LOUIS LACELLE (2012 Inductee)

Born with the music gene, Louis was jamming with his cousins at age 10, and while his mother, a pianist, wanted him to play the accordion, Louis’ dream was drums. He received his first drum kit at 13 but, while attending the Ottawa Technical High School, he also took up the trumpet and became First Trumpet in the famous OTHS Band. At 18, a medical procedure curtailed his trumpet playing, and Louis returned to his first love, percussion. Having excelled in the high school music curriculum, he spent two years studying at the Neils Lund Academy of Music.

In 1985, after having played with a variety of country bands, Louis was recruited by the Dave & Spike Show of Family Brown fame. That elite show worked across Canada, playing, on average, 48 weeks a year backing artists like Wilf Carter, Lucille Starr, Graham Townsend and Mac Wiseman and garnering Canadian Country Music Association nominations as Group of the Year and Backup Band of the Year. Louis’ association with the Dave & Spike Show was instrumental in his embarking on another aspect of the country music business working for the Laurie-Anne Entertainment Agency as stage crew, stage manager and MC at fairs and festivals.

Louis currently plays with Hall of Famer Fred Ducharme and Ninth Line as well as doing some freelance gigs. Louis’ "hidden talent" is his appearance as Santa Claus every year at the Carlingwood Mall as well as with Wayne Rostad’s Christmas in the Valley show.

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