World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Peter Pringle

Article Id: WHEBN0044957677
Reproduction Date:

Title: Peter Pringle  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Theremin players, Canadian pop pianists, Canadian jazz pianists, Canadian jazz singers
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Peter Pringle

Peter Pringle
Born (1945-09-07) September 7, 1945
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Genres pop, jazz, classical
Instruments vocals, piano, theremin
Years active 1975–present
Website .competerpringle

Peter Pringle (born September 7, 1945 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian musician and television personality,[1] most prominent in the 1970s and 1980s.[1]


  • Early career 1
  • Recording 2
  • Acting 3
  • Theremin 4
  • Discography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early career

He began performing at age six in the children's choir of the Canadian Opera Company.[1] He later studied a variety of classical instruments, including lute, sitar and surbahar,[2] financing his studies by writing pop songs.[2] Several of his songs were recorded by Anne Murray, for whom he also performed as a backing vocalist.[1]


He moved to Los Angeles in 1975, and released his self-titled debut album the following year.[2] He then moved to Montreal in 1980,[2] and continued to record pop songs in both English and French.[1] He is a two-time Juno Award nominee for Most Promising Male Vocalist, at the Juno Awards of 1978 and the Juno Awards of 1982.[1] In 1985, he participated in the recording of "Les Yeux de la faim", a French-language charity single for the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia, alongside musicians such as René Simard, Nathalie Simard, André Gagnon, Yvon Deschamps, Gilles Vigneault, Nanette Workman and Patsy Gallant,[3] and in 1986 he was one of the performers at Canada's first major benefit concert for HIV/AIDS, alongside Michel Louvain, Joe Bocan, Denny Christianson and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.[4]

In 1986, he garnered a Genie Award nomination for Best Original Song for "Cold As Ice", a song he cowrote with Kevin Hunter for the soundtrack to the film Toby McTeague;[5] a minor controversy resulted when the song was mistakenly omitted from the first round of ballots sent out to Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television voters, forcing the Academy to send out replacement ballots.[5]

In this era, he was also a regular host of the Miss Teen Canada pageant,[6] and hosted television variety specials for TVA.[1]


In 1987, he premiered a one-man theatrical show in which he portrayed Noël Coward, mixing a dramatic monologue with performances of Coward's songs.[7] He toured the show across Canada several times over the next number of years,[8] as well as creating and performing several other musical revue shows, including From Irving Berlin to Gilles Vigneault,[9] a show based on the biblical Song of Songs[2] and New York-Paris, a Musical Voyage.[10] In 1994, he also appeared as Duncan in a production of Wendy Wasserstein's play The Sisters Rosensweig.[11]


Pringle released a compilation album, Comme j'étais - comme je suis!, in 1996, and then retired from recording or performing pop music.

By 1998, Pringle began to reemerge as a theremin player.[12] He has released two independent albums of theremin music, has performed on the instrument both in solo shows [13] and with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra,[1] and has released a number of YouTube videos of his performances of both classical and modern pieces on the instrument.[14]


  • Peter Pringle (1976)
  • Rain Upon The Sea (1981)
  • Magicien (1981)
  • Fifth Avenue Blue
  • Pour Une Femme (1982)
  • Souris-Moi (1984)
  • Fantasies (1984)
  • Chansons d'amour (1984)
  • Pauvre Casanova (1985)
  • Noel Coward: A Portrait (1987)
  • Le Jeu d'amour (1991)
  • Le Secret du Cantique des Cantiques (1992)
  • Comme j'étais - comme je suis! (1996)
  • Many Voices (2003)
  • A Theremin Jewel Box


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Peter Pringle". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b c d e Peter Pringle. Pop Music Encyclopedia.
  3. ^ "They're singing for someone else's supper". Montreal Gazette, April 26, 1985,
  4. ^ "AIDS benefit a Canadian first". Montreal Gazette, April 23, 1986.
  5. ^ a b "New Genie ballots sent out after 'Cold as Ice' mix-up". Vancouver Sun, February 17, 1987.
  6. ^ "Peter Pringle performs greatest songs of century". Toronto Star, September 27, 1990.
  7. ^ "Popster Peter Pringle picked a 'portrait' of playwright:". Toronto Star, June 27, 1987.
  8. ^ "Cowardly actor bravely portrays songwriter". Kingston Whig-Standard, July 23, 1992.
  9. ^ "Writing musical revue was relatively easy for cousins". Montreal Gazette, July 2, 1988.
  10. ^ "Light on drama, revue is about belting out oldies". Montreal Gazette, June 28, 1997.
  11. ^ "Love Boat captain signs on for lead role in Montreal play". Ottawa Citizen, June 11, 1994.
  12. ^ "Think flying saucers, robots and blobs". Toronto Star, June 9, 1998.
  13. ^ "Ghouls of fine arts: Creepy cultural countdown to Halloween in Festival Macabre". Montreal Gazette, October 14, 2000.
  14. ^ "Theremin's ethereal instrument; Us Conductors imagines the strange world of the Soviet scientist and spy who invented his eponymous device". Montreal Gazette, April 12, 2014.

External links

  • Peter Pringle
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.