Popular Toronto concert promoter, Lance Ingleton, has passed away after a brief illness. He was 56.
The Jamaican-born entrepreneur made a name for himself in this city, mainly through his concert promotion company, LIP Entertainment, which brought to Toronto many musical groups from around the world.
Ingleton set up a template for providing cutting edge talent to local audiences by attracting diverse talented acts, including Brazilian Gilberto Gil, Youssou N’Dour from Senegal, Zimbabwean Thomas Mapfumo and Arrow from Montserrat whose single Hot, Hot, Hot became the first Pan-Caribbean hit and biggest selling soca hit of all time.
Other signature concerts staged by LIP featured Jimmy Cliff, B.B. King, Billy Ocean, Hugh Masekela, Wycliffe Jean, Ashford and Simpson, The Temptations, Chaka Khan, Third World, Maxi Priest, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse and late South African reggae musician Lucky Dube who was murdered in Johannesburg two years ago.
One of Ingleton’s last promotions took place this summer when the French-Antillean creole group, Kassav, which is commonly referred to as “The Legends of Zouk”, performed at the Phoenix Concert Theatre to kick off their summer concert season celebrating 30 years of music.
A former ad designer for the defunct Contrast newspaper, Ingleton also coordinated the entertainment for the visit of former South African president Nelson Mandela and his wife to Queen’s Park a few years ago.
He is survived by his wife Denise and children LaToya, Shannae and Tareke.
“My dad was a man of great achievement, strength, confidence and pride,” said Shannae Ingleton. “He encouraged everyone in our family to go boldly in the direction of their dreams and to be nothing but the best. My dad was the most influential person in my life.”
Ingleton was laid to rest yesterday, Wednesday.
Donations in his memory can be made to the John Brooks Community Foundation and Scholarship Fund and the Markham Stouffville Hospital.