This Day in History: 2022-12-17

Dec 16
1938: Maritime sensation John Allan Cameron is born in Inverness, Cape Breton, NS.

1948: Denise McCann is born in Clinton, Iowa.

1967: “People In Me” by A Passing Fancy peaks on the Canadian pop chart at #89, two weeks after its release.

1967: Tommy Hunter‘s “Mary In The Morning” tops Canada’s country chart. It stays there for two weeks.

1967: Hank Snow peaks on the Canadian country chart at #15 with “Learning A New Way of Life.”

1969: While at the Toronto Peace Festival, John and Yoko hang out at Ronnie Hawkins‘ pad in rural Ontario. They go snowmobiling, party, do some drugs… that sort of thing. John also had Bell Canada run a phone service to the house – which Hawkins didn’t have. The $400 bill was never paid. For 50 years, The Hawk hounds Yoko but she stiffs him. Ronnie holds John’s tape recorder and song demos hostage, which he still has.

1969: Neil Young makes his live debut with Crosby Stills & Nash in Chicago.

1970: Hank Snow is a guest on The Johnny Cash Show, performing “Remember Me.”

1974: Rush and UFO are in Toledo, Ohio for a show at the Sport Arena.

1975: Billy Talent frontman Benjamin Ian Kowalewicz is born in Montreal.

1975: Rush is in Cleveland, Ohio for a show at the Agora Ballroom.

1976: Mahogany Rush are Tempo Studios in Montreal, working on what what become the WORLD ANTHEM album.

1979: Chilliwack release their BREAKDOWN IN PARADISE album.

1980: Fist is in Toronto for the second of a four night run at Spats.

1981: Wildroot Orchestra is in Kitsilano, BC for a show at Rohan’s Pub.

1982: Lee Aaron is in Kitchener for a show at the Coronet Motor Hotel.

1994: The Pope rocks out, as Sarah McLachlan takes part in the Christmas At The Vatican concert.

1996: Alanis Morissette is atop the Canadian singles chart with “Head Over Feet,” the fifth week of an eight-week run.

1999: The world yawns when it’s reported that Celine Dion has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.


Big Sugar‘s “Diggin’ A Hole” peaks at #9 on the Canadian chart.


Terri Clark peaks at #75 on Billboard’s country chart with “A Little Gasoline.”


Nickelback‘s “How You Remind Me” tops the Billboard chart.


The JFR Project put on another killer show, this time at Blues on Whyte in Edmonton.

2010: The Hammer Museum in LA showcases a series of 11 commissioned art videos inspired by songs from

Leonard Cohen‘s music.


Saga are in Toronto for a show at the Mod Club.


The Guess Who are in Sioux City, Iowa for a show at the Hard Rock Casino.


Spoons are in Oshawa, Ontario for a pre-Christmas show at Whiskey John’s.

2019: Virginia to Vegas see their single, “Just Friends” certified gold in Canada with 50,000 sales.

2019: Rich Chambers releases his new single and video, “It’s Christmas Time.”

2019: K2F release their new single and video, their cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.”