BRIAN OSTROM (2012 Inductee)

Brian was born on Calumet Island in West Quebec and was into country music at an early age, playing guitar with a family band, "The BrysonAires", which included his dad, Carl, and uncles and cousins of the Ostrom family. Brian moved to Ottawa in 1976 for a career in the Federal Government and began learning the pedal steel guitar under the guidance of his mentor, Quincy Damphousse. During the late 70’s through most of the 80's, when country music was really booming in the Ottawa Valley, Brian played at the famous Golden Rail and the Crazy Horse Saloon in Ottawa as well as the equally-famous Gavan’s Hotel in Quyon and the Lakeside Inn in Portage-du-Four, with several groups like Howard Hayes & The Country Drifters and Gord Barnes & Laredo.

From 1989 to 1995, Brian was a proud member of the Dave & Spike Show, travelling across Eastern and mid-Western Canada and backing legendary performers like Lucille Starr and Wilf Carter.

After retiring from the government in 2006, he worked on recording sessions and free-lanced with various bands, backing international artists like Hank Locklin, Stonewall Jackson, Kitty Wells and Mac Wiseman and Canadian entertainers like Tommy Hunter, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Prophet and Carroll Baker. In 2008-09, he co-hosted "Valley Country" on Valley Heritage Radio with Howard Hayes, promoting Ottawa Valley entertainers and Hall of Fame members.

Brian is currently working with Fred Ducharme & Ninth Line, doing studio work with several artists like Unwound and Lyoness Woodstock and, for the last two years, he has been the steel guitar player in the HOF Band.


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