This Day in History: 2022-01-31

Jan 31
1843: The Halifax Harmonic Society perform for the first time.

1947: Matt Minglewood is born Roy Alexander Batherson in Moncton, NB.

1949: April Wine‘s guitarist Gary Moffet is born in Winnipeg.

1949: Rick Dudley, WHA and NHL player, and former coach of the Buffalo Sabres is born in Toronto. He also released a ’45 in 1975 called “Natural Man,” b/w “I Don’t Want To Cry.”

1963: A 17 year-old Neil Young performs his first professional date at a Winnipeg country club with The Squires.

1966: Wes Dakus and The Rebels see “Hoochie Coochie Coo” become their biggest hit, peaking at #4 in Canada.

1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful, featuring Zal Yanovsky peak at #2 on the Canadian chart with “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” the same day as their new single, “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” is released, entering the chart at #32.

1972: Aengus Finnan, artistic director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival and Canadian indie artist, is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1978: Vancouver punk rockers The Skulls officially break up.

1981: Loverboy releases the single “Turn Me Loose.”

1986: Saga and Honeymoon Suite are in London for a show at the Hammersmith Odeon.

1987: Corey Hart‘s cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love” tops Canada’s RPM singles chart.

1991: Moving Targetz are in Toronto for a show at the Spectrum.

1991: Vancouver’s Annihilator open a 45 date tour of Europe in London, opening for Judas Priest.

1994: “And If Venice Is Sinking” by Spirit of the West peaks on the Canadian adult contemporary chart at #12.

1995: The Odds release the album, GOOD WEIRD FEELING.

2000: Blue Rodeo‘s THE DAYS IN BETWEEN peaks at #5 on the Canadian Country Albums chart.

2006: Amanda Marshall releases her second greatest hits album in a row (two in three years), COLLECTIONS.

2006: Colin James is in Lac-Leamy, Quebec for a show at the local casino.

2006: Broken Social Scene appear on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and perform. “7/4 (Shoreline).”

2009: The Trews are in Toronto at the Glen Gould Theatre for the second of a two-night run of special acoustic shows. They’re taped and released on DVD a year later.

2009: Dewey Martin, most notable for his work with Buffalo Springfield, is found dead in his Van Nuys, California home. He apparently died of natural causes.

2010: Neil Young takes home his first ever Grammy Award for his limited edition boxset release for NEIL YOUNG ARCHIVES VOL. 1.

2010: Colin James is in Ottawa for a show at Southam Hall.

2012: Leonard Cohen‘s new album, OLD IDEAS is released.

2014: Frank Soda and Apple Viper are in Toronto for a show at Rockpile West.

2014: Blue Rodeo is in Halifax for a show at the Metro Centre.

2015: Doug & The Slugs and Streetheart are in Calgary for a show at Deerfoot Casino.

2015: The Steadies headline the first ever Beer & Bacon Bands Festival in Regina at the Conexus Arts Centre.

2015: The Dead South play in the UK for the first time ever, doing a show in Birmingham at Ort Cafe.

2017: Personality Crisis release their self-titled compilation album, combining 1983’s CREATURES FOR AWHILE album with some rarities and out takes.

2017: Stretch Marks re-release their two albums from ’83 and ’84 WHO’S IN CHARGE and WHAT’D YA SEE? in one package called WHO AND WHAT – THE COMPLETE STUDIO RECORDINGS.

2019: Sextrap release their new single and video, “Blonde Girl.”

2020: Iron Wheel is in Truro, NS for a show at Belly Up.

2020: Paradise release their third album, STRAIGHT FROM HELL.