This Day in History: 2022-12-07

Dec 7
1950: Singer/songwriter Ron Hynes is born in St John’s, NFLD.

1959: 980 CKGM AM Radio begins operations in Montreal.

1963: Hank Snow peaks on Billboard’s country chart at #2 wiith “90 Miles An Hour.”

1964: RPM Weekly Magazine conducts the first survey of Canadians’ favourite homegrown music, with a poll that got an astounding 150 responses.

1964: Lorne Greene’s “Ringo” tops the Canadian pop chart.

1969: British North American Act release their self-titled only album.

1969: The Guess Who are home in Winnipeg for a show at the St Boniface Church. The dress code calls for girls not to wear slacks, and no turtlenecks for the boys.

1970: Canada Goose is home in Ottawa for a show at Sir John A MacDonald High School. Admission is 75 cents and the show is a fundraiser for The Christmas Exchange, a non-profit to help 8,000 families have a merrier holiday season.

1974: Terry Jacks enters Billboard’s chart at #97 with “Rock & Roll I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life.” It’s gone a week later.

1974: Andy Kim ends two weeks atop Canada’s RPM singles chart with “Rock Me Gently.” He also happens to be on American Bandstand, lip synching his new single, “Fire Baby, I’m On Fire.”

1975: Damhnait Doyle is born in Labrador City, NFLD.

1979: Triumph is in Mississauga, Ontario at Metalworks Studio. The sessions are used a few months later when PROGRESSIONS OF POWER is released.

1980: Rock Aid America, a live benefit to aid victims of the Armenian earthquake release “Smoke On The Water” which features Rush‘s Alex Lifeson.

1980: Ken Tobias is in Toronto to close out a two night run at The Northgate.

1981: Swindled play their first gig ever, at The Turning Point in Toronto.

1988: Killer Dwarfs are on a UK tour opening for Iron Maiden. It’s the second straight night at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

1992: Crash Test Dummies release the single, “The First Noel.”

1991: Tom Cochrane tops the Canadian singles chart with “Life Is A Highway” the second of a two-week run.

1998: Alanis Morissette is on week two of a six-week run atop the Canadian singles chart with “Thank U.”

2009: Avril Lavigne performs in Houston, Texas at The Summit.

2012: Corb Lund is in Edmonton for a show at The Expo Centre.

2012: “The Power of Positive Drinking” from

The Trews reaches number 1 on the CBC rock chart.

2012: Leonard Cohen is in Halifax for a show at Scotia Bank Place.

2015: Streetheart are in Winnipeg for a show at The Oak.

2015: Rush‘s Neal Peart makes it official – and announces his retirement, and the world is a little less of a happy place.

2016: Mason Jar 2.0 release their new album, JUST A MATTER OF TIME.

2017: Jeff Martin from The Tea Party is in Hamilton for the second of two nights at This Ain’t Hollywood.

2017: The Wonderful Grand Band, featuring Ron Hynes, releases a re-recorded version of “Babylon Mall,” in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Avalon Mall in St John’s, NFLD. Mark Critch from CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes is on vocals.

2019: Jann Arden is in Rama, Ontario for a show at Casino Rama.

2019: Neeraj Prem hosts an Indian Christmas Concert & Dinner in Hamilton, at St Andrew’s United Church.

2019: Dahlia and the Villans are in Cold Lake, Alberta for a show at the Muster Point.