This Day in History: 2022-12-01

Dec 1
1920: Canada’s King of the Banjo, Maurice Bolyer, is born in Edmunston, NB.

1932: Fiddle sensation June Eikhard (Shirley’s mother) is born in Moncton, NB.

1941: Kelly Jay of Crowbar is born in Toronto as Blake Fordham.

1941: Pacific Salt sax player PJ Perry is born in Calgary.

1963: Sam Reid, keyboardist for Glass Tiger is born in Brampton, Ontario.

1966: The Mamas & Papas, featuring Canadian Denny Doherty earn their fourth straight gold record for CASS, JOHN, MICHELLE AND DENNY.

1968: Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash shack up together, moving into “Our House” on Laurel Canyon’s Lookout Mountain Road.

1979: Anne Murray tops Billboard’s country chart with “Broken Hearted Me.”

1979: CANO is in Winnipeg for a show at the Playhouse Theatre.

1981: Bob & Doug McKenzie host Saturday Night Live.

1983: Streetheart is in Quebec City for the first of a two night run at Bar Univers.

1984: Corey Hart peaks at #17 on Billboard’s chart with “It Ain’t Enough.”

1986: Northern Pikes are at MIllwoood Studio in Toronto, rehearsing “Big Blue Sky”, in preparation for the big deal with Virgin later that month.

1988: BTO is in Las Vegas for a show at the Kracker Boxx Bar.

1990: Alias are on top of the Canadian singles chart with “More Than Words Can Say” for the second straight week.

1995: Calling themselves Canadian Recording Artists for Copyright Reform, Bryan Adams, Tom Cochrane, Bruce Cockburn, Celine Dion, KD Lang, Anne Murray, Oscar Peterson, Rush, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Michelle Wright send a letter to Prime Minister Jean Chretien, urging swift passage of revisions to the Copyright Act.

1997: William Smith, vocalist and keyboard player for Motherlode, suffers a fatal heart attack at the age of 53.

2008: “The Last Pogo,” a documentary detailing what was billed as the last Canadian punk show (at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern) and featuring The Viletones, Teenage Head, The Ugly, and several other groups, is released on DVD.

2008: Luke Doucet releases his BLOOD’S TOO RICH album.

2009: JFR Project’s debut single, “Take My Life” is released.

2012: Local sensations Kingdoom, Pistols at 20 Paces, and Face First are at Edmonton’s Avenue Theatre.

2012: Burton Cummings rocks the Winspear Centre in Edmonton.

2014: He supposedly retired a few years earlier, but Leonard Cohen is still going strong, releasing his LIVE IN DUBLIN DVD.

2014: Trews are in Kamloops, BC for a show at Cactus Jack’s.

2015: Crowbar’s Kelly Jay throws himself a shindig at The Blues Can in Calgary.

2017: Eight Seconds keyboardist Frank Levin dies in his sleep at the age of 57.

2017: Rush re-release the FAREWELL TO KINGS album – full of goodies and bonuses.

2017: Heather Rankin releases her second solo album, IMAGINE.

2018: Coney Hatch is in Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany at the Rockfabrik Festival.

2018: Brett Kissell ends his Canadian tour in Lac La Biche, Alberta at the Bold Centre.

2018: The Loni Moger Quartet are in Vernon, BC for a show at the Vernon Jazz Club.

2019: Fallen Stars release their new EP, JUDGEMENT.

2019: Gutter Puddle release their new single and video, “Gypsy Soul.”

2019: The Adopted officially announce Danae “Thrips” Tsikouras as the band’s new drummer.

2019: De-Mo Punisha releases his new single, “Rise.”