OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2011) - It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Mossie Hancock.

Mrs. Hancock was an influential presence in the arts community in Saskatchewan and throughout the country. She performed as a piano soloist and duo-pianist, often with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and taught piano and theory for more than 30 years, including 13 years at the University of Regina Conservatory of Music. She also wrote comedy sketches and short stories for CBC Radio, acted in television shows and on stage, and published stage plays and articles on music.

As a piano teacher, adjudicator, and critic, she fostered an appreciation of music in countless numbers of people. Through her musical performances, she inspired many, and, as a broadcaster, actress, and writer, she touched the lives of Canadians across the country through radio, television, film, and live performance of her plays.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mossie Hancock.

Contact Information: Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
Codie Taylor - Press Secretary