This Day in History: 2022-08-27

Aug 27
1953: Alex Lifeson, Rush‘s guitar-god, is born in Fernie, BC, as Alex Zivojinovich.

1970: Jason McCoy is born in Barrie, Ont as Jason Dwight Campsall.

1971: The RCMP Musical Ride takes over PNE Coliseum in Vancouver for the first of a six-night run, with The Young Canadians of The Calgary Stampede.

1972: Mike Smith, guitarist for Sandbox, is born in Thorburn, NS. He’s better known as his pop bottle glasses-wearing alter-ego, Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys.

1973: Buffy Sainte-Marie is in New York City during the Schaefer Music Festival.

1974: Joni Mitchell is in Lenox, Mass for a show at The Music Shed at Tanglewood.

1976: Sweeney Todd release the third version of “Roxy Roller,” this time with new singer Bryan Adams. The song enters Billboard’s Top 100 at #99, then disappears a week later.

1977: Dick Damron sees “Susan Flowers” top the Canadian country chart. It’s his last chart-topper.

1979: Joni Mitchell is in Providence, RI for a show at the Civic Centre.

1979: Pat Travers opens for Rush at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, for the first of a two-night stand.

1983: Lee Aaron appears at the prestigious Reading Music Festival in Reading, England.

1983: Coney Hatch opens for Fastway and Iron Maiden in South Yarmouth, Mass at Cape Cod Coliseum.

1987: Northern Pikes release the single and video, “Things I Do For Money.”

1995: Neil Young does a show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England on his MIRROR BALL tour. With him is Pearl Jam.

1989: Family Brown release their LIFE AND TIMES album.

1996: Michelle Wright releases her FOR ME IT\’S YOU album.

2007: Doug Riley of Dr Music dies at the age of 62 of a heart attack while waiting for his plane to take off in Calgary. Riley wrote over 2,000 radio and TV commercial jingles over more than four decades and worked on several television programs in the late 60s and 70s. As well as working with the likes of David Clayton-Thomas, Placido Domingo, Ringo Starr, Gordon Lightfoot, Ray Charles, Anne Murray, Sylvia Tyson, Dan Hill and Bob Seger, he was also a mentor to many up-and-coming musicians at the time, including Paul Shaffer of SNL and David Letterman fame.

2011: Toronto play Club 515 in Cambridge, Ontario.

2011: During the state funeral for NDP leader Jack Layton, Parachute Club‘s Lorraine Segato performs “Rise Up” with the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto choir.

2011: It’s day two for the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition at the Shenkmans Arts Centre in Orleans, Ontario.

2013: Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee host their first Boys of Fall Charity Golf Tournament and Concert, at the Redwoods Golf Course in Langley, BC. Proceeds from the event are donated to Basics for Babies, an organization that assists families coping with the challenges of raising a young infant by providing them with needed food, formula and diapers.

2013: Coney Hatch release their first new album in 28 years, FOUR, and the first single and video, “Blown Away.”

2016: Tyrants of Chaos are home in Lethbridge, Alberta, opening for Monster Truck at Exhibition Park.

2016: Killer Dwarfs are in Akron, NY for Brauns Concert Cove.

2017: Krazy Madness release their new single and video, “Can’t Get You Off Of My Mind.”

2018: Shred Kelly is in Quesnel, BC for a show at The Occidental.

2020: Bobby Cameron releases his new single, “Blue As Could Be,” in tribute to the 30th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s passing.