Adrian Chornowol grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. His Ukrainian-born father was a musician with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Adrian was a child prodigy who played classical piano in the window of the Harmony Kids store. He grew up to be a record producer of note.
He was the music director of a country music television program, where he met Ian Tyson, who credits Chornowol with creating a unique sound for his platinum album Cowboyography, recorded in Calgary in 1987.
In 1989 Chornowol was repeatedly stabbed in his home by two homeless aboriginals. Shortly
Toby died at age 51 of a drug overdose.
The Ontario Private Members Bill introduced by Cheri DiNovo in 2007 to add Gender Identity to the Ontario Human Rights Code is known as Toby's Bill in her memory. It finally became law in 2012.
- Ian Tyson. I Never Sold My Saddle. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, 1994: 59.
- Catherine Dunphy. "Toby Dancer, 51: Musical genius died a drifter". The Toronto Star, Dec 03, 2004. http://www.thestar.com/article/107917.
For somebody who made such a mark on Canadian music, Toby has a very small imprint: Merely a paragraph in Tyson's book, and the obituary in The Toronto Star. If you google Adrian Chornowol you find entries in Music databases, but they are no more than the name and sometimes a list of albums.