You have very likely heard a recording by John Cameron or attended a concert or other event where he was the sound engineer.
John has lived all his life in Brome Lake. Raised in Fulford, he has been living in Bondville for 15 years. In 1992, his father, a music enthusiast, founded the oldest bluegrass club in Quebec, The Townships Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Society. That’s where John learned all about sound. The club had bought a sound system that no one, John included, knew how to use. A self-taught man, he quickly learned all the ropes by himself. Soon groups and events sought him out to take charge of their sound. A passion for sound took hold. Since then, he has attended numerous events, including the New Richmond Bluegrass Festival in Gaspé, where he will soon celebrate his fifteenth year as a participant. In 2016 that festival earned worldwide recognition at the International Bluegrass Music Awards as a finalist in the Event of the Year category. John is justly proud of this achievement. John has worked nearly everywhere in the Brome Lake area. He supplies the sound system to synchronize the music for TBL’s Canada Day festivities. He ensures the sound is perfect for the Amos Joannides concerts and the musicals and comedy shows at Brome Lake Theatre.
Since the renovated Theatre reopened, the performing artists who’ve worked with John have all praised the superb quality of his sound. Many, such as Marc Hervieux, Alexandra Ribera and Emily Claire Barlow, did so during the show, right on the stage. The praise is well-deserved, as it is no secret that without John and his equipment the sound at the Theatre would be poor. We are privileged to benefit from John’s expertise from autumn through spring, including at festivals such as Our Knowlton Weekends which ran in the spring of 2018. According to John, “The secret to perfect sound is to strike a balance between a good sound system and the experience of a sound engineer who can adapt to the actual sound produced.”
For more than ten years John has also run a recording studio in his basement, where he works with local artists such as Sarah Biggs and Amos Joannides. The English and French versions of the song “Faire danser un village” were recorded there. He loves this aspect of his profession – he can hone his creative skills and really create a powerful bond with the artists. John adores the studio and the stage. His dream is to keep at it for a very long time.
Next time you attend a show at the Brome Lake Theatre or you hear an Amos album, remind yourself there is likely some John Cameron magic behind it.
Translation: Tam Davis