This Day in History: 2022-08-11

Aug 11
1943: Guess Who and Scrubbaloe Caine bassist Jim Kale is born in Winnipeg.

1946: Grant Smith of Grant Smith and The Power is born in Toronto.

1946: Michael Fonfara, keyboardist for Jon Lee & The Checkmates, Rhinoceros, Blackstone, Electric Flag, and Lou Reed, among others, is born in Stevensville, Ont.

1959: Alan Frew of Glass Tiger is born in Coatbridge, Scotland.

1966: The British Modbeats, The Kidds, and the Torquays are in Waterloo, Ont for a show at the Glenbriar Curling Club, opening for The McCoys.

1966: The Lovin’ Spoonful, which features Canadian Zal Yanovsky, tops Billboard’s chart with “Summer In The City.”

1967: Buffy Sainte-Marie is on stage for day one of the Mariposa Folk Festival at Innis Lake Campground in Caledon, Ontario.

1977: Garfield is in Kitchener, Ontario for the second of a two-night stand at The Coronet.

1978: The first Vancouver Folk Festival is held in Stanley Park, Vancouver.

1979: It’s his second time on American Bandstand, and Nick Gilder performs “Electric Love” and “Metro Jets.”

1979: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush are in Buffalo, NY for a show at the Auditorium.

1980: Teaze is in Montreal, opening for Cheap Trick at The Forum.

1981: Jesse Winchester, Diamond Joe White, and Bim are on stage at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

1982: Pat Travers releases the album, BLUES TRACKS – it’s all covers.

1988: Blue Rodeo is on stage at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY. They were the headliners after a high school battle of the bands’ competition. The disastrous gig was the inspiration for their 1990 hit, “What Am I Doing Here?”

1997: Sarah McLachlan tops Canada’s RPM singles chart with “Building A Mystery” for the second straight week.

1998: The Wilkinsons release their debut album, NOTHING BUT LOVE.

2007: Honeymoon Suite play for the first time in Cold Lake, AB, when they headline An Evening In The Park at Imperial Park. Also on the card are McNorson, and local acts Angels to Ashes and Tara.

2007: Sven Gali re-unite for the first time in two decades, playing at The Moose N Goose in Thorhold, Ontario.

2009: Painter‘s sole album from 1973 is re-released on Wounded Bird Records.

2011: Jimmy Rankin releases his single, “The Hurtin’ Part.”

2012: Parachute Club is in Edmonton for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. They’re scheduled to take the main stage the next day, but they also perform on this date – for the volunteers.

2013: David Clayton Thomas is in Hamilton at the annual Festival of Friends at Ancaster Park.

2016: Billy Talent release the video for “Louder Than The DJ.”

2017: Day two of CanaFest sees Saga, Harlequin, Mad Dogs, and Trooper all take the stage in Grand Forks, BC.

2017: Peachfest outside Penticton, BC celebrates its 70th anniversary. Headlining country night is Aaron Pritchett.

2017: Finger 11 and Sheepdogs open the East Coast Garden Party in Cold Lake, Alberta at the Energy Centre.

2017: A fire completely destroys the already dilapidated Le Studio at Morin Heights, Quebec. The recording studio had been empty since 2008 and a fundraising campaign to restore the historic building had been going on for over a year. Those who recorded there included Rush, David Bowie, The Bee Gees, The Police, and Aretha Franklin, among dozens of others. Arson is suspected.

2017: Whale & the Wolfe close out Day 1 of the Dogpatch Music Festival outside Loon Lake, Sask. Also on the card today were Mitch Belot, Atlanta Wagmann, Bob Cook, and the Bob Elliott Band.

2017: Quiet Crimes release the single, “Out of View.”

2018: Atlanta Jane, 100th Meridian, Dirty & The Perks, and Sylar Bouchard are among the entertainers on day two of the fifth annual Dog Patch Music Festival, outside Loon Lake, Sask.

2020: Ridgetown release their new single and video, “Tell You A Story.”