Condolences are pouring in on Facebook for Vancouver music-scene veteran Gerry-Jenn Wilson. Friends and fellow musicians have indicated that the alt-punk singer and songwriter died in a March 30 housefire in Maple Ridge.
RCMP and the Maple Ridge Fire Department reported being called to a house with smoke billowing from it around 9 p.m. A woman and her dog were found deceased inside the home.
While police have yet to come forth with a name, the Vancouver music scene is remembering Wilson on Facebook.
The Winnipeg-raised singer might be best remembered on the West Coast as the frontwoman for Vancouver punk provacteurs JP5. From there she was never far from the city’s music scene, whether sitting down and reminiscing about the past in outtakes for Susan Tabata’s excellent Bloodied but Unbowed documentary or playing in Little Guitar Army.
Wilson is being remembered for her sense of humour, her wildness as a performer, her kind heart, and her strength for kicking ass back in an era where Courtney Love and L7 were doing the heavy lifting. If you were lucky enough to see JP5, you never forgot it.