This Day in History: 2022-04-01


April 1
1937: Guy Lombardo tops the Billboard chart with “Boo Hoo.”

1948: The musical revue “Spring Thaw” opens at the Museum Theatre in Toronto.

1970: The boys in April Wine depart from the Henman homestead in Lower Sackville, NS in their packed blue van and head off to Montreal.

1972: Mahogany Rush is in Granby, Quebec for a show at Palais de Sports.

1972: “Cotton Jenny” by Anne Murray tops Canada’s RPM singles chart.

1973: Leonard Cohen releases his LIVE SONGS album.

1976: Rush release what becomes their first platinum album, 2112.

1981: Theresa Sokyrka is born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

1982: Nancy Nash releases the album, LETTING GO.

1982: Trooper releases the MONEY TALKS album.

1982: Aldo Nova releases his self-titled debut album.

1984: Headpins open for Whitesnake at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England in the first of a two-night stand.

1989: Honeymoon Suite opens for Triumph in Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens.

1989: Cowboy Junkies peak at #26 on Billboard’s albums chart with TRINITY SESSION, their first time on Billboard.

1995: The Killer Dwarfs play their last show of the 20th century in front of a packed house at Toronto’s GasWorks.

1996: “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette tops the Canadian singles chart, beginning a six-week run.

1997: Mollies Revenge releases their EVERY DIRTY WORD album.

2003: Tour organizers deny Avril Lavigne is headlining this year’s punk festival after a fake press release is circulated on the Internet by April Fool’s Day pranksters. Concert goers breathe a sigh of relief.

2004: Neil Young’s ex-wife, Oscar-nominated actress Carrie Snodgrass, dies while awaiting a liver transplant with their son Zeke by her side. She was 57.

2006: Bernie Finklestein is awarded a Special Achievement Award at the Junos in Halifax. NS.

2007: Sony BMG release the compilation – THE BEST OF Crash Test Dummies.

2008: Vela is home in Edmonton, opening for The Cult at the Edmonton Event Centre.

2008: Theory of a Deadman release the SCARS & SOUVENIRS album.

2011: Headpins are in Bonnyville, Alberta for a show at the C2 Centre.

2011: During the Juno Awards ceremony in Toronto, Sheepdogs win single of the year for “I Don’t Know.” Neil Young wins for artist of the year, Arcade Fire win for group of the year, and Justin Beiber picks up the doorstop for fan’s choice.

2012: The Sheepdogs are on tour in Australia with John Fogerty, when they win three Juno Awards – Rock Album of the Year, Best New Group, and Single of the Year. Blue Rodeo is inducted in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

2014: Jimmy Rankin releases his BACK ROAD PARADISE album.

2015: Missississippi Live & The Dirty Dirty release their new album, GOING DOWN.

2016: Harpdog Brown is in Edmonton for a show at Richard’s on Whyte.

2016: Heather Rankin releases her first solo album, A FINE LINE.

2017: Tea Party is at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver for the second of a two-night stand.

2019: Buffy Sainte-Marie is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during SOCAN’s annual gala in Toronto.