Songwriter Leon Dubinsky

July 27, 2011

A roll call of Cape Breton musical greats gathered at the Dubinsky Family farm in Englishtown Sunday ( July 4, 2011) to celebrate the 70th (!) birthday of songwriter Leon Dubinsky (Rise Again; Josephine, She’s Got Her Diamond; Workin’ at the Woolco). Pictured here are Angelo Spinazzola, Ronnie “Drive’er McIvor” MacEachern, Fred Lavery, Scott MacMillan, Evie Dubinsky Carnat, and Leon. Singer Max MacDonald and keyboardist Ralph Dillon, original members of Buddy and the Boys, were also on hand.

The party, which also drew generous representation from Cape Breton’s dwindling Jewish community, included tributes to Leon and Evie’s father, ship chandler Newman Dubinsky, whose legendary summer birthday parties formed the template for yesterday’s celebration under long overdue sunny skies.

Posted by Parker on 4 July 2011 at 12:01


2 Responses to “Songwriter Leon Dubinsky”

  1. Dave Baker on August 31st, 2014 1:38 pm


    I’m a songwriter. Since I’ve had my songs arranged by Dr. Larry Nickel they appear on repertoires of choirs all over Canada – so I know what I’m talking about.
    Rise Again has great lyrics and a good tune. You should be congratulated for the work. It is the favourite song of Vancouver’s internationally recognized men’s choir Chor Leoni. They tell me they sing Rise Again all the time and it is very popular with their audiences. CBC Vancouver loves just Chor Leoni’s version. they play it all the time

    Again top notch. I envy you


    Dave Baker

  2. Marilyn Brown on September 1st, 2016 12:36 pm

    I wish I had heard you at the Sydney Academy 175th as I have been told there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! I have been to all the reunions of my 1955 class and they have been super.

    I remember your parents well as they were best friends of my aunt Charlotte and uncle Fred Lachowiez.

    I’ve livced in Edmonton for decades but started as a journalist at the Cape Breton Post. Cheers, Marilyn McLean Brown

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