A member of Canada’s Senate for 11 years, Banks, 81, died Thursday January 25th, 2018 in the palliative unit of the Grey Nuns Hospital. In a statement, his family said a public service of celebration will be held at a later date.A precocious musician as a child, Banks began his professional career at 14 in the band of jazz saxophonist Don Thompson. By the age of 18, he was music director of the Orion Musical Theatre in Edmonton, and co-ordinator of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. At age 32, Banks was host, pianist, conductor and arranger for the Gemini Award-winning Tommy Banks Show, which ran until 1974, and again from 1980 to 1983.
In a 2016 interview with Postmedia, Banks credited his parents (his mother was Edmonton television personality Laura Lindsay) with trusting him enough to let him begin his touring career at a tender age. He remained grateful for the opportunity to entertain audiences locally and around the world for more than 65 years.
Royalty Records president Rob Smith Says, “Tommy was always open to helping me with his vast experience and knowledge and taught me a lot…rest in peace.”Royalty Records is proud to have worked with Tommy and representing the following albums worldwide on his behalf starting in the mid 90’s:
|AT THE MONTREUX FESTIVAL|
|BIG BAND FOR DANCERS ONLY|
|IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD|
|THE HOLIDAY SEASON|
|TOMMY BANKS’ CHRISTMAS|