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The Great Canadian river race was formed in 1970 and toured extensively in Canada and the Northern US. Original members included Duncan Meiklejohn, Darrell Quast, Marcus Redivo, Selwyn Redivo and Lyle Shepard. Later members included Kenny Chalmers, Paul Dean and Matt Frenett.

They released two singles on the “London Records” label, titled “Briar’s town Ferry” and “Show me your love/Brenda Marie”, which received limited airplay on Canadian Radio. Their true success was in being an extremely popular “working band”. They played night clubs, bars, cabarets, one night concerts, high schools, universities and even lounges. Wherever they played, large crowds soon became fans. For many, the band is an integral part of cherished memories from a past era.

After nearly 33 years apart, the band recently reunited for their 35 year reunion. This site is for everyone who has a memory that cannot be separated from the band, or the era in which they played. Enjoy.

Band photo - July 2005

Contact the Band

You can reach the band members (Lyle, Darrell, Duncan, Marcus, and Selwyn) by sending e-mail to them (by first name) here, at gcrr.ca.