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Submitted by Sandy Graham If you are a Montrealer, or even just worked in the entertainment business in that glorious city, then the name Sheldon Kagan is one you will instantly recognize. For 50 years plus, Kagan was known as one of Montreal’s leading event producers and entrepreneurs. From starting out as a 16-year-old kid doing high school DJ gigs to creating a niche for jazz shows to come through the city, to booking the likes of local bands to legendary greats, producing thousands of productions and taking the chances it takes to book live entertainment. The company has produced over 75 major concerts bringing in artists such as Dionne Warwick, The Commodores, Loggins & Messina, Delaney & Bonnie, Billy Preston, Donovan, Artie Shaw, Miles Davis, George Benson, Ravi Shankar, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich and many more. At this stage in his life, Sheldon Kagan had decided that the time has come for him to retire. But he also decided to write a book about his five-decade career, which is both charming and nostalgic, with great personal stories and insights into the artists he worked with in his bookings and shows. DJ Sheldon and his early DJ Gear The introduction by Jamie Orchard, anchor for Global Television’s evening news describes Kagan as ‘a mensch, a great guy and a loyal friend. Sheldon is a self-made man, proof that is possible to do the impossible. He has become a legend in the entertainment business.’ 16-year-old Sheldon and his DJ EquipmentKagan himself talks about his love of music at a young age, being influenced as a small boy listening to big band music on his Uncle Irving Rosen’s gramophone. That small boy would in later years, book some of those legendary artists into Montreal. He also talks about his rebellious nature, with a strict father wanting him to pursue a career as a dentist and a caring mother who worried about what he would amount to in life. Because of that, he moved out of his home at a tender age and set his own stage to start a DJ service, working at high school dances and private functions. ‘By the time I enrolled in the 9th grade at Northmount High, I knew I was not going back for the 10th year. I wanted to break into the music business. My ultimate goal at that time was to be a mobile DJ but I had little money when I...

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