This Day in History: 2022-08-20

Aug 20

1930: World-renowned conductor and pianist Mario Bernardi is born in Kirkland Lake, Ont.

1955: Gary Lalonde of Rose and Honeymoon Suite is born in Toronto.

1956: CBC TV airs the final episode of “Rhythm Pals.” The group would go on to record several albums and release many singles.

1972: Chilblaine Winters is born in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

1972: Downchild begin a three-night run in Toronto at El Mocambo.

1976: Mahogany Rush open for Johnny & Edgar Winter in Dayton, Ohio at the Dayton Hara Arena.

1976: Mahogany Rush is in Dayton, Ohio for a show at Hara Arena.

1977: The Hometown Band opens for Burton Cummings at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.

1978: Buck Swan releases his only album with The Desperados, SONGS OF THE STARS.

1980: Toronto opens for Trooper at the CNE Stadium in Toronto.

1982: Downchild Blues Band is in Toronto for the second of three nights at El Mocambo. The shows are taped and become their live album the next year, BUT I\’M ON THE GUEST LIST.

1983: Headpins are in Vancouver for a show at the Town Pump.

1983: “Hot Girls In Love” from Loverboy peaks on the Billboard chart at #11.

1985: New Regime sees their single, “Seduction” reach #80 on the Canadian pop chart.

1989: In a match in Dallas, Texas against Jerry The King Lawler, Terry Bam Bam Gordy uses Loverboy’s “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It” as his entrance music for the first time.

1996: George Canyon releases his debut album, IRONWOLF.

1998: Matthew Good sees his UNDERDOGS album certified gold in Canada.

2006: Quebec pop singer and actor Claude Blanchard dies in his Montreal home of natural causes.

2007: Helix\’s THE POWER OF ROCK & ROLL album is released in the UK.

2008: Frank Marino is in Exeter, California for a show at Orange Blossom.

2011: April Wine and Glass Tiger are in Rama, Ontario for a show at Casino Rama.

2011: Sass Jordan, Headpins, Lee Aaron, and Honeymoon Suite play the annual Weir Rockin\’ Festival outside Halifax.

2012: Nickelback release the single, “Trying Not To Love You.”

2014: Fiddle great Buddy MacMaster, Natalie MacMaster‘s uncle, and pioneer in bringing Cape Breton music to the world stage dies of natural causes at the age of 89.

2015: Glass Tiger’s Alan Frew suffers a stroke, causing trauma on his right side. He eventually recovers.

2016: Tragically Hip play their last show ever. Fittingly, the show is in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario and it’s broadcast on CBC.

2018: Aldo Nova releases the single, “Fantasy 2.0.”

2019: The single, “Forever’s Gotta Start Somewhere” by Chad Brownlee is certified gold.

2019: The Celtic Kitchen Party release their new album, SOCIABLE.

2019: Another Roots and Blues Festival comes to an end in Salmon Arm, BC. But the real story here is how Valdy helped a single female volunteer tear down the fencing after the show. How kewl is that?