Andrew Cash

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Andrew Cash
Andrew Cash, MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
2 May 2011 [1]
Preceded by Mario Silva
Constituency Davenport
Personal details
Born (1962-01-22) January 22, 1962 (age 53)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party New Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Michelle Shook[2]
Children 4[3]
Residence Toronto
Occupation Musician
Profession Journalist
Religion Roman Catholic [1]
Andrew Cash
Genres Rock
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1982-2011
Associated acts Bird, The Cash Brothers, Ursula, L'Étranger, Skydiggers

Andrew Cash (born January 22, 1962) is a Canadian singer-songwriter and an NDP Member of Parliament (MP) for the Toronto-area Davenport electoral district.

He grew up in Toronto, where he befriended future MP, Charlie Angus, and along with Angus founded the Toronto punk band L'Étranger. In the late 1990s, he also became a journalist, writing for the Toronto weekly Now. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 2011.

Music career[edit]

Cash began his career in the Toronto punk band L'Étranger, which also included Charlie Angus.[4] When the band broke up in 1986,[4] Cash signed to Island Records as a solo artist.[5] His first release on the label was a reissue of L'Étranger's last recording, Sticks and Stones. He released three albums as a solo artist and had a number of hits, including "Time and Place", "Boomtown", "What Am I Gonna Do with These Hands" and "A Lot of Talk". In 1993, his album Hi was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.

He then formed the band Ursula, who released the album Happy to be Outraged in 1995. However, that band was not successful, and broke up after just the one album.[4]

Around the same time as Ursula's demise, however, his brother Peter Cash also decided to leave his band, Skydiggers.[4] Both available at the same time for the first time in their careers, Andrew and Peter decided to write and record together, and released their debut album as The Cash Brothers, Raceway, in 1999.

Since 1999, Cash has also provided the soundtrack music for various television shows, mostly Canadian productions. He also wrote for the Toronto-based Now magazine.[4] In 2000 he collaborated with Hawksley Workman and Jason Collett on Chrome Reflection, an album credited to Bird. In 2007 Cash released his latest solo album Murder=.


On October 5, 2009, Cash was nominated as the New Democratic Party candidate for the Toronto-area Davenport electoral district, in preparation for the 41st Canadian general election.[6] At the time, the House of Commons was governed by a minority government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, that could fall at anytime, so this unpredictable election situation meant that Cash was a candidate for over a year and half.

When the election was called, on March 26, 2011, his main campaign issue was that Davenport's incumbent MP, Mario Silva, was not a "full-time" MP.[7] Cash campaigned with two main slogans, "Cash for Toronto" and "Trade your Silva for Cash."[7] Near the end of April, both The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail newspapers started to predict that Cash might win, ending 49 years of continuous Liberal party representation for that electoral district.[7][8] On May 2, he defeated Silva, becoming a caucus colleague of his former bandmate Charlie Angus, also a Member of Parliament since 2004.[4][9]


  • Time and Place (1988)
  • Boomtown (1989)
  • Hi (1993)
  • Happy to Be Outraged (1995, credited to Ursula)
  • Chrome Reflection (2000, credited to Bird)
  • Murder= (2007)

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
New Democratic Andrew Cash 21,096 53.74 +22.48
Liberal Mario Silva 10,946 27.89 -17.88
Conservative Theresa Rodrigues 5,573 14.20 +3.19
Green Wayne Scott 1,344 3.42 -7.07
Communist Miguel Figueroa 167 0.43 -0.03
Animal Alliance Simon Luisi 128 0.33 +0.07
Total valid votes/Expense limit 39,254 100.00
Total rejected ballots 235 0.60 -0.10
Turnout 39,489 61.92 +8.88


  1. ^ "Constituency Profile: Davenport". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Meet Andrew". Cash for Toronto. Andrew Cash campaign. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Meet Isabella Cash!". Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Dixon, Guy (2011-05-07). "Punks in the House of Commons". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Cash among new pop generation sure enough to face its insecurities". Toronto Star, June 30, 1989.
  6. ^ Hollett, Michael (2009-10-07). "Cash for Toronto: Musician and journalist Andrew Cash wins NDP nomination in Davenport". Now Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  7. ^ a b c Allen, Kate (2011-04-25). "Davenport could flip orange after 49 years". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  8. ^ ALAMENCIAK, Tim (2011-05-02). "Liberals, NDP run neck-in-neck in narrow race for Davenport". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  9. ^ Kuitenbrouwer, Peter (2011-05-03). "Historic win for Andrew Cash bittersweet". National Post. Retrieved 2011-05-03. 

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