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Doug Riley Memorial Music Award
|Occasion:||Deans' Academic Honours and Awards Night|
|Process:||recommended by the Music department|
|Description:||Awarded to a returning student in the UPEI Music program who has identified an interest in jazz and shows leadership in studies and performance. Should a worthy student with an interest in jazz not be found, a deserving student in another area of the Music program is chosen.|
|Background:||Doug Riley was born in Toronto but considered Prince Edward Island home for the last several years of his life. Best known as a keyboard player with blues and jazz groups, he was also an internationally renowned composer, arranger and conductor, and a musician director for recording and television. The Canadian music industry fondly and respectfully referred to Doug as Dr. Music, a name that encapsulates the contribution he made to musicians and to music across North America. Always gracious and grounded in the midst of collaborating with many of the most famous musicians in North America, Doug made time to nurture his Island friendships and was a beloved member of the Prince Edward Island community. In October 2004, Doug was presented with the Order of Canada. As, or more importantly, Doug was a gentle and kind human being who deeply loved his wife Jan, boys Ben and Jesse, and the family's dog's, Bailey and Tessa. Doug passed away suddenly on August 27,2007 at the age of 62. A gift of $4,000 To the UPEI Music Department was made possible through the generosity of Doug's family and friends who attended a tribute concert in December, 2007 to honour his immense contribution to the music industry, and to his fellow man through his kindness, generosity and j'oie de vire.|