Craig Northey

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Craig Northey
Craig Northey Rocks the CBC Toque Sessions.JPG
Craig Northey performing at the CBC Toque Sessions
Background information
Born (1962-02-09) February 9, 1962 (age 56)
OriginPort Moody, British Columbia, Canada
GenresAlternative rock, post-punk, power pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, film and television composer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals

Craig Northey (born February 9, 1962) is a Canadian musician and film and TV composer. He's one of the founding members of the band Odds, which released four albums between 1991 and 1996.[1] They were best known for the radio singles "It Falls Apart", "Eat My Brain", "Heterosexual Man" and "Someone Who's Cool".


In 1996, Northey composed his first score for a feature film, The Kids in the Hall's Brain Candy.[citation needed]

After the breakup of Odds in 1999, Northey embarked on several other ventures, including working with Colin James, Rosanne Cash, Glen Phillips, Bruce McCulloch and many others. He released a solo CD entitled Giddy Up. In 2003 he collaborated on a CD with Jesse Valenzuela of Gin Blossoms, under the band name Northey Valenzuela.

In 2004 he was part of a side project, Stripper's Union, with Rob Baker, Doug Elliott , Simon Kendall and Pat Steward.[2][3] The group produced an album, Stripper's Union Local 518, which was released in 2005.[4][5]

With Valenzuela he co-wrote the theme "Not a Lot Goin' On" for the hit TV comedy series Corner Gas. The song was later included on the Northey Valenzuela album.

When the Odds reunited in early 2007 they included the end credit theme from Corner Gas "My Happy Place" on their album Cheerleader.

Currently Northey, along with Murray Atkinson, Doug Elliott and Pat Steward comprise the reunited Odds. Concurrently he has composed all the episodes for the Kids in the Hall's CBC/IFC series Death Comes to Town and CTV's Hiccups.

Northey continues to collaborate with other artists. He co-wrote songs on ex-Barenaked Ladies singer Steven Page's first solo album Page One and toured with Page in 2012. His collaboration with Rob Baker in Strippers Union yielded another album The Deuce in 2012.[6][7]

On February 21, Odds released an EP called The Most Beautiful Place on Earth.[8]

In 2017, he toured Canada as part of The Trans-Canada Highwaymen with Page, Moe Berg of The Pursuit of Happiness and Chris Murphy of Sloan.[9] In 2018, he composed and performed music for the web series This Blows, created by his children Cole and Aleita Northey.[10]

Associated acts[edit]


With Odds[edit]




Film and television composer[edit]


Northey is the father of actress Aleita Northey, star of the CBC series This Blows.

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  1. ^ James H. Marsh (1999). The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Canadian Encyclopedia. pp. 1699–. ISBN 978-0-7710-2099-5.
  2. ^ "Stripper’s Union — Stripper’s Union Local 518". Chart Attack - Jun 14, 2005.
  3. ^ "Tragically Hip Bassist Shows Off New Supergroup". Soul Shine, 2005-06-13
  4. ^ Steve McLean (June 2006). Hot Canadian Bands. Lone Pine Pub. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-894864-53-4.
  5. ^ "Some nice side project albums". Belleville Intelligencer, By David Reed, March 30, 2017
  6. ^ Marc Shapiro (20 April 2017). What is Hip?: The Life and Times of The Tragically Hip. Riverdale Avenue Books LLC. pp. 82–. ISBN 978-1-62601-365-0.
  7. ^ "Ten great Canadian albums released in the first half of 2011.". North Shore News, July 8, 2011 p.19 and 22
  8. ^ "Odds — official web site". Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  9. ^ "Stories Behind A New Canadian Supergroup | FYIMusicNews". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  10. ^ "Family figures big in new CBC web series". Vancouver Sun, February 14, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Dog of Thunder Music » Music". 2005-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Discography". Craig Northey. 2005-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  13. ^ a b c d "Craig Northey | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  14. ^ "Colin James - Little Big Band 3 and more! - Blues and Jazz". Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Dog of Thunder Music » Film & TV". Retrieved 2014-06-06.
  16. ^ "Odds will be "House Band" on Brent Butt Comedy Special — odds". 2010-04-26. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-06-06.

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