Thomas Alvin Kines

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Thomas Alvin Kines was a Canadian tenor, folklorist, ballad historian, musician, broadcaster, and administrator. Kines was born in Roblin, Manitoba in 1922. Thomas Kines entered the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 as a Probationary Sub-Lieutenant and was discharged in November 1945. Kines married Mavis Jean MacPhail Lauder in 1943. In 1946 Kines began working with the Royal Canadian Legion in Ottawa as Executive Assistant Officer and rose to Assistant National Director of Administration.

Kines was a founding member of the Tudor Singers of Ottawa (1949-1961) and was a church soloist for thirty years. Thomas Kines sang folk songs for the National Film Board's short films "The History of the HMS Shannon" (1958) and "The Chesapeake and the Shannon" (1959). Kines released his debut album, "Maids and Mistresses", on Folkway Records in 1960. Kines researched and hosted CBC Radio folk music programs "Puttin' on the Style" (1959), "The Song Pedlar (1960-1970), and "Folk Fair" (1977-1979). Kines published an anthology, "Songs from Shakespeare's Plays and Popular Songs of Shakespeare's Time", in 1964 (reissued in 1982).

Aside from his focus on music, Kines was national director of the international humanitarian organization CARE Canada from 1966 to 1987. Kines continued as a consultant for CARE Canada for three years, after retiring in 1987.

Kines died in Ottawa on February 1st, 1994


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