This Day in History: 2022-08-18

Aug 18
1893: Sir Ernest MacMillan, ‘Canada’s singing knight’, is born in Mimico, Ontario as Ernest Alexander Campbell MacMillan. Most prominent from the 1920s to the early ’50s, he was a composer, conductor, administrator, lecturer, adjudicator, writer, humourist, and statesman.

1953: Jimmy Ayoub, one time drummer for Mahogany Rush is born in Montreal.

1955: Steve Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is born in Belleville, Ontario.

1961: The first annual Mariposa Folk Festival opens at Oval Park in Orillia, ON. Ian & Sylvia Tyson are among those on the card.

1965: Terry Black releases the single, “Only Sixteen.”

1969: Blood Sweat & Tears and The Band are among the performers at Woodstock, outside Bethel, NY. Joni Mitchell was also initially slated to perform, but is advised to honor a commitment to appear on Dick Cavett’s TV talk show instead. In lieu of appearing at that landmark event, she writes the anthemic tribute, “Woodstock.”

1969: Edward Bear is in Toronto for a show at The Rockpile. Headlining is Led Zeppelin.

1972: Blood Sweat & Tears are in New York City during the Schaefer Music Festival.

1975: Mahogany Rush is in Indianapolis, Indiana for a show at the Convention Centre.

1978: Denise McCann and Carroll Baker are among the guests on The Raes Variety Hour.

1978: Canada’s King of the Banjo, Maurice Bolyer, dies at the age of 57 from cancer in a Toronto hospital.

1980: Gordon Lightfoot is in Detroit for a show at Pine Knob Music Theatre.

1984: Bruce Cockburn‘s “Lovers In A Dangerous Time” peaks at #25 on the Canadian pop chart.

1986: Ian & Sylvia reunite for a concert at the Kingwood Music Theatre in Maple, Ontario. Also on the bill are Gordon Lightfoot, Murray McLauchlan, Emmylou Harris and Judy Collins. The show is filmed by the CBC.

1995: Hemingway Corner see “Big Sky” peak on Canada’s pop chart at #15.

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

2004: Rush is in New York at Radio City Music Hall. The show is filmed for an upcoming video.

2013: Wes Dakus succumbs to a brain tumour in a Vancouver hospital. He was 75.

2014: Nickelback release the single, “Edge of a Revolution.”

2017: Headpins and Randy Bachman kick off day one of Rock The River in Saskatoon.

2018: It’s day two for Rock Ambelside in Vancouver. Rik Emmett, Chilliwack, Kim Mitchell, and Trooper all take the stage.

2018: Day Two of the annual Edmonton Rock Music Festival at Hawryluk Park sees Helix, Honeymoon Suite, Holly Woods & Toronto and Glass Tiger all play.

2018: Lighthouse is in Collingwood, Ontario as entertainment during the Collingwood Century of Classics car show.

2018: The 1221 release their new single, “Kiss.”

2019: The Bear Creek Folk Fest goes down in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Headlining Day Three is Blue Rodeo.

2019: David Wilcox is the only Canadian act on the card for the closing night of Rock Ambleside Park in Vancouver.

2019: Headpins, Streetheart, Honeymoon Suite, and Colin James close out Rock The River in Saskatoon.