This Day in History: 2022-06-21

June 21
1969: Toronto’s first major rock festival, the two-day Toronto Pop Festival begins at Varsity Stadium and Varsity Arena. 50,000 attend to see the likes of Steppenwolf, Chuck Berry, Ronnie Hawkins, Kensington Market, and Blood Sweat & Tears, among others.

1977: The B-Girls are in New York, starting a three-night run at CBGB.

1978: Nick Gilder releases what would become his biggest solo single, “Hot Child In The City.”

1978: Teenage Head is in Toronto for a show at Thundersound. It’s taped for a radio simulcast.

1980: Saga opens for Styx at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England.

1983: Minutes From Downtown release the single, “Wrapped In Velvet.”

1987: Helix releases their WILD IN THE STREETS album.

1993: Tragically Hip release the video documentary, HEKSENKETEL.

1994: Gaye Delorme is in St Catharines, Ontario for the second of a two-night stand at The Hideaway.

2002: Nickelback re-releases their 1996 debut album, CURB.

2005: Bryan Adams‘ boxset, CHRONICLES, containing YOU WANT IT YOU GOT IT, CUTS LIKE A KNIFE and RECKLESS is released Stateside.

2005: Blue Rodeo‘s GREATEST HITS VOLUME ONE album, released four years earlier, is certified double platinum.

2008: Saga play their first show with their new vocalist Rob Moratti in Mount Forest, Ontario.

2009: Faber Drive release the single, “G-Get Up And Dance.”

2011: Charlie Major releases the album, ON THE EVENING SIDE.

2013: In the middle of an Alberta tour, Helix is at Casino Calgary.

2011: Simple Plan release their fourth album, GET YOUR HEART ON.

2013: The Antlers, featuring ex- Max Webster members Terry Watkinson and Mike Tilka, are in Toronto for a show at The Antler Room.

2014: Lighthouse and a dozen other acts take the stage over the next three days for the Toronto Jazz Festival.

2014: Lee Aaron and Helix are in Edmonton for a show at Century Casino.

2016: Early French star Pierre Lalonde dies at the age of 75 from complications from Parkinson’s Disease.

2017: In Yellowknife, NWT, Leela Gilday, Casey Koyczan, Stephen Kakfwi, and Pat Braden are among the artists taking to the stage for the reconciliation project, “Gho-Bah” – Dene for “the first light of dawn.”

2017: A Randy Bachman and 54-40 concert at Artpark Mainstage Theater in the Village of Lewiston, NY is evacuated prior to the show, after a bomb-sniffing dog detects bomb-making ingredients on the grounds.

2019: The Watchmen and Matthew Good are among the performers in Beaumont, Alberta during the Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival.

2019: Crowbar‘s frontman Kelly Jay Fordham dies in a Calgary hospital after suffering a major stroke a couple weeks earlier. He was 77.