Jay Ferguson (Canadian musician)

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Jay Ferguson
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Jay Ferguson performing with Sloan at the Sudbury Summerfest 2007 in Sudbury, Ontario
Background information
Born (1968-10-14) October 14, 1968 (age 50)
OriginHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
GenresIndie rock
InstrumentsGuitar, bass, drum kit
Years active1991–present
Associated actsSloan

Jay Ferguson (born October 14, 1968) is a member of the Canadian rock band Sloan. He is the only member in Sloan who comes from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

When Ferguson was twelve years old, he was given a job at a secondhand record store. Before Sloan, Ferguson was in a band with Chris Murphy called Kearney Lake Road. In 1991, Ferguson and Murphy started Sloan along with Patrick Pentland and Andrew Scott. Ferguson plays rhythm guitar and occasionally bass and drums. Some of his more famous songwriting contributions, each of which he sings lead vocals on, are "I Hate My Generation" from the album Twice Removed, "The Lines You Amend" from One Chord to Another, "Who Taught You to Live Like That?" from the album Never Hear the End of It, and "Witch's Wand" from the album Parallel Play.

In December 2005, Ferguson began hosting a show on CBC Radio 3 with Sloan bandmate Chris Murphy. Their show broadcasts Saturday and Sunday on Sirius Satellite Radio station (channel 94).

Ferguson also collaborates with other musicians and can be heard on Gentleman Reg's 2004 release Darby & Joan. He also occasionally DJs at Toronto area clubs.


In 2005, Halifax musician Mary Cobham released an album about the Sloan member called Songs in the Key of Jay, which explores themes of Teenie-Bop magazines and her long-standing crush on Jay Ferguson.

Ferguson does not drink or smoke (he started drinking wine around 2010) and has self-identified as straight edge since his teenage years.

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