The City of Windsor will fund the statue of the late Rosalie Trombley
A statue of Windsor, Ontario music icon Rosalie Trombley will receive support from city council.
At their meeting on Monday, councilors decided to fund the bronze statue of Trombley, a music radio pioneer known as The Girl with the Golden Ear who died in 2021.
Council unanimously passed a motion to allocate $100,000 towards the creation, installation and unveiling of the statue in conjunction with the Windsor and Area Arts Council.
Prior to the council’s vote, Donna Mayne, the statue’s sculptor, said it was about 80 percent complete.
“If the council agrees with the arts committee that this is a culturally valid idea for this city, hopefully it will be cast in bronze soon,” Mayne said.
Mayne’s proposed location for the statue is the Festival Plaza on the city’s riverfront.
The sculpture is expected to be complete and ready for installation by April 2023. A public unveiling would take place on September 18, 2023, at a special ceremony on Trombley’s birthday.
According to a report on Monday’s council agenda, the full project is expected to cost $170,000. St. Clair College has already pledged the remaining $70,000.
Leaving his mark on the airwaves
Trombley was musical director of The Big 8 – CKLW Radio from 1968 to 1984. She was able to choose songs that would become major radio hits.
Tromblay has helped many musical artists break through, including The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith.
Seger wrote a song about Trombley, Rosaliewhich was released as a single in 1973. Trombley also convinced Elton John to release one of his most popular songs, Bennie and the Jets, as single.
Its influence is felt on both sides of the border.
She left CKLW after the station struggled with Canadian content regulations and became music director of WLTI-FM in Detroit, then CKEY in Toronto.
Trombley lived in a long-term care home in Leamington, Ont., before he died Nov. 23 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
“Recording artists, established and aspiring, visited Trombley to promote their latest singles,” Trombley’s family said in a press release shortly after his death.
A lasting legacy
Trombley received the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2016 Juno Awards honoring the best in Canadian music. She is also the namesake of the Rosalie Award, given by Radio Trailblazers to women who “have had successful careers in the radio industry and are seen as leaders, mentors and people who make a difference in our business.” . Trombley was the first recipient of the award in 2005.
Diane Lauzon, Trombley’s daughter, said a statue would help people learn more about her.
“She’s well known in the industry, but maybe not everyone knows what my mom has done with her radio career,” Lauzon said. “It’s a chance for them to get to know The Girl with the Golden Ear, especially if it’s interactive, and we hope it will be.”