This Day in History: 2022-06-24

June 24
1880: “Oh Canada” is sung for the first time in a church outside Montreal. Calixa Lavallee, a well-known composer at the time, wrote the music to French lyrics penned by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier.

1948: Robert Leger of Beau Dommage is born in Montreal.

1964: Jeff Sawatzky, bassist for Office, Voice, Sarah McLachlan and Bolero Lava is born in Edmonton.

1965: “Little Liar” by Terry Black enters the Canadian pop chart at #36.

1967: “This Time Long Ago” from The Guess Who enters the Canadian top 100 at #84.

1967: Dougie Trineer’s “Don’t Speak To Me of Loneliness” is at #10 on Canada’s country chart for the second straight week. It would fall out of the top 10 a week later.

1967: “He’s In Town” by Townsmen enters the Canadian pop chart at #92.

1970: Festival Express, a touring concert consisting of The Band, The Good Brothers, Mashmakhan, and Ian & Sylvia, among others, is supposed to kick off in Montreal. It gets cancelled because of concerns of potential violence.

1972: John Kay is on American Bandstand, pretending to sing “I’m Moving On.”

1974:Mahogany Rush is in Montreal for a show at Jardin des Etoiles.

1982: Toronto and Headpins are in Toronto for a show at Massey Hall.

1983: Stretch Marks begin a three-night run at Wellington’s in Winnipeg.

1994: Lee Aaron‘s CALL OF THE WILD, originally released in 1985 is released on CD.

1995: Neil Young comes on stage to replace an ailing Eddie Vedder during a Pearl Jam concert in San Fransisco.

1996: “Ahead By A Century” by Tragically Hip is the top song on the Canadian singles chart.

1997: BURNING FOR BUDDY II is released. It features Rush‘s Neil Peart performing “One O’ Clock Jump.”

2003: Our Lady Peace release the appropriately titled, LIVE album.

2004: Cowboy Junkies release their ONE SOUL NOW album.

2006: Tragically Hip headline an outdoor show at Fort York, Ontario.

2006: The Nylons, two members of who are gay, perform during Toronto’s Gay Pride celebrations.

2006: Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland tie the knot in a ceremony in Hamilton.

2008: The Road Hammers release their first American album, BLOOD SWEAT AND STEEL.

2008: Great Big Sea releases their FORTUNE’S FAVOUR album.

2010: Sum 41 wrap up recording at Perfect Sound Studio in LA on what would become the SCREAMING BLUE MURDER album.

2014: Gary Fjellgaard is in Pincher Creek, Alberta for a show at the local hockey rink.

2016: Bullseye Records re-releases Alta Moda‘s self-titled only album from ’87, as well as Strange Advance‘s THE DISTANCE BETWEEN from ’88.

2017: It’s night two of a four-night run with The Steadies at the new Cathedral Social Hall in Saskatoon.