Honorary Member, Musicians' Portrait Project
Paul Quarrington was a novelist, musician, screenwriter and non-fiction writer.
Paul was born in 1953, in Toronto. He spent his teen years in the suburb of Don Mills, and attended the University of Toronto from 1970 to 1972.
Paul was a musician from his earliest days, playing guitar, clarinet, squeeze box, bass, harmonica, and piano. Blues, folk, rock and country played important roles in his life. He started out playing the “blues” and he always had a bit of the genre in his work. He had a successful introduction into the music business with his first professional partner and friend - Canadian writer Dan Hill. Later he would form a lasting association with Martin Worthy that would produce a Quarrington/Worthy album. As a composer writing alone and with others: he produced a number one single in Canada (1980 - Baby and the Blues) with Martin Worthy; toured and recorded with Joe Hall and The Continental Drift; toured and recorded with Porkbelly Futures; and performed his own “words and music” songs solo on guitar, or as a trio with Pork Belly Futures members Martin Worthy and Rebecca Campbell.
Quarrington graduated from the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He wrote many screenplays and stage plays, most notably Camilla, Whale Music (Genie Award, best song), Giant Steps and Perfectly Normal (Genie Award, best screenplay.) Perfectly Normal became a underground cult film. He wrote and/or directed several short films, including the BookShorts film Pavane (Platinum Remi Award, Best Adaptation, Houston WorldFest) based on his novel The Ravine (2008); Pavane screened at film festivals including Moving Stories Films, Chicago Intl Music & Movies, NXNE and aired on Bravo!FACT and CBC in 2009.
Quarrington also wrote and supervised teleplays for TV series. He was a frequent writer for “the mountie show” Due South that aired for many seasons in Canada, the US, the UK, Germany, Australia and elsewhere. Likewise, he wrote for John Woo’s Once A Thief. In 1998, he took his love of sport and hockey to the small screen as Executive Story Editor for the CTV Series Power Play. He was also Story Editor on Moose TV for Showcase (CFTPA Indie Award, Best Comedy Series 2008.) At the time of his death, he was working with John L’Ecuyer on a series for Shaftsbury / TMN, and the adaption of his novel The Ravine into a series of the same name.
The Ravine was published in 2008 by Random House Canada. In the same year, his previous novel King Leary won the 2008 CBC Canada Reads competition. Whale Music won Quarrington a Governor General's Award for fiction, and was made into a successful, motion picture. The Spirit Cabinet was published in 1999, Galveston in 2004.
Paul's non-fiction titles include Civilization (about film making early in Hollywood’s history) and The Boy on the Back of the Turtle (an account of a trip to the Galápagos Islands with his father and his young daughter.)
Paul has two children; Carson Lara and Flannery. Paul succumbed to lung cancer in January of 2010 at the age of 56.
Paul is playing Stuart Laughton's ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/versionsoftruth/4304676129/in/set-72157603751747885/ ) dreadnought-style guitar, made in Nova Scotia by George Rizsanyi using wood from his own woodlot.
Please find another photo of Paul, here ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/versionsoftruth/3919478926/in/set-72157603751747885/ ) .