TIM HERMITTE (2013 Inductee)

Second oldest of five children, Tim was born in Sheffield, England in 1947, and the family moved to Saskatchewan in 1952. Tim’s early musical influences were Country & Western (Hank Williams Sr., Stonewall Jackson, Lefty Frizzell) and early Rock ‘n Roll (Elvis). In 1963, now living in the Ottawa Valley, Tim became interested in performing live music and within weeks of getting his first guitar at age 16, he was playing at dance halls like the Top Hat in Campbell’s Bay, Quebec and the Bayview in Cobden, and hotels such as Ladouceur’s Hotel in Fort Coulonge, Fred’s Hotel in Chapeau and Gavan’s Hotel in Quyon, among many others.

In 1970, Merle Haggard and George Jones were the catalysts that influenced him to pursue country music from that time on (with a little early rock and roll for added flavor). Over the years, Tim has played with many well known entertainers from Julie Lynn to Ron McMunn, Howard Hayes, Frank Kelly and Steve Piticco, to name a few, and has performed all over Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec as well as around Edmonton, Alberta. Tim began songwriting with Dean Lavoy and Brian Hebert, and recorded a CD, "The Maple Leaf Swing", at Bob’s Music Store in Pembroke, which was produced by Hebert and Lavoy and released in 2007.

Today, with 50 years of experience, Tim is still playing live music and has no intention of retiring. Tim has been married to Gail for 22 wonderful years and has two children, Danielle and John, and five grandchildren.

The Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome Tim Hermitte as a 2013 Inductee.


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