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Bob Bossin

Class of 1968 – Innis

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An outspoken student leader and activist, Bob Bossin was among the first students to be elected as a voting member of Innis College Council in 1967. The following year, he was the first Innis College student to be awarded the John H. Moss Scholarship honouring “the best all-round” graduating student in the Faculty of Arts and Science. In 1971 he co-founded Stringband, a ground-breaking folk music group which toured internationally for the next fifteen years. In the late 1980s, Bob formulated Bossin’s Home Remedy for Nuclear War (guaranteed to prevent nuclear war or your money refunded). The medicine show toured Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, selling some 9,000 bottles in the process. After moving to Gabriola Island, British Columbia in 1991, he recorded the acclaimed album GABRIOLA V0R1X0. A video set to his song “Sulphur Passage,” about the Clayoquot forest protests, not only won international awards but, more importantly, helped to save Clayoquot. In 2002 Stringband celebrated three decades of performance by releasing “The Indispensable,” a collection of forty-six songs from its seven albums.

Bob’s tip for students: “You should do what feels right, so that when it fails, you are still glad you did it.” “When all else fails, lower your standards.”

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