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Wilfrid Laurier University named Canada’s best music campus

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Sep 13/13| For Immediate Release


Glen Carruthers, Dean
Faculty of Music
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Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
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WATERLOO – This week, CBC Radio set out to identify the best music campus in Canada. When the online voting, tweeting and blogging came to an end, and the results were posted, Wilfrid Laurier University had come out on top.

“The CBC contest was an opportunity to reflect on the remarkable musical life of Laurier and on the stunning successes of our students,” said Glen Carruthers, dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “With the encouragement and support of the Faculty of Music, the university and the local community, our students are inspired to dream big musically. Because of this nourishing environment, Laurier’s musical successes are diverse, innovative and abundant.”

Laurier has provided a foundation for many of its students. Here is just a small sample of Laurier’s diverse and talented alumni:

  • Kari Kokko, who opened The Community Music School of Waterloo Region
  • Aaron Lightstone and Sundar Viswanathan, members of the Juno-nominated band Jaffa Road
  • Steve Lehmann, who brings his composing talents to the web comic Cyanide & Happiness
  • John Estacio, who is one of Canada’s best-known classical composers
  • Mark Inneo, who travels the world playing percussion for David Foster, Sarah McLachlan and many other artists 
  • Rob Asselstine, who produces musical shows around the world
  • Jane Archibald, who sings at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera
  • Paul Maxwell, who owns and operates Maxwell’s Music House in Waterloo

Laurier was also recognized for the number of musical events and programs staged on campus throughout the year, including open-mic nights at Wilf’s Pub, noon-hour concerts, the new singer/songwriter residence learning community, and musical theatre and opera productions.

Results of the contest, which were posted Sept. 12, can be viewed at


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