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FRIDAY September 10, 2010 VOL. 25, NO. 73




Murdered woman honoured musically Erin Haluschak Record Staff

Music producer Rita Chiarelli understands it takes heart and soul to create a successful CD, but for her latest project, she is hoping to take the concept to another level. Chiarelli is the producer behind Calling All People — TemPest Grace Gale, a disc celebrating the music of Gale, a 25-year-old Hornby Island resident who was murdered near her home on Hornby Island last November. “This is a real project from the heart,” said Chiarelli during a phone call from her home in Toronto. “(TemPest) was just so eager, talented and passionate ... I was just taken by her passion.” Chiarelli, who has performed at the Hornby Island Blues Camp where she originally met Gale, notes the pair had plans to create a CD based upon Gale’s original songs. “I told her eventually I would produce a CD for her. She would send me a lot of tunes ... she was very excited at the prospect (of it). Just before she passed, she sent me a flurry of e-mails with a bunch of very raw songs,” remembers Chiarelli. Gale was found murdered near the boat where she lived with her boyfriend at Ford’s Cove Marina. Following Gale’s death, Chiarelli said she wanted to keep her promise to her by producing a CD of her music, and inquired with a variety of musicians who had a connection to Hornby Island and to Gale. “The musicians that I did ask (to sing on the CD) immediately replied; they all knew her and loved her. Through the digital world, I sent (Gale’s) tracks to the studios and the artists recorded with her, and then sent the files back to me,” explained Chiarelli. Some of the musicians performing on the CD include Hornby

resident Marc Atkinson, Suzie Vinnick and Rick Fines. Nearly all of the tracks on the disc are written by Gale, and the various artists “took care of recording with Tempest. We really wanted her voice to come out,” she said. Chiarelli describes Gale’s lyrics as “incredible, full of passion and love.” “She was only 21 when she wrote (the song) Calling All People, and it’s just amazing,” added Chiarelli. “We’re really hoping that people will have a listen.” All of the artists have donated their time, and Chiarelli says all profits raised after paying studio fees will be donated to Gale’s parents, who “are very grateful for this project. Their daughter will have a proper release for her music. We just really wanted to focus and celebrate her talent.” Comox Valley RCMP Const. Tammy Douglas notes the investigation into Gale’s murder is still considered an active case, although there is currently no new information for investigators. “(The investigating officer) keeps in touch with the family on a bi-monthly basis ... and (the case) still remains a priority,” she said. She added any information the public might have —no matter how trivial it may seem — could be an important piece for RCMP. Douglas encourages those with information to contact Comox Valley RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. The disc is scheduled to be released within two weeks, and will be sent to radio stations in B.C. and Alberta at first, with plans to expand across Canada. Calling All People — TemPest Grace Gale will be available in music stores, and can be purchased online at

RITA CHIARELLI HAS PRODUCED a CD containing songs written by slain Hornby Island resident TemPest Grace Gale (inset).

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