Hugh Fraser is passionate about music, the City of Hamilton, and writing. Hugh joined the Hamilton Spectator, where he worked for 37 years, 22 years as a music critic. He used his weekly column, Classical Gas, to communicate news of upcoming events and auditions with the music community in Hamilton and Area. He was also very proud to support young musicians by publicizing their endeavours and celebrating their triumphs. He won many awards for his criticism and arts and entertainment feature writing and was a three-time judge for Canada's most prestigious music awards, The Junos. On his retirement, the Spectator announced an annual $1,000 music scholarship in his name. In 2002 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for his services to Hamilton's musical community and its young musicians.