Trevor W. Payne

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Trevor W. Payne
Born (1948-12-21) December 21, 1948 (age 70)
OccupationCanadian musician and composer

Trevor Winston Payne, OC[1] (born 21 December 1948) is a Canadian musician and member of the Order of Canada (1996).[2]


Payne was born in Black Rock, Barbados, on 21 December 1948.[2] He became a Canadian citizen in 1982. He and his family landed in the city of Montreal, Quebec where he still resides today. During the 1960s he was a member of the pop group Trevor Payne and the Triangle, a group playing soul music and rhythm and blues. The band later became known as Kanda Kanda and performed with the likes of Irish vocalist Van Morrison, as well as Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, and other well-known performers of that era.

Payne studied music at McGill University in Montreal, where he majored in orchestral conducting. In 1974, he founded the Montreal Black Community Youth Choir, and in 1982 he founded the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, which still exists today and is still directed by him. Apart from his choral work, he composes and taught music at John Abbott College in the Montreal suburb of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in the West Island from 1974 until he retired in 2006.

In 1996 he was awarded the Order of Canada, and in 2000, he received the Thomas A. Dorsey Award for his work and development of gospel music in Canada, and received the Golden Jubilee Medal in the year 2002.

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