April Wine’s Myles Goodwyn’s Family Releases Statement

Our family would like to thank everyone for the beautiful tributes and messages of support and love at this difficult time. Myles journeyed to the stars peacefully on Sunday, surrounded by loved ones. He leaves behind his wife Kim Goodwyn, his children Amber and Aaron from his first marriage to Phyllis Pascas, and son Cary from his second marriage to Lisa Blond. For those seeking to honour his memory, the family suggests that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: jdrf.ca

Myles Goodwyn, singer, guitarist, writer, producer and leader of the multi-Platinum selling rock band April Wine, who shaped and directed the group from its earliest beginnings, has died today at the age of 75 at Noon Atlantic Time. No further details on cause of death, location or funeral details will be disclosed at this time. The family asks for privacy.

Originally from Woodstock, N.B., Goodwyn formed April Wine in 1969 alongside brothers Ritchie and David Henman, and cousin Jim Henman. The band’s hits included “Just Between You and Me,” “Sign of the Gypsy Queen,” and “Roller.” April Wine would later become a multi-platinum selling group, with over 10 million record sales. The group’s album “The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy” was the first Canadian album to sell over 100,000 copies.

Goodwyn’s voice is as distinctive and immediately recognizable as his song writing skills are prolific. Goodwyn and the other members of April Wine were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame in 2010 and Canada’s Walk Of Fame in 2023. Goodwyn was also inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Goodwyn received the prestigious East Coast Music Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the SOCAN National Achievement Award in 2002. In 2016 he released his memoir named, Just Between You and Me, which became an instant best seller on the Globe and Mail`s Non-Fiction List. His second book, Elvis and Tiger (fiction) was published in 2018 and was also very well received.

The Myles Goodwyn and Friends Of The Blues recording released in 2018, it earned international acclaim and a JUNO nomination for Blues Recording of the Year in 2019. The recording won the ECMA award for Blues Recording of the Year in 2019. His follow up blues recording that year, Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2, won the same blues category in 2020.

Goodwyn left the group for live performances earlier this year, and continued to perform live with his acoustic trio which includes Goodwyn, Jim Henman and Bruce Dixon until recently.