This Day in History: 2022-08-03

Aug 3
1957: Bassist John Donnelly and drummer Jeff Germain of Queen City Kids are both born in the same hospital in Regina.

1965: Fiddle great Ward Allen dies of cancer at the age of 41.

1968: Archie Gamble, of Buffalo Brothers and long time Helix touring drummer, is born in London, Ontario.

1968: Hank Snow peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #20 with “The Late And Great Love Of My Heart.”

1968: Steppenwolf is the only Canadian act on the card at the Newport Music Festival in Costa Mesa, California, where they headline day one of the inaugural event.

1971: Brock Skywalker Armstrong of Captain Tractor fame is born in Edmonton.

1972: Bob McBride is at Thunder Sound Studios in Toronto, laying down tracks for his debut solo album, BUTTERFLY DAYS.

1974: In a strange booking, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band open for Anne Murray in New York City during the Schaefer Music Festival. The crowd is baffled, as are historians years later.

1975: Mahogany Rush is in Cincinnati for a show at Nippert Stadium, as part of the Ohio River Rock Festival.

1977: Wanka is live at the Atherley Arms Hotel in Toronto, for the first show of a week-long gig.

1981: Loverboy is in Edmonton for a show at Commonwealth Stadium.

1984: Voivod releases their THE TWILIGHT ZONE album.

1985: Helix peaks on Billboard’s albums chart at #103 with LONG WAY TO HEAVEN.

1985: Anne Murray peaks at #7 on Billboard’s country chart with “I Don’t Think I’m Ready For You,” the first of two weeks in that spot.

1991: It seems like an eternity, as Bryan Adams “Everything I Do” tops Canada’s RPM singles chart for nine weeks beginning this day.

1993: Jane Siberry releases the album WHEN I WAS A BOY.

1993: DOA release their album, MURDER.

1994: Lee Aaron releases her EMOTIONAL RAIN album.

1994: Bruce Cockburn is in Austin, Texas for a show at the Moody Theatre. On guitars is Colin Linden. The show is taped and broadcast on Austin City Limits.

1997: KD Lang appears on the cover of Vanity Fair along with Cindy Crawford.

2001: Rheostatics frontman Dave Bidini is in Jasper, Alberta for a solo show at the Heritage Folk Festival.

2002: Avril Lavigne‘s “Complicated” reaches #2 on Billboard, her first time on the charts in the US.

2006: Barney Bentall releases his GIFT HORSE album.

2006: The Big Valley Jamboree gets underway outside Camrose, Alberta. Terri Clark, Cruzeros, George Fox, Tracy Millar, Danny Hooper, Lisa Hewitt, Brett Kissel, and Emerson Drive are among the performers over the next three days.

2007: Jacksoul‘s Haydain Neale is hospitalized after being struck by a car while riding his motorscooter. He would eventually come out of his coma and recover.

2008: Iggy Pop & The Stooges have a 15-foot van full of tens of thousands of dollars of equipment stolen after performing at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal.

2013: Moxy and Fist co-headline a show in London, Ontario at Eastside Bar & Grill.

2016: Chilliwack headlines Peachfest 69 outside Penticton, BC.

2016: Shanneyganock and Masterless Men close out the week-long Gorge Street Festival in St John’s, NFLD.

2017: Townsmen guitarist David Milliken dies of natural causes in his Ottawa home.

2018: Day one of Rockin’ The Fields outside Minnedosa, Manitoba gets underway with Helix, Headpins, Prism, Chilliwack, and Trooper taking the stage.

2018: Quick Draw release the single and title track to their upcoming debut album, “War Within.”

2018: Headpins are at Lake Minnedosa, Man for Rockin’ The Fields.

2018: Bedouin Soundclash release the video for their new single, “They Gutted This City.”

2019: Arapacis release their new single, “Order of the Ember Queen.”

2020: Hockey is back on TV, and Brett Kissell sings the Canadian national anthem during the Habs/Penguins game in Edmonton.