May 17, 2019
By Christine Ross
Tributes are pouring in for former record label executive Deane Cameron.
Cameron propelled the careers of artists from Anne Murray to Nickelback and helped shape the sound of Canadian music. Over his four-decade career, Cameron worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, including Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stompin’ Tom Connors, the Rankin Family and July Talk. He got his start in the music scene as teenager playing the drums with Tom Cochrane, and rose through the ranks of EMI Music Canada to become the record label’s president and CEO in 1988, serving in the top job for 24 years. His championing of homegrown talent earned him the moniker “Captain Canada,” and won Cameron a number of accolades, including the Order of Canada and a Juno. Deane Cameron was 65.