Warren Blackwood Remembered

rewindI was at Howard's house earlier today and he was telling us about his friend Jeff Hamilton who passed away in 1987. Every time he hears Steely Dan, he thinks about his friend. Hearing this story made me think about Warren Blackwood.

Warren and I went to Michael Power high school together and he sat in front of me in Mr. Rowe's World Issues OAC class. He was a budding musician who rapped as Warren Peace and he and I used to create virtual mix tapes during class. For example, ten songs for a girl you liked, ten songs for a girl you no longer liked, ten songs for a rapper whose microphone wouldn't work during the school talent show, etc.

One day we were discussing Mary J. Blige's What's the 411?. Warren was a huge fan but I really only knew the hit "Real Love". Mary J. Blige kept appearing on these mix tapes Warren and I would assemble during class and he swore she was going to be massive. Warren was right, and every time I hear Mary J. Blige I think about our mix tapes.

Warren was stabbed to death on October 8, 1995. He was knifed in the stomach by someone who was mad at his girlfriend and took it out on the nearest target. It happened in Ottawa where Warren was attending Carleton University. They still have a bursary in his name.

Warren was one of the most peaceful, gentle people I knew. This is for you, Warren.

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Althea Blackwood

Hey,I am Warren's cousin from Jamaica.
It is still a painful thing to know that Warren was taken away from the family but I am still happy to know that he is remembered for all that He tried to do in this world,the difference he tried to make.
Thanks to you all for cherishing his memory

January 22, 2008 @ 10:34 PM


R.I.P. Warren Peace!!! It's been 13 years my brotha! Still miss ya meng!

October 8, 2008 @ 7:37 PM

Toronto Mike

Oscar, I've still got my copy of Trash Can Jamz on cassette somewhere...

October 8, 2008 @ 7:54 PM


I knew Warren from Carleton... in fact we played (dj'd) together. one of the best humans I have had the privilege of knowing.

Glad I ran across your blog.

Will never forget him.

March 19, 2014 @ 12:12 PM

Hugh Blackwood

Still can't look at his pictures after so many years...I have been ripped apart and still hurting....I called him Champ...He was my nephew and that how I saw him. . as my champion...A year before his passing we were visiting with his family and he insisted on taking us shopping. On reaching home that day we had a game of friendly water fight...Still remember Warren as though I saw him yesterday.....RIP Warren Peace...

September 18, 2016 @ 7:13 PM

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