2016 was a rough year. We lost a number of musicians, artists, actors and performers. Here are just a few items from the large volume of last year’s celebrity decedents.
David Bowie (2015)
2016 started with a bang when David Bowie died on January 10th, two days after his 69th birthday. Blackstar was released on Bowie’s birthday to critical acclaim and success. For shivers and satisfaction make sure to check out “Lazarus.”
A Blessing on the Moon
Joseph Skibell (2010)
On January 14th 69-year-old Alan Rickman, the iconic British actor of “Harry Potter,” “Die Hard,” and “Sense and Sensibility” fame (among oh so many others!) died. “A Blessing on the Moon” is read by Alan Rickman, so even though he is gone, his luxurious voice remains, immortal.
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird Series, Book One
Harper Lee (2014)
On February 19th at the age of 89 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Harper Lee died. 2015 saw the release of “Go Set a Watchman” which, depending on who you ask, is a sequel to, or a first draft of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a staple in school curriculums and on banned book lists for decades.
2016 just kept kicking us while we were down when on April 21st at the age of 57 funk, rock, R&B and pop legend Prince died. 4Ever is a 2-disc set featuring some of Prince’s best loved and some brand new songs.
In Their Own Words
Muhammad Ali (2015)
The former heavyweight champion of the world, Muhammad Ali, died at the age of 74 on June 3rd. “In Their Own Words” follows Ali’s rise from Louisville, Kentucky through to his triumphant return at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Gordie Howe (2014)
Gordie Howe, the four-time Stanley Cup champion and NHL legend known as "Mr. Hockey," died June 10th at the age of 88. “Mr. Hockey” goes from Howe’s Depression-era roots, and follows his career through the Hall of Fame to his relationship with his family.
Actor Anton Yelchin died June 19th at the aged of 27. Other notable roles include the new Star Trek series, Terminator: Salvation, and Charlie Bartlett. In Fright Night Charley, played by Yelchin, discovers there is a vampire in his neighbourhood.
Gene Wilder, comedy legend who starred in classic movies like "Young Frankenstein" and "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died on August 28th at age 83. Young Frankenstein is a horror comedy directed by Mel Brooks and is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film.
The Best of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen (2013)
On November 7th, we lost singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, painter, and Canadian legend Leonard Cohen. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Brady Bunch
The Fifth Season DVD (2014)
Florence Henderson died on November 25th at the age of 82. Henderson became a household name across America as Carol Brady in the hit show The Brady Bunch. Slip into a simpler time when Mike & Carol Brady go on their honeymoon.
Ron Glass passed away on November 26th at the age 71. Glass' most iconic role was perhaps as Shepherd Book in the massively popular Firefly series, a role he reprises in Serenity. Space cowboys + universal big bad = awesomeness.
Douglas Coupland (2007)
Because 2016 was the year that just couldn’t stop, on December 13th we lost Alan Thicke. Possibly best known for his role as Jason Seaver in the TV series Growing Pains. Alan Thicke was a Canadian icon who appeared in a number of television shows over the years, though one of my personal favourites was his appearance in the TV adaptation of jPod as father Jim Jarlewski.
George Michael (2014)
On December 25th 80's favourite George Michael died at the age of 53. George Micheal's Symphonica features songs from the Songs from the Last Century and Patience albums as well as some covers.
Episode VII, The Force Awakens - DVD (2016)
2016 was the year that kept on taking! On December 27th Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60. Fisher was known for her iconic roles and her vocal stance on mental health issues. In Episode VII Fisher made one of her final appearances as General Organa, where she reprises her role as Princess Leia 30 years later.