This Day in History: 2022-05-06

May 6
1945: Former Jon Lee & The Checkmates and Rhinoceros singer John Finley is born in Toronto.

1957: Jerry Fielden of Arapacis is born in Montreal.

1973: Famed conductor Sir Ernest MacMillan, ‘Canada’s\ musical knight’, passes away in Toronto. While in Germany at the Bayreuth Music Festival, the First World War broke out, and he spent the war in a German prison camp as a civilian prisoner.

1975: Pied Pumkin is at the Commodore in Vancouver for the first of a two-night stand.

1977: The Poles are in Toronto at A Space in Toronto, for the third night of a four night stand.

1979: Mahogany Rush and April Wine are in Tampa, Florida for a show at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall.

1979: It’s show number three for Rush and Max Webster at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England.

1989: Blue Rodeo is at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver.

1995: Lisa Brokop peaks at #65 on Billboard’s country chart with “One Of Those Nights.”

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

1997: Joni Mitchell is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twelfth annual ceremony.

1997: Econoline Crush is home in Vancouver, opening for KISS at GM Place.

1997: Tokyo police arrest former Band member Rick Danko on a charge of heroin possession.

1997: Rush releases RETROSPECTIVE, a two-part ‘best of’ collection, the same time their self-titled debut is remastered and re-released.

1997: Julian Austin releases his debut album, WHAT MY HEART ALREADY KNOWS.

1999: Headstones‘ debut album, PICTURE OF HEALTH is certified platinum in Canada.

2002: Violinist/composer Murray Adaskin dies of natural causes at the age of 96.

2005: Kim Mitchell releases FILL YOUR HEAD WITH ROCK, a CD and DVD box set.

2008: Barenaked Ladies release the kids album SNACK TIME.

2011: Avril Lavigne releases the single “Smile.”

2011: Burton Cummings is in Moncton for a show at Casino New Brunswick.

2014: Sarah McLachlan releases her SHINE ON album.

2015: Honeymoon Suite is in Sidney, BC for a show at the Charlie White Theatre.

2016: Kelly Fraser releases the single, “Fight For The Right” – a protest song encouraging Nunavut residents to vote against territorial land referendum.

2016: Zappacosta is in Halifax for the second of a two-night stand at Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill.

2017: Alleviate release their sophomore album, AGGRESSIVE GRACE.

2019: Tea Party is in Kamloops, BC for a show at the Sagebrush Theatre.