Larry Hurst - Arts and Culture Wall of Fame

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Larry Hurst was born in Niagara Falls in 1954. An accomplished musician, he could be found playing banjo, guitar and fiddle as well as starring in countless on-stage productions from an early age. Most notably, he both directed and starred as Elwood P. Dowd in the Firehall Theatre's production of "Harvey". He was also one of the earliest members of the Penny Farthing Players, directing and acting in many community productions.

After completing his studies in theatre at Niagara College, Larry pursued his career professionally in theatre companies across Canada. Larry performed with the Alberta 'Youtheatre' Projects and the Orillia Opera House, then returned to Niagara Falls to begin his twenty-year run with the local and touring dinner theatre show "Oh Canada Eh?" performing as the fiddle-playing fisherman from Newfoundland in over 4,000 shows.

When not performing his staple role with "Oh Canada Eh?" as The Fiddler, he could always be found busking in various parts of the Niagara region.

Larry Hurst died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in August 2014. He was a simple man who lived a simple life, and yet he was a remarkably talented musician and performer who during his lifetime touched the lives of many.