From left: Jim Cuddy, Bobby Wiseman, Greg Keelor, Cleave Anderson & Bazil Donovan
Thursday, February 24, 2000
Today was the first of three shows that Blue Rodeo performed at Massey Hall in Toronto. They performed three nights in a row; Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here is a review of the Thursday show taken from http://www.canoe.ca/
Well, Blue Rodeo was on Open Mike with Mike Bullard yesterday night. I set the vcr to tape it, but then stayed up and watched it anyways even though I had school today. The show was on at 12:05 AM EST, and ran to about 1:06. Mike Bullard had a monologue till about 12:28, first standing up in front of the audience, then sitting down at his desk. He talked to two guests first, Sue Johannesen (sp?), then Ian Brown. Then Blue Rodeo came on. They played "Somebody Waits" and then after the commercial break Mike talked to Greg and Jim for about five minutes or less, I wished he could've talked to them longer. They seemed very relaxed and friendly and happy, and they were talking and joking and stuff. All in all, a wonderful show.
Yesterday, at 8:00 PM EST, CMT's show Screening Room showed Blue Rodeo's video for "Somebody Waits". It was a really good video, but then I guess I'm biased 'cause I think all of BR's videos are cool. Here is a screenshot of the video. It was posted by Reem on The Blue Board. The video had black and white footage of Blue Rodeo recording the song at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans and also color footage of BR performing in the Phoenix in Toronto.
Just visited the Blue Rodeo Archive and found two new articles. The first one can be found at Blue Rodeo adds ex-Wilco sideman. This article goes more into depth on why they fired Kim Deschamps in the first place and clears some issues up for me. The second article can be found at Blue Rodeo part of TV special, and goes into some detail about the "rockumentary" that is going to be aired on TV about the making of "The Days In Between".
Tuesday, November 23, 1999
Last nights 1999 Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremonies - Well, at 9:00 EST the ceremonies began. Andy Van Hellamond was the first of three inductees and after that Jim Cuddy and his Band performed "Too Many Hands" at around 9:30. The other musical performance was Stompin' Tom Conners performing "The Hockey Song". Click to go to the Official Website of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Monday, November 22, 1999
Today is Wayne Gretzky's induction into the Hockey Hall Of Fame. Supposedly the Jim Cuddy Band are going to perform, I heard they're going to play three songs in all. The ceremonies start at 9:00 PM on TSN and last 2 hours. Follow this link Gretzky enters Hall of Fame to read about it from Canoe.
Tuesday, November 9, 1999
I just visted the Blue Rodeo Bulletin Board and found info there about the 1999 SOCAN Awards, Blue Rodeo was one of the winners. To read the whole article, click on Stompin' Tom Honoured by SOCAN, to read the full list of winners, click on 1999 SOCAN Winners.
I just visited the Blue Rodeo Bulletin Board and got some new news on Blue Rodeo's upcoming album. The Days In Between will be released on January 11, 2000 in Canada, with a release date in the USA to be announced. The first single is called "Somebody Waits", it's a Jim song and it will be released on November 12th to radio stations. There is also a documentary that is being filmed now on the making of the new album which will hopefully be aired on CMT, MuchMoreMusic, CTV and CBC (all Canadian stations). Mike Downie will apparently be directing it. Mike is Gord Downie's (The Tragically Hip) brother.
Wednesday, October 13, 1999
I just visited Blue Rodeo's Official Webpage, and got a really big shock. Here is the exact text from their Hot News Page: "Blue Rodeo and Kim Deschamps have parted ways. After eight years of working together the band felt it was time for a fresh approach. If you would like to contact Kim directly you can reach him at email@example.com." After that I went to Kim Deschamp's Home Page and got this bit of text: "Effective 2:00 p.m. October 6, 1999, Kim Deschamps has been fired without comment by Canadian band Blue Rodeo. His last show was Saturday, September 25 in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. Kindly address any comments you may have to the band at www.bluerodeo.com. Thank you music lovers for your support 1992 - 1999." Here's another tidbit I got from Kim's page: Kim got an e-mail from Bob Wiseman saying "congratulations...bw". Read an article from the JamMusic Blue Rodeo Archive Blue Rodeo Moving On Without Deschamps. To see an article from the Globe and Mail, click on Blue Rodeo Dismisses Guitarist. Here's another link you can check out from Grapevine@Eyemag.
The Toronto Sunday Sun: September 26, 1999
The SUN was doing a sex survey all during the week, and Sunday was the last day, so they had a survey about Toronto's sexiest celebrities. Guess what folks? Jim Cuddy was on the list of Toronto's Sexiest Male Celebrity, coming in with 5 percent of the vote.
Monday, August 30th, 1999.
There was a book launch for Leonard Peltier's book Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance at Ted's Wrecking Yard (Barcode), 549 College Street. I was there, with my younger sister, Logan. To read more about this, click on Autograph Story.
August 16th, 1999.
Los Lobos rocks Lee's Palace in Toronto. Given four stars by Toronto's NOW Magazine. They were joined by Kim Deschamps of Blue Rodeo with his steel guitar.
Saturday, July 24, 1999
More stuff about new album by Blue Rodeo, it's tentatively entitled The Days In Between, to read the whole article from the Winnipeg Sun, click on Blue & Gold.
July 10 & 11, 1999.
Blue Rodeo performs at the Stardust Picnic at Historic Fort York in Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Other performers include Great Big Sea, Ivana Santilli, The Skydiggers, Guster and Heartbreak Hill. To read more about the Stardust Picnic from Chart Attack's website, click on Stardust Picnic. To see the poster from the newspaper, click on Stardust Picnic Poster.
Friday, July 9, 1999.
Jim Cuddy is one of the many fans who watch Gordon Lightfoot perform at MuchMoreMusic for an hour and a half of "music and conversation" as part of the Intimate & Interactive format.
Thursday, July 8, 1999.
Jim Cuddy reports to Jane Stevenson of The Toronto Sun that Blue Rodeo just wrapped up their next album which they recorded in the Kingsway studios owned by Canadian producer Daniel Lanois. The album, which is yet untitled, is expected to be released either at the end of this year or early next year, with a tour to follow in February. This album is Blue Rodeo's first work with noted producer-engineer Trina Shoemaker. To read the whole article from the JamMusic Blue Rodeo Archive, click on Blue Rodeo Packs Up For Picnic.
Middle of June, 1999.
Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor appear on a MuchMoreMusic Speakeasy, hosted by Jana Lynne White. They talk about causes that are important to them, the early days in New York, the solo albums, which album they feel is most representative of Blue Rodeo, the album Just Like A Vacation, and much more. To read a transcript of part of the Speakeasy, click on MuchMoreMusic Interview from Jeni's Outskirts Page.
Jim Cuddy wins the Juno Award of Best Male Vocalist of the year for 1999. He laments "It was my one chance to thank my wife - and I didn't!" I believe he did remember to thank Greg Keelor though. Jim was also a presenter at the awards. To see a picture of Jim from the Juno Awards, click on Jim at Awards. To read a live music review by Chart Attack Magazine, click on Juno Awards - March 7, 1999. Also, you can visit the Juno Awards Online.