow it all seemed to flow effortlessly throughout the night. The hugging and kissing went on all night to show Garry, what he did in this world was the right thing. I am sure Big Sugar walked off stage exhausted and spiritually satisfied. Garry must have been smiling his wonderful smile for the entire evening and you could feel it in every part of the room.

Toronto may have lost one of her favourite sons, but Toronto will never forget the gifts Garry Lowe brought to this fine city. He added a dimension that Toronto can hold proud for years and years to come.

Here are some images from the performances:

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