Fanshawe's Kevin Doyle Wins Premier's Award
December 1, 2008
Greg Murphy, Chair of Fanshawe's School of Contemporary Media, calls Doyle "a world figure in music production engineering." Doyle's credits include working with renowned Canadian pianist Glenn Gould on seven projects including the Goldberg Variations which Doyle edited. Doyle has received 10 Juno nominations and won three. His first Juno for Recording Engineer of the Year in 1990 was for recording and mixing Alannah Myles' Black Velvet. He won the same award in 1994 and 1999. Doyle's Gemini Award was for mixing a Prairie Oyster CTV special in the mid-'90s. His 1983 Grammy nomination was for his work on Gould's Goldberg Variations.
In his final year as a student at Fanshawe, Doyle helped record a local punk band called The Demics. That recording led to their hit, "New York City." After graduation, Doyle moved back to his hometown of Toronto and eventually landed a government grant to intern at Sound Interchange, now known as Techicolor. In 1980, Glenn Gould booked the studio for editing and mixing purposes and Doyle was assigned to work with him.
"It was then that Glenn noticed I could read music, a rarity amongst engineers, so he hired me immediately as his full-time engineer and co-producer," Doyle said. He and Gould worked on seven recording projects including Siegfried Idyll which Doyle recorded, mixed and produced. Doyle's career has taken him around the world. He freelanced as an engineer/producer in Africa, Italy, Germany, Russia, England, New York and Los Angeles. "I worked with acts like Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor, Anne Murray, Hall and Oates, Yo Yo Ma, and the list goes on," Doyle said. Along the way, he volunteered his time and talent to help build a recording studio in the DR Congo and then taught local musicians how to record their music contributing to a rebirth of that country's music industry.
Now in his fifth year teaching at Fanshawe, Doyle finds that, although some things have changed, students have the same aspirations as he had when he was a student. The studios are much more technically advanced and there are more females in the program, about 30 percent. From his personal point of view, Doyle likes being based in one place. "I'm not traveling, I'm off the road. It's like passing the torch of the knowledge to the next generation," Doyle said, adding: "It might sound vain, but I certainly don't need any more awards. I'd actually like to see one of my students win an award and thank me. That would be nice."
In addition to teaching, Doyle has his own London studio where he is currently working on projects with country/pop singer Jade Lester from Chatham and the Karen Schuessler Singers, one of London's premier concert choirs.
There were 89 nominees for the six 2008 Premier's Awards which are given to college graduates "who have excelled in their careers and made a significant contribution to society." Recipients receive a certificate signed by the premier along with a bronze medal. The College receives $5,000 to be designated for student bursaries. Doyle said he hopes the money will be used to support needy students in his program.
Doyle is the third Fanshawe graduate to be honoured with a Premier's Award. In 1993, Maria Mendes won for business and in 2000 Betty Bedard-Bidwell won for community service. The awards ceremony for 2008, the 17th year for the Premier's Awards, will be held February 23, 2009 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.