Kevin Walters, one of Winnipeg’s biggest supporters of the local and Canadian music and cultural scenes, has died after a courageous battle with cancer.
Just this past March, he helped put on the Juno Awards in Winnipeg.
He was also the driving force behind the Manitoba Homecoming 2010 event, Culture Days and the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival. When Winnipeg hosted the Grey Cup in 2006, Walters was one of the central figures.
Four years ago, he contacted the people at Guinness World Records about what he was convinced would be the largest social in the world during Homecoming 2010.
About 35,000 people attended socials in 63 communities throughout the province on May 15, 2010.
He was told Guinness had no such category. No matter, he said.
"We are claiming the title without fear of contradiction. I think we can safely say this (was) the largest social ever held," he said.
Walters was 54 years old.