Domenic Troiano

Inducted in 1996

Domenic Troiano was a Canadian guitarist whose musical style was varied and expressive. With rock as his foundation, he infused blues, soul, R&B and funk into his music, both as a solo artist and with bands like The Guess Who.

Born in Modugno, Italy, in 1946, Troiano and his family came to Toronto in 1949. A little more than a decade after coming to Canada, he was immersed in the city’s burgeoning rock and R&B music culture. Like many other budding guitarists at the time, he would study the Hawks’ Robbie Robertson at the Concord Tavern during Saturday matinee performances. By age 17, he had taught himself to play from chord books and by studying his idols.

Career Highlights


Returns to the stage for the first time in more than two decades, surprising friends Bernie Labarge and Alex Lifeson of Rush at the Orbit Room in Toronto.


Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame


Releases Fret Fever in 1979, nominated for Producer of the Year JUNO.


Joins The Guess Who as Randy Bachman’s replacement.

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Helps define the “Toronto Sound” with single “356 Sammon Avenue.”

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Quick Fact

Troiano wrote themes and incidental music for TV shows Night Heat, Diamonds and Hot Shots.