This Day in History: 2022-08-05

Aug 5
1941: Lenny Breau is born in Auburne, Maine.

1947: Gordon MacBain, drummer for Bobby Kris & The Imperials is born in Toronto.

1947: Greg Leskiw of Kilowatt, Mood Jga Jga, Les Q, and The Guess Who is born in Winnipeg.

1965: Bobby Curtola releases the single, “Makin’ Love.”

1967: “Labourer” by 49th Parallel peaks at #52 on the Canadian pop chart.

1967: “I Got What I Wanted” by Rainvilles begins a six-week run atop Canada’s country singles chart.

1968: Terri Clark is born as Terri Lynn Sauson in Montreal.

1974: Neil Young, as part of CSNY, are in Boston for a show at the Boston Garden.

1978: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush are in Chicago for a show at Comisky Park.

1978: Anne Murray peaks at #4 on Billboard’s country chart with “You Needed Me.”

1983: Blue Peter opens for The Fixx, James Brown, and The Police at Toronto’s CNE Stadium.

1983: Keith Lamb, guitarist for Quick Draw is born in Raymond, Alberta.

1995: In celebration of The Bay’s 325th birthday, 30 Canadian acts converge on High River, AB for a weekend festival that features Bryan Adams, Susan Aglukark, Burton Cummings, Jann Arden, Blue Rodeo, Celine Dion, David Foster, Colin James, Ashley MacIsaac, Sarah McLachlan, Anne Murray, The Rankin Family, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Michelle Wright, among others.

2000: Fist & The Headpins are among the Canadian groups to appear at The Little River Rock Fest in Minnedosa, Manitoba.

2000: Shania Twain attends her class reunion at Timmins High and Vocational School in Timmins, Ontario. She says she’s there for the same reason as everyone else, to see old friends, not to gloat she’s more famous than the town’s other names, Frank & Peter Mahovlich. Did you know Frank was also a star in the World Hockey Association? For more quirky facts on the WHA, visit

2003: Nickelback releases the single, “Someday.”

2006: Brett Kissell and Terri Clark are on the card at the Big Valley Jamboree, outside Camrose, Alberta.

2006: Jeff Healey is in Norway for Blues Festival. The show is taped and becomes part of the SONGS FROM THE ROAD album and DVD.

2006: Chilliwack and Colin James are in Cold Lake, Alta for a show at Exhibition Park.

2008: Legacy Records releases the 15th-anniversary three-disc edition of Sarah McLachlan‘s FUMBLING TOWARDS ECSTASY – which included the original album remastered, THE FREEDOM SESSIONS, and a DVD full of live performances videos, and backstage interviews.

2009: Former Blue Rodeo keyboard player James Gray dies as the result of a heart attack. He was 52.

2010: The Creepshow release their sophomore album, THEY ALL FALL DOWN.

2010: A reunited Coney Hatch is among the performers at the Festival of Friends in Hamilton.

2011: Saga is in Colmar, Belgium for a show at Exposition Park.

2012: Lighthouse plays at the Calgary Bluesfest.

2013: Helix and Harlequin are on the stage at Grizfest, outside Tumbler Ridge, BC.

2013: Singer/songwriter/activist Willie Dunn dies peacefully in Ottawa at the age of 71.

2017: Arcade Fire release their new album, EVERYTHING NOW.

2018: Stampeders headline the Pigeon Lake Music Festival outside Mulhurst, Alberta.

2018: Kim Mitchell, Burton Cummings, and Honeymoon Suite close out Rockin’ The Fields outside Minnedosa, Manitoba.

2018: Holly Woods & Toronto are in Hamilton for the Festival of Friends.