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John Hopkins has a lasting legacy at Regina Soundstage

“John is honored and very humbled to learn that Regina’s Soundstage will be renamed in his memory.”

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Cody Hopkins wore a silver guitar pick dangling from a necklace to the unveiling of the sign at the John Hopkins Regina Soundstage on Wednesday morning.

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His father, the late John Hopkins for whom the soundstage is named, was well known for being a musician and a fan of the arts.

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“I’m now trying to learn guitar in his memory, just so he can be proud of it,” Cody said, pointing to the sky.

The film studio’s renaming was announced in March, unveiling a new sign at a ceremony on College Avenue attended by family, friends, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and state government.

John Hopkins, former CEO of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce, died in February of this year after battling prostate cancer. co-starred. A point of pride mentioned at the ceremony is that the band has raised over $1.4 million for the Alan Blair Cancer Center during its years of performing shows.

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Jesse Hopkins, one of John’s children, said:

Jesse Hopkins, the son of the late John Hopkins, stands by the plaque during a formal event when the Saskatchewan government and the family of the late John Hopkins unveiled a new sign showing the new name of the John Hopkins Regina Soundstage. is standing on
Jesse Hopkins, the son of the late John Hopkins, stands by the plaque during a formal event when the Saskatchewan government and the family of the late John Hopkins unveiled a new sign showing the new name of the John Hopkins Regina Soundstage. is standing on Photo by KAYLE NEIS /Regina Leader Post

Jesse recalled how music, actors and culture filled the Hopkins home when he was growing up. And sometimes Guns N’ Roses songs were included.

“My house was always buzzing. There were constant jam sessions, musicians and people playing guitars and singers,” Jesse said.

But the region where John saw the art that was lacking in the country came via the screen. Jessie said that all the while her father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, John worked to revive his job in filmmaking and its creative department.

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“Even the last time, it was on his mind,” Jesse said.

Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins is pictured in file photo Aug. 14, 2021 in Regina.
Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins is pictured in file photo Aug. 14, 2021 in Regina. Photo by Troy Fries /Regina Leader Post

A series called The King of Killers is already set to be filmed in the state, with the John Hopkins Regina Soundstage playing a key role in the production.

For Cody, seeing the crowd that gathered and the new sign that he hopes will inspire people to look up the namesake, he was happy to know that his father’s legacy lives on.

“It’s very unrealistic to think that my father influenced all these people in some way.

“He will live this for a long time, not only from this place, but from everyone he touched here.”

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