2000 – Canadian punk brats Sum 41 release their debut album Half Hour of Power on Big Rig Records. Sample song title: “Grab the Devil By the Horns and F**k Him Up the Ass.”
2000 – The Canadian Record Industry Assn. (CRIA) declares Quebec superstar Celine Dion “the best-selling Canadian recording artist of the century.”
1998 – Alanis Morissette’s sophomore effort “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” charges strongly from the gate, although the Canadian superstar’s follow-up to the 28 million-selling “Jagged Little Pill” does not go on to pull the record-breaking numbers many predict. The album moves 469,000 copies during its first week of sale.
1998 – Shania Twain wins awards in six of the eight categories for which she is nominated in the Canadian Country Music Awards.
1998 – In Toronto, Mayor Mel Lastman lashes out at the Spice Girls for backing out of a promise to perform at a free outdoor event in front of Toronto’s City Hall. They choose instead to appear on MuchMusic, a Canadian music channel.
1980 – Talking Heads introduces its expanded touring lineup – the original quartet plus five additional musicians, guitarist Adrian Belew and keyboardist Bernie Worrell (of Parliament/Funkadelic) among them – at a Canadian rock festival.
1976 – This week in 1976, Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album hit number 1 after being on the charts for over a year. Songs such as “Over My Head” and “Rhiannon” helped the album reach the 5 million mark in sales in the U.S. alone. And after group members heard a cover of “Say You Love […]
1974 – Here’s a weird gig Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band opening for Canadian songbird Anne Murray in New York. It’s the last gig Bruce plays with drummer Ernie “Boom Boom” Carter and keyboardist David Sancious.
1974 – There’s a change in the lineup of future Canadian prog superstars Rush as Neil Peart replaces John Rustey on the drum stool today. Neil is considered by some to be one of the best drummers or the Rock era.
1970 – Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known by the stage name Beck. With his pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and […]
1968 – Jimi Hendrix is busted for hashish and heroin at the Canadian border. He says the drugs were planted, and the charges are later dropped.
1966 – The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’ the groups seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Can Work It […]