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, mandolin, vocals|
|Labels||Warner Music Canada|
|Associated acts||Blue Rodeo, The Jim Cuddy Band|
Early life and education
Cuddy was born in Toronto, Ontario. His Mother Jean Cuddy was an English teacher at Monarch Park Secondary School. He attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute, where he met and befriended Greg Keelor, his future bandmate. He also went to Upper Canada College and Queen's University.
After graduating from university, Cuddy and Keelor formed a band called the Hi-Fis along with Jim Sublett on drums and Malcolm Schell playing bass. The band released a single in 1980 featuring "Look What You've Done" and on the B side "I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)". The record was not a commercial success, and when they couldn't get a record deal in Toronto, they headed off to New York City. In New York they met keyboardist Bob Wiseman, but were still unable to arrange a recording contract. They later moved back to Toronto.
In 1984 Cuddy and Keelor formed a new band, Blue Rodeo, with Wiseman, and recruited Bazil Donovan on bass and Cleave Anderson on drums as backup. Since that time, Cuddy has continued to lead the band, which has toured extensively and released 15 studio albums.
Jim Cuddy Band
Cuddy has recorded five solo albums and performs live with the Jim Cuddy Band, featuring musicians such as Bazil Donovan, Colin Cripps, Joel Anderson, Steve O'Connor, Anne Lindsay and Gavin Brown. Guest performers on his solo albums have included Kathleen Edwards, former Weeping Tile member Sarah Harmer, and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
Other musical endeavors
Jim Cuddy's song "Whistler" from the All in Time album was featured in the 2002 documentary Ski Bums by John Zaritsky.
Cuddy is married to Canadian actress Rena Polley. They have three children, their daughter Emma, and their two sons, Devin and Sam, who are also musicians. His brother Loftus Cuddy was a Conservative candidate for the riding of Toronto-Danforth in the 2004 Canadian federal election.
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 2016, Cuddy collaborated with Tawse Winery in Niagara to launch a new wine brand, Cuddy by Tawse.
In 2017, Cuddy narrated the documentary TV series Striking Balance.
|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"|
|2018||"You Be The Leaver"||Tatjana Green/Matthew Barnett|
- "Review: Blue Rodeo warms hearts on Valentine's Day". Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen February 15, 2016
- "Stanfest gets dazzling start". Chronicle Herald, By STEPHEN COOKE July 1, 2012 -
- "Jim Cuddy gives us the story behind the greatest love song in Canadian history ". Post City Toronto, By Judith Muster February 12, 2016
- Panontin, Michael. "Review of Hi-Fi's I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)". canuckistanmusic.com/. Canuckistan Music. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
- "Concert Review: Jim Cuddy Band provides a monumental evening at Massey Hall". National Post, Jason Rehel | February 15, 2012
- "Jim Cuddy talks about his love of Alberta, Blue Rodeo's next album and the 'magnificent' Gord Downie". Mike Bell, Calgary Herald July 8, 2016
- Richard Trapunski, "Canada's National Arts Centre and Facebook will pay musicians for livestreams". Now, March 19, 2020.
- "JUNO Awards". www.junoawards.ca.
- "2000 SOCAN AWARDS – SOCAN". www.socan.ca. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
- "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013.
- Quill, Greg (February 2, 2008). "Jim Cuddy on the road again". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
- "Jim Cuddy finds Pain a 'clarifying thing'". Toronto Star. RICHARD OUZOUNIAN, February 14, 2009
- "Rocker Jim Cuddy Debuts New Wine Brand". Everything Zoomer, Natalie MacLean | July 21, 2016
- "Striking Balance Fundy Episode Set to Air". Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
- "Jim Cuddy Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
- "Certifications". Music Canada. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
- Bettsy Powell (January 16, 1999). There's no place like home. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 50 and 58. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "Press Release: JIM CUDDY RELEASES 4th SOLO ALBUM, CONSTELLATION". Warner Music Canada. Retrieved January 27, 2018.