HOWARD HAYES (1992 Inductee)

Growing up on a farm in the municipality of Low, Quebec, Howard was surrounded by homegrown entertainment. His dad, Jimmy, played fiddle, and his brother, Bill, guitar, so it wasn’t any wonder that he gravitated to music at a very young age and formed his first band in high school, playing for dances in the Gatineau and Pontiac areas.

Howard’s ride on the Country Music train officially began with his first radio show on CJET in Smiths Falls, Ontario, a program that ran for three years. At the same time, he recorded his first album, and he currently has five vocal and three fiddle albums, along with an Irish album with the group, Mountain Tay. Over the years, Howard has had several local TV shows and a weekly radio show called Valley Country on CHIP-FM out of Fort Coulonge, Quebec.

Like many other Ottawa Valley entertainers, Howard has "hit the road" through the years, performing all across Canada, entertaining the Canadian Troops, and touring with artists such as Wilf Carter, Ronnie Prophet and The Family Brown.

Howard, along with his wife, Charlotte, and sons, Glen and Sean, operates Paugan Music Inc., a full commercial 32-track recording studio in Ottawa, producing albums, tapes and CDs for numerous entertainers. Even with what, for most people would be a full-time occupation, Howard still finds time to do many personal appearances at fairs and festivals.

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