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Date: Sunday July 16, 2006, 07:49:49 PM
From: Wilfried Wolfle of Huntsville, ON, Canada/FONT>
I have been a longtime fan of you and your music, and just can't find any Concert Schedule were you might appear.
Living in Huntsville has been good as we have a lively performance schedule in our new Algonquin Theatre.
Saw Oliver Jones two nights ago, last night went to see Holly Cole and today at a Matinee we had an all Mozart Concert.
I do have some of your CD's and I see in one of the covers ( King of Ragtime ) references to CDD400 Rags to Richesand also CDD397 Scott Joplin's Greatest Hits.
If these CD's are still available and you know where I could get them I would be much obliged.
Besides yourself, my favorites are Max Morath, seen him live when I lived in ST. Louis,
Bob Darch, saw him also live just before he passed on. Rifkin, what a touch, Mimi Blais, and a few more.
Perhaps I hear from you,
Date: Monday June 12, 2006, 10:22:39 PM
From: Erick Rocket of North Caroline, USA
Wow! i love RAGTIME piano and you really know the thing, BEATLES in Ragtime? yeah! yeah! yeah!
You Rock and Rag man!
Date: Wednesday May 24, 2006, 01:34:20 PM
From: Basil McCormick of Ontario, Canada
Your old friend from Stanley St. John's Days. I often think of you. I had been away for several yrs. teaching overseas in Kuwait, Thailand, S. Korea, PR. China (3 different cities including Beijing. I am now retired & living in North Toronto. It would be great to hear from you. I don't have a computer. I use the one at the Regis-Jesuit Library. I have
a part time job at the Choir-School working in the Archives.
All the best for now.
Date: Monday May 08, 2006, 11:34:16 AM
From: Carole Edgar of Brampton, Ontario, Canada
It was so good to talk to you last week, John and we hope to see you in our new "Meaford Hall" soon.
Let's all try to get together, along with Alberto, sometime this summer. Keep well. Harry and Carole
P.S. I did call Gord and said "hello" for you.
Date: Saturday April 15, 2006, 10:41:40 AM
From: Jeroen van der Kuijl of Zuid-Holland, The Netherlands
I myself play piano for 13 years now (19 years old at the moment) since 3 years
I am into the ragtime genre.
I very like your Scott Joplin CD's and I very like your interpretations.
I hope someday you will come to The Netherlands,
I will be there for sure!
Date: Monday April 10, 2006, 12:13:45 PM
From: Donna Coulson (Rumney) of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
You have always been an example in front of me: small town kid makes good........ Three cheers for you John......... Donna
Date: Saturday March 18, 2006, 06:07:30 AM
From: Paulline Conard of Alta, Iowa, USA
I am learning to play piano, and could never hope to play half as good as you, but I keep plugging away for my own enjoyment. I was just 81 years old in January. If you ever appear anywhere near here, I will make every effort to see and hear you.
Date: Wednesday February 08, 2006, 02:13:41 PM
From: Beth of Ottawa, Canada
I LOVE your music & your sound... and as a matter of fact made a special trip to Sam's while in Toronto last w/e to buy your Vol 1 & 2 Scott Joplin CD's... only to find out they are still awaiting a delivery ... something about them being in your garage!! I
have all your other recordings and do so enjoy hearing them.
Hope you come to Ottawa in the near future... I'll be there!
Date: Monday January 02, 2006, 12:42:18 AM
From: Anna & Andrew Grist of Fonthill, ON, Canada
Hello to truly my favourite uncle! Visiting you both was a highlight of our week, spending time with you both is precious and looked forward too, you're both in our thoughts and prayers...
We hope to see you & Aunt Mona soon and in even better health!
Lordwilling if you are playing in our area soon we would love to come out and support you as well as enjoy your talent! Take care and much love!
Date: Thursday December 29, 2005, 09:40:51 AM
From: Alan Witherby of UK
Wonderful! I am sure Gershwin would have been consumed by jealousy.
Date: Monday December 26, 2005, 12:57:41 AM
From: Serna Sheridan of Glencoe, Illinois, USA
I just received the CD of the complete Scott Joplin rags for Xmas (which I requested) and I'm listening to it now as I write you.
I recently started playing the piano again after a 25+ year hiatus and I've been working on the Joplin rags.
I wanted a CD of Joplin rags to play in my car so I could become familiar with the way the rags are supposed to be played thus making my car trips a bit more useful (and pleasant).
Until I heard your recordings tonight I was only familiar with the Rifkin ones (purchased umpteen years ago). I absolutely love your interpretations and I'm quite inspired. I'm sorry to admit that I was not familiar with your piano recordings so I looked you up on the web, found this site and while perusing it, wound up on your guestbook page. It will be a very late evening tonight because as soon as I finish listening to your recordings, I'm heading for the piano. What I've found most exciting is that these recordings are complete and there's new rags I've never heard before and probably would never have thought to try them out. If I hadn't heard Rifkin or my father play them before, I would never have known they existed even though I have the sheet music from the New York Public Library edition. Sorry this is long.
Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying your recording of the complete Joplin rags.
Date: Thursday December 15, 2005, 09:00:17 PM
From: Laura V.N. of Rochester, NY, USA
Heard your ragtime beatles and LOVED it. I've spent the last couple of hours trying to track down a copy! Hope you do some more like that.
Date: Sunday November 20, 2005, 05:13:13 AM
From: Frank Lynch of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hi John and Mary Jane....
great site.. glad to see you doing so well...someone said here what I recognized when I first heard you play years ago.. you are a national treasure. I am still directing the music here at the Cathedral....and do a few gigs here too with some great players.. saw Rob here and went to John McD's concert.. very enjoyable....Shane's in 3rd yr psych at U.Vic. and Allison is 20 now .. 2nd yr. english.... Gabi is still painting and teaching..... Hope to see you when I get back to T.O. sometime .God bless .......Frank
Date: Sunday November 20, 2005, 01:58:31 AM
From: Deborah Ruth of Kensington, California, USA
John -- I really enjoyed meeting you and hearing you play this weekend at the West Coast Ragtime Festival. I'm the one who asked you about your ragtime Beatles CD, and you said you didn't think there were any left, but that I should email you about it anyway. So here I am. If you can locate one, I'd be pleased to buy it from you. Meanwhile, as I write this from my room in the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, my computer is playing "The Things I Love," and I'm enjoying it immensely!
Long may you wave!
Date: Thursday October 27, 2005, 04:13:54 PM
From: Don Lofranco of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
It was great talking to you today.
I look forward to hearing about your next concert within driving distance from Toronto.
All the best,
Date: Wednesday October 26, 2005, 12:36:02 PM
From: Sue Moskal of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
I have been a fan for years...now looking for concerts and cd's absolutely involving music...keep it coming.
Date: Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
From: Sandra & Ken Harding
We enjoyed your recent concert in Parry Sound-Arpin plays Arlen.
At It was one of your best. You get better every year.
A delight to listen to.
Date: Saturday July 23, 2005, 10:57:52 PM
From: Russell Duce of Michigan, USA
What ???? another fan from USA???? no WAY!
A fan from Michigan, USA here, keep tickling the ivories... Whilst and at the same time i memorize Maple Leaf Rag :)(realizes he could never match your performance... ahh well) and Scott Joplin would be applauding in his grave. John thanks for your contributions to the noble art of piano... cheers!
Date: Monday June 27, 2005, 07:21:38 AM
From: Helen Dubbin (Kvasnak) of Midland, Ontario, Canada
We are proud of you John, and to hear a young man from Port McNicoll has made good.
Keep up the good work.
Date: Friday June 24, 2005, 02:03:50 PM
From: Nancy Calvert of Port Mc Nicoll, Ontario, Canada
just dropping in to say Hi nice to see your photo gallery and hear you are still doing great.
Date: Monday May 30, 2005, 02:08:28 AM
From: Michael Arpin of Connecticut, USA
Nice to see a fellow Arpin carrying on the deeply rooted tradition of our French nobility.
I think every Arpin is a musician at heart. My family is full of them too.
Did you hear that the harp is on our family crest?
I love classical music, especially Handel, Fortepiano, and Ragtime.
Having looked over your selections on Amazon.com I'm off to make a few purchases. Merci beaucoup pour ta musique!
Date: Wednesday April 06, 2005,
From: Patricia Mizzi (nee Valcheff,
Henry Valcheff's daughter) of Ontario, Canada
I have a record of yours and have enjoyed it. Also when I was younger, I saw
you on TV, and it was good to see someone from Port McNicoll, who has done
well, for himself.
Date: Sunday April 03, 2005, 10:35:26 PM
From: Carole Fleming of London, Ontario, Canada
John and I are very excited to hear you have done so well.
I sent an email yesterday, hope you received it. It has been a long time. Hope everything is fine with you. I chat with Joe & Judy almost everyday and Joe mentioned your concert. Sounds great.
Date: Sunday April 03, 2005, 11:43:44 AM
From: Ann and John Kent of Quispamsis, N.B. Canada
How wonderful to hear that a small town boy from Port McNicoll has done so well.
John and I are very excited to hear you have done so well.
Date: Saturday April 02, 2005, 03:44:09 PM
From: Marlene Leroux (DiFrancesco) of Ontario, Canada
Hi John ...
just received your web site info from Joe & Judy.
Hope to see you in June with a few other people you will know.
Date: Saturday April 02, 2005,01:51:40 PM
From: Rita Crowell of Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Looking forward to seeing and hearing you on June 2nd - Im sure I will enjoy this website.
Date: Friday April 01, 2005, 08:23:45 PM
From: Joe Tersigni of Don Mills, Canada
Just wanted you to know that I have got tickets for your concert on June 2nd at U of T for Judy & myself, Carole Fleming ( nee DeFrancesco ) Marlene Leroux ( nee DeFrancesco ) and my sisters Rita and Pauline and her husband Jack.
We look forward to talking to you then.
Date: Friday April 01, 2005, 08:47:19 AM
From: Stevie of Stuttgart, Germany
I'm enjoying the music of John Arpin. Does anyone know where to get arrange score by Arpin for the St. Louis Blues? (W.C. Handy)
Date: Monday March 21, 2005, 02:15:27 PM
From: Joan Jansurik of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Dear Mr. Arpin,
Just a few words to thank you for the many wonderful happy hours you have given me when I listen to your
I have been trying to buy CD's in music stores for several years now - but have not had any success.
This morning I was fortunate to find your web site - and I am hoping I will be able to obtain some.
I have just gone through a stressful period in my life - as we all do from time to time - and every evening I play the
CD's which I am fortunate enough to have - and your music gives me so much pleasure that the stress after a few songs has been completely released.
The Indians have a proverb that goes something like "When you go to sleep each night think of who you have made happier through your life this day".
This is just to let you know that you have made me very happy for many many days.
I sincerely wish that the happiness you have given to so many is returned to you tenfold.
Thank you again
Date: Wednesday March 16, 2005, 12:04:42 PM
From: Sharon Leroux of California, USA
Just punched in johnarpin.com and found your site. Have lots of CD's. Let me know if/when you may be in California.
Just moved here in February, 2005
Date: Thursday February 24, 2005, 01:36:55 PM
From: Allan Mooser of Surprise, AZ, USA
"someone to watch over me" is the best pure piano playing album i have ever heard.
Date: Wednesday February 09, 2005, 03:44:40 PM
From: Jamie Musselwhite of Toronto, ON, Canada
What an unimaginable thrill it is to not only hear you play live and in person, but also to hear you speak.
You truly are one of Canada's National Treasures!
Date: Monday January 31, 2005, 11:30:30 AM
From: Arla (Bates) Selig of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
We really enjoyed your concert on Saturday evening in Guelph.
It must be 55 years since I knew you at the Midland Music Festivals.
So glad that you have had the successful music career that you have - and happy to have a few minutes to say hello to you.
Date: Wednesday January 12, 2005 02:03:59 AM
From: Phil Steinway of Banning, CA, USA
I just bought your 4 CD collection of the Complete Works of Scott Joplin.
I greatly enjoyed the first 2 of 4.
Congratulations on tastefully perfomed piano music.
Date: Tuesday December 14, 2004, 02:13:15 PM
From: Philip Scott of Tyler, Texas, U.S.A.
I'm a sixty year young man who has been around music all his life. I have followed Johns' career for the past ten years.
I have recently compiled a list of my top pianists. I'm happy to say that John made my top five list.
My top pianists are (in alphabetical order):
- John Arpin.
- John Bunch,
- Oliver Jones,
- Doug Montgomery,
- David Osborne,
I would like to encourage John to keep up the good work.
Date: Tuesday November 30, 2004, 03:10:43 PM
From: Jack McNicoll of St. Thomas, Ontario Canada
Date: Tuesday November 23, 2004, 02:32:25 PM
From: Shane Connors of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I recently attended your concert at the St. Lawrence centre in Toronto and was thoroughly enthralled.
I have been a fan for a long time and look for your concerts. I tried to track down some recordings at Song and Script this past week and they were out of stock.
Hope you can replentish them so that I can enjoy more of your music at home.
Particularly interested in getting ahold of Arpin at the Opera, Broadway Baroque and Blue Gardenia.
Date: Monday November 22, 2004, 12:48:49 PM
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Date: Wednesday November 17, 2004, 06:25:58 PM
From: John Santic of Baltimore, MD, USA
A few weeks ago, I found a copy of your CD "Somebody Loves Me" in the bargain bin at a store, a closeout at $1. To tell the truth, I hadn't heard of you before, but I like Gershwin and for a buck, I took a chance.
By now, I have listened to the CD dozens of times - my CD player auto-repeats at the end, and I frequently let it repeat all evening. You have such great style and technique!
I like all the selections, and the medley at the end is a stupendous showpiece. Count me as a new fan.
Date: Thursday November 04, 2004, 12:31:14 AM
From: Ken Churm of Etobicoke, Ontario, CANADA
What a surprise to find your website in an ad in the Toronto Star re your upcoming concert at the Jane Mallet Theatre, Toronto on 13th November 04.
Unfortunately I lost track of you over the years so I am happy that at least you are in the circuit once again.
I have many fond memories going back to November 1978 when I filled in on drums for a week for Dean McDonald during your appearance at the Chelsea Inn. Although I did catch one of your Sunday afternoon concerts at the McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, sometime during the early 1990's. I will try to contact you directly via email to discuss old times and renew our
acquaintance. I hope to be able to attend your concert on the 13h November at the Jane Mallot theatre.
Kenneth (Ken) Churm
Date: Wednesday November 03, 2004, 04:44:36 PM
From: Joan C. Miller of Lakewood, USA
We met you many years ago in Cleveland when you played at Chungs. Thought you should know that Si Richards passed away last week. Please send us your schedule so that we might take a trip to see and hear you again.
Date: Sunday October 03, 2004,
From: David Vaughan of Omemee,
I don't know if you will remember me but during the middle to late 1970's I
used to tune your piano when you were playing at the Chelsea Inn (Also at
your home on Bayview, north of Shepard Ave).
I was just thinking of those days and I wondered what you were doing these
days. I decided to find out if you had a website, tried "John Arpin" and
magic, there you were.
Looked in your Photo gallery, Hmm, not any older? Very distinguished.
Anyway, I retired from the North York Fire Dept. 15 years ago and moved to
the Lindsay area. My second "career" was a Bingo Caller in Lindsay. A
I hope everything is well with your family, I would imagine your daughter is
all grown up and on her own by now. Like my kids.
Maybe you may come to Lindsay some day. We have a great place for concerts
called the Academy Theater. Take care John
David H. Vaughan
Date: Monday September 20, 2004, 09:21:13 PM
From: John & Pat Lefaive, Port McNicoll, Ontario, Canada
do you remember ticky? talked to leo a few days ago he is fine.
Date: Tuesday September 14, 2004, 11:12:36 AM
From: Anita Dees of Barrie, Ontario, Canada
John, it was so very nice to meet you last Thursday evening at Fitzgeralds in Thornbury at our gig. Mike Lewis and I were delighted to join you for dinner between sets. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting back and listening to the two of you reminisce and sing songs back and forth to each other that you both know and love.
Your enthusiasm and passion for music came through so wonderfully, and I found it an honour to be in the company of two such gifted and
I am so happy you enjoyed our music that night and I look forward to having the opportunity to attend your next concert and once again enjoying yours.
Musically, Anita Dees
Date: Sunday August 01, 2004, 10:32:19 AM
From: Joannie & Bob Miller of Lakewood Ohio, USA
John we met you years ago when you came to town to play for Si Richards and his friend Cheri at Chungs restaurant.
We also went to some of the Ontario festivals to enjoy your music. Sad to say Si is in a nursing home for many years now and we have not kept in touch with him.
Hope to get to Ontario to hear you soon. We are going to Niagara Falls Canada 8-4-04 and we looked you up to see if you might be entertaining close by.
Joannie & Bob Miller
Date: Saturday July 31, 2004, 07:41:33 AM
From: Sheila Schwenzer of Flesherton, Ontario, Canada
I have enjoyed immensely your last lecture series and your concert last night in Collingwood.
You have such a wonderful gift and share it effortlessly and honestly with your audience. A true artist - you make it all look so easy and sweep your audience away with you.
Date: Thursday July 01, 2004,
From: Scott and Roma King of
Dansville, MI, USA
We enjoyed very much hearing you live in Sedalia along with our piano
playing son, Adam Swanson.
He was thrilled to hear you and meet you.
Your musicianship was obvious compared to other people who just play. One of
your CD's was the first cd of ragtime that he ever bought.
We also very much enjoyed meeting your general surgeon friend from Canada.
Thank you for inspiring our 12 year old. He can actually finally hear the
difference between a trained musician and someone who just plays a lot of
Thank you so very much.
Scott and Roma King
Date: Thursday July 01, 2004, 04:00:56 PM
From: Scott and Roma King of Dansville, MI, USA
We considered ourselves very fortunate to hear you live at the Scott Joplin Festival.
Your musicianship is obvious compared to so many other players. Our son Adam Swanson was thrilled to hear one of his idols play in person.
He was embarrased that he did not play better for you when you were in the audience. He was nervous - and he usually does not get
nervous at all.
Thank you for meeting with him. It made the trip worthwhile.
Scott and Roma KIng
Date: Sunday May 02, 2004,
Alex & Betty Wilson of Victoria, B.C., Canada
So glad to learn of your successful career. Your music revives many happy memories of dancing at the Chelsea Inn.
Would like to hear from you when you have time.
A & B.
Date: Sunday April 25, 2004,
John & Ellen Desmarais of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
We love the two CDs we have but were unable to find more.
Thanks to the CBC program "Fresh Air" we now know where to buy them. We're
looking forward to having all of them.
Thanks for the wonderful music!
Date: Sunday April 25, 2004,
From: Marilyn Fennell of Toronto,
CBC had a great tribute to you this morning. We hope to catch one of your
shows this year. We miss the "old days" at Kleinburg
Fred & Marilyn Fennell