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Simon Kendall

In 1978 Simon got the call to join his old music buddies and transplanted Toronto graphic artist Doug Bennett in Vancouver’s upstart indie band ‘Doug and the Slugs’. This lead to 15 years as the band’s music director and  keyboardist. They released 4 gold albums and performed from New York to the North Pole as one of the decade’s premier Canadian touring acts. Their independent 1979 single ‘Too Bad’ took the band by surprise by charting across the country and has been reborn in 1999 as the theme song for NBC’S’ The Norm Show’.

During a band hiatus in 1989, Simon returned to his pre-slug roots in film and theatre, music-directing plays and composing for film and TV. He won a Jessie Award for outstanding musical direction of ‘Herringbone’ in 1991 and shared the best musical score Genie Award with co-composer Al Rodger for ‘Cadillac Girls’ in 1993. The following year he retired from the band to pursue a full-time freelance career. Simon currently divides his time between composing, producing and performing.  A FNL favourite guest, we are thrilled to welcome him back!

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