Eugene Haslam – Owner, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ottawa, ON

Eugene Haslam

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Eugene Haslam was a radio announcer and had his own music programs on CHRW (Waterloo), RADIO RADIO (Calgary) and CHUO (Ottawa). He opened the now legendary Ottawa live music and dance club, Zaphod Beeblebrox (www.zaphods.ca), on Rideau Street and moved the operation to York Street in the Byward Market. Zaphod Beeblebrox has been in this location for over 2 decades. The club was honoured on its 20th Anniversary in Canada’s Parliament. Bands such as Zoobombs, The Proclaimers, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jewel, Alanis Morissette, Fun Loving Criminals, Fishbone, Nickelback, Yo La Tengo, Ben Harper, Broken Social Scene, Monster Magnet, Jonathan Richman and countless more have played at Zaphod’s.

Throughout the past 25 years Haslam has been well known in the Ottawa community. He has produced many Benefit Concerts for various causes supporting children, abused women, native peoples, ethnic peoples, the environment and human rights. He has been a speaker at North By Northeast, a major international music conference. For many years he has volunteered to share his story and inspire teenagers from all across Canada at the Terry Fox Center. He is no stranger to media and has appeared in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, radio programs and television news stories: locally, nationally and internationally. He is a regularly sought-out commentator and featured in various media on subjects as diverse as fashion, food, music and politics. He was invited by the Office of the Mayor to contribute to the discussions envisioning the City of Ottawa of the year 2020. Eugene was on the 2011 & 2012 Ottawa Police Gala Committees, which raised over $200,000.00 for The Ottawa Mission, a charity that helps the homeless and the Youth Services Bureau, which provides a range of services to support and empower youth in the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the ByWard Market BIA and is a former Board Member of the Bytown Museum.