Chris Murphy (Canadian musician)

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Chris Murphy
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Chris Murphy performing with Sloan at the Sudbury Summerfest 2007 in Sudbury, Ontario
Background information
Born (1968-11-07) November 7, 1968 (age 48)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Origin Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Genres Indie
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass, drums, guitar, piano, vocals
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Sloan

Chris Murphy (born November 7, 1968) is a member of the Canadian rock band Sloan.

Although born in Prince Edward Island, Murphy is commonly associated with Nova Scotia; like his bandmates, he currently resides in Toronto. He helped form the band with Jay Ferguson and is currently the band's bassist and lead singer, occasionally switching to drums or guitar.

Murphy has written several Sloan songs that have been released as singles, including "Underwhelmed" from the album Smeared, "Coax Me" from Twice Removed, "G Turns to D" from One Chord to Another, "She Says What She Means" from Navy Blues, "The Other Man" from Pretty Together, and "The Rest of My Life" from Action Pact.

In December 2005, Chris began hosting a show on CBC Radio 3 with Sloan bandmate Jay Ferguson. Their show was broadcast Saturdays and Sundays on Sirius Satellite Radio station (channel 94). The show has been on hiatus since November 2006.

Murphy has also been featured as a guest juror on the show Video on Trial.

Murphy and his girlfriend, Rebecca Mendoza, have a son named Francisco, who was featured on Entertainment Tonight on December 7, 2007. The two also have another son named Santiago.

In 1995, while Sloan was on a hiatus, he toured and recorded as drummer for The Super Friendz.

In July 2009, Murphy was hit by a car in a hit and run collision while riding his bicycle in Toronto, breaking his collarbone.[1] The incident lent its name to Sloan's subsequent release, the Hit & Run EP.[2]

In 2010, Murphy served as the music coach for the actors in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. The character Todd Ingram plays a red Fender Mustang Bass with white racing stripe, similar to Murphy's.[3]

In 2013, Murderecords released released a 7 inch single by the Certain Someones, a supergroup featuring Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy of The Super Friendz, and Jale's Jennifer Pierce.

As of 2015, he has joined with Mike O'Neill of The Inbreds and Matt Murphy of The Super Friendz in the supergroup Tuns.[4]

In 2017, he will be touring Canada as part of The Trans-Canada Highwaymen with Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), Moe Berg (The Pursuit of Happiness) and Craig Northey (Odds).[5]


  1. ^ Harper, Kate (July 30, 2009). "Sloan Bassist Breaks Collarbone". CHARTattack. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  2. ^ Collins, Leah (November 30, 2009). "Hit & running again: Sloan". National Post. Retrieved 2010-03-26. 
  3. ^ Edgar Wright, Michael Cera, and Jason Schwartzman On Set Interview SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
  4. ^ "Sloan / Super Friendz / Inbreds Supergroup TUNS Announce Debut Album". Exclaim!, May 20, 2016.
  5. ^ "Stories Behind A New Canadian Supergroup | FYIMusicNews". Retrieved 2016-10-24.