Tom Holliston

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Tom Holliston
Background information
Born (1960-04-21) April 21, 1960 (age 58)
GenresPunk, progressive rock, punk jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass guitar
Years active1978–present
LabelsAlternative Tentacles, Wrong Records, Southern Records
Associated actsPat Bay and the Malahats, Showbusiness Giants, The Hanson Brothers, Nomeansno, Tom Holliston & His Opportunists

Tom Holliston (born April 21, 1960) is a Canadian punk rock musician.[1] Primarily associated with the bands Nomeansno and The Hanson Brothers, he also leads the side project Showbusiness Giants,[1] and has released four solo records since 2002.[2]

Showbusiness Giants, a rotating collective of guest musicians which included Scott Henderson,[3] John Wright,[1] Andy Kerr, Carolyn Mark,[1] Ken Kempster, Keith Rose[3] and Ford Pier,[4] became best known for the single "I've Got a Crush on Wendy Mesley", from the album Let's Have a Talk With the Dead, which was a hit on Canada's campus radio charts in 1995.[1]

For touring in support of Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?, Nomeansno hired Holliston to replace Andy Kerr. Holliston went on to become their full-time guitarist. The first Nomeansno album to feature Holliston was The Worldhood of the World (As Such), released in 1995. Holliston announced his departure from the band in August 2016. One month later, on September 24, John Wright announced the band's official retirement.[5]



  • Tom Holliston and His Opportunists (2002)
  • I Want You To Twist With Me (2003)
  • Boy in Tub; Rabbit (2005)
  • Rotherhithe (2011)

with Showbusiness Giants[edit]

  • Gold Love (1988)
  • The Benevolent Horn (1989)
  • I Thought It Was a Fig (1991)
  • Maybe It's Just Me (1991)
  • Let's Have a Talk With the Dead (1995)
  • Will There Be Corn? (1997)
  • Self-Aggrandizement Keeps Us Going (2000)

with Nomeansno[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Down time good time for Holliston solo tour". Calgary Herald, September 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "NoMeansNo guitarist on solo sojourn". Regina Leader-Post, September 12, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Show Business Giants at AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Musical chameleon stands out". The Province, July 20, 2009.
  5. ^ "Victoria Band No Means No No More, Announces Retirement". Times Colonist. September 24, 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2016.

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