Equipped with a lifetime passion for guitar, Kevin Simpson imparted his love of music into everything that he did, leading him to touch the lives of thousands of music lovers across Durham Region. Born a first generation Canadian, September 23, 1967, Simpson first picked up a guitar at 15 and donned his first name tag at local music store Kalua Music at 17.
Inspired by the epic ballads of Randy Rhoads, and Van Halen, Simpson was determined to spend as much time surrounded by music as possible leading him to obtain a school placement at the record store during the day and taking on hours as a part-time worker in the evenings.
In his adulthood Simpson took on full-time hours at the record store after his post-secondary plans became plagued by the 86’ TTC strike and Teacher Strike. With his extensive experience aiding him, Simpson seamlessly slipped into his roll of manager at Kalua Scarborough and continued his work in the record store through the change in ownership in 1989 when Kalua was obtained by Long & McQuade.
Simpson continued his work in Scarborough through his marriage to wife Paula in 1992, and becoming a father to daughter Sierra Simpson in 1999. In 2005, Simpson moved to the Oshawa location where he became a community champion to the musically inclined residents of Durham Region.
To this day Simpson continues to support his community through his involvement with fundraising for special events and special personal interest in supporting the Hearth Place Cancer Center. On his days off Simpson can still be found plucking the tune to “Jump” by Van Halen.