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 The following article appeared in the Cochrane Times-Post on
March 25, 2005

Written by Carl Warren

A North Bay Optometrist is donating proceeds of his CD sales to the Tim Horton Events Centre. Dr. Gary Pearce who is originally from Cochrane has two albums out: his own CD, Blast (Here to Rock and Roll) and another collaborative CD produced by his Cochrane High School buddies Brother Love (Reunion). The five members of the group Gary Skidmore
(lead guitar), Rolly Cote (vocals and rhythm guitar), Serge Chretien (bass), Ivan Charette (drums) and Pearce (bass and rhythm guitar) are all from Cochrane. "We are grateful that Dr. Pearce has decided to help us out" said Karmen Gendreau, a member of the Tim Horton Events Centre Fundraising Committee. All through their High School years, the group performed at events across Northern Ontario, but they went their separate ways after graduating from Cochrane High. Skidmore went to medical school at Western, Pearce took math at Western, Chretien headed for Laurentian in Sudbury, Cote went to Algonquin College in Ottawa and Charette studied Business at Canadore College. Most members gave up their musical aspirations to build a career and raise families. It wasn't until a high school reunion in Cochrane (1997) that Pearce was inspired to pick up his guitar and play music again. "Brother Love" were asked to play an impromptu concert. They then recorded a "Reunion" CD and Pearce began writing  songs and soon produced his own work. You can purchase Blast and Brother Love CDs at Yvettes, Don Lou's, Country House, Y & S, The Moose Depot, Merciers Mini Mart and Wallaces Drug Store. The CDs are $10 each and $5 from each sale goes to the Tim Horton Events Centre.

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 The following article appeared in the Cochrane Times-Post on
December 01, 2006

Fundraising CDís in time for Christmas
Written by Nora Egan

Looking for a stocking stuffer? Need a small gift to ship away? Then you are in luck! The old time favourites of Brother Love are on sale in Cochrane at Giant Tiger, Wallace Drug Store, Country House and Y&S for a cost of $10 with $5 going to the Tim Horton Events Centre.
Who are Brother Love? In 1967, five Cochrane High School students formed a rock band "Brother Love". For the next three years they played virtually every weekend at high school and teen dances in Northern Ontario. They disbanded in 1969 as some of the members went off to college and university.
Thirty years later, they reunited to play at the 1997 Cochrane High School Reunion. And now, close to four decades later, they have finally released a CD. "Brother Love Reunion".
These members, you may recall played an important role in teens growing up in the late 60ís. Brother Love Is: Ivan Charette, Serge Chretien, Rolly Cote, Gary Pearce, Gary Skidmore.
In 2005 the group decided to make their contribution to their home town by selling the CDís to the public with a portion going to the new Tim Horton Events Centre. To date, the local bandís CD are selling well but with Christmas fast approaching they would like to be able to make a substantial contribution to the Centre.
Where are they now?
This all started with Gary Pearce, A North Bay Optometrist who decided to donate the proceeds of his CD sales to the Tim Horton Events Centre. Dr. Gary Pearce who is originally from Cochrane has two albums out: his own CD, Blast (Here to Rock and Roll) and another collaborative CD produced by his Cochrane High School buddies Brother Love (Reunion). "We all agreed that we wanted to make a contribution to our home town" said Pearce.
Gary Skidmore went on to medical school at Western, Pearce took math at Western, Chretien headed for Laurentian in Sudbury, Cote went to Algonquin College in Ottawa and Charette studied Business at Canadore College.
Most members gave up their musical aspirations to build a career and raise families. It wasn't until a high school reunion in Cochrane (1997) that Pearce was inspired to pick up his guitar and play music again. "Brother Love" were asked to play an impromptu concert. They then recorded a "Reunion" CD and Pearce began writing songs and soon produced his own work. The CD features 12 tracks. Eight of them are the same songs Brother Love played in the old high school gym back in the late 60's. Two are live tracks recorded at the 1997 reunion. Another is "Reunion", the Cochrane High School reunion song written by band member Gary Pearce. The final track is an unplugged acoustic version of "Reunion".
Make someoneís Christmas a memorable one from the past, purchase a CD.

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 The following letter appeared in the Cochrane Times-Post on
December 08, 2006

One of the most influential local bands

Dear Editor,
     I was born and raised in Cochrane and attended High School during the era that Brother Love enjoyed it's reign as one of the most popular and influential local Rock Bands in Cochrane and the surrounding area.
     The band was a reflection of and in tune with the social, cultural and musical influences of the late sixties.
     The members of Brother Love and some of the previous incarnations of the band were instrumental (pun intended) in motivating and inspiring other young musicians in town in forming bands of their own.
     I can personally attest to that and as a result I have had the pleasure of sharing the stage and jamming with some of the former members of the band. I owe them a debt of gratitude for the many occasions that I enjoyed participating in the fraternity of fellow musicians in Cochrane and abroad.
     I applaud the band's decision to contribute to the community and to share a bit of their past with us.
     Congratulations are in order for all the people involved in keeping music alive in Cochrane today.
     Keep in mind that a lot of today's "Stars" had humble beginnings in basement and garage practice studios.
     I am sure that you would be doing a great service to myself and others who no longer line in Cochrane but still recognize where out roots are, by providing a contact for us to order CD's from.
Until the next Reunion,
Cheers,
Marc J. Pichť

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 The following letter appeared in the Cochrane Times-Post on
July 26, 2012

"Brother Love's" Cochrane reunion video on YouTube

In 1967, 5 local high school students formed a rock band. It was a time of peace and love and they adopted the name "Brother Love". For the next 3 years they played virtually every weekend, not only at all the Cochrane High School dances but venues in Iroquois Falls, Smooth Rock Falls, Kapuskasing, Hearst and Hornepayne. They disbanded in the "Summer of 69" as some of the members went off to college and university.
Thirty years later, they got back together to put on an awesome performance at the 1997 Cochrane reunion. The concert was such a success that it motivated band member Gary Pearce to write a "reunion" song. They recorded it along with an unplugged version and released them on their "Brother Love" reunion CD in 2004. They sold out all 500 copies and donated the proceeds to the Tim Horton Events Centre as a way of giving back to their home town.
Now in 2012, they have released three songs on www.youtube.com.
1) Brother Love Reunion
2) Brother Lover Reunion Unplugged
3) Gary Pearce Hang On
As for what's in store for future, Pearce says the band's 50th anniversary is coming up in 2017. Stay tuned (pun intended). We may be getting old, Pearce says, but we won't go away. You can visit them any time at www.brotherloverules.com

 

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