This Day in History: 2022-06-26

June 26
1906: School principal by day, Alexander Muir, who wrote the “The Maple Leaf Forever,” one of the most popular patriotic songs ever, dies in Toronto at the age of 75.

1943: Composer and lyricist Cliff Jones is born in Toronto.

1946: Max Webster bassist Mike Tilka is born in Munster, Indiana.

1966: Buffalo Springfield, 3/5 Canadian, is at the Cinnamon Cinder in San Diego. John Hartmann of the William Morris Agency attends the show and signs them to his agency, and has them open for Chad & Jeremy as well as the Rolling Stones.

1967: The CBC airs the pilot for Where It’s At in Vancouver. The musical guests include Collectors, Northwest Company, and Tom Northcott.

1971: The Beggar’s Banquet Festival goes down in Toronto. On the card are Steppenwolf, Lighthouse, and Chilliwack, among others.

1971: April Wine‘s “Fast Train” peaks at #23 on CHUM FM’s chart.

1976: Trooper releases TWO FOR THE SHOW.

1976: “Roxy Roller” (the original version) from Sweeney Todd tops Canada’s RPM singles chart.

1982: Spoons are in Toronto for a show at El Mocambo. Tracks are used in 2012 as the bonus tracks when ARIAS & SYMPHONIES is re-released.

1983: Stretch Marks is at Wellington’s in Winnipeg. It’s the third of a three-night stand.

1987: Corey Hart collapses from exhaustion following a performance in Sudbury, Ont, causing the remainder of his Canadian tour to be cancelled.

1988: Northern Pikes are in Toronto shooting the video for “Wait For Me.”

1994: Big Sugar is in Edmonton for a show at the Municipal Airport.

1995: Bryan Adams tops Canada’s RPM singles chart with “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” ending a five-week run.

1999: The Tea Party peaks at #4 with “Trip Tych” on Billboard’s chart.

1999: Kim Stockwood and Crash Test Dummies are in Toronto for a show at Lulu’s.

2004: Avril Lavigne peaks on Billboard’s chart at #22 with “Don’t Tell Me.”

2007: Bachman Cummings release their second album, JUKEBOX, a collection of covers of tunes the two Canadian icons grew up with, as well as a lounge style version of “American Woman.”

2008: Glass Tiger are among the performers at the Peterborough Festival of Lights.

2009: Neil Young is in Pilton, Somerset, UK for a show at the Glastonbury Festival.

2009: Doug & The Slugs reform – sort of. The original lineup, minus Doug Bennett who died in 2004, along with new singer Ted Okos perform for the first time in Langley, BC.

2010: Hedley is among the performers at the Much Music Video Awards ceremony in Toronto.

2011: Greg Wood plays a CD pre-launch show in his hometown of Bonnyville, AB.

2011: The Sadies and The Sheepdogs are in Edmonton for a show at The Pawn Shop.

2012: The Danko Jones documentary, Bring On The Mountain, is released.

2012: Hey Romeo release their album, TWIST OF FATE.

2012: Greg Keelor performs a solo show in St John’s, Newfoundland at the Arts & Culture Centre.

2012: Washboard Union release their self-titled debut album.

2014: Former Paupers vocalist Bill Misener succumbs to cancer at the age of 69.

2017: The Steadies close out a four-night run at the new Cathedral Social Hall in Sasktoon.

2019: NAV’s latest album, BAD HABITS album is certified gold in Canada.