Clyde Gilmour

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Clyde Gilmour
Born (1912-06-08)8 June 1912
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Died 7 November 1997(1997-11-07) (aged 85)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Show Gilmour's Albums
Station(s) CBC Radio
Country Canada

Clyde Gilmour, CM (8 June 1912 in Calgary – 7 November 1997 in Toronto)[1] was a Canadian broadcaster and print journalist, mostly known for his half-century career with CBC Radio.

Early life and education[edit]

Gilmour was raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, where he attended Alexandra High School until graduation in 1929. The conditions of the Great Depression prevented Gilmour from continuing to university.


In 1930 Gilmour joined the Medicine Hat News staff.[citation needed] He served as a war correspondent and in public relations during World War II,[2] and held the rank of lieutenant.[3] He then moved to Vancouver, where he wrote film and music reviews for the Vancouver Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers, including a review in 1950 of some early Oscar Peterson recordings.[4] He broadcast film reviews on station for CBC Radio on CBU.

In 1954, Gilmour moved to Toronto and wrote similar columns for the Toronto Telegram until that newspaper's demise in 1971. He later wrote for the Toronto Star as a film critic for the remainder of the 1970s. On 5 October 1956, he broadcast the first episode of Gilmour's Albums on CBC Radio, a weekly music programme which continued for more than 30 years until 14 June 1997.[5][6]

Selections on the programme were generally drawn from his personal collection which eventually included 10,000 vinyl records and 4000 Compact Discs.[7] These items were bequeathed to the CBC and today form the Clyde Gilmour Collection.[8][9] Gilmour's Albums established a record longevity for single-host CBC Radio shows.[1][7]

Gilmour was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 1975. He died at St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto, on 7 November 1997, aged 85. The Toronto Film Critics Association occasionally presents the Clyde Gilmour Award in his honour.[10]

Career timeline[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Birth and Death Notices". The Globe and Mail. 8 November 1997. p. H14.
  2. ^ John Virtue (25 October 2001). Leonard and Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-7735-6983-6.
  3. ^ Sharry Wilson (1 October 2014). Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years. ECW Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-1-77090-599-3.
  4. ^ Gilmour, Clyde (7 October 1950). "Records on Review". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  5. ^ Eatock, Colin (14 August 1999). "Being at home with Clyde The CBC has installed the home office of beloved broadcaster Clyde Gilmour in its music library". The Globe and Mail. p. C5.
  6. ^ Music Magazine. 12-13. Barrett & Colgrass. 1989. p. 54.
  7. ^ a b John Robert Colombo (1 June 2001). 1000 Questions About Canada: Places, People, Things and Ideas, A Question-and-Answer Book on Canadian Facts and Culture. Dundurn. p. 274. ISBN 978-1-4597-1820-3.
  8. ^ Thom Holmes (18 October 2013). The Routledge Guide to Music Technology. Taylor & Francis. p. 54. ISBN 978-1-135-47787-5.
  9. ^ "Other Libraries - CBC Archives". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 4 May 2008.
  10. ^ "About the Toronto Film Critics Association". Toronto Film Critics Association. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  11. ^ Allan, Blaine (31 May 1997). "Window On Canada". CBC Television Series 1952-1982. Queen's University Department of Film and Media. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2008.

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