Canadian Musician - January/February 2023 | Page 17

The National Canadian Museum of History Acquires Artifacts from Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues for Permanent Collections
wide that people from seven to seventy swing side by side at Powder Blues shows . Over the years the band has toured non-stop through Canada , the United States and overseas , spreading feel-good music that makes folks dance and shout .
2023 is the band ’ s 45 th Anniversary . Their more than dozen CD titles and
DVDs continue to sell world-wide , making Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues one of Canada ’ s longest-standing musical ambassadors .
Vancouver-based band Tom Lavin & the Legendary Powder Blues , formed in 1978 , are finally history , in the most literal sense . The National Canadian Museum of History has just completed an acquisition of Powder Blues artifacts that will become a part of the CMH permanent collection .
Items include a rare , transparent blue vinyl , LP of the band ’ s first release in 1979 , Powder Blues ‘ UNCUT ’, the ‘ million-mile guitar case ’, Lavin ’ s custom blue D ’ Angelico New Yorker archtop guitar , the original manuscript for Tom Lavin ’ s travelogue of their 1990 tour of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe , numerous historical photos , and a Canadian Recording Industry Association Double-Platinum award . Much of the collection has never or rarely been seen by the public .
The Canadian Museum of History is a national museum of anthropology , Canadian history , cultural studies , and ethnology in Gatineau , Quebec , Canada . The purpose of the museum is to promote the heritage of Canada , as well as support related research .
For over four decades Powder Blues has been Canada ’ s leading blues band . The mix of swing , blues , jazz , rock & roll , and R & B has an appeal so