Jazz Legend Archie Alleyne Passes Away at 82

June 9, 2015 in Latest Community News Blog

To whom this may concern,

With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Canadian jazz pioneer Archie Alleyne, whose battle with prostate cancer ended on Monday, 8th June at 7:53 am.

The legendary self-taught drummer, who broke colour barriers in Toronto clubs in the 1940s, was 82. Alleyne, who has made a significant contribution throughout his 60-year career in music, business and philanthropy, had planned to host the launch of his memoir Colour Me Jazz on June 14 at the Paintbox Bistro. The event has been postponed until further notice, and a celebration of his life will be scheduled later this month.

Viewings for Archie Alleyne will be held tomorrow Wednesday, 10th June and Thursday June 11th between the hours of 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm at The Cardinal Funeral Home, 366 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON.

In lieu of flowers, the Alleyne family has requested that donations be made to the Archie Alleyne Scholarship Fund. There is also a social media campaign to commemorate Archie’s memory, with the official hashtag tribute #withoutthepastthereisnofuture

On behalf of the Archie Alleyne family, we thank you for your continued support at this difficult time.


Leilah Dhoré
Executive Assistant to Archie Alleyne, C.M.



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