2012.01 - 2012 accrual

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Reference code

CA ON00349 2012.01


2012 accrual


  • 1986 - 2011 (Creation)

Level of description

Extent and medium

10 cm of textual and other materials

181 audio recordings
• 27 analog 1/4" multi-track tapes
• 2 digital 1/4" multi-track tapes
• 44 analog 1/2" multi-track tapes
• 65 analog 2" multi-track tapes
• 2 digital 1" multi-track tapes
• 18 PCM-1630 (3/4 in. cassettes)
• 1 - 1/4" X86 Digi 2tk tapes
• 13 CDs
• 4 CD-Rs
• 3 audio zip discs
• 2 firewire hard drives

97 video recordings
• 2 digital betacam cassettes
• 35 - 3/4" umatic cassettes
• 26 betacam-SP cassettes
• 1 betamax cassette
• 9 betacam cassettes
• 1 D-2
• 18 vhs cassettes
• 5 DVDs

3 electronic records
• 3 - 8 in. floppies (studio mixing data)

229 photographs
• 226 col. and b&w prints
• 27 transparencies, roll film, 2 ½ x 2 ½ in., unmounted, colour
• 22 - 35 mm slides, mounted
• 21 negatives, 35 mm, colour
• 1 photo album (61 colour prints)
• 1 framed photo (6 colour prints)
• 1 CD-R (186 jpegs; 62 htms)

26 graphic materials
• 1 framed sales awards
• 4 trophy awards
• 8 framed assemblages
• 8 plaques
• 4 posters
• 1 calendar page

• ca. 63 artifacts

Context area

Name of creator

(1975 -)

Administrative history

Blue Rodeo’s roots can be traced to the late 1970s, when singer/songwriters Jim Cuddy and Greg Keeler (along with bassist Malcolm Schell and drummer Jimmy Sublett) formed a power pop band in Toronto called the Hi-Fi’s. The group issued one single on the Showtime label, but broke up in 1981. Cuddy and Keeler spent the next three years in New York City in a group called Fly to France; this band recorded four demos, including the future Blue Rodeo hits “Try” and “Outskirts”. Upon returning to Toronto in 1984, Cuddy and Keeler recruited keyboard player Bobby Wiseman, bassist Basil Donovan and drummer Cleave Anderson for a new group they called Blue Rodeo. The band debuted under this name in 1985, and played regular shows in Toronto before expanding their concert base across the country.

The band was signed to Risque Disque in 1986, and their debut album Outskirts included the song “Try”, which became a major Canadian pop and country hit. Between 1986 and 2002, Blue Rodeo issued one live album (1994’s Five Days in July), as well as nine studio albums. In 1990, Blue Rodeo appeared in the film Postcards from the Edge.

There have been several changes in the band’s lineup over the years. In 1989, Mark French replaced drummer Anderson, and three years later Glenn Milchem became the drummer. In 1992, Wiseman left and was replaced by Kim Deschamps; he, in turn, was replaced by James Gray, who was then replaced by Bob Packwood, and then Mike Boguski. In 2013 Colin Cripps joined the band as a full member. In addition to their work in Blue Rodeo, both Cuddy and Keeler have released solo albums. On August 5, 2013, James Gray suffered a fatal heart attack.

Blue Rodeo has won numerous industry awards, including JUNOs and SOCANs. In 2012 they were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In 2014, they were honored with Canada's highest honour in the performing arts – the Governor General's Performing Arts Award (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

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This fonds is divided into two series: ‘Textual Material’ and ‘Audiovisual Material’.

The first series, ‘Textual Material’, consists of nine subseries. ‘Press and Publicity’ consists primarily of published articles, profiles and reviews of the band between 1980 and 2003. ‘Correspondence’ consists of communications between members of the band and their management, and between management and record companies/promoters; this subseries contains numerous letters from celebrities, and spans the period between 1985 and 2001. ‘Legal’ consists of incorporation documents, contracts, and litigation; this subseries dates from 1984 to 2000. ‘Accounting’ consists of financial statements, royalty statements, invoices and receipts; this subseries dates from 1982 to 2000. ‘Creative’ consists of lyric sheets, poetry, string charts, scrapbooks, sheet music, and artwork; this subseries dates from 1975 to 1999. ‘Memorabilia’ consists of t-shirts, bandanas, displays, promotional postcards, and other items; this subseries dates from 1986 to 2002. ‘Posters’ consists of 67 posters advertising the band and particular concerts and recordings; this subseries dates from 1987 to 2002. ‘Photographs’ consists of photographs of the band and people associated with them; this subseries dates from 1981 to 2002. ‘Miscellaneous’ consists of 40 awards; this subseries dates from 1981 to 2002.

The second series, ‘Audiovisual Material’, consists of two subseries. ‘Audio Recordings’ consists of released and unreleased studio recordings and released and unreleased live recordings (including rough mixes, alternate takes and outtakes); this subseries dates from 1973 to 2003. ‘Video Recordings’ consists of footage of live concerts, interviews, award shows, EPKs (electronic press kids), videos, television advertisements and a documentary film about one of the band’s tours. This subseries dates from 1986 to 2003.

This fonds includes textual material and ephemera relating to the following productions:

Five Days in July (Album, 1993)
Rains Down on Me (Album, 1994)
Toronto Rocks benefit concert (2003)

This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:

Outskirts (Album, 1987)
Diamond Mine (Album, 1989)
Casino (Album, 1990)
1991 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1991)
Intimate and Interactive (Television program, 1992)
Lost Together (Album, 1992)
Nowhere to Here (Album, 1995)
All in Time (Album, 1996)
Tremolo (Album, 1997)
Just Like a Vacation (Album, 1999)
Pine Ridge: An Open Letter to Allan Rock; Songs for Leonard Peltier (1996)
Blue Rodeo Live @ The Iron Horse Music Hall (Live musical performance recording, 2003)
Canada Reads (Radio program, 2004)
Blue Rodeo - ' Live At The Reharsal Hall' (Live musical performance recording, 2006)
Palace of Gold (Album, 2002)
The Canadian Music Vocal Project (concert recording, 2003)
Battle of The Bands 2001-2002 (Album, 2003)
Are you Ready (Album, 2004)
Much Music Big Ticket (Television program, 2004)
The Light That Guides You Home (Album, 2006)
Small Miracles (Album, 2007)
The Thing We Left Behind (Album, 2009)
Skyscraper Soul (Album, 2011)

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One of two accruals

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Media Commons does not own copyright of collection materials. Consult rights holder for reproduction(s).

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  • English

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  • English



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