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- February 6th, 2013

Ian & Sylvia wedding June 1964

Cutline: Tyson, Ian folk singer shown with bride Sylvia Fricker. Published June 24? 27? 1964 in The Free Press

Sylvia Anne Fricker and Ian Dawson Tyson were married on June 26, 1964 at St. Thomas Anglican church on Huron St. in Toronto, it says John Einarson’s Four String Winds — which had Ian & Sylvia’s co-operation.

So JBNBlog figures the classic photo here ran on June 27, 1964 (the date on the back is mystifying) somewhere in The Free Press . . . even if a crawl through Ivey Family London Room microfilm at the LPL has yet to pay off. That search continues.

So does the pursuit of the date & details of the early 1969 visit by Great Speckled  Bird, the country rock outfit fronted by Ian & Sylvia. If there is a microfilm stash of The Gazette, that would likely clear up the mystery that puzzled me no end in a recent My London column. Any help greatly appreciated.

It would be a date worthy of consideration by Dan Brock for the 2016 edition of  Fragments from The Forks, the mighty chronology of London life.

Here is a classic moment of Ian Tysonese from the Occidentalia account of the Great Speckled Bird concert:
“In the second half, Sylvia plays a lullaby on the piano and Ian directs the lighting . . . ‘You’re not going to screw up my favourite song with dumb lights,’ ” the writer says.
Now, that sounds like Ian Tyson. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly — & had to suffer said fools in the Oak Ridge Boys entourage who didn’t give him a soundcheck at Centennial Hall back in 2002.

Tyson, scheduled to open for the Boys at stops including Centennial Hall, responded with classy calm and chose to close the night, my account said that year.
But the entourage oafs shuffled the bill so Tyson closed without acknowledgement or even the courtesy of an introduction.

Sylvia is regal — the queen as Lambeth fiddler J.P. Allen calls her. In her queenly way, she once livened up a London region gig by alerting the stage crew to the fact her stage shoes — crucial to the success of the show — were MIA perhaps somewhere in the car & needed to be rounded up pronto. Wonder what was afoot that night?

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  1. Dan Brock says:

    Well, if the 1969 date can be nailed down, it will be worth considering. Sylvia’s older sister, Sonia, and I corresponded many years ago. Sonia, who lived in the province of Quebec, was interested in her Brock genealogy. We are not of the same Brock lines. Her Brocks lived in the Port Dover area and were largely fishermen. Sonia and Sylvia’s maternal grandfather, Percy Kenneth Brock, was quite a character. My brother, Larry, knew P.K. when he was working at the Right House in Galt. By the way, Wayne Gretzky’s mother, the late Phyllis Hocklin Gretzky, was a third cousin of Sylvia Fricker’s on the Brock side.

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