Blue Rodeo

jim cuddy photo

  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 HiFi’s.  The group issued one single on the Showtime label, but broke up in1981. 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. In addition to their work in Blue Rodeo, both Cuddy and Keeler have released solo albums.

Blue Rodeo has won numerous industry awards, including JUNOs and SOCANs.

 

Accession No.: 
2003.02
Dates of creation: 
1975 2003
Physical description: 

4.2 m of textual

3,514 photographs

  • 1,574 col. and b&w prints
  • 513 35mm slides
  • 1262 35mm negatives
  • 145 contact sheets
  • 20 Inkjet prints and photocopies

184 video recordings

  • 10 1”magnetic tapes
  • 20 ¾” videotapes
  • 1 ½” Beta cassettes
  • 2 ½” Betacam cassettes
  • 18 ½” Betacam SP cassettes
  • 8 Hi8 cassettes
  • 3 SVHS cassettes
  • 122 VHS cassettes

1448 audio recordings

  • 128 2” multitrack magnetic tapes
  • 12 1” multitrack magnetic tapes
  • 26 ½”  magnetic tapes
  • 8 ¼” magnetic tapes
  • 20 DAR cassettes
  • 607 Hi8 cassettes
  • 273 DAT cassettes
  • 33 DA88 cassettes
  • 149 CD/CDRs
  • 1 Mini CD
  • 8 vinyl LP discs
  • 12 vinyl 45 discs
  • 171 audio cassettes

67 graphic materials

  • 67 posters

26 artifacts

Scope and content: 

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 tshirts, 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 relating to the following productions:

  • Outskirts (Album, 1987)
  • Montreaux Jazz Festival (Live musical performance, 1989)
  • Diamond Mine (Album, 1989)
  • 1989 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1989)
  • Casino (Album, 1990)
  • Postcards from the Edge (Film, 1990)
  • 1991 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1991)
  • Lost Together (Album, 1992)
  • Five Days in July (Album, 1993)
  • Maple Leaf Gardens (Live musical performance, 1996)
  • Tremolo (Album, 1997)
  • 1998 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1998)
  • Just Like a Vacation (Album, 1999)
  • 1999 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1999)
  • 2000 Juno Awards (Awards Show, 2000)
  • Palace of Gold (Album, 2002)
  • Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Album, 2003)

This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:

  • Outskirts (Album, 1987)
  • Montreaux Jazz Festival (Live musical performance, 1989)
  • Diamond Mine (Album, 1989)
  • 1989 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1989)
  • Casino (Album, 1990)
  • Lost Together (Album, 1992)
  • 1992 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1992)
  • Five Days in July (Album, 1993)
  • Maple Leaf Gardens (Live musical performance, 1996)
  • Tremolo (Album, 1997)
  • Just Like a Vacation (Album, 1999)
  • 1999 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1999)
  • Greatest Hits Live (Album, 2000)
  • Palace of Gold (Album, 2002)
  • 2003 Juno Awards (Awards show, 2003)
  • Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Album, 2003)
  • Daze in America (Album, n.d.)
Rights and access: 
  1. Some restrictions exist. Please consult an archivist.
  2. Material is subject to copyright restrictions; please consult an archivist.
Language: 
English, French