Ian Blurton with his band C'mon
Champaign, Illinois, United States
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, drums|
|Associated acts||C'mon, Change of Heart, Blurtonia, A Neon Rome, Cowboy Junkies, Bionic|
He has been a part of Toronto's indie music scene since the early 1980s, playing drums in the original line-ups for Cowboy Junkies and A Neon Rome before becoming the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for Change of Heart. He also performed on Jolly Tambourine Man's single "Apple Strudel Man".
After dissolving Change of Heart in late 1997, Blurton subsequently formed Blurtonia. He was then briefly a member of Bionic before forming C'mon in 2003 with his girlfriend, bassist Katie Lynn Campbell, formerly of Nashville Pussy, and drummer Randy Curnew. Curnew left the band in 2006 and was replaced by Dean Dallas Bentley. In late October, 2011, C'mon announced that they would be breaking up.
In the fall of 2009, Blurton released his first official solo album, Happy Endings. Almost five years in the making, the album marked a departure from Blurton's work with C'mon in that it represented a number of different genres, including a great deal of psychedelic material. While Blurton played and sang much of the album himself, it also featured appearances from former Change of Heart/Danko Jones drummer Damon Richardson, Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, and Raising the Fawn's Scott Remila. For live reproduction of the record beginning in late 2009, Blurton enlisted a Hamilton, Ontario group called Huron to back him, having recently produced their debut album.
Blurton has produced countless albums, a number of which have risen to national and international acclaim. Among others, he has produced albums for The Lowest of the Low, Tricky Woo, Arise and Ruin, Rheostatics, The Mark Inside, Skydiggers, The Weakerthans, Attack in Black, The Carnations, Cursed, Raising the Fawn, Amy Millan, Hunter Valentine, The Mercy Now, Cookie Duster, Miesha & The Spanks, The Lying Cheats, Little Foot Long Foot, The Shanks, Bella Clava, Lobster Attack and TokyoSexWhale.
Blurton remains a dedicated fan of the San Diego Padres.
- Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
- "Ian Blurton Gives Happy Endings on New Solo Album, Taps Kevin Drew to Guest". Exclaim!, November 25, 2009.