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In Loving Memory of

Jonah Daniel Poplove

In Loving Memory of Jonah Daniel Poplove


On September 24th, 2017, the world lost an incredible artist.


Jonah Poplove, a native of Ottawa, Ontario took his own life after suffering from years of severe depression. His funeral on September 26th, 2017 was attended by hundreds, and his final resting place resides in Ottawa.

Jonah was a phenomenal friend, incredible musician and singer, loving teacher & mentor, occasional mandolin and electric violinist, exciting improviser and busker, and a totally badass chess player.


This page was made to share compiled photos, quotes, and memories collected from close friends and family members of Jonah after his passing. 

In January of 2018, the production of a tribute short film was initiated to commemorate and honour the memory of Jonah. In Collaboration with The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, DanceTeq Toronto, and The Grigori String Quartet (With Guest Violist, Carolyn Farnand), the tribute production aims to spread awareness of mental illness and well-being of artists.

Two Memorial Funds have been created to further support and solidify Jonah's Memory:


Donations in Jonah's memory may be made to the Jonah Poplove Memorial Fund for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's mental health program through or 415 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8M8; or to OrKidstra through


The Jonah Poplove Memorial Fund at The National Youth Orchestra of Canada in Support of Mental Health.

To make a donation by phone by VISA or Mastercard, please call 1-888-532-4470 or 416-532-4470.

Donate by Mail

To donate by mail, send your cheque payable to NYO Canada:

NYO Canada
59 Adelaide Street East, Suite 500
Toronto, ON  M5C 1K6

Our charitable registration number is 10776 4557 RR0001


Jonah's Musician Profile on NYOC Website:


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In Memory - News from National Youth Orchestra of Canada

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Jonah Daniel Poplove on Sunday, September 24, 2017.


Cherished son of Alan Poplove and Janice Cohen & Leslie Kom. Adored brother of Ezra. Beloved partner of Katie Temmel. Beloved grandson of Myron & Ruth Poplove and Thelma & the late Lawrence Cohen. Jonah is in the hearts of his family: Marcy & Stanley Tepner (Joshua, Michael, & Levi), Warren Cohen & Brigitte Skeene (Alexander & Olivia), Susan & Edward Freeman (Hannah & Nathaniel), Steven & Cindy Poplove (Noah, Justin, Joshua, & Max), Joel & Emily Kom (Jillian & Max), and Brian Kom & Josie Stukic.


Jonah will also be fondly remembered by his friends and his musical colleagues across Canada and the United States, as well as his violin and viola students and their families.


Jonah was an exceptionally creative, talented, caring, curious, and reflective individual who approached life with passion, integrity, and an engaging communicative style, drawing people together in everything he did. 

Donations in Jonah’s memory may be made to the Jonah Poplove Memorial Fund for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's mental health program through or 415 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8M8; or to OrKidstra through

Ottawa Citizen Obituary

POPLOVE, Jonah Daniel


With profound sadness we announce the passing of Jonah Daniel Poplove on Sunday, September 24, 2017.


Cherished son of Alan Poplove and Janice Cohen & Leslie Kom. Adored brother of Ezra. Beloved partner of Katie Temmel. Beloved grandson of Myron & Ruth Poplove and Thelma & the late Lawrence Cohen.


Jonah is in the hearts of his family: Marcy & Stanley Tepner (Joshua, Michael, & Levi), Warren Cohen & Brigitte Skeene (Alexander & Olivia), Susan & Edward Freeman (Hannah & Nathaniel), Steven & Cindy Poplove (Noah, Justin, Joshua, & Max), Joel & Emily Kom (Jillian & Max), and Brian Kom & Josie Stukic.

Jonah will also be fondly remembered by his friends and his musical colleagues across Canada and the United States, as well as his violin and viola students and their families. Jonah was an exceptionally creative, talented, caring, curious, and reflective individual who approached life with passion, integrity, and an engaging communicative style, drawing people together in everything he did.


Funeral Service will be held at the Jewish Memorial Chapel, 1771 Cuba Avenue, Ottawa, on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 12 noon. Interment at Jewish Memorial Gardens, 6549 Herberts Corners Road, Osgoode. Shiva is being observed at 368 Kenwood Avenue.


For shiva days and times, please see 


Donations in Jonah's memory may be made to the Jonah Poplove Memorial Fund for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's mental health program through or 415 Smyth Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8M8; or to OrKidstra through


Condolences/Tributes/Donations Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 613-233-1143


Condolence From: Rennie Regehr


Hello dear friends.
We have all been deeply affected by the devastating news of Jonah’s death. His life touched so many in such profound ways. His joyous spirit and deep soulfulness has impacted us all. 

Jonah lived his life authentically and embraced it all with energy and commitment, celebrating the miracle that he saw in all of life around him with joy; also facing the pain, the ambiguity, the questions and contradictions where answers were elusive or obscure. And all the while his generous, self-giving spirit contributed in so many ways to so many; The kids in Orkidstra and at CHEO, the guys at the Ottawa Mission and the folks on the street who heard him busking. 

We all have been enriched by his life in a unique way. He related to each of us in our own language, our own vocabulary, ’currency’ and sensibility - his communicative spirit which was highlighted in the obituary. With the passion and integrity that he himself embodied, Jonah invited, compelled, and sometimes prodded us, into joining him in a fearless engagement, a courageous wrestling with the whole of life - its sacred wonder as well as all of its paradox and confliction. 

He will always inspire us to live authentically and boldly, encouraging us to engage new challenges and hurdles with courage and joy. We were blessed to have walked with him for a time, and are grateful to have been embraced by the radiance of his light and love. Jonah shared his heart with us, and his life will be an ongoing gift to us all.

Friday September 29, 2017


Condolence From: Elvina Fernandes


It was in the year 2013 that I met Jonah and played in the same viola section as him. We even shared a stand for a smaller piece we had to play and laughed at many many jokes as we rehearsed with the NYOC's collaboration with the INYO. I won't be able to forget someone so brilliantly talented, musical, kind and funny. This world can be stifling to a large and expansive spirit like that of Jonah's. I only knew him so very briefly and yet he is a musician and person I will never forget. 
Rest In Peace dear Jonah. I pray that your family , loved ones and friends may find the courage and support that they need to overcome their grief and get to the point where they can be grateful for having you in their lives, knowing that you are one in a million. Your light will shine bright and every time I see someone playing the Viola, and singing at the same time, I will think of you, you beautiful spirited boy!

Thursday September 28, 2017


Condolence From: Neal Gripp

To the family of Jonah,

I write to you to pass on my sincerest condolences. I was so deeply saddened to learn of Jonah's passing. It was a great pleasure to work with him in my capacity as viola teacher/coach at the NYOC. In addition to his prodigious talent, he brought a wonderfully unique perspective in all that he did and his friendly and appealing personality was well-liked by the viola class. He will be deeply missed. 

Neal Gripp
Principal Viola
l'orchestre symphonique de Montreal

Tuesday September 26, 2017


Condolence From: Jane Staples

Deepest Condolences on your loss.

Monday September 25, 2017

Condolences​ & Tributes (Facebook)

From Stelth Ng:

Today, family and friends celebrate the life of Jonah Daniel Poplove.

Jonah Poplove; this man; this artist; this humble human being, was someone that I was lucky enough to call one of my very, very best friends.

I remember first meeting him in a library when I attended NYOC 2012. It was late at night and I had just finished practicing some orchestral excerpts, when I ran into him sitting on a couch, quietly examining a biology textbook. What followed was an hour of thorough conversation and sharing, between our mutual interest in science, hopes and dreams of making it as a musician one day, and what life may mean to us, as it seemed like we were so young that night. 

Since then, I have always been amazed at him. I have looked up to him, and learned from him and his actions; not only for his incredible freedom as a musician, his wonderful technique as a violist and violinist, and astoundingly open-hearted talent as a singer... but most of all, for his humility.

He has always shown me the way someone ought to be treated. A real gentleman at heart, witnessing his politeness and actions towards people he had never met was inspiring alone. He has always reminded me that we all have our own struggles and battles; demons we have to face and fears we have to conquer, and that it’s okay to talk about them. For the past several years, he has turned from the shy, inquisitive guy I met in that library that evening, into one of my truest, closest, friends. The brother I chose to have. 

I remember the time in Ottawa when I was sick, and it was maybe around -35 degrees outside in the winter, he came over to my apartment to make sure I was okay. It was 3 AM then. But he came nonetheless. He wanted to know I was okay. He wanted me to know that I had a friend in him. But most of all, he put someone else’s well-being first, over his own comfort, to make sure I was cared for. And he has always done this.

I owe my love and fascination for chess to Jonah. I could never really beat him; I definitely tried! But never even came close. He was a true genius. An analytical master, and an observant, quiet person. Every game he would teach me and ask me why I made a certain move… what did a single decision accomplish? What were the pros and cons of that decision? Would you have made the same choice, now having progressed later in the game if you had the opportunity to go back? He instilled upon me the fascination of learning something that you could never truly master, but rather something that only gets better the more you learn and experience, both in music and in chess. As a gift to me on my birthday, he gave me an antique chessboard that he had acquired from India when he travelled there with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2013. I knew how much that chessboard meant to him. All the same, he insisted that I have it.

He was there for every rehearsal. For every one of my performances; recitals; outreaches, and even this past March, he shared the joy I experienced in bringing music to children at CNIB where we performed duets together. He has always been honest with his opinions, advice, and wisdom, for he knew that the best advice he could give me was the brutal truth, and anything else would not do me any good. I owe much of my artistic realizations to him; many of my bad days and self-doubting performances always ended with a phone call with him, and with no mistake, every time after we talked, I would be so grateful to have known him.

I miss our Mario Kart games. Our string quartet reading sessions. Our Korean BBQ dinners, Violin/Viola duets, late night Banh Mi Boys visits, cravings for Shawarma Palace garlic sauce together, getting excited for wine and cheese parties, billiards games, and talks about coding, music, artists, reading books, chess, and everything else under the sun. I miss your laughter and care. Your love and enthusiasm. I miss everything about you, Jonah, and these memories that you were a part of will never ever leave me. 

When I first came to Ottawa, he was open about his mental struggle with depression. This has always been a subject we had discussed. He told me about the medication he was prescribed, the journals he kept, the therapists he was seeing, and the thoughts he had. He told me about the hospital visits and the difficulty he had getting out of bed some mornings. He told me to watch out for my own personal mental health, and to always take care of myself whenever I had a bad day. He has always been forthcoming and transparent about all of this. Still, I can only start to imagine how difficult it must have been for him.

He had told me about his hope to enroll in a Computer Science Program in the Fall this year. I somehow once thought he would make an amazing engineer. Maybe even show me some of his code one day. I had once imagined that one day I would tell his children how we used to bicker during our string quartet rehearsals, and laugh at the intonation mistakes I made, and that his children would one day be as amazing of a musician as their dad once was. 

To the man who taught and gave me so much; To the best friend who always made sure I was okay; To the brother who asked me to be your best man at your wedding; I know that you’ve made your decision, and that you are hopefully in a better place…free of the struggles that haunted you every day that I never truly understood. There’s no going back now. You've made your decision. But know that I, amongst so many others, will miss you so much. I am so broken... so shattered inside, to think about the incredible amount of potential you would have otherwise continued to give to so many others in your family and friends had you continued on, for you have already done so much good in such a short amount of time. Without a doubt, you have definitely changed me; you’ve helped me grow, you've helped me learn, and it is thanks to the effect you’ve had on me that I will take all of that and do what I can every day to the best of my ability to make everyone and everything around us a more hopeful, grateful, and kinder place.

I will love you forever, Jonah. 

And I promise you I will beat you in chess one day. 

May your Good Heart and Soul finally Rest In Peace.


From Carolyn Suffern:

Jonah Poplove, Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us as you played at the Caroga Lake Music Festival concert at the Paul Nigra Center for Creative Arts. You have left us much too soon and we are heartbroken. RIP, dear Jonah. You will be greatly missed.


From Fiona Armstrong:

Received news today of the sudden passing of my dear friend Jonah Poplove. A sincere, thoughtful and gentle soul, caring and empathetic friend, enthusiastic and creative musician and dedicated teacher has flown from this world and entered a new place in this eternal journey of life. He will be dearly missed. I remember how he would glow with energy and joy as he shared his gift of music with the world. May all our thoughts and prayers be with his youthful soul as we hold him in the light of our hearts.

"O Lord, glorify his station, shelter him under the pavilion of Thy supreme mercy, cause him to enter Thy glorious paradise, and perpetuate his existence in Thine exalted rose garden, that he may plunge into the sea of light in the world of mysteries." ~'Abdu'l-Bahá


From Rosalind Zhang:

Jonah - an inspiring role model, a beautiful musician, one who exudes an overwhelming amount of intelligence and courage. One of those people who leaves a lasting impression from the first time you meet. Gone too soon.

Mental illness is heartbreakingly invisible. 
Friends, our world needs more love


From Gabi Alejandra:

I am in loss of words, yet an other beautiful young soul leaving my fragile world too soon. For those of you friends that want to attend the funeral here is the information, thinking of you Jonah Poplove and your incredible positive energy you always knew how to bring smiles into any crowd and you had stupidly crazy chops! Mental health is taking too many lives it is so incredibly unfair.


From Ryan Hofman:

Jonah you will be missed. Let's all do our part to make this world a little more loving and to be kind to not only ourselves but each other. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Make sure to be kind to yourself.


From Blanche Israël:

I am devastated to hear of the heartbreaking passing of young Jonah Poplove. Jonah played viola with NYO Canada last summer and performed in Portugal with the orchestra. He was a beautiful improviser with so much depth, always gentle and ready with his signature warm, wide smile. Words fail.


From Kitty Chan:

Jonah, one of the kindest and most sincere friends I've ever met took his life today due to depression. It's hard to believe that last I talked to him, he was glowing from talking about music teaching; last summer, we figured out how to get to a wedding venue together for a gig. He had influenced so many people with his creativity, his passion and his enormous heart. He will be missed by many.


From Diana-Mary Elizabeth:

Received the news today of the passing of my friend and colleague Jonah Poplove, who died of Major Depressive Disorder. He was a talented and passionate musician, educator and collaborator, and his loss will be felt deeply in our community.


From Caroga Lake Music Festival:

We are incredibly saddened to hear the heartbreaking news that our friend, colleague, extraordinary musician and CLMF family member, Jonah Poplove has passed away this morning. Jonah brought such a bright presence and optimism to our group and his family expressed to me how happy, comfortable and at home he felt with all of us at the music festival, and how grateful and thankful they all were for our time with him. I personally recall his passion for teaching students-memories of him working and performing for young kids at the YMCA in Schenectady, Nigra Center, FMCC during his time with the festival in addition to his amazing covers that he arranged featuring him singing and playing violin/viola. His presence and knowledge as an individual was valued and so positive. We will miss him very much and send our condolences to his family. Please see the post below for more details regarding his memorial. Thank you Jonah Poplove for bringing your love, enthusiasm and energy to all of us. 


From Natalie Galitzine:

Saddened and shocked to hear of Jonah Poplove's passing this morning. Jonah was one of the most creative, kind-hearted , sincere individuals I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and he will be missed by many. I was lucky to have had a brief, but truly delightful reunion with him while NYO was in Ottawa this summer, after not seeing each other for a couple of years; he seemed so genuinely happy. You really never know who is suffering from mental illness - stay kind, friends. To others and to yourself. Rest In Peace, Jonah.


From Laura Miller:

Jonah we lost touch after high school and have only seen each other in passing since, most recently just the other day in Westboro where we promised to catch up over coffee soon. I'm so sorry we never did. You were an amazing musician, always smiling and helpful, and the world is poorer with your kind soul being gone from it too soon. You touched many lives and hopefully you've found peace.


From Gabe Azzie:

Incredibly sad to hear of the passing of Jonah Poplove. A friend and colleague of mine since high school, he was an amazing musician and person who struggled for years with depression. I had the pleasure of playing with him during my time in the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, the University of Ottawa Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. This news is incredibly shocking. Rest in peace my friend. You inspired us all, and you are a star.


From Jane Cory:

Today is a sad day. My deepest condolences to Jonah's family and friends, and to anyone who was ever impacted by his wonderful musical talent, his generosity and enthusiasm, his infectious smile, and his kind heart.


From Laura Nerenberg:

Feeling truly heartbroken that my friend and colleague, Jonah Poplove died yesterday. His energy and great love of music and teaching will be so missed by the many whose lives he touched. Here he is below (he's at the very top), with a group of fellow teachers, following a CAD teachers' course I taught this past August.

My heart breaks for his family and friends.


From Devyn Pope:

Jonah Poplove, what a dear friend and colleague you are and have been. Know that you have brightened many by your presence, candid conversation, and genuine interest in those around you. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.


From Lindsay Bryce:

I am at a loss for words.. Jonah Poplove we've barely spoken since high school but I've since followed your music career and have always wished you well. You were such a kind and genuine person. Always trying to help others. I distinctly remember one time when you told me (in a very serious manner) "Lindsay, never sell yourself short". I've remembered that because coming from a person like you, someone who brought so much goodness to the world, it meant so much. My condolences to your loved ones. And may this unfortunate event raise awareness and encourage others to seek help, as I know you would have wanted it to. Rip my friend.


From Becca Yu:

I'm devastated and heartbroken to share this news, for those who knew and loved Jonah Poplove —and there are many. I bumped into him on one of my last shifts at the hospital during my lunch break. We were so surprised and excited to see each other, and we had a chance to catch up quickly and fill each other in on what was new in our lives. With his cheerful demeanour and light-hearted banter, it wasn't until the end of the conversation that I noticed that he was actually there as a patient; as such, I made a mental note to myself to message him afterwards to ask how he was doing. Regrettably, I never got around to doing it, and now I will never have the chance to. Please, if you know anyone who is suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts, reach out to them TODAY.

Jonah, I will miss your infectious smile, our serendipitous run-ins, and of course, our random, always enlightening conversations about almost anything, be it frat parties or our respective self-improvement goals. Thank you for all that you have taught me in the fleeting time we spent together in this world. Rest easy and forever in the presence of glorious, super funky music, my friend.


From Thera Barclay:

This morning, I learned of the passing of Jonah Poplove. It feels so surreal that such a kind, talented, intelligent individual is no longer with us. For those who are able to make it, I understand that the funeral will be this Tuesday, September 26th at 12:00 PM, at the Ottawa Chevra Kadisha, 1771 Cuba Street.

Jonah and I were in choirs together throughout high school, and he was always wonderful to be around. The last time we spoke was about a year ago, when he was in Waterloo for a music gig, and we got in touch when he was in town. We got burgers and talked and talked and laughed about music, teaching, life, high school, everything. He seemed as I had always known him - kind, insightful, good-humoured, passionate, and happy.

I hope you are resting easy wherever you are, Jonah. We miss you and are devastated that you are no longer with us.

I will also say that, for anyone who is struggling with depression and/or feelings of deep sadness and hopelessness, that you can reach out to me at any time of day or night, and I will do whatever I can for you. I don't care if we haven't spoken in years, or we don't know each other well, or it's awkward, or whatever. Message, call, text, and I will listen and do everything I can to get you the help you need and deserve.

How devastating is it that the world can be so unkind, or that our brains can be so ill that we feel that our time on this earth must come to an end. Please know that, if that is how you feel, that I'm someone who wants you to stay, and that I'll help you fight whatever is trying to end your life.

R.I.P. Jonah. I hope you have found the peace that you were searching for. I just wish you could have found it in the world of the living instead


From Adora Wong:

 am incredibly saddened to hear this news from the Ottawa music community, the National Youth Orchestra, and beyond. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Jonah Poplove, thank you for sharing your contagious smile, love for music, and kindness. You had so many fun teaching tips to offer, and it was always a treat when we were playing in the same concerts together! You are missed and loved by so many.


From Jeanne-Sophie Baron:

Today the world lost a beautiful soul. I'm so lucky to have met and played with this kind, generous human being, and beyond talented violist. I hope you are happy where you are Jonah, I will cherish those memories forever 🎼💕


From Luciano Saavedra:

Very shocked and saddened to hear that Jonah Poplove is no longer with us. Never imagined that such a talented and prosperous life would end this's a picture of a time when we jammed Minor Swing 😟 Never in 100 years I would have guessed he was going through depression. For the last 10 years that I have known him he always seemed so active and upbeat...


From Ellen Wing:

So deeply saddened to learn of the death of a very talented, intelligent and well respected colleague, who I had the privilege of getting to know at Waterloo and Montréal Suzuki Institutes. His sudden and unexpected passing is a reminder that depression can affect people so profoundly and that often we have no idea what is going on in the minds of others. Friends, and family, please know I am here for you if and when you ever need me. I will happily drop everything to listen.

You will be remembered fondly Jonah Poplove!


From Jessica Ostroff:

I just learned of the passing of one of the kindest people, and most talented musicians I've had the pleasure of knowing, Jonah Poplove. Jonah and I have been attending music camps and schools together since we were 6 years old and it was always so nice to walk into a room and see his kind smiling face when you walked in. I hope that you have found some form of peace in some way. If anyone would like to attend the funeral will be on Tuesday, September 26th at 12:00 PM, at the Ottawa Chevra Kadisha, 1771 Cuba Street.

If anyone is struggling with this or with any form of anxiety or depression and ever needs to talk, I am always happy to be a friendly ear or shoulder to cry on.



From Michaela Mullan: 

.Can't believe it was just a few months ago that we were playing a gig together. Rest in peace Jonah, you will be dearly missed by so so many.


From Frederick Mobayed:

Very sad weekend. Even though we weren't very close, I always noticed his smile from across the room, a room which was immediately brightened. The last few hours on Facebook shows just how many lives he has touched. We say goodbye not only to one of the most dedicated, skilled and well-rounded musician I have ever met, but to a wonderful friend to everyone who has had the pleasure to meet him; to someone who has shown us the true meaning of passion. Jonah Poplove, you will be very missed by all.


From Ali Walker:

I'm very sad to learn of yet another kind soul leaving us too soon. 
Jonah Poplove was the type of person to always give a hug as a hello and try his best to listen to you. He taught me a lot about intelligent conversation and he had such a passion and talent for music. 
He touched a lot of hearts through his kindness and his music and will be missed by many.

P.S. if anyone here ever needs to talk I'm here. If anyone is ever thinking they might need help please seek it (if you don't want to seek it alone then talk to me. I'll come with you or help in any way I can)


From Gabe Ruiz Rueda Arambula:

I am at a loss for is just too delicate sometimes.

Jonah Poplove you still are a very kind soul and you are deeply missed by all who know and love you. I didn't know you well, but I wish you peace and rest.


From Maria Warren:

Do not stand at my grave and weep 
I am not there. I do not sleep. 
I am a thousand winds that blow. 
I am the diamond glints on snow. 
I am the sunlight on ripened grain. 
I am the gentle autumn rain. 
When you awaken in the morning's hush 
I am the swift uplifting rush 
Of quiet birds in circled flight. 
I am the soft stars that shine at night. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry; 
I am not there. I did not die.

Add viola music to this list. I will never hear the viola without thinking of a truly wonderful young man. Jonah Poplove you will be so missed.


From Rachel Kim:

Incredibly shocked and sad to hear that a colleague and friend is no longer with us. We weren't the closest of friends but I remember you being one of the kindest and most sincere person at school. You always engaged me with intelligent conversation and your wisdom and empathy for others is a trait we all could learn from. Thanks for all the times you offered your ears to me when you saw me depressed or in pain or just saying a simple hello to acknowledge my existence. I'm just so sorry I never noticed your pain. Rest In Peace Jonah Poplove. You are missed greatly by many.


From Christine Binzel:

Very sad to hear about the passing of my former CIM classmate, Jonah Poplove. I wish I had gotten to know you better, Jonah there's no doubt you will be missed by many including myself. Rest in peace.


From Livingston Cheney:

Jonah was a beautiful person and musician. He brightened my life every time I saw him. I was, and continue to be inspired by him. I'm so grateful he shared the OrKidstra program with me with such passion, which had a profound impact on my lens through which I view the world. I'm so glad to have met him, despite the pain of losing him. I send all of my love to his family and friends in this great time of loss.


From Jasmine Michel:

Our dear friend Jonah has left us. All day I have been recalling the fondest memories and listening to his music and it just doesn’t feel real. Thinking of the pain he has endured breaks my heart. I am so grateful to have crossed paths in this strange and precious life and I pray that his kind, gentle, creative soul journeys on, unhindered by darkness and sorrow.

Jonah's funeral will be held Tuesday, September 26, at 12:00 PM at the Jewish Community Memorial Chapel (1771 Cuba Avenue, Ottawa).


From Andréa James:

Jonah, I was lucky enough to share an apartment with you, sing with you, and have some truly life-changing conversations with you.
Thank you for all our many Poplove+Dre jam sessions (I will hold those recordings close), forgiving baby cat when he scratched up all your stuff and gave you allergies, the open mic nights you talked me into, the late night life chats and for sharing so much of yourself with us.
Your energy was infectious, and your many talents were a true gift. You are so very terribly missed by all those who loved you. Rest easy.


From Kai-Chong Smith:

Jonah was a dear friend at Mutchmor Public School. Jonah, you were so kind, caring, smart, brave, and talented beyond our years. We admired you deeply and learned so much from you. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace, you will be very missed.




From Benjamin Morency:

I'm incredibly sad to learn that Jonah Poplove is gone for a better world. I had the great chance to know the great person you are and play with you at NYO. Rest in peace brother and may God welcome you with open arms in Heaven


From Kathryn Koch:

Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Jonah Poplove. I had the privilege playing in a quintet with him for a semester and getting to know him during my time in Ottawa. He was a great player, but above all I remember him being a solid, genuine, person with a good heart. Although he left us too soon, his kind spirit and beautiful artistry will not be forgotten. 


From Paul Walde:

Very sorry to learn of the passing of Jonah Poplove. Here he is (on the left) performing in the Tom Thomson Centennial Swim this past July. Thomson played the mandolin and Jonah gave voice to this. 
Being in the creative fields is difficult and dangerous work on many levels and demands a lot of us as we continue to put ourselves out there. Jonah did this. Be bold, be courageous, but please be safe everyone.


From Gilchrist Davies:

Very saddened to hear of the passing of Jonah Poplove. I only met him recently but was astounded by his talent and intellect. I wish I'd gotten the chance to know him better.


From Kyle Burghout:

I am so incredibly sad to learn of the passing of my dear friend Jonah Poplove. I am in shock, and cannot imagine a world without him.

Jonah was an amazing person, who I am honoured to have known for the past decade. He was a great friend, musician, and so much more. Jonah was brilliant at everything he did, and I’m lucky to have so many great memories to remember him by. I have learnt so much from him, and will always remember the many times we made music together—from Room131 of Canterbury High School to street corners in downtown Ottawa to halfway around the world in Ireland and Italy, playing everything from string quartets to fiddle tunes to improvising—and how special those moments were. Thank you Jonah for all our years of friendship and music-making. I will never forget the wonderful memories we have together, and you will continue to inspire me and my music for many years to come.


From Heather Stewart:

Very sad to hear about Jonah Poplove's passing. He was an unforgettable character. What happened to Jonah highlights the need for better mental health education, understanding, and support for young people. My condolences to his family.


From Daphne Manavopoulos:

Jonah, I will always fondly remember the endless hours we spent talking, your infectious energy in class, your love of giving advice, and the meals we shared. 
I wish I'd known how you were suffering. It's a reminder that we never know what is going on in someone's mind. To all my friends, no matter how close we are or how often we're in touch, I'm always here if you need to talk, vent, or even a shoulder to cry on.
Jonah, I didn't know you for long, but you will be missed. My thoughts are with all your loved ones. Rest easy, my friend


From Miles Thomsen:

I try not to be a regretful person but if I had to name my biggest regret it would be not taking more time to connect more sincerely with people. It can be hard to find the energy sometimes, particularly in a business or stage of life where you are constantly interacting with new people, but things like this remind me that every interaction can carry weight - every act of loving kindness can make someone's day, or life, that much better. I didn't get to know Jonah Poplove - kind, sincere, gentle, and genuine Jonah - as well as I would have liked but I will do my best to remember him in all my future interactions. Let's all keep our hearts and minds open, and connect with people as much for our own sakes as for theirs. And who knows? If every interaction was guided by genuine love and empathy, I believe that would change the world more than anything.


From Chelsea Assaf:

I've been struggling to find the words all day, but I don't think there's such thing as the "right words" for something like this. My heart has been heavy all day after hearing about the passing of Jonah . Over my three years at uOttawa, we shared countless classes and volunteered together. I've had various memories hitting me all day, but the thing in common with them all is how he was not only an incredibly talented musician, but was such a genuine, kind-hearted person who's smile lit up every room he entered and who's laugh was positively infectious.

His untimely passing is a reminder to us all that you never know what's going on behind the closed doors of someone else's mind. If any of you out there are struggling in any way and you need someone to talk to/ vent to/ someone to listen to you/ someone to distract you/ anything at all, or even if you just want to catch up, please please please don't hesitate to reach out. I don't care if we talk every week or haven't talked in ten years, even if I may be geographically far, I'm always just a message or phone call away.

Sending all of my love to his family and friends in this impossibly difficult time.


From Amy Desrosiers:

Jonah Poplove, I am so sorry you were in so much pain. You were incredibly passionate, talented, kind, and most of all, loved loved loved by so many.

We lost one of our own yesterday in this little world called music.

Friends. ALWAYS comfort, support, and listen for those silent cries for help. It will save someone's life.

Jonah, my dear friend, rest in peace.


From Pascal Viens:

Jonah Poplove was a beautiful person. His smile and positivity brightened the days of so many people.

Through music, he laughed and cried with us. I will never forget the time and music we've shared, and I hope wherever you are now treats you better than this world did.


From Anna Gibbons:

The loss of Jonah Poplove has reminded me of the power of kindness. He and I were in a few of the same classes during one of the darkest times of my life. I was afraid of everything and everyone; a kind word or smile was not just welcomed, but needed to get through the day, and Jonah always had one to share. I hope you have found peace and happiness, Jonah. 


From Kate Marland:

So devastated and shocked by the passing of my dear friend Jonah Poplove. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be where I am today if it were not for his presence in my life. Starting out at a young age as violinists with Leslie Wade, he was a constant figure in my musical life, always inspiring me to be a better musician, a better leader and a better person. 
No matter where I went, whether it was the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, the NAC's YAP, U of O, he was there to challenge me to take my musicianship to a higher level. Whenever I needed to get a second opinion on a bowing or was questioning my intonation, he was always there to listen and was not afraid to call me out and give me the kick in the pants I often needed. Jonah's stamp of approval was the gold standard to me and his encouragement pushed me to achieve things I never thought were possible. For this, I will forever be grateful to him.

His impact on my life, and the lives of so many in the music community, will never be forgotten.


From Gregory D. Couture:

Remembering Jonah Poplove, an incredible musician and inspiring human being all-around. Your smile was contagious and your gentle soul was so admired by many. May you Rest In Peace.


From Rachael Jewell:

So sad to hear about the passing of Jonah Poplove seems like we can keep saying that there is always someone who loves and cares about you, but you'll never know what someone is truly going through. I suggest you reach out to someone you haven't talked to in a long time today. Just knowing you thought about them can make their day...sometimes that's all it takes


From Angelique Baron-Brunet:

It breaks my heart to know that you're gone. Depression is relentless and unforgiving. It's unyielding and unapologetic. It does not discriminate. Your mind betrayed you and its not fair. Life isnt fair. You radiated positive energy and kindness; that is what I'll remember most. You will be missed, Jonah. ♡

If you are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, please seek help. I have found that the best resources are the Ottawa Distress and Crisis help-line and the Psych Emerg at the General Hospital. It's very difficult to make yourself heard but please, fight for your right to live, not just exist. I'm always here and I mean that. Don't be afraid to talk about your struggle and ask for help. Being brave isn't about being unafraid, it's about being afraid and doing it anyway. Jonah fought hard and I commend him for that.

Rest easy


From Jessica Sharkey:

Jonah Poplove you were one of the first people to tell me it was okay to not be okay. You were so kind, intelligent, and talented. It breaks my heart that you're gone. Rest In Peace.


From Sabina Franklyn:

Deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Jonah Poplove. I was lucky to have classes with Jonah throughout our undergrad at uOttawa.

Whether it was during human neuropsychology crossing our fingers not to be called up to label the MRI in front of the class that day, even though he would ace it every time, or spending an entire class trying to achieve the rubber hand illusion so we could write about it. Jonah was the kind of person that made these things better.

Kind, intelligent, motivated, thoughtful, hilarious, he was all of those things.

I will always regret that we never became more than just school friends and think of all of the opportunities that I should have reached out.

This will forever be a lesson that even the most put together people with the brightest looking futures ahead of them can be struggling with something like this and even though you may not be very close and it may not seem like your place, always reach out, be open and be approachable because you never know what they could be dealing with.

Rest in peace Jonah, and my condolences to all of his family and friends. I can’t imagine what you must be going through right now, I’m so sorry for your loss.


From Susan Elizabeth:

Jonah Poplove my heart breaks for your family. I'm completely shocked and deeply sad to hear about your passing. I had no idea you were suffering so much and I am so sorry. You were a beautiful soul with an amazing smile and infectious laugh. This is a terrible tragedy.


From Brigit O'Regan:

I am incredibly sad to announce the passing of Jonah Poplove. I've known him since we were about 10, playing in orchestra and Suzuki violin concerts together and we all watched him work his way to the top and eventually pass on his knowledge to so many bright students as a teacher.

He will be missed as a friend, colleague, and just a lovely and positive force by myself and many people all around the world. And hopefully, through this tragedy, it will lead to more openness about emotional and mental health, especially in the artist communities where so many .are vulnerable.

Rest in Peace.


From Aline Vartanian:

My heart is so sad to hear the news of Jonah Poplove's passing yesterday. You maybe meet someone like Jonah once in your lifetime and I am so blessed to have known him. He was such a dear friend and no matter the distance or time that had gone by, he always skyped me and we would have long talks about life. Jonah, you are such a special soul and will be missed dearly. Rest in the sweetest peace 


From Michael Langford:

Thinking of my family in 2016’s NYO Canada.

I’m absolutely heartbroken to hear of Jonah Poplove’s passing yesterday. He was an extraordinary violist and a warm and caring stand partner. There’s nobody else I’d rather have played Prokofiev 5 with. I’m utterly distraught it all had to end so soon.

Rest in peace.


From Carolyn Farnand:

Today we celebrate the life of Jonah Poplove. I type these words with a heavy heart. 
The world lost an incredible person. Words cannot do any justice to the way Jonah influenced the lives around him. 
When I was sixteen, we sat as stand partners at Canterbury for the first time. I remember always feeling so at ease and inspired... it was hard not to around him. Jonah was so musical and caring, but would also gently kick my ass if I was slacking. 
Our youth orchestra went on a Italy trip, and he had a pretty big solo in one of the pieces. It was always played from the heart- vulnerable and passionate. I was sitting at the very back of the viola section and I can still feel the way that music poured out. That was one of the moments I knew I wanted to pursue music, and I owe so much of that inspiration to Jonah.

In 2016, I had the honour of playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada with Jonah. It was so exciting to be at a music festival, years later, with someone I looked up to so much in high school. He discovered that the fries were incredibly delicious at CaliBurger, so whenever we discovered ourselves both left in the practice rooms, we would head over there to indulge in some greasy burgers and fries. He would make me go, even when I wanted to practice more. He would chide me on taking care of myself and insist this greasy food was a necessary break and a form of self-care. The chats at CaliBurger were always random - we'd talk about our partners, or the last book he was reading, or something his therapist had said to him, or the last good cup of coffee I had, or how he was feeling that day, or whatever was on his mind. Thank you for making both of us take care of ourselves that summer.

He was someone that breathed kindness, gave away love like nothing and cared for the people in his life. I looked up to you so much, as did pretty much everyone who knew you. Thank you for the memories Jonah, I will cherish them forever. Thank you for sharing your art, your soul, your love, your heart. I am so sorry you had this struggle. 
I hope you can finally be at peace.


From Caroga Lake Music Festival:

 We are incredibly saddened to hear the heartbreaking news that our friend, colleague, extraordinary musician and CLMF family member, Jonah Poplove has passed away this morning. Jonah brought such a bright presence and optimism to our group and his family expressed to me how happy, comfortable and at home he felt with all of us at the music festival, and how grateful and thankful they all were for our time with him. I personally recall his passion for teaching students-memories of him working and performing for young kids at the YMCA in Schenectady, Nigra Center, FMCC during his time with the festival in addition to his amazing covers that he arranged featuring him singing and playing violin/viola. His presence and knowledge as an individual was valued and so positive. We will miss him very much and send our condolences to his family. Please see the post below for more details regarding his memorial. Thank you Jonah Poplove for bringing your love, enthusiasm and energy to all of us.


From Kyle Price:

Jonah, we all miss you very much. You always brightened my day at Caroga Lake Music Festival and brightened the lives of everyone you interacted with through your enthusiasm, knowledge and compassion. Miss you man.


From Michael Tsang:

Jonah, you will be greatly missed. Although I was only able to see you again for a day in Caroga Lake, I am thankful I had this opportunity to catch up with you and learn about all the amazing things you've done over the years. I always admired how knowledgeable and compassionate you are, and you impacted the lives of so many through your love of music and teaching. You are an incredible person, and your influence will continue to live on through all of your fellow musicians and friends.


From Leanne Vaillancourt:

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jonah Poplove. I never would have expected this. All my memories of Jonah were positive starting from when I first met him at Canterbury High School. I bumped into him recently and caught up with him a bit. It's so sad that it's the last time I'll get to see him. My heart goes out to all his family and friends. Jonah will be missed.


From Gabrielle Skinner:

You were one of the warmest people I knew in undergrad, and I’m so sad to hear that you’re gone. Love you Jonah—


From Olga Rykov:

May you find peace, Jonah. Some of us were not there for you when you needed us. 
My condolences to Jonah's loved ones and close friends


From Dani Antoinette:

Jonah - I am incredibly saddened to hear of your passing. We had lost touch for a couple years, but it was such a pleasure to reconnect over the summer. I am so sorry that we were not able to grab another coffee together. You rekindled my love of music and helped to remind me to step back and enjoy the small wonders around me. I hope that you have found peace. My condolences to your family and loved ones. 


From Marlena Pellegrino:

Dear Jonah,

So so beyond sad to hear of your passing. Our communities (UOttawa, NYO, OSO) have lost a great musician and wonderfully positive and kind person. I am heartbroken that it came to this. Rest in Power


From Ola Jab:

I can't even imagine the pain loved ones, family and friends must feel at this beyond heartbrkeaing time. I remember first meeting Jonah at CHEO hospital in Ottawa when we worked there together in the same office one summer. I remember him being very friendly, always laughing and making others laugh and he was very passionate about music. He made office times fun with our gang in the office. For some reason I had a feeling to reach out to him the other night or something like that, even though I haven't spoken to him in few years and now I regret not reaching out. RIP I am so sorry for your loss even though sorry does not help right now. Sending prayers to him, his family and all his loved ones.


From Matthew Chaffey:

Much love to Jonah's family. What a talent. I'll never forget the gig we played together last summer.


From Anita Pari:

Dear Jonah,
I feel truly lucky to have had the chance to meet you in the Ottawa music community. Whether it was during the NAC's Summer Music Institute, or at The Leading Note, you were friendly and so kind. My heartfelt condolences to your family and loved ones.


From Tess Casubuan:

All too quickly,
those day of childhood have come and gone, but the memories of those times are as clear in my mind as ever. Jonah Poplove your memories will always remain. I will miss you.


From Benjamin Kronk:

Thank you for being such a source of joy and optimism during Caroga. I was blown away by your musicianship, your kindness and your willingness to create something beautiful. Working with you was such an honor. You are loved by so many, and we will all miss you deeply.


From Joan Harrison:

Jonah, we chatted only three weeks ago - your enthusiasm for music education and our plans to get together to discuss new paradigms in string education still linger...I hope you are at peace now - you will be missed but not forgotten....


From Tina Fedeski:

So incredibly sad. Jonah was one of the most beautiful and generous-spirited people I have ever met. He mentored in OrKidstra since his early days at high school and made a huge difference. He was an inspiring role model both as a young man and as a musician. We were proud that he also became part of our Leading Note family. You will be so missed --- this news is truly unbelievable. Please let us know if there is anything we can do - Ezra Poplove call anytime. With love, Tina and Gary


From Erika Wood:

Da kommt er eben her mit sanfter Miene,
Und senkt den Kopf und spielt die Viola.

Here he comes, with gentle mien,
And lowers his head, and plays the viola.

May you rest in peace. Your song lives on, in all of us and around us, forever. Thank you for having me over for Shabbat.


From David Chapman-Orr:

Missing your kind words and thoughtful conversations.


From Jeanie Marie:

I only knew you for a week or so at Orford Festival when you were only 17. I'm shocked and saddened to hear you are no longer with us. I remember your generosity, love for music, and big heart. I'm going to miss you. Condolences, love, and prayers to your family and friends during this time.


From Emily Denison:

I'm absolutely shocked and saddened to hear of Jonah's passing. After many Saturdays in spent in orchestra rehearsals growing up, Jonah and I reconnected by chance this past spring playing a special 3-day long video shoot/performance in Algonquin Park. I had no idea that he was in such pain. My heart goes out to his family and close friends at this time.


From Victoria Frank:


I hope that you found your peace. I'm glad I got to see you one last time and scream like a crazy lady for you at graduation this summer. Thank you for being a kind and fun friend and helpful classmate throughout university. We had some really great times together. You'll always be so missed and so loved.


From Graham Rosen:

So shocked and saddened to hear of your passing, Jonah... your smile, and sincerity of thoughts and approach was something I always admired. Rest In Peace. You will be missed deeply. See you on the other side, let's get coffee.


From Meshell Mi Belle:

I am beyond grateful to have been able to share not only a stage but a love of music and passion with Jonah. My family and I are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. Mom and I were just talking about memories we have of him... his kindness and smiles were contagious. My mom spoke to him a lot... he would talk about his family often. He loves you guys. He was an amazing musician and friend. I'm going to contact this photographer this week and get more photos of us performing together in 2014. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sending all my love and strength to Jonah's family and friends.


From Lucas Haneman:

I had the pleasure of working with Jonah back in 2014 on my first gig with Michelle Treacy. There was him and a few other guys and I remember him standing out because he was kind. He had this calming nature about him and his love for music was infectious. I enjoyed our talks at rehearsals and sharing the stage with him. My condolences to his family and friends. I know he's up there sharing his incredible musicality!


From Alana Mistry:

Jonah, your smile and musical abilities will always be etched into my memory. I have so many fond memories of us working late on projects , having drinks after your busking sessions with your brother, graduating together at convocation in June. Words can't describe how deeply saddened I am to know you are gone. I am so grateful to have crossed paths with you and I hope you are at peace right now. See you on the other side, my friend.


From Rachael Jo Cardiello:

Jonah reached out to me after I posted a little video of music I'd been messing around with - a very homemade piece of art just for the sake of exploring. It was lovely to get such a lovely, enthusiastic response from a stranger. He struck me as so genuine and openly inspired by a wide range of creative influences. We met briefly at an Ottawa show I played and I felt lucky to have crossed paths with such a unique, deep-hearted soul. My heart is going out to his family and community.


From Svea-Malina Landschoof:

Dear Jonah, I remember the day I took this photo of you so vividly. You were one of my best friends during the year I spent in Canada. So warmhearted and talented. Thank you for making me feel welcome. I hope you are happy wherever you are now.


From Grace Allison Rorschach Shaw:

Jonah. I just saw you only a month ago, and in that afternoon you seemed so joyful. I couldn't get over how sweet it was the way you and Katie would twirl around poles and trees in your way so you could keep holding hands while walking down the sidewalk. It was an act that was so genuine and pure. I remember how later that day, I was driving us to James's, and you were sitting in the passenger seat. I kept glancing over at your smiling face and couldn't stop myself from seeing a future together, built with everyone in that car, all of us growing old together. It hurts my heart to realize that that future is no longer a possibility.
Thank you for sharing your light, if even for a short time. 


From Eva Dove:

Dear Jonah,

Thank you for teaching me how to play cornhole and chess and for caring so deeply about those who crossed your path. Wishing you light, love, and peace on your journey. You will be so incredibly missed


From Margaret Maria:

The world has lost a pure bright light in Jonah Poplove. Sometimes I think those spirits that shine the brightest are the ones who know deep down how truly dark it can be. Wish you were still here to shine for us Jonah 💫🎶💫🎶💫🎶


From Luis Francisco Dias:

Crushed to hear of the passing of Jonah Poplove. He was my viola desk partner in Bangalore, and I have such wonderful memories of the week or so spent at rehearsals. Such a beautiful gifted human being! Deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Rest in eternal peace, my young friend! 


From Billy Bolton:

We didn’t know each other well but as a peer I’m incredibly saddened to hear you have passed. I looked up to you in ways you probably never realized, and I’m sad we didn’t get the chance to become better friends. You’re greatly missed.

May You Rest In Peace, Jonah Poplove.


From Alanna Sterling:

It moves me to see how many people came out to mourn for Jonah today. So many caring faces. So much love. It's easy to see how many lives he brightened with his presence. 
I'm dealing with my waterfall of emotions right now in the only way I know how - through music. I dedicate this Chopin piece to his memory ❤ may he rest in peace.


From Karson McKeown:

Said good bye to my friend Jonah today. I will never forget you.


From Danielle Greene:

Completely lost for words. One of the strongest musical bonds I've ever experienced. These memories will forever lie close to my heart.

R.I.P Jonah Poplove 


From Angela Schleihauf:

I've been thinking a lot about Jonah Poplove for the past few days. Supportive people in my life have suggested to focus on trying to remember him the way he treated me, and that leads to only wonderful memories. We didn't spend much time together, but he played in my final undergrad recital at Uofo and just having him there helped me connect to the music and put aside any stresses I was having about the juried aspect. We seemed to have similar musical interests and I always expected I'd have the chance to play more with him again. 
Reading everyone's posts in the last few days I'm struck by how profound an impact he's had on so many people even in brief relationships.
To those who were close to him, or those feeling a lot right now, please know that myself (and I suspect the broader community) are here if you want to talk more and process more. Even if you don't know me well, I'm more than happy to support and listen if anyone wants that right now.


From Carolyn Suffern:

As you know I took the beautiful drive to Ottawa, Canada today to attend the funeral of our friend Jonah Poplove. I would like to share some details here so that his friends from the CLMF can know how cherished he was at his home.

Over 450 people attended the service. The sanctuary was packed; even the side aisles were full and it was standing room only in the large vestibule at the back.

The rabbi began by reading an ancient poem about a young man who had passed away "before his last tune was played." He then went on to compare Jonah's life to Franz Shubert's 8th, unfinished symphony, wondering how much had been lost by a life cut short.

His family and friends shared wonderful memories of his corny humor, his devotion to friends and family, of his love for reading, poetry, science fiction. His brother told of how they always got together, usually at the very last minute, to write poems for the cards they made for their parents.

Many beautiful psalms were read. A second rabbi also spoke. He has known Jonah's mother since college days. His heartfelt remarks included his reading the letter Wes Luke had written to Jonah's family, telling how although he had known Jonah only two weeks, he had hoped they would be lifelong friends. Wes wrote of his admiration for Jonah's immense intellect, of how concerned and kind Jonah was; of how Jonah's gestures always were outward directed drawing others in.

Others spoke of Jonah's love for the children he taught and how well he related to them.

Kyle, Thank you for bringing Jonah to Caroga so that we were able to know him.


From Nawfel Djari:

You know how in your life you have one or 2 people who maybe you dont talk to much but they are the reason you started something, act a certain way or move forward with your goals in life? I have 3 people in my life whom i can give this title to and one of them was Jonah Poplove

Today we celebrate your life. All the things you did for others, how you cared for, protected, laughed with and motivated everyone you came into contact with... some that you didn't even know for long! 
We were supposed to go busking this summer but we never did and i'm sorry we didn't get to that because i know i would've learned a lot about you, myself and just general topics as you always talked with an open heart.
You have crossed my mind non stop ever since i heard the news and every time you did sure i would be sad but it always ended with me feeling this sense of happiness knowing that you lived a life helping, inspiring, leaving an amazing legacy and teaching people not necessarily through word of mouth but through your actions of how to be a caring genuine person

Although we didn't talk much and only met a couple times, i feel like ive learned nothing but helpful, positive things from you and i thank you for that. I wanted to remind everyone how much you were respected (especially in the music industry), to me you were "THE violist" that ive always aspired to act like, be like and hopefully be thought of as. Although i always watched you from a distance, i always admired you and i'm so sorry i didn't talk to you as much as i wish i could have. I will always respect and honor you.I thank you for changing me and helping me be who i am today as well as affecting all the wonderful people you have affected.

May we continue your legacy and bring honor to your name.
We will miss you forever.
Sorry it came to this my friend
Rest in Glory 
Much love,


From Lindsey Herle:

Today we said good bye to one of the most incredible people I've ever known. Jonah, I miss you and I'm so grateful for our friendship over the years. You were one of those amazing people who doesn't let a relationship die just because of the distance, and I'm glad I got to be in the same city as you, at least for a little while. All my memories of you are crystal clear and sparkling with your unique energy and all of your advice, our talks, and our antics will continue to inspire me.


From Catherine Gray:

My heart has been so heavy since I heard of Jonah's passing. A beautiful soul who passed away far too soon, and will be dearly missed. I'm so grateful for the time, music, and adventures I shared with Jonah. I have been so moved by the outpouring of posts from people grieving him. He shines in so many memories, of so many people.

My deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, friends; and to anyone out there who is feeling the weight of the loss of Jonah. I take some solace in knowing that we are not alone in this difficult time.

Rest in Peace, Jonah.


From Valentina PM:

It's a disheartening realization that I won't bump into you on campus again for one of our brief yet meaningful chats, or be graced by one of your genuine smiles. I'll remember your brilliance and zest for the most curious things in this world. And also that time you shared your curry with me in Café Alt (because foodies don't let other foodies go hangry). Whatta quality human, you will be sorely missed. ♡

I cannot fathom Jonah's struggle or his pain but I know he was a strong advocate for seeking out resources on mental health and was an ally and an active listener for all of his friends struggling with mental illness. I aspire to shine my light the way Jonah did.

Depression and suicide are though subjects to tackle, so I commend those who are keeping the conversation open and those who speak up. If you are struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, I am a text/phone call away, or you can contact these other folks who I can vouch for 110%, Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region help-line 613-238-3311 and the Psych Emerg at the General Hospital. It's very difficult to make yourself heard but please, know that you are amongst allies and friends who care tremendously about your life and well-being.


From Deanna Singh:

Over these past few days upon learning about the passing of Jonah Poplove, I have been struggling to find the words to express my shock and sadness. I wish to express my deepest condolences to his friends and family. He was a truly kind, talented, intelligent, and passionate individual. Although it has been years since we have crossed paths, I will never forget Jonah's warm smile, intelligence, and incredible musical talent. May you rest in peace.


From Luis Francisco Dias:

Although we met many years ago and for just a few days, I can't get over the shock of Jonah Poplove 's tragic death. I remember our conversations, your amazing technique and versatility on the instrument. I remember your candour about your health issues, and when you learned I was a doctor you opened up even more. You offered to busk in aid of our music charity for disadvantaged children Child's Play (India) Foundation and I was deeply touched. A kinder gentler more humane sensitive intelligent human being would be hard to find. I love this picture, as it captures your sense of humour and your love for the instrument. ❤❤❤❤❤️❤️ Farewell, dear friend.


From Kitty Chan:

Sitting in class listening to Bartok made me think of what happened 5 years ago...can't believe I was part of something so amazing. :)Remembering all moments with Jonah that summer; I'm glad I had the chance to know him even better in Ottawa years after.

Beautiful quote from his ceremony: "A crack on a bell doesn't stop it from ringing."Though he left us too early, all the wonderful moments with him will remain forever.

Bartok Concerto for Orchestra - I, performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2012. The whole thing is on Youtube if you want to listen. It's truly a remarkable work.


From Katie Temmel:

Friends, I have avoided posting about this, but in September I lost my partner Jonah Poplove.

As hard as this was (and still is), Jonah was a radiant (and sometimes eccentric) person, and I wanted to celebrate that part of him. A memorial fund at CHEO was set up in Jonah's name, so Jeff Watkins and I decided to organize a concert/fundraiser/celebration of life. If Jonah had a special place in your life, or even if you never knew him at all and just want to hear some great local music, please come! Good vibes will be felt.


From Megan Shung Smith:

Jonah Poplove was more than just a dear friend.

We were in the Heron String Quartet with Jacqueline Kitzmiller & Liam Veuve at the Cleveland Institute of Music. It was one of the most cherished previlege I've ever had. Every interaction, rehearsal and performance was sacred and transcendental. It is certainly a direct contribution to the musician I am today and tomorrow.

If you knew Jonah, you know his tender heart, passion, and brilliance was out of this world. Often times, he would offer genuinely creative and original ideas that sounds totally nuts, but some how it magically works great.

I'll never forget that one time when the quartet inherited a gigantic ugly painting as payment from a gig?. Not only did Jonah volunteered enthusiastically to take it, he also went through a lot of trouble just to ship it back to Canada because he saw something special that no one else did.

Jonah and I kept in touch on and off the last 6 years conversing on Suzuki teaching ideas, improvising and also his depression. It has taken me 6 months to be able to talk about his passing as I mourn the lost of an unique mind, individual and artist.

"Love is something like the notion that despite its suffering Being is good and you should serve Being." -J. Peterson

Love and cherish every and all. Make art, heal human suffering and be the example of hope. Always. ❤


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