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Atage78OwenstillpractiseslawatOwenHarris-LoweinBarrie.Howeverhebelievesthatoneofhisgreatestachieve-mentsinlifethusfaristhecreationoftheColoursofMusicfestival.Eventhoughhehasreceivednumerousawardshecreatedthefestivalnotforhonourbuttosharehisloveformusic.OwenspenthischildhoodyearsinKitchener.Hedidnotcomefromamusi-calfamilybuthewasbornwithabeauti-fulvoice.HismotherrecognizedhisgiftwhenOwenwasquiteyoungandsheencouragedhimtoperform.x1cIx19vealwaysbeenintoclassicalmusicx1dOwensays.AsayoungboyhewouldsingtothetroopsbeforetheywentoverseasduringtheSecondWorldWar.OwencompletedhisGrade10vocaltrainingthroughtheRoyalConservatoryofMusicwhilehewasinlawschool.x1cMysinginghelpedputmethroughuniversityx1dhesays.HethenarticledinKitchenerwherehewasontheboardofdirectorsforKitchenerx19sclassicalconcerts.In1959Owenmarriedandasagiftheandhiswifereceivedajointsubscrip-tiontoconcertsinBarriewhichstartedhisinvolvementwithclassicalmusicinthearea.TothisdayOwenstillsingswithhisdeepbass-baritonevoice.x1cIcansingx18OldManRiverx19lowerthananyonex1dhesayswithalaugh.HeiswidelyrecognizedinBarriex19smusicscene.NotonlyhasOwensungatalmosteverychurchinBarriebutheonceperformedasolowiththepapalchoirduringPopeJohnPaulIIx19svisittotheMartyrx19sShrinenearMidland.NotonlyhasOwenservedthepeopleofBarrieasalawyerbutfrom1987to1990hewastheprovincialmemberofparliamentforBarrieunderformerpre-mierDavidPeterson.AsMPPOwenhadfoughttirelesslytoobtainfundingforBarriex19sRoyalVictoriaHospitaltheGeor-gianCollegeAutoCentreandnumerousotherprojects.Onhisof7cewallhangseveralplaquesandawardsforfederalprovincialandmunicipalachievementsforcontributionstosociety.ThroughallhisyearsasafamilymanlawyerandMPPthoughOwenx19sloveforclassicalmusicneverwaned.NevertiringofhisexecutiverolewiththeBarrieCon-certBoardhehasbeenrecruitingmusi-ciansforallitsperformancesforthepast51years.Owenhasalreadycompletedthelineupofperformersforthe2011ColoursofMusicfestival.Owenoftentalksabouttheneedtopromotemusicx1cHalfofourschoolsdonx19tphotographbassamshmordokx8Lakex8Simcoex8Livingx8x8Autumnx82010x8x8x87Lx12kx10fxeoxctlakepeoplerivenbyalifelongpassionforclassicalmusicBruceOwendedicateshistimetoenrichingthelivesofpeopleintheLakeSimcoeareabyorganizingtheannualColoursofMusicfestivalinBarrie.The10-dayeventnowinitseighthyearbringsanastonishingarrayoftop-calibremusiciansfromacrossCanadaandaroundtheworldtolocalvenueseachautumn.BruceOwenbringstheworldx19stopclassicalmusictalenttoBarrieByVaLeriePringAnoteworthymanThroughtheColoursofMusicfestivalBruceOwenshareshispassionformusicD