Jim Cuddy

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Jim Cuddy
OC
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Jim Cuddy with Blue Rodeo in 2005 at the Spencerville Fair
Background information
Birth name James Gordon Cuddy
Born (1955-12-02) December 2, 1955 (age 61)
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, piano, vocals
Years active 1978–present
Labels Warner Music Canada
Associated acts Blue Rodeo, The Jim Cuddy Band
Website jimcuddy.com

James Gordon "Jim" Cuddy, OC (born December 2, 1955) is a Canadian singer-songwriter[1] primarily associated with the band Blue Rodeo.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Cuddy was born in Toronto, Ontario. His Mother 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. [3] He also went to Upper Canada College and Queen's University.

Musical career[edit]

The Hi-Fis[edit]

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 "I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)" and on the B side "Look What You've Done". The record was not a commercial success, and when they couldn't get a record deal in Toronto, they headed off to New York.[4] In New York they met keyboardist Bob Wiseman, but were still unable to arrange a recording contract. They later moved back to Toronto.

Blue Rodeo[edit]

Main article: Blue Rodeo

In 1984 Cuddy and Keelor formed a new band, Blue Rodeo, with Wiseman, and recruited Basil 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 14 albums.

Jim Cuddy Band[edit]

Cuddy performs and has recorded three 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.[5]

Other musical endeavors[edit]

In 2016 Cuddy participated in a benefit concert in Edmonton, Alberta and another in Toronto for the citizens of Fort McMurray, whose town was destroyed by fire.[6]

Awards[edit]

In 2000, Cuddy and Blue Rodeo bandmate Greg Keelor were the recipients of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards held in Toronto.[7]

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".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cuddy is married to Canadian actress Rena Polley.[9] They have three children.[10] Their son Devin is a musician and bandleader.(born 1987). His brother Loftus Cuddy was a Conservative candidate for the riding of Toronto-Danforth in the 2004 Canadian federal election.[9]

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 is collaborating with Tawse Winery in Niagara to launch a new wine brand, Cuddy by Tawse.[11]

Discography[edit]

This section is about Cuddy's own album releases. For Cuddy's discography with Blue Rodeo, see Blue Rodeo.

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN
All in Time
  • Release date: September 8, 1998
  • Label: WEA
38
The Light That Guides You Home
  • Release date: September 12, 2006
  • Label: WEA
18
Skyscraper Soul[5]
  • Release date: September 27, 2011
  • Label: WEA
8

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN
1998 "Disappointment" 53 All in Time
"Too Many Hands"[A]
1999 "Trouble"
"All in Time" 73
2006 "Pull Me Through" The Light That Guides You Home
2007 "Married Again" (with Kathleen Edwards)
"Maybe Sometime"
2011 "Everyone Watched the Wedding" Skyscraper Soul
2012 "Regular Days"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Notes
  • 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.

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Album
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

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1998 "Disappointment" Ulf Buddensieck
"Too Many Hands"
1999 "Trouble"
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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Review: Blue Rodeo warms hearts on Valentine's Day". Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen February 15, 2016
  2. ^ "Stanfest gets dazzling start". Chronicle Herald, By STEPHEN COOKE July 1, 2012 -
  3. ^ "Jim Cuddy gives us the story behind the greatest love song in Canadian history ". Post City Toronto, By Judith Muster Feb. 12, 2016
  4. ^ Panontin, Michael. "Review of Hi-Fi's I Don't Know Why (You Love Me)". canuckistanmusic.com/. Canuckistan Music. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Concert Review: Jim Cuddy Band provides a monumental evening at Massey Hall". National Post, Jason Rehel | February 15, 2012
  6. ^ "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
  7. ^ https://www.socan.ca/about/awards/2000-socan-awards
  8. ^ "Governor General Announces 90 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". December 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b 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. 
  10. ^ "Jim Cuddy finds Pain a 'clarifying thing'". Toronto Star. RICHARD OUZOUNIAN, Feb. 14, 2009
  11. ^ "Rocker Jim Cuddy Debuts New Wine Brand". Everything Zoomer, Natalie MacLean | July 21st, 2016
  12. ^ a b "Certifications". Music Canada. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 

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