Sep 29, 2015

By Andy Johnson

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Tributes are flowing on news of the death of one of Canada’s finest tenors.

burgess70 year old Michael Burgess who dazzled audiences in Toronto and across the country died last night after a battle with cancer.

The Regina-born singer played the role of Jean Valjean in more than 1,000 performances of “Les Miserables” at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre and then toured the show across Canada.  He was also known for singing the national anthem at Toronto Maple Leafs’ home games and was the first person to sing “O Canada” at a World Series baseball game.

Burgess will be honoured tonight when the marquee lights at the Royal Alex and Princess of Wales Theatres will dim for two minutes at 8:00 pm.


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