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Music has always been Dan Doiron’s passion but like most people, he put it aside for a few years so he could earn a “living.”
Music was always there — he has a music degree and he taught and represented a major musical instrument company as a guitar clinician — but it wasn’t exactly where he wanted it to be. By the time 2010 rolled around, at the age of 52, he knew it was either too late or just the nick of time for him to follow his dream of being a live performer.
“I’d had a varied 35-year career as an educator, recording engineer, clinician and musical instrument product specialist, but music performance had always been my passion and I finally decided to follow that dream in 2012,” said Doiron, now 61.
He began releasing albums of his own music, which received national recognition and awards, and he began touring. Among his achievements was winning the first Maritimes to Memphis Challenge and representing Atlantic Canada at the 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. He was also nominated for a Maple Blues Award for best new artist at the age of 60.
The realization that he could follow his career dreams at any age inspired him to help others realize that the same could be true for them.
“I began the Live Centre Stage program in 2017 because I wanted to share the tools that had helped me in this journey and to encourage others to dream big and go for it no matter what stage in life.”
Like anything else, following your dream requires effort. Doiron knew he needed to make a few changes in his own life. He needed to lose weight and get into better shape to enter the gruelling world of live performance so his own personal work began right away. That initial hard work has paid off to the point that fitness and achieving good health have become his secondary passion.
“You want to live your passion and follow your dream but in order to do that you have to be healthy and have the energy to do that,” said the Port Hood native in a recent interview from his home in Halifax. “The whole idea of fitness and personal health has become a second passion for me so I’ve been wanting to spread that word as well. That’s how one thing has led to another.”
Doiron has established the Live Centre Stage website (https://livecentrestage.com) for those who want to know more about how he achieved his goals and now, he’s established a YouTube channel that will give tips on working towards achieving those goals.
“The idea that this time of life presents really great opportunities for personal growth and learning and rekindling your younger passion,” said Doiron. “The retirement years are kind of like being a kid again but only better.”
While he’s making a living doing what he loves, Doiron wants to see others living their own dreams for as long as they can.
“My whole concept is to build a community of positive seniors — I’m seeing this time as a great opportunity to grow and learn and just to be around positive people,” he said. “As my grandmother from Sydney Mines used to say, ‘The good old days? They can have the good old days. I like looking ahead.’
“It’s nice to look back fondly but it’s even more fun to look ahead.”