This Day in History: 2022-07-01

July 1
1921: Early country star Stu Davis is born in Boggy Creek, Saskatchewan.

1945: Children’s music star Jack Grunsky is born in Graz, Austria.

1947: Rich Dodson of The Stampeders is born in Sudbury, Ontario.

1952: Percy Faith and “Delicado” top Billboard’s chart.

1952: Dan Aykroyd of the Blues Brothers is born in Toronto.

1961: Country sensation Michelle Wright is born in Chatham, Ont.

1967: Barry Allen sees “I Know” enter the Canadian top 100 at #90.

1967: Ralph Carlson peaks at #3 on the Canadian country chart with “The Johnson Family.”

1967: Canada’s centennial is immortalized with the release of Bobby Gimbi’s song, “Canada (The Centennial Song)”.

1967: Tommy Hunter enters the Canadian top 10 country list for the first time at #9, with “Cup of Disgrace.”

1968: The Band release their debut album, MUSIC FROM THE BIG PINK.

1970: 46,00 people pack Winnipeg Stadium for the Festival Express concert, which features The Band, Good Brothers, Mashmakhan, and Ian & Sylvia, among others.

1975: Trooper releases their self-titled debut album.

1979: Filming wraps on “Carny”. The film was conceived by and stars The Band‘s Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm.

1979: Blue Peter is at Larry’s Hideaway in Toronto along with Blondie and Teenage Head. Celebrating her birthday, Debbie Harry performs “Bang A Gong” with Blue Peter during their set.

1980: “Oh Canada” is proclaimed our national anthem, officially.

1981: Steppenwolf bassist Rushton Moreve dies in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age of 32.

1987: It’s the first Edgefest in Barrie, Ontario at Mouson Park. Taking the stage are Teenage Head, The Pursuit of Happiness, The Saints, Blue Rodeo, Carole Pope, Breeding Ground, Images in Vogue, Northern Pikes, Satallaites, Pukka Orchestra, Spoons, Vis A Vis, and Eight Seconds.

1991: Bootsauce releases THE BROWN ALBUM in the US.

1991: Skydiggers release their self-titled debut album.

1992: In a ceremony in Paris,Roch Voisine is decorated as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France’s ambassador to Canada. Later that night he premieres a new song co-written with David Foster, who joins him for the first live performance of “I’ll Always Be There.”

1992: Kim Mitchell, The Tragically Hip, The Jeff Healey Band, Crash Test Dummies, Colin James, 54-40, Lee Aaron, Sass Jordan and Chrissy Steele all play St. John’s, Ottawa and Vancouver in the same day, part of Molson’s and MCA Concerts’ Great Canadian Party.

1993: Kim Michell is among the performers at the Canada Day celebrations at Gimli, Manitoba.

1996: Terri Clark releases her single, “Suddenly Single.”

1996: Alanis Morissette sees “You Learn” top Canada’s RPM singles chart, the first time.

2001: The Stampeders are among the performers at an all Canadian show in Dartmouth, NS. On their playlist is “Gator Road,” a song they hadn’t performed live in 30 years.

2006: Tragically Hip peak on Billboard’s albums chart at #139 with MUSIC AT WORK.

2006: Brett Kissell is down the road from his farm, playing in Glendon, Alberta at the RCMP Hall.

2007: Stampeders are in Dartmouth, NS for a show at Alderny Landing.

2008: Blue Rodeo plays on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

2008: Eric’s Trip release their debut album, FOREVER AGAIN and the first single, “Girlfriend.”

2009: Carroll Baker is appointed to the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa.

2010: The Edmonton Garrison plays host to A Rock & Roll Salute To Our Troops, featuring Carson Cole and The Flying Saucers during the all-day festivities.

2010: To celebrate 35 years since the release of their debut album, Trooper releases their greatest hits collection HITS FROM TEN ALBUMS.

2010: Celebrations in Estevan, Sask include Mike Braniff appearing as Captain Canada.

2010: Helix headline the Canada Day concert in Sudbury, Ont.

2011: Stompin’ Tom Connors is in Rama, Ontario for a show at Casino Rama. It turns out to be his last Canada Day concert ever.

2011: Blue Rodeo perform at Trafalgar Square as part of the Canada Day in London celebrations.

2015: Early Quebec pop star and radio personality Michel Lourain is among the recipients of the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa.

2013: Lighthouse is in Blue Mountain, Ont for a show at Blue Mountain Village.

2014: April Wine rings in Canada Day with a show in Blue Mountain, Ontario.

2015: Rawlins Cross are on stage at the Gathering of the Clans Festival in Pugwash, NS.

2017: Bif Naked is in Cold Lake, Alberta for a free show at Kinosoo Beach. Opening is FKB.

2017: Streetheart are in Sherwood Park, Alberta. It’s their last show ever, as Kenny Shields becomes disoriented and the show is cut short. He dies in hospital 20 days later.

2017: Burton Cummings is in Rama, Ontario for a show at Casino Rama.

2018: Gordon Lightfoot is in Toronto for a show at Massey Hall, the last performer before the massive revitalization project is set to begin.

2018: Big Sugar is in Kamloops, BC for a show at Sun Peaks Resort.

2019: The Canada Day celebrations at the Marina are forced indoors due to rain, so Washboard Union plays at the Energy Centre in Cold Lake, Alberta.