Domenic TroianoInducted 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.