This Day in History: 2022-08-31

Aug 31
1922: Early country star Orval Prophet (and second cousin to Ronnie Prophet) is born in Edwards, Ontario, now part of Ottawa.

1933: Laurie Bower, trombonist and leader of the Laurie Bower Singers, is born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.

1960: Tony DeFranco of

The Defranco Family is born in Port Colborne, Ont.


The Guess Who‘s “Hey Ho” debuts on the Canadian chart at #38.


The Paupers and The Marksmen are in Scarborough, Ontario for a show at the Broom & Stone.

1969: The Band appear at the Isle of Wight Festival, performing a set of their own before backing up Bob Dylan for his set.

1970: Leonard Cohen takes the Stage at the Isle of Wight Festival.

1970: Neil Young releases his AFTER THE GOLDRUSH album.

1971: Toronto sensation Max Brand is born.

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

1974: “You’re Having My Baby” – the controversial duet by Paul Anka and Odia Coates is atop Canada’s singles chart.

1974: Hank Snow peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #34 with “That’s You & Me.”


Dan Hill releases his album, FROZEN IN THE NIGHT.

1978: Toronto opens for Trooper in Toronto at the CNE Stadium.

1980: Burton Cummings is in Kelowna, BC for a show at the Memorial Arena.

1982: Rush see “Tom Sawyer” peak at #44 on Billboard’s chart.

1984: MuchMusic hits the airwaves.

1985: Bryan Adams reaches #5 on the Billboard chart with “Summer of \’69.”

1989: The Tragically Hip release UP TO HERE.

1991; Candi & The Backbeat make their only appearance on Billboard, peaking at #38 with “Friends Forever.”

1992; Barney Bentall releases AIN’T LIFE STRANGE.

1993: Daniel Lanois is in Edmonton for a show at Clarke Stadium.

1997: The Rheostatics perform in the CBC studios for the final episode of the program, “Nightlines.” The show becomes THE NIGHTLINE SESSIONS a year later.

1998: Connie Kaldor performs at the Ontario Folk Festival at Britannia Park.

2004: Sum 41 release the single, “We’re All To Blame.”

2008: Frank Marino is in Corpus Christi, Texas for a show at the Ayers Event Center.

2010: Luke Doucet releases his new album, STEEL CITY TRAWLER. It’s his last solo record before hooking up with wife Melissa McClelland to form Whitehorse.

2012: Jack Jensen, part of Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame’s member The Rhythm Pals, dies of natural causes at the age of 87.

2012: Sass Jordan is named an honourary Colonel of 417 Squadron during a ceremony at 4 Wing Cold Lake.

2012: Trooper plays a hometown show in Vancouver at the PNE Stadium.

2012: Loverboy is on stage at the annual Kinsmen bbq in Telkwa, BC.

2017: Shred Kelly release the single and video for “Archipelago.”

2019: Ryan Langlois returns home to Pierceland, Saskatchewan, shooting the video for his new single, “This Is Home.”

2019: Social Strife are in Hamilton for a show at This Ain’t Hollywood. Also on the card are Hiroshima Hearts and Donnybrook.