Jerry Gray (Toronto)
“From the Jewish Folk Choir to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir”
Monday September 3, 5pm, Miss Lou’s Room, FREE
Canadian folk music icon Jerry Gray was a “red diaper baby” growing up in Toronto’s left-wing Jewish community in the mid-20th century. Jerry spent his summers at UJPO’s Camp Naivelt, where in 1953 he helped form The Travellers, Canada’s first folk song group and creators of the Canadianized version of “This Land is Your Land.” Jerry has traveled across Canada and around the world, singing for labourers, picketers, protesters, politicians, children and royalty. He has performed with Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Harry Belafonte, Gordon Lightfoot, Judy Collins, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and many other folk music luminaries. In this musically-illustrated lecture, Jerry will share songs and stories from his many travels, highlighting how his Jewish roots have stayed with him throughout his storied career. He will be accompanied by his banjo and by his son James Gray.