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RIP - Michael Banton Jones Keyboard Synthesizers
Old 17th January 2014
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RIP - Michael Banton Jones

Hey guys,

I'm sad to inform of the passing of a truly great recording engineer and a personal mentor of mine, Mr. Michael Banton-Jones. Originally working out of the original Decca Records in North England in the 1970's, Michael moved to Canada. Here he worked on many famous albums and film scoring sessions, earning him 34 gold and platinum albums, 3 Gemini awards, and a Juno award.

I personally met Mike while working together at Metalworks Recording Studios in Toronto, and was immediately drawn to his witty character. A true "gentleman", Mike was admired for both his kind heart, and passion for audio. Mike served as a mentor for myself, and many of his colleges. I remember working on a large orchestral session with Mike at the CBC and listening to him push up the faders for the first time after some careful mic placement, and being totally blown away by the soundstage. He made it seem effortless.

Michael will be greatly missed by both his family, and his friends in the audio industry. May he rest in peace.



Partial Discography:
MICHAEL BANTON-JONES
Engineer / Producer / Specializing in 5.1 Mixing

34 GOLD & PLATINUM ALBUMS
Multiple Juno Nominations / 1 JUNO AWARD
Multiple Gemini Nominations / 3 GEMINI AWARDS

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
TV SHOWS / M.O.W. SCORES (over 50 including):
Ann Of Green Gables (Prime Time TV Series)
Dead Silence (Gemini Winner)
Due South (Prime Time TV Series)
Earth Final Conflict (Emmy Nomination)
Perfect Pie (Gemini Winner)
The Man Who Saved Christmas (Gemini Nomination)
The Mary Kay Story (Gemini Nomination)
The Tenure of Dr. Fabrikant (Documentary)
Sex Traffic (8 x BAFTA Awards)

FEATURES (over 30 including):
Recent:
Away from Her (Written/Directed by Sarah Polley)
High Life (Gemini Nomination 2011)
Score - Olivia Newton John (TIFF 2010)
Casino Jack - Kevin Spacey (TIFF 2010)
Tenderness - Russell Crowe (TIFF 2009)

Other:
Alien of Affection - Hysterical Blindness
Beauwolf - Imax Space Station 3D
Before The Harvest - Meatballs
Blackjack - Out of Sync
Blackout - Play On
Black Widow -Pocahontas
Boy Meets Girl -Rare Birds
Dog Park - Such a Long Journey
High Point You Can Count On Me -Treed Murry

TV SERIES / SPECIALS / OTHER (numerous)
Degrassi High -CBC Prime Time News
Hairspray -Veronica Bellevou Special
Queer As Folk -CTV News
Discovery Channel -Science North
Franklin TV Theme -NFL Football
TSN Baseball -Toller Cranston Ice Special
TSN Sports -Veronique Bellevou Special
Cineplex Odeon -Science North
The Producers -Billable Hours

ANIMATION / ANIME (new venture)
Magi-Nation (26 episodes)
Z-Squad (26 episodes)
MetaJets (40 episodes)
Beyblade (52 eps – renewed for 104 more)
Stella & Sam (13 eps – renewed for 13 more)

ARTISTS ENGINEERING (over 60 in alphabetical order including):
Alannah Myles
Alice Cooper
Amy Sky
Avril Lavigne
Andrea Martin
Blue Rodeo
Bryan Adams/Jim Vallance
Colin James
Dave Thomas
Englebert Humperdink
Eugene Levy
Gladys Night & the Pips Glass Tiger
Helen Reddy
Jack Bruce
Jeff Beck
Julio Iglesias
Lisa Dalbello
Martin Short
Max Webster
New Kids on the Block
Neil Diamond
Nylons
Oasis
Red Ryder
Rough Trade
Rush
The Spoons
Triumph

ALBUMS - PRODUCING / ENGINEERING (6 including):
Parachute Club
Doug and the Slugs
Old 18th January 2014
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He'll be sorely missed.
Old 19th January 2014
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That's the Cancon of my youth! I've heard his stuff literally thousands of times.

RIP Michael! Quite a legacy!
Old 20th January 2014
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He was one hell of of an engineer, that's for sure!
Old 23rd January 2014
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A memorial service for Mike is in the planning, probably sometime in early February in Toronto.
I'll post the info when it becomes available for those who may wish to attend.
What a great friend and colleague.
He will be greatly missed.
Old 23rd January 2014
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^ Great. Please keep us in the loop.
Old 23rd January 2019
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Photos of Michael Banton Jones

Hi - I've just learned about Mike's death in 2014. Our band (Doug & the Slugs)
is having a 40th anniversary show next week, and we'd like to include some photos of Mike in a retrospective slide show. We don't have any photos in our archive, although Mike was a huge part of our early recording career - recording and/or mixing 3 albums for us in the 1980's. Please send any photos/links
to [email protected]

thanks, Simon
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