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Jim Cuddy with Blue Rodeo in 2005 at the Spencerville Fair
|Birth name||James Gordon Cuddy|
|Born||December 2, 1955|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Instruments||Guitar, piano, vocals|
|Labels||Warner Music Canada|
|Associated acts||Blue Rodeo, The Jim Cuddy Band|
Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor have been friends since high school; both attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute. It was not until after University, though, that they decided to form a band. Their first band was called the Hi-Fi's, with Cuddy and Keelor along with Jim Sublett on drums and Malcolm Schell playing bass. The band released a single in 1980 featuring "I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)" and on the B side "Look What You've Done". The record was not a big commercial success, though, and when they couldn't get a record deal in Toronto, they headed off to New York.
No breakthrough happened in New York, either. However, they did meet up with Bob Wiseman, who would later be their keyboardist in Blue Rodeo. They eventually moved back to Toronto, forming Blue Rodeo in 1984 including Basil Donovan on bass and Cleave Anderson on drums to back up Cuddy, Kealor and Wiseman.
While continuing to lead Blue Rodeo, Cuddy has recorded three solo albums with the Jim Cuddy Band, featuring musicians Bazil Donovan, Colin Cripps, Joel Anderson, Anne Lindsay and Gavin Brown. Guest performers include Kathleen Edwards, former Weeping Tile member Sarah Harmer, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
His Mother was an English teacher at Monarch Park Secondary School.
In the 2004 edition of Canada Reads, Cuddy advocated for Guy Vanderhaeghe's novel The Last Crossing, which won the competition. In the 2007 edition of Canada Reads, an "all-star" competition pitting the five winning advocates from previous years against each other, Cuddy returned to champion Timothy Taylor's novel Stanley Park. In 2013, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada along with Greg Keelor, "for their contributions to Canadian music and for their support of various charitable causes".
|Title||Album details||Peak positions||Certifications
|All in Time||
|The Light That Guides You Home||
|1998||"Disappointment"||53||All in Time|
|"Too Many Hands"[A]||—|
|"All in Time"||73|
|2006||"Pull Me Through"||—||The Light That Guides You Home|
|2007||"Married Again" (with Kathleen Edwards)||—|
|2011||"Everyone Watched the Wedding"||—||Skyscraper Soul|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- A^ "Too Many Hands" peaked at number 13 on the Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and number 34 on the RPM Country Tracks chart.
|2004||"Somewhere Else"||Jim Bryson||The North Side Benches|
|2008||"Songbird"||Melanie Doane||A Thousand Nights|
|2011||"Hard Luck Girl"||The Cooper Brothers||In from the Cold|
|2013||"Pancho and Lefty"||George Canyon||Classics II|
|"Too Many Hands"|
|2004||"Somewhere Else" (with Jim Bryson)|
|2006||"Pull Me Through"|
|2007||"Married Again" (with Kathleen Edwards)|
|2008||"Songbird" (with Melanie Doane)|
|2011||"Everyone Watched the Wedding"|
- Panontin, Michael. "Review of Hi-Fi's I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)". http://www.canuckistanmusic.com/. Canuckistan Music. Retrieved 14 February 2015. External link in
- Quill, Greg (2008-02-23). "Jim Cuddy on the road again". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-02-11.
- "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.